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Kia Carnival 2022 Review, Pricing, and Specs - What You Need to Know

Kia's minivan has undergone such dramatic changes that it has been renamed Carnival. The Carnival, which will replace the ageing Sedona in Kia's lineup in 2022, has a boxy SUV-like design that is not coincidental; the Korean automaker is hoping to capitalise on the success of the Telluride SUV, which will be replaced by the Carnival. The wide wheels, crossover-like proportions, and distinctive daytime running lights that flow into the grille all evoke memories of a Range Rover. The power for all of our business models comes from a 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine and front-wheel drive that comes standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The vehicle comes equipped with a variety of driver aid systems, including automated emergency braking. The infotainment system also receives an upgrade, with an optional dual-display configuration that includes digital gauges and a navigation-equipped centre touchscreen.

Performance, Engine, and Transmission

The engine for the 2022 Carnival has a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces a muscular 290 horsepower; it is also equipped with a standard eight-speed automated transmission. Despite the Carnival being offered exclusively in front-wheel drive configuration, all-wheel drive is not available. The Pacifica's optional plug-in hybrid powertrain is available, and the new Sienna offers a hybrid option only, but we don't expect Kia to offer the same on the Carnival soon. According to Kia, the Carnival is capable of towing up to 3500 pounds. We were thrilled with the Carnival's well-balanced ride and handling on our initial test drive. It provided a comfortable ride when cruising and remained composed in turns. The Carnival's smooth V-6 engine delivers brisk acceleration, propelling it to 60 mph in 7.0 seconds on our test course.

Real-World MPG and Fuel Economy

The EPA rates the 2022 Carnival at 19 miles per gallon in the city, 26 miles per gallon on the highway, and 22 miles per gallon combined, which is somewhat better than the 2021 Sedona's statistics. We haven't yet had an opportunity to put the 2022 Carnival through our 75-mph highway fuel-economy test to see how it compares to the Pacifica, Odyssey, and Sienna, but we will when we do. Visit the EPA's website for additional information on the Carnival's fuel economy.

Interior, Comfort, and Carrying Capacity

The Carnival's dashboard and front-seat area are more contemporary and spacious than those on the departing Sedona. Significant design improvements include a larger centre console and an available Mercedes-style dual-screen infotainment system with a digital gauge panel. The SX-Prestige specification level features leather upholstery and second-row reclining seats with pop-up footrests. Optional panoramic sunroof gives a big aperture above the second row, allowing the children to get some fresh air. Kia claims that the new Carnival's internal space has been increased; the van's wheelbase and overall length have been extended to accommodate additional passengers and baggage. We were able to stow 14 carry-on luggage behind the third row of seats and a whopping 48 with all seats retracted during our testing. That is a substantial amount of cargo room, although both the Pacifica and Odyssey proved significantly more capacious.

There are five trim options available

    The starting minimum selling price (msrp) is stated in ascending order.
    • LX\s$32,100
    • LXS\s$34,100
    • EX\s$37,600
    • SX\s$41,100
    • The SX Prestige is a luxury automobile
    • $46,100

    Connectivity and Infotainment

    Interior technology and technological equipment will experience considerable improvements in the Carnival of 2022. For those who prefer a digital gauge cluster, you can choose between a single 8.0-inch display or dual 12.3-inch displays that occupy two-thirds of the van's dashboard, with one of them offering digital instrumentation and the other infotainment display. The CarPlay system from Apple and Android Auto from Google are both available. The Carnival cruise ship allows for up to nine USB ports in the stateroom. In addition to the standard back seat entertainment system on all trims save the base SX, the top-of-the-line SX-Prestige trim has an optional 12-speaker Bose audio system.

    Features for Driver Assistance and Safety

    This time around, Kia is incorporating a slew of standard driver-assistance systems, including as lane-keeping assist, automatic high-beam headlights, and blind-spot monitoring, all of which will help the Carnival compete with the Pacifica, Odyssey, and Sienna. Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) websites for additional information regarding the Carnival's crash-test results. Significant safety elements are expected to include the following:

    Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian recognition as standard
    Lane departure warning standard with lane-keeping assist
    Adaptive cruise control is an option.
    Warranties and Service Coverage
    Kia's warranty outperforms the competition, with a ten-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty. However, unlike the Sienna, the Carnival does not include complimentary scheduled maintenance.
    • Five years or 60,000 miles limited warranty
    • The warranty on the powertrain is ten years or 100,000 miles
    • There is no planned maintenance provided for free

    A Wonderland of Attractions

    A minivan's family-friendly amenities make or break it, and the Carnival offers significantly more than the old Sedona. Each of them is welcome — with the exception of one.

    To begin, the hits: An optional in-cabin camera system with zoom capability and night vision enables first-row passengers to keep an eye on the backseat children. It's similar to the in-cabin cameras on the Pacifica and Odyssey, but better accomplished; the Carnival's photos are clearer, and the camera's placement provides an excellent view of both rows. The system is available in EX, SX, and SX-Prestige trim levels and includes a voice amplification feature – which I thought silly.
    The Carnival multimedia system is another feature. It has an 8-inch Apple CarPlay and Android Auto touchscreen display standard. The EX and higher trim levels come with the12.3" touchscreen as standard, while the SX-Prestige adds a digital instrument cluster, linked via continuous glass to the touchscreen. The design is smart, the menus straightforward and the touch-screen extremely responsive. Furthermore, the system includes several profiles that are helpful to adjust music tastes and other system configurations to different drivers.

    Additionally, I appreciated the proximity-activated hands-free sliding doors. With the key in your purse or pocket, approach the doors and they will automatically open after three seconds – ideal for when your hands are full of shopping (or kids). The feature is standard across the lineup; all models except the base model include a hands-free power liftgate. On the Pacifica, Chrysler provides a kick-activated sliding door and cargo door mechanism, but it is not standard. The Odyssey is available with a hands-free liftgate.

    The back entertainment system, which is standard on the SX and SX-Prestige trim levels, is inconsistent. The good: The two huge second-row touchscreens perform a variety of functions. You can connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot and stream Netflix, YouTube, or the news, or you can connect to a device via an HDMI connection or wireless screen mirroring with an Apple or Android device. Additionally, there is a children's mode with a variety of games that all three of my children liked. It's Baby Shark-branded — which my 10-year-old found repulsive — but she liked the games and YouTube Kids option.