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Kia teases next-gen 2021 Sedona minivan

The redesign of the Kia Sedona doesn't look too revolutionary at first place.

Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Billed a proper hauler for families that crave innovation, flexibility, and style, the next generation of the 2021 Kia Sedona promises to be a significant upgrade over the current model.

The Sedona faces off with the Chrysler Pacifica, Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, Chrysler Voyager, and Dodge Grand Caravan Chrysler has introduced a new high-end version of the Pacifica for the 2021 model year and Toyota has completely redesigned the Sienna, which will only be available as a hybrid in the future. Honda has refreshed the Odyssey for 2021.

2021 Toyota Sienna The redesigned 2021 Toyota Sienna has gone hybrid-only and gotten a bullet train-inspired design. With Kia's focus on alternative powertrains it's possible that the new Sedona will have a hybrid element. Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc.

From the looks of the teaser photo, the van shares more common design characteristics with the 2021 Kia K5 than it does the 2020 Kia Telluride. Also, it doesn't share much up front with the redesigned, next-gen 2021 Kia Sorento that was unveiled in February.

Its light signature features a familiar dip while a fresh take on the company's signature Tiger Nose grille is up front. The grille features vertical slats, like it does in the 2020 Kia Cadenza.

There are three significant hood creases in the photo and large wheels. The teaser image is a rendering so these attributes might not appear as strong when the model truly debuts.

The model gets two-tone side mirror caps with trim levels that change the color of the mirror caps from all-black to body color to possibly chrome likely.

2021 Kia K5 Optima Kia likely killing Optima name, renaming the sedan what it's called in Korea - the K5. The model has a similar light signature as the new Sedona. Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Kia has given the minivan a black C-pillar, which allows for a floating roof design - something that is a very popular design trend in SUVs right now.

The model has been dubbed the "Grand Utility Vehicle" by Kia designers and features a character line that extends from the front of the van around the back connecting the headlights and taillights. Kia says that a "chrome fin" extends around the backside of the vehicle.

Kia sells the Sedona as the Carnival in global markets. Worldwide, the company has sold over two million versions of the minivan since it went on sale in 1998.

The Kia Carnival goes on sale in Korea in the third quarter of the year. The Sedona is expected to reach U.S. shores after that point. Further information about the new generation Sedona is forthcoming.

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What was your best car-related experience this year?

Chris Teague

This year has been a lot of things, but it hasn't been boring. Even if we focus only on the car world, there's plenty to talk about, from microchip-related new vehicle shortages to the wave of new electric vehicles hitting the market. That leaves us with a question for all of you: What was the best or most memorable car moment for you in 2021? I'll get the conversation started.

Porsche Cayenne GTS My SoCal Cayenne śaw snow for the first time in its nearly 200k-mile life last week.Chris Teague

I'd spent a good portion of 2021 wanting a new-old car to drive when I wasn't testing a new vehicle. That's harder than you'd think for someone who thinks, talks, and writes about cars all day, because there are so many interesting, risky, and downright funky options out there in every price range. The added headache for me was that I'd chosen to shop for a "fun" car in one of the most volatile car markets ever seen. Even the extremely high-mileage "untouchable" European cars I wanted to buy were commanding ridiculous prices.

After a solid few months of waffling between various rattletrap Mercedes-AMG, BMW M, and Audi S/RS cars, I landed on an option that had escaped me before: The Porsche Cayenne. First-generation Cayennes are a real bargain now, but the 955/957 (Porsche's internal code for the SUVs) can experience major problems that occur with or without regular maintenance and care. I was determined to buy one, and wasn't overly concerned about mileage, as long as I could count the number of owners on one hand. There was a beautiful 2009 Cayenne GTS with 90,000 miles but nine owners, a gorgeous 2004 Cayenne Turbo with a concerning engine tick, and many more just like them. Finally, I decided to risky-click a 196,000-mile Cayenne GTS in Southern California. It had one owner and one dealer-owner for a month or two prior to sale, its condition looked decent in photos, and I was able to negotiate a reasonable enough price that shipping it from San Diego to Maine wasn't a huge problem.

Porsche Cayenne GTS The pics look great, but hands-on tells another story.Chris Teague

I had two traveling Euro mechanics check the car out, and both confirmed that it was well-worn but mechanically sound, so I jumped. Ten days later, on a snowy, icy, dark Maine afternoon, the Cayenne arrived. Cosmetically, there were a few things the dealer and mechanics failed to mention, but overall, it looked good. The SUV passed Maine safety and emissions testing without problem, got a new set of Michelins, and I was on my way.

Porsche Cayenne GTS I'm in danger, but thankfully this should be a reasonable fix.Chris Teague

A few days of driving revealed what I was really in for. A check engine light revealed a camshaft position sensor error and the Cayenne displayed a nasty vibration at idle. A new sensor and motor mounts, and I'm on my way. I'll update you as more things break or miraculously work, but I want to hear your memories from 2021.

Email me at chris@automotivemap.com, and I will compile the best and most interesting stories for a story on New Year's Day. May you all have a wonderful 2022.

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Hyundai released pricing for the Ioniq 5 today.

Hyundai

The first of Hyundai's Ioniq-branded electric vehicles is almost here, and the automaker finally released pricing information. The Ioniq 5 starts off at a reasonable price and reaches deep into premium territory, but it's got the capability and the equipment to justify its price tag.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 Owners will get two years of free charging. Hyundai

Pricing for the line includes:

  • Hyundai Ioniq 5 SE Standard range with 168 hp and RWD: $40,925
  • SE single motor with 225 hp and RWD: $44,875
  • SE dual-motor with 320 hp and AWD: $48,375
  • SEL single-motor with 225 hp and RWD: $47,125
  • SEL dual-motor with 320 hp and AWD: $50,625
  • Limited single-motor with 225 hp and RWD: $51,825
  • Limited dual-motor with 320 hp and AWD: $55,725
All prices include a $1,225 destination charge. It's also worth noting that the Ioniq 5 is eligible for up to $7,500 in government tax credits, though the size of the final tax rebate depends on the customer's individual situation. Range estimates for the Ioniq 5 span from 220 miles for the SE Standard Range to 303 miles for other single-motor models. Hyundai's party trick with the new crossover is its charging system, which is claimed to replenish the batteries from 10 to 80 percent in just 18 minutes.

Standard features for the Ioniq 5 include 19-inch aero wheels, a 12.3-inch touchscreen with EV information, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, blind spot monitoring with safe exit assist, lane keeping assist with lane following assist, parametric pixelated LED headlights, flush door handle, and more. To ease customers' transition into EV life, Hyundai partnered with Electrify America to provide unlimited 30-minute charting sessions for two years following purchase.

Interior of Hyundai's Ioniq 5 revealed ahead of Feb. 23 debut automotivemap.com

Hyundai offers complimentary maintenance for up to three years or 36,000 miles, which includes tire rotations and other services. The car's battery and electric system are covered by a ten-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. The Ioniq 5 is scheduled to go on sale this month.

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