2022 Kia Carnival

authorBy Aayush
It has a lot of features, is spacious, and is less expensive than some of its competitors.
Only available in FWD. Third row access is limited due to the VIP Lounge seating and the Carnival is not particularly fuel-efficient.
It's a fantastic vehicle with amenities that cater to the comfort and convenience of both front and rear passengers. It is more powerful and better looking than the competitors, while also being competitively priced. The ride is comfortable and the transmission is smooth.

Does it have any competitors or rivals?

Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna

What’s interesting about the 2022 Carnival?

  • Middle Row captain’s chairs are heated and ventilated on SX Prestige
  • Camera to see middle and third row passengers
  • Zoom in and Zoom out feature for 360 degree camera

How about the prices and trims?

The Carnival comes in 5 trims: LX ($32,300), LX Seat Package ($34,300), EX ($37,800), SX ($41,300) and SX Prestige ($46,300).

Starting Price (USD)
3.5 liter V6
8 speed Auto
Power (hp)
Torque (lb-ft)
0-60 mph (s)
Towing Capacity (lbs)
LX Seat Pack
SX Prestige
  • Auto Emergency Brake Control
  • Blind Spot Alert
  • Rear Seat Alert
  • 8 inch screen
  • Rear View Monitor
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Power Sliding Doors

  • Powered Driver’s seat with Lumbar
  • Heated Front Seats
  • 8 passenger seating

  • 19 inch wheels
  • Kia Connect with 12.3 inch Display
  • Smartphone Liftgate
  • Passenger View and Passenger talk
  • Wireless Phone Charger
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Tri-Zone Climate Control
  • Forward Parking Distance

  • 19 inch black alloys
  • Dual rear screens
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Memory seats
  • Power Passenger Seats
  • 115V socket
  • Rear Parking Collision Assist
  • LED fog lamps

  • Dual Sunroofs
  • Blind View Monitor
  • 12 Speaker Bose Premium Speed
  • Heated and Ventilated Rear seats
  • Heated Steering
  • LED Projector Lights

Which one do we recommend?

We recommend going for the EX trim since it has most of the features you will need. Depending on your needs and how you want to utilize the car, you can choose between the SX and SX Prestige trim levels.

What about its availability?

Kia Carnival will be on sale at your local Kia dealerships.

What about its performance and handling?

It has the most amount of power in its class, with 290 hp. However, minivans are not known for being sporty so if you are expecting something thrilling, you'll be disappointed. At highway speeds, the Carnival is comfortable and stable. The steering is a little numb, but it gets the job done when it comes to city driving. The brakes are adequate, and the transmission is smooth but not particularly quick.

How Utilitarian is it?

It can tow up to 3500 pounds, but given that it is only available in FWD and has little ground clearance, it is evident that it is more at home on paved roads.

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How’s the interior?

Headroom, Front/Middle/Rear (Inches)
Legroom, Front/Rear (Inches)
Cargo volume (Cubic Feet)
40.9 / 39.5 / 38.6(39.7 / 37.6 / 36.5 in SX Prestige with Dual Sunroofs)
41.1 / 40.5 / 35.6
40.2 / 86.9 (without third row) / 145.1 (without second row)

The interior is attractive thanks to a mix of textures, materials, and Piano gloss black trims. The seats are comfortable and give a commanding view of the road ahead. With various adjustments in seat height, recline position, and lumbar, you ride will be an immensely pleasurable experience. The dashboard also has a chrome element which runs across its length and also on the C pillar.

There is ample amounts of space in the cabin. Passengers in the third row will like the amount of room and the number of cupholders and sunshades provided.

The VIP lounge chairs are comfortable. The rear passengers get AC vents for the second and third row both.

The captain's chairs in the middle row (7-seat arrangement) can also be moved sideways for more customizability. There are plenty of storage spaces in the cabin and a 120 V home style socket and 12V socket on the rear side of the center console, and in the trunk.

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The cargo volume is large and has a cavity for the third row seats to fold in which can also be used to expand vertical space while the third row seats are up. The cargo walls also have storage pockets.


  • Comfortable and powered front and middle row seats (higher trims)
  • Plenty of space in all three rows
  • Materials are nice and of good quality


  • Headroom (with dual sunroof on SX Prestige) may not be enough for taller passengers even in the middle row.
  • Button to move the front seats forward area available for rear passengers - good for comfort but not so good when you are traveling with kids.
  • Access to the third row is restricted in the VIP lounge seat.

Infotainment and connectivity

The Carnival comes with 8-inch center touchscreen and analogue dials (driver’s display) on the lower trims with a full digital display and a 12.3-inch center touchscreen on middle and higher trims.

There are up to 9 USB ports in total, with two in the front row, two in the middle row, and two in the third row.

The dual rear seat screens in the SX and SX Prestige trims are bright and include an HD display, as well as built-in Netflix and YouTube availability standard, and a kid's mode that includes YouTube for Kids and some games.


  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard
  • Touch Screen is responsive and intuitive
  • Blindspot monitor in the driver’s display every time you indicate a lane change
  • Quiet Mode turns off rear speakers
  • 12-speaker Bose Premium Sound System available on SX Prestige


  • The Full screen driver’s display is not much customizable

How about the technology and features?

It comes with a host of features. Some driver oriented features are available such as Passenger View (a camera to view the passengers with a zoom feature) and Passenger Talks which captures the front occupants’ voice through a microphone and pumps it in the back through speakers. The middle row occupants get climate control as well as voice control.

Given the length of the minivan, a 360-degree camera is a welcome addition. The car also has Auto Opening Doors: stand next to the door, regardless of row, or liftgate you want to open for three seconds and it will open up automatically.


  • Wireless charger
  • Both the sunroofs can be opened and tilted
  • Highway Drive Assist


  • No rear view camera mirror
  • Auto Dimming rear view mirror with Homelink is not standard ($350)

How’s the exterior?

Kia has gone to great lengths to distinguish their new minivan from other minivans. From certain angles, the flat front, boxy shape, and flared fenders and body lines give it the appearance of an SUV. The front fascia dons an aggressive design with bold headlamps and front grille. The grille has rectangular 3D elements which gives it an assertive look and a good road presence. The headlights and tail lights are impressive. The high beams are not integrated in the headlamps and sit separately on the front grille. The indicator is an LED strip which is also the DRLs, and runs to the bottom of the headlights from the side of the front grille. The real lights are in the form of a lightbar which runs across the width of the vehicle and has a distinctive LED design inside it. The indicator lights for the rear fascia are not integrated either and sit low on the bumpers.

Both the 17-inch and the 19-inch wheels look good but the 19-inch wheels do give it a better stance. Their blacked out appearance, in some people’s eyes, may give it a more sporty look. Overall, the Carnival looks better than its competitors and demonstrates that Kia was aiming for an SUV-like design to propel it higher up the automobile hierarchy, at least in terms of cosmetics.

What warranty and safety does it offer?

  • 5-year/60,000-mile bumper to bumper limited warranty.
  • 10-year/100,000-mile coverage on the powertrain
  • No complimentary scheduled maintenance
  • It has features like Adaptive Cruise Control, Auto Braking, Forward Collision Avoidance, Pedestrian Detection and Auto Braking, Blindspot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Safe Exit Assist, Lane Keep Assist, Auto High Beams and Parking Collision Avoidance.
  • It has nine airbags

The Carnival hasn’t been tested by the NHTSA but has earned the Top Safety Pick badge by IIHS

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