2022 Kia Carnival Prices, Reviews, and Pictures

With its unique styling, second-row seating and impressive feature list, the Kia Carnival is a new minivan.

Overview

In the minivan market, the outgoing Kia Sedona was often forgotten. But the new Kia Carnival is a strong contender. This Kia is closer to an SUV because of its striking exterior styling. The Kia has a flat (rather that sloping!) hood, a straight front end, and a upright front end. The grille texture, which incorporates headlights, has a patterned metal trim between rear windows and full-width taillights. The top trim features innovative interior features such as the “VIP lounge” second row chairs and a digital instrument cluster. The Kia Carnival’s mechanical design is more traditional. The front wheels are driven by a 3.5-liter V6 and an eight-speed automatic. The driving experience is pleasant. Kia has a lot more features than other brands, including a longer warranty than the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna.

Pricing and Trims

There are five trim levels available for the 2022 Kia Carnival: LX, LXS. EX, EX, SX and SX-Prestige. We love the LXS and SX Prestige trims. However, we prefer the EX because of its value.

LX

The base LX starts at $33,275, which includes a $11,175 destination fee. This is comparable to the Honda Odyssey but a few grand less than the Toyota Sienna and the Chrysler Pacifica. The LX includes all active safety driver assistance, Safe Exit Assist and rear-seat occupant alarms. It also has hands-free power sliding door and a touchscreen with wireless Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.

LXS

The LXS ($35275) replaces cloth upholstery with easy-cleaning vinyl upholstery. The LXS ($35,275) adds a power driver’s chair, a separate movable middle section to second-row benches, and heated front seats.

EX

We recommend the EX trim ($38,775) as it is a well-equipped minivan that costs less than $40K. The standard features of the minivan include a 12.3 inch infotainment screen, navigation, satellite radio and adaptive cruise control.

SX

For $42,275, the SX includes a rear-seat entertainment system and ventilated front chairs, memory for driver’s and mirror settings, power passenger’s seats, and most importantly, a surround view monitor. The exterior of the SX is completed by fog lamps and power-folding mirrors.

SX-Prestige

The SX-Prestige (47,275) features the VIP lounge second-row seats with heating and ventilation, real Leather, dual sunroofs and a digital instrument cluster. It also includes a blind-spot-view-monitor and premium audio system. The driver receives a heated steering wheel and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. There is also an auto-dimming rearview with integrated garage door opener.

Engine and Performance

Carnival has a single powertrain, a 3.5-liter V6 coupled with an eight-speed auto transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is not available on the Carnival, as it is in the Toyota Sienna or Chrysler Pacifica. Carnival’s V6 produces 290 horsepower and 262 pounds-feet torque. This V6 is comparable to the V6s found in the Honda Odyssey (287 horsepower) and the Pacifica (280 horsepower). It is quiet and smooth with plenty of power. Although the eight-speed automatic was not perfect during our week of driving it had moments of hesitation but otherwise is very responsive. It shifts via a standard gear lever, not a dial or push button. The Carnival is comfortable and has good bump isolation. The Carnival is well controlled and doesn’t lean in corners.

Interior

The interior of the Carnival is sleek and modern. The top-spec SX Prestige test vehicle had terra-cotta leather and gloss-black trim. It also featured patterned aluminum accents. The vehicle also featured a modern dual-screen setup with a digital instrument cluster, and (in the upper trims), a 12.3 inch infotainment touchscreen. The screens are placed side-by-side on a single, ultra-wide screen. This design is almost identical to the current Mercedes-Benz products.

The majority of models come with an eight-passenger configuration. They also have a three-piece second row bench seat that can be used as a table. The SX-Prestige features a pair “VIP lounge” powered-operated captain’s chairs with full recline and detachable leg rests. These chairs can also swivel towards the middle of the vehicle, making it easier to reach the rearmost bench. The third row seat in a minivan is spacious enough to accommodate adults and full-grown teenagers.

With the third-row seat in use and 40 cubic feet of luggage space, the Carnival is larger than any other minivans. The maximum cargo space for models with a second-row removable is 145.1 cubic feet. However, the SX-Prestige has a much smaller cargo space because its VIP lounge chairs can’t be removed. However, the Carnival has fewer places to store everyday items than the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey.

The Carnival has two screens in the rear (SX and higher) and a camera that tracks the passengers behind (on all trims except the base trim). Passenger Voice Control lets rear-seat passengers push a button on a ceiling to activate the voice control system.

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