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Updated Kia Sedona minivan pampers passengers (pictures)

Kia gave its Sedona minivan a big update for the 2015 model year, and in the Limited trim model it sent CNET, showed how comfortable a minivan can be.

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Kia gave its Sedona minivan a major update for its third generation, releasing it as a 2015 model year vehicle.

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The new Sedona represents a major style update over its predecessor.

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This grille treatment shows very elegant styling from Kia's designers.

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The new Sedona comes with a direct injection 3.3-liter V-6 engine, a very efficient power plant that, however, does not leap ahead of the pack in fuel economy.

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As with other minivans, the Sedona uses a front-wheel-drive platform, so no transmission tunnel need intrude on the cabin.

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Power sliding doors open and close at the push of a button.

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Despite the refined front styling, there isn't much to be done about the Sedona's rear design, which reflects the necessarily boxy shape of the vehicle.

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With the third-row seats folded into the floor, the Sedona can hold a whopping 78.4 cubic feet of cargo.

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Make room for third-row seat passengers and the rear cargo space goes down to a still substantial 33.9 cubic feet.

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In Limited trim, the Sedona offers quite a few creature comforts as standard, such as heated and cooled front seats.

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These captain's chairs have built-in ottomans.

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CNET editors enjoy the middle-row seating in this Limited trim Sedona, but in lesser trims the middle row uses a bench seat.

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Every Sedona above the bottom trim level gets a touchscreen in the dashboard for audio and phone systems, while the SX trim and above include navigation.

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Between analog gauges, an LCD shows trip info, audio, navigation guidance and phone.

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A six-speed automatic transmission comes standard in the Sedona, and offers a manual gear selection mode.

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The button-happy steering wheel lets you activate voice command and adaptive cruise control.

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Shortcut buttons below the touchscreen give quick access to different cabin tech features.

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Other than the shortcut buttons, you can view all the cabin tech features on the touchscreen.

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The surround-view camera is a great help when maneuvering in tight parking lots.

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Voice command works well in the Sedona, with control over many functions.

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UVO is Kia's telematics service, integrating with a smartphone app.

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The Info menu is a bit of a catch-all for cabin tech features, and includes submenus for further options.

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Data brought into the car through satellite radio gets buried in the menu structure.

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To use Google search and Yelp, you'll need to log the car into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, such as a smartphone.

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Maps in the navigation system offer good resolution, but only show in top-down, or 2D, mode.

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The hands-free phone system offers typical features, such as contact list integration and voice control.

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The music library interface shows up for devices plugged into the car's front USB ports.

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The audio playback screen shows album art.

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HD Radio offers better sound quality and multiple channels for local radio stations.

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An Infinity audio system, with 10 speakers, comes standard at the Limited trim level.

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