KIA Sedona wins Ul­ti­mate Mini­van Chal­lenge

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

IRVINE (Cal­i­for­nia) — The all-new KIA Grand Sedona was re­cently named by Cars.com as the win­ner in its Ul­ti­mate Mini­van Chal­lenge, a multi-day com­par­i­son test that brought to­gether ex­perts from Cars.com and PBS’s Mo­tor Week to con­duct a de­tailed anal­y­sis on a com­pet­i­tive set of fully-loaded mini­vans.

The re­sults com­bined pro­fes­sional assess­ments with real-world opin­ions from car shop­pers cur­rently in the mar­ket for a new ve­hi­cle in the mini­van seg­ment. This year’s com­peti­tors, in or­der of fi­nal rank­ings, in­cluded the 2015 Toy­ota Si­enna, 2015 Honda Odyssey, 2015 Dodge Grand Car­a­van and 2015 Chrysler Town & Coun­try.

With its SUV-like styling and de­cid­edly pre­mium in­te­rior, the KIA Sedona topped a seg­ment full of long-stand­ing stal­warts.

The Ul­ti­mate Mini­van Chal­lenge eval­u­ated com­peti­tors based on cri­te­ria such as tech­nol­ogy, fea­tures and driv­e­trains. Test­ing in­cluded a 300 km course on vary­ing road types to de­ter­mine re­al­world fuel econ­omy as well as back-to-back com­par­isons of ride, han­dling, com­fort and ac­cel­er­a­tion.

“The fully re-imag­ined Sedona has been a tremen­dous suc­cess for the KIA brand, con­nect­ing on mul­ti­ple lev­els with fam­i­lies and ac­tive lifestyle con­sumers alike,” said Orth Hedrick, vice pres­i­dent of prod­uct plan­ning, KIA Mo­tors Amer­ica (KMA).

PHOTO: QUICK­PIC

Voted Amer­ica’s best mini­van, the Kia Sedona.

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