The New 2022 Kia Carnival - Serving Up a VIP Treatment

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The new 2022 Kia Carnival has a new name, a new emblem, new technology, and safety features. All these are coupled to a fresh look on the inside and outside. 


Emily MacKinnon

, Executive Assistant in
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The 2022 Kia Carnival is an MPV that was previously known as the Sedona. The Model, which seats up to eight passengers compares to the Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, and the three-row crossover SUVs like the Kia Telluride.

New Features of the 2022 Kia Carnival?

The squared-off corners of the Kia Carnival make it resemble an SUVs crossover on the showroom floor, but you can distinguish it because the car has sliding side doors and distinctive rear. These are apparent indicators of its family-hauler nature. under the hood has a V-6 engine with a 3.5-litre fuel capacity, 290 Hp, and 118 lb-ft of torque powers the Carnival. It has a happy-medium acceleration range and can tow 3500lb when paired with 8-speed automatic transmission. The car surpasses Telluride's updated V-6 and the turbo-4 and hybrid power trains available in the new 2021 Sorento. The minivan is far more enjoyable to drive than its predecessor, with a smooth, well-damped ride.


The all-new 2022 Kia Carnival boasts a calm, appealing interior with many luxury materials and modifications, giving it an upscale appearance and feel. It also accomplishes everything you'd expect a minivan to do: It boasts enough capacity for people and luggage, a plethora of user-friendly electronic options, and comfy, supportive seats.

The car can accommodate up to eight passengers, with 4 or 5 people sitting in supreme comfort and luxury in the VIP section. Second-row passengers enjoy warmed and conditioned leather seats that recline and have extending footrests, similar to those found on airplanes. Second-row seats that slide instead of fold are more convenient, but they can't be folded under the vehicle. As a result, the Carnival joins the ranks of the Sienna and Odyssey as a useful minivan. However, the Pacifica remains the pinnacle.

Cargo Space

The Carnival has 12.3 cubic meters of cargo capacity behind the third-row seats. The space can be extended to 26.5 cubic meters when row three is folded and 44.2 cubic meters when row two and three are folded. Most other minivans lack the space behind the rear seats that this Kia provides. Its maximum capacity is standard for the class.

Because the second-row lounge seats cannot be folded, cargo space in the SX Prestige model is limited to 26.5 cubic meters. There's plenty of small-item storage spread throughout the vehicle, as well as 11 cup holders. For added convenience, there is also a power liftgate with hands-free operation.


The attractive Carnival dorns an SUV's exterior design which is a good substitute for a high-riding crossover. Its light SUV features, on the other hand, are paired to a huge minivan body. The Carnival's squared rear end pays homage to Kia's SUVs with a fitted roof spoiler and a fake rear skid plate. A side-facing chrome-like back pillar is a more massive expansion of the Sorento's odd corner window. Still, it's shaped like the pillars of Telluride. The buff wheel arches fit 17in black wheels, and the black rocker panels have chrome on them for more glamour.

The beltline arcs recess around the car through the sliding side door to physically connect the full-width rear lights to the LED headlights. Daytime running lights with kinks swoop over fog lights to frame a grille that seems concave due to the size progression from bottom to top. The new Kia Carnival could be mistaken for an SUV if it weren't for the distinctive back end and the sliding side doors.


What is the safety level of the Kia Carnival?

According to crash-test results from the IIHS, which earned it a Top Safety Pick, the 2022 Kia Carnival minivan can avoid and withstand wrecking collisions. The car has an automatic emergency braking system at low speeds, monitors for blind spots, sensors for reverse parking, active lane control, and a driver attention warning system.

However, upper models get high-speed automated emergency braking, a camera system with a 360-degree view, and adaptive cruise control. These cars also have blind-spot cameras, front parking sensors, and an inner-car intercom camera that lets the driver see and hear what's happening on the second and the third rows. Because of the Carnival's low beltline, outward vision is excellent as long as the rear-seat headrests are down.

So, is the Kia Carnival worth buying?


The Kia Carnival is an excellent minivan. It boasts a powerful V6 engine, gets decent gas mileage, and provides a comfortable VIP ride with precise handling. With up-market materials and three rows of seats, the interior looks fantastic. There's plenty of cargo space, including a class-best amount behind the third-row seats. There are also several standard amenities, such as different driver aid technologies and an easy-to-use infotainment system.

If you're in the market for a minivan, the Carnival is a great option. You can find the latest Carnival at You will love it!

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About the author
Emily MacKinnon
, Executive Assistant
Originally from Nova Scotia, Emily has spent the last 9 years in sales and customer service. A jack of all trades. She hopes to be able to help educate and get people excited about their next car purchases through her expression in these blogs.

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