SAN DIEGO -- Kia Motors America's first attempt at a minivan, the 2002 Sedona, competed mainly with a low price. The 2006-model redesign, arriving in dealerships this month, is a more credible attempt to go toe-to-toe with the mainstream players.
Although the Sedona's base price has increased significantly, so has the quality and content.
The basics: The 3.8-liter all-aluminum engine is shared with the Hyundai Santa Fe and Azera. The new engine is smoother than the underpowered 3.5-liter iron-block engine it replaces, and has considerably more power and torque.