We can't say we saddened when Kia dropped the Sedona in the United States, but strangely the company has brought the model back from the dead after a one year hiatus.

We can't say we saddened when Kia dropped the Sedona in the United States, but strangely the company has brought the model back from the dead after a one year hiatus.

Modestly updated, the 2014 model is distinguished by a new front bumper, a revised grille and LED daytime running lights.

Interior changes are also limited but include a new storage console that is large enough to hold an iPad or a similarly sized tablet.

Despite the modest updates, the entry-level LX comes nicely equipped with air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity and steering wheel-mounted controls. Moving up to the EX variant adds leather upholstery, heated front seats and automatic climate control.

Motivation is provided by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 269 bhp (200 kW) and 246 lb-ft (333 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission that enables the model to return 17 city / 24 mpg highway (US).

The 2014 Sedona will go on sale later this year and pricing starts at $25,900 which excludes an $850 destination charge.

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Kia Sedona returns from the dead with minor updates