The new Carnival appears to be a large amount much more rugged than the Sedona it replaces. 

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Kia is out of the minivan company — properly, dependent on who you request. The unpopular Sedona loved ones-hauler is long gone, supplanted by the colorfully named 2022 Kia Carnival, which is billed as a multipurpose vehicle, or MPV for quick. The South Korean automaker is hoping to fill a vaguely outlined white space with this merchandise, which comes about to be a tall and boxy machine with three rows of seats, cavernous interior space and a sliding doorway on every single facet. What form of vehicle does that describe? Come on, Kia: Embrace the minivan, particularly because the Carnival is so good.


  • Fantastic transmission functionality
  • Open, airy interior
  • Friendly tech

Really don’t Like

  • Fairly noisy at speed
  • Piano-black trim
  • Unsettled experience

Whatever you come to feel like calling it, the 2022 Carnival is crafted on Kia’s 3rd-generation N3 platform, which underpins other motor vehicles like the handsome Sorento SUV and avant-garde K5 sedan. Providing it noticeably sturdier styling than the old Sedona, which was rounded in comparison, the Carnival options a modernized edition of the brand’s signature tiger-nose grille, entire with distinctive sculpting and tasteful brightwork. For a much more rugged search, the wheel arches are accentuated, in addition the hood is bigger and flatter than what you can obtain on other minivans. This is also the first Kia in The united states to element the brand’s revamped emblem, which is fashionable and angular, or as Roadshow reviews editor Antuan Goodwin explained it in a photograph caption, “K-backwards-N.” What has been observed can not be unseen.

Thanks to these layout attributes, the Carnival appears to be much more sturdy than its rivals, particularly the billowy Chrysler Pacifica. But you can find only so a great deal you can do with visual sleight-of-hand. This Kia is still undeniably a minivan, as evinced by its imposing two-box form. Measurement-wise, the Carnival is in lockstep with rivals — its wheelbase may well be the longest of the bunch, but it’s just .one inches larger than the Chrysler’s. At 203 inches from grille to liftgate, it’s an inch or two shorter than its rivals, with the Honda Odyssey being the longest of the group (if only just).

That generous size offers the Carnival a good deal of interior space. At the rear of its sixty/40-split 3rd-row seat, which manually folds into the flooring with the pull of a few handles and a major downward shove, you get 40.two cubic toes of storage space. At the rear of the second-row chairs it offers 86.9 cubic toes so you get up to one hundred forty cubes to play with, much more than in all but the voluminous Odyssey.

Aside from capaciousness, convenience is another one particular of the Carnival’s sturdy fits in this midrange EX model. The Slide-Flex second-row chairs are a good deal relaxed and supportive, in addition they effortlessly go fore and aft by a significant amount, nevertheless they do not fold into the flooring like Chrysler’s ingenious Stow ‘n Go method. For greatest cargo space, you have obtained to take away them and hope you you should not pull a muscle in your back. Ensuring travellers have accessibility to ability, USB ports are integrated into the front seatbacks. Mirroring the Toyota Sienna, the variety-topping SX Prestige model options twin VIP lounge seats, which slide, recline and have integrated ottomans for included luxurious. They also give ability controls as properly as heating and air flow for all-season convenience. The Carnival’s 3rd-row seat is accommodating with a good deal of space as well, even for lanky grown ups. As with the second row, travellers in steerage have accessibility to a pair of USB ports. No make any difference the place you are sitting down, you can find virtually adequate headroom in this vehicle for Shaquille O’Neal to bolt upright while wearing a prime hat.

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Spacious and relaxed, the Carnival’s interior is attractive and properly crafted. The dashboard is straightforward and cleanly laid out. The local climate controls, which are partly comprised of physical switches and touch-sensitive buttons, are plainly labeled and straightforward to run. Aside from there being a minor as well a great deal piano-black trim (a magnet for dust and fingerprints) in this EX model, the elements applied are of significant quality, everything is assembled with painstaking precision and nothing is unfastened or otherwise inexpensive sensation.

