For the 2011 model year, Kia added to its Sedona several refreshing features, including slightly updated exterior and interior. However, the key change in the 2011 Sedona minivan lies under the hood.
The exterior updates that can be found on the 2011 Kia Sedona include a new Tiger Nose grille, standard LED turn signals in the side mirrors, new taillights, and a new wheel design. As mentioned above, the refreshed Kia Sedona introduces a new powertrain with more powerful 3.5-liter V-6 engine. It produces solid 271 hp, which is 27 ponies more than the last year's 3.8-liter engine is capable of. The engine is mated to a new six-speed automatic transmission. All these upgrades improve the vehicle's performance and fuel economy ratings. The 2011 Sedona is rated at 18 mpg in city and 25 mpg on highway (up from 17/23 mpg city/highway in 2010).
The 2011 Kia Sedona comes in two trims: LX and EX. The LX Sedona standard package includes electronic stability control, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, USB input, power locks and mirrors, and 16-inch steel wheels. The Sedona's price starts at $24,595, which is $2,400 less than the base 2010 model sells for. The EX Sedona adds power seats for the driver and front passenger, auto-dimming rear view mirror, heated and power-operated side mirrors, leather upholstery and leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic climate control, navigation system, roof rack and backup camera. A fully packed 2011 Sedona comes in at $33,195.
For the record, Kia Sedona was introduced in the U.S. at the 2005 Chicago Auto Show as a 2006 year model. The original powertrain consisted of a 240 hp 3.8-liter V6 engine and five-speed automatic gearbox. In the North American market the minivan was offered in both long-wheelbase (LWB) and short-wheelbase (SWB) trims. For the 2011 model year the short-wheel base version was discontinued because of poor sales.