• 2014 Kia Sedona boasts new styling
  • New center console can fit an iPad
  • Sedona is back after sitting out 2013 model year

The 2014 model year is bringing several changes to the Kia Sedona minivan. After sitting out during the 2013 model year, the Sedona is back with minor revisions inside and out. That's good news for families interested in a minivan with competitive pricing and lots of standard equipment, since the Sedona offers both.

The biggest change to the 2014 Sedona comes to its front end. There, Kia made several updates to give the van a more modern look. Chief among them is the addition of LED lights in the Sedona's bumper. Other revisions include new fog lights and Kia's tiger-nose grille.

Inside, the Sedona is little changed. The biggest update is to the van's center console. According to Kia, the redesigned unit is now large enough to carry an iPad. That's important to most minivan shoppers, who often cart around tablets for children's movies and games. Beyond the new grille and center console, Kia hasn't announced any other updates to the 2014 Sedona.

Most industry observers are surprised to see that the van is returning for the new model year. That's because the Sedona hasn't proven wildly successful with shoppers. Last year, Kia sold just 17,000 Sedonas to the Dodge Grand Caravan's 140,000 sales. Minivans such as the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna also far outsold the Sedona.

Part of the reason for the slow sales of the Sedona is its older design. The Sedona came out in 2006, while most rivals were redesigned within the last few years. But for drivers who don't need the latest interior and exterior styling, the Sedona does offer a great value.

Base-level Sedona LX models start around $26,500, while the upscale Sedona EX is closer to $33,000. The Sedona LX includes rear parking sensors, remote keyless entry, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth and a USB port for music. The Sedona EX offers leather, power front seats and a rearview camera. While the Sedona's prices are in line with rivals, its traditionally high incentives make it a strong value versus other minivans.

What it means to you: Value-conscious shoppers should check out the updated 2014 Kia Sedona.

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Doug DeMuro has a wide range of automotive industry experience, from work at a Ferrari dealership to a manager for Porsche North America. A lifelong car enthusiast, Doug's eclectic vehicle purchases include a Porsche 911 Turbo, an E63 AMG wagon, an old Range Rover and a Mercedes Benz G-wagen.

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