An 8-inch touchscreen is normal products in the base LX model, entire with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Automobile. EX and bigger models, on the other hand, arrive with a a great deal larger 12.3-inch screen, which is property to a swanky infotainment method. This multimedia array is extremely snappy, responding to finger inputs just about instantaneously, in addition it’s a cakewalk to use, with just about zero finding out curve. This can make the Carnival one particular of these motor vehicles you can leap appropriate in and start working with devoid of having to thumb through the owner’s guide or squander time figuring out how things perform. This infotainment method also appears to be neat. Icons on the property monitor resemble minor neon signals and the radio tuner is styled like nixie tubes, a playful touch. EX and bigger models also arrive normal with a wi-fi charging plate and each cabin camera and intercom methods — so the driver can retain tabs on and talk with travellers in the back seats.

The Carnival is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that belts out 290 horsepower and 262 pound-toes of torque. This Kia has a number of much more horses in its secure than the Pacifica and Odyssey, but unexpectedly, all three of these minivans have an identical amount of torque. The Carnival’s engine is silent and easy, the minor tingles created by all V6s are properly attenuated, with minor vibration being felt within. Acceleration is good, the van pulling properly when you punch it, a functionality aided by the tremendous-responsive 8-speed computerized transmission. As gearboxes go, this one particular is excellent: imperceptibly easy, swift-witted and eager to downshift when you need much more oomph. What much more could you request for?

The Carnival’s cabin is roomy, properly crafted and extremely relaxed. 

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Gasoline financial state is appropriate in line with the Carnival’s important rivals. The Kia stickers at 19 mpg metropolis and 26 mpg freeway. Combined, it’s rated at 22 mpg, identical to a front-wheel travel, non-plug-in Pacifica or the Honda Odyssey. Normally, the hybrid-only Sienna blows this Kia away like topsoil in the course of the Dust Bowl with its across-the-board rating of up to 36 mpg (as does the pricier Pacifica plug-in hybrid, which returns eighty two MPGe when working solely on electrical energy). If greatest gasoline financial state matters, get the Toyota. If towing prowess tops your chart, nab the Chrysler, as it’s rated to drag up to 3,600 pounds, a hundred much more than the Carnival, Odyssey or Sienna.

The Carnival’s steering is gentle and fairly swift, which helps this minivan come to feel nimble and a little bit smaller sized than it is. The normal lane-trying to keep guide know-how is extremely good, never ever sawing at the wheel or darting for the ditch when a line will get interrupted. The obtainable adaptive cruise handle operates a deal with, as well. Conventional driver aids incorporate blind-place monitoring, rear cross-visitors alert, lane-trying to keep guide and reverse parking sensors.

Dynamic downsides are number of, but the Carnival’s biggest weak spot is its unsettled experience. Choppy, noisy and on the floaty facet, this loved ones-hauler can come to feel a little bit uneasy at instances. A whole load of kiddies and cargo would most likely settle things down, but the unladen tuning wants a minor much more perform to seriously get things dialed in. Commotion from the tires and wind is also apparent at speed, likely exacerbated by the cavernous interior.  

Minivan or MPV, it seriously doesn’t make any difference what you get in touch with the 2022 Kia Carnival for the reason that it’s a fantastic vehicle.

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An eye-catching and properly-rounded giving, the 2022 Kia Carnival is obtainable in four trim stages: LX, EX, SX and SX Prestige. Base cost for this not-so-mini van is 33 major ones and transform, which includes $one,a hundred seventy five in delivery charges. As it sits, the EX model revealed listed here checks out for a not-unreasonable $38,775.

If you are shopping for a minivan, thank you! Additional motorists would be wise to contemplate one particular of these versatility all-stars about the SUVs everyone is obsessed with these times. Creating the conclusion even much easier (or potentially more difficult), you cannot buy a lousy minivan. All the important players are fantastic in their possess way. The gasoline-sipping Toyota Sienna is arms down the most economical model devoid of a plug Chrysler’s Pacifica appears to be the nicest as Stow ‘n Go still blows the opposition away and the Honda Odyssey is the most properly-rounded of the bunch and likely the best to travel. As for the Carnival, it’s as exceptional an possibility as any, and has no issues going toe-to-toe not just with other minivans, but with three-row SUVs, as well.