Kia is hoping you’ll have pleasurable the launch of its new minivan, nonetheless not title it that.

The 2022 Carnival replaces the Sedona in the lineup and Kia prefers to hunt the recommendation of with it as multi-purpose automotive so your youngsters aren’t mortified, I suppose.

The 2022 Kia Carnival is called a multi-purpose vehicle

The 2022 Kia Carnival is referred to as a multi-purpose automotive

Unfortunately for them, the precise truth is that it’s in regards to the equal measurement as a Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna or Chrysler Pacifica/Voyager and has sliding doorways and a deep cargo home behind its third row, so it is very a lot a minivan.

Its styling is boxier than any of these to present it additional of an SUV look, nevertheless, and it has a pair of dashing chrome panels on the edges that act as shiny sideburns in order in order so as to add some sudden aptitude.


Inside, the driving strain will acknowledge a low window line that provides good ahead visibility and a trendy dashboard with twin widescreen digital reveals for the instrument cluster and infotainment system. The coronary coronary heart stack is full of auxiliary controls, a lot of that are touchpads that proceed the modern look, nonetheless are finickier to make the most of than the same old buttons they substitute.


Despite matching up efficiently on paper, the cabin feels a little snugger than the opponents, notably in the third row. Prices vary from $33,275 to $47,770 for the easiest of the road SX Prestige I examined that provides a pair of vitality reclining “VIP” second-row captain’s chairs which can be pushed inboard and as soon as extra for optimum legroom if there’s nobody seated behind. They don’t flip and fold like the usual seats, nevertheless, so passengers ought to squeeze by the center aisle to appreciate the waybacks.


A dual-screen rear leisure system is furthermore included that is capable of mirror what’s on a smartphone and stream keep video from built-in apps like Netflix, Twitch and YouTube Kids.

Parents can keep watch over factors with by the use of a rear seat video monitor with night time imaginative and prescient and talk about by an intercom system that amplifies their voice. A motion-sensing detection system could even warn in case you’ve left anybody behind in the automotive and one totally different can verify for company and stop the rear doorways from opening till it passes by.


Getting into company is no draw again with a 290 hp V6 that’s the strongest in this small class, outgunning the Chryslers by a whopping three hp. Its 22 mpg blended gasoline monetary system score furthermore equals the Pacifica/Voyager’s and Odyssey’s, nonetheless falls wanting the hybrid-only Sienna’s 36 mpg score. It’s furthermore solely available on the market with front-wheel-drive, nonetheless can tow as a lot as 3,500 kilos.

The Carnival is primarily based completely on the equal platform as a results of the Kia K5 sedan and Sorento SUV and positively has larger experience high quality and dealing with that a typical minivan, nonetheless nonetheless feels its measurement.

To assist cope with that, it could get the equal vary of digital driver aids as Kia’s extreme SUV fashions, together with a 360-degree parking digital digital digicam, computerized emergency braking, blind spot video reveals that pop up in the instrument cluster and Kia’s Highway Driving Assistant, which holds the automotive smack in the middle of the lane, nonetheless requires a hand to stay on the wheel.

The Carnival is not going to be the celebration bus that its title implies, nevertheless it absolutely completely is dressed larger than the remaining and may make a fairly good entrance on the parental purple carpet that is the college pickup line.


2022 Kia Carnival

Base value: $33,275

As examined: $47,770

Type: 7-8 passenger front-wheel-drive minivan

Engine: 3.5L V8

Power: 290 hp, 262 lb-ft

Transmission: 8-speed computerized

MPG: 19 metropolis/26 hwy