2022 Kia Carnival MPV. Credit: Kia.
Kia is taking its own carnival on the road - literally. As in, that�s the name of its new sort-of minivan. Technically, Kia calls the all-new 2022 Kia Carnival a Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV), describing it as taking the �unoccupied space between SUV and family hauler�. Whatever you call it, the three-row Carnival replaces the outgoing Sedona and it�s the first vehicle that will wear Kia�s new logo on its hood. It will come in four trim levels: LX, EX, SX, and SX Prestige and offer a Kia proclaimed best-in-class passenger room and best-in-class cargo room.
The Carnival�s boxy design features cues found on the Kia Telluride, Sorento, and Seltos. Design elements include a modernized �tiger nose� grille with integrated high-tech LED headlamps, dramatic hood lines, brawny wheel arches and a bold beltime running the length of the vehicle, joining front and rear lamps. It will ride on either 17- or 19-inch wheels.
Other design features include:
There are three colors choices for the interior - which seats 7- or 8-passengers. You�ll find high-gloss black surfaces in the interior, with chrome accents and integrated slim metal air vents. Kia says it offers:
The Carnival also offers a bunch of other features:
Standard and optional technology includes:
The 2022 Carnival is underpinned by the same all-new 3rd generation �N3� platform as the Sorento and new K5 sedan. It�s lighter, stronger and quieter than the outgoing architecture with:
The Carnival is front-wheel drive and powered by a 3.5-liter V6 GDI Engine. Kia says it offers best-in-class 290-horsepower and 262 lb.-ft of torque. It�s mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and officers 3,500 pounds of towing capacity.
Standard Kia Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) features include:
In addition, the Carnival offers several available �Kia Drive Wise� Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) for additional peace of mind:
Pricing and Availability
The Carnival goes on sale in the second quarter of 2021 starting from $32,100. The top-of-the-line SX Prestige trim takes you quite a bit higher. It will start from $46,100. Prices do not include destination charges of $1,175.
March 03, 2021