With the 2022 Carnival, Kia
pumps a breath of recent air into the minivan market.
Replacing the Sedona in the lineup, the 2022 Kia Carnival is designed to attraction to SUV patrons with its upright, squared-off styling.
With its new 290-horsepower V-6 engine, the Carnival packs extra energy than its predecessor and the competitors.
Kia addresses failings in the Sedona by giving the Carnival a extra versatile, roomy and finely crafted inside, plus a formidable suite of normal driver-assistance applied sciences.
Notably, the Korean automaker refers to the Carnival as a “multipurpose vehicle,” somewhat than a minivan. It’s a advertising ploy that has failed when tried by different corporations in the previous.
Considered as a minivan, the 2022 Kia Carnival goes head-to-head with long-established and stronger-selling rivals, together with the Honda
Sienna and Chrysler Pacifica/Voyager.
Both the Sienna and Pacifica can be found with hybrid powertrains (commonplace on the Toyota), an possibility missing in the Carnival. The Sienna additionally gives all-wheel drive (AWD) as an possibility, whereas Carnival is simply out there in front-wheel-drive (FWD) kind.
Overall, minivans have been falling out of favor with customers. But as folks movers – and occasional cargo haulers – minivans nonetheless maintain a number of benefits over giant SUVs when it comes to flexibility and comfort.
Given its lengthy listing of enhancements, the 2022 Kia Carnival comes out swinging and deserves sturdy consideration if a minivan is in your radar.
What’s new for 2022?
As an all-new entry for 2022, the Kia Carnival packs quite a few fascinating options. Under the hood is a new 3.5-liter V6, which develops 290 horsepower. That’s up from 275 hp in the 3.3-liter 2021 Kia Sedona.
Up to eight passengers might be carried. The 3-row seating structure is revised to offer extra flexibility, particularly with the second-row seats, that are detachable (besides in SX Prestige trim).
With the second-row seats eliminated and the third row folded flat into the ground, the Carnival boasts best-in-class cargo room, helpful when that you must choose up a load of constructing supplies as an alternative of a bunch of college youngsters.
The Carnival might be ordered with second-row “lounge” seats, with heating and cooling capabilities, in addition to leg helps to present passengers the full luxurious limo expertise.
For infotainment, the Carnival steps up, with two giant show screens, one in entrance of the driver and an 8-in. heart touchscreen, which grows to 12.3 inches when the navigation system is ordered.
If the driver or entrance passenger wants to speak to these in the again, there’s an intercom system, plus second-row passengers can now management many automobile capabilities by means of voice instructions.
When it involves security options, Kia equips the Carnival with 12 driver-assistance techniques as commonplace. This is greater than the competitors and is backed up by a number of non-obligatory security techniques, resembling a blind-spot view monitor. This alerts the driver to potential hazards by projecting a dwell video view of adjoining lanes in the instrument cluster. No different minivan gives this function.
What we like
- Powerful engine
- Upscale cabin
- Flexible seating configuration
- Cargo functionality
- Safety options
What we don’t
- No hybrid possibility
- Questionable gas financial system
How a lot?
Kia has but to announce costs for the 2022 Carnival. But final yr’s Kia Sedona minivan was priced from $30,400 for the base LX mannequin (plus $1,175 for vacation spot price). Sedona costs ranged to $41,500 for the prime SX trim.
We anticipate Kia to stay pretty shut to those costs for the Carnival, given the market circumstances, sturdy competitors and the model’s status for worth.
Fuel financial system
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has but to check the 2022 Kia Carnival’s gas financial system.
In EPA testing, the Sedona returned 18 miles per gallon (mpg) in the metropolis, 24 mpg on the freeway, and 21 mpg mixed. These should not spectacular numbers and regardless of its bigger engine, we might anticipate the Carnival to do higher.
Standard options and choices
There are 4 2022 Carnival trim ranges; LX, EX, SX and SX Prestige.
All Carnival trims share the identical exterior design, which places an emphasis on SUV-like toughness in its boxy form.
At the entrance, the Carnival sports activities the acquainted Kia grille design however debuts a new model emblem for the first time.
Raised wheel arches entrance and rear intensify the brawny design theme and there’s a sharp cutline operating alongside the whole facet of the automobile. The minivan rides on 17-inch wheels as commonplace.
With greater trim ranges, 19-inch wheels are an possibility, with out there black gloss end.
Inside the cabin might be laid out in 7- or 8-passenger configuration. The heart of the dashboard is trimmed with gloss again surfaces, a chrome strip runs from side-to-side and there are metal-finish air vents.
Three inside colours can be found and the Carnival boasts best-in-class inside house for passengers and best-in-class cargo house behind the entrance seats of 145.1 cubic ft in the LX, EX and SX trims.
The 8-passenger “slide-flex” seating design permits a number of configurations. These embody a sliding second-row heart seat, which, when in its forward-most place, permits the entrance passenger to simply attain a child or baby in that seat. The heart seat additionally converts right into a desk if wanted.
In the greater trim 7-passenger configuration, power-adjustable, heated and cooled second-row lounge seats can be found with leg rests. In the SX-Prestige mannequin, these seats should not detachable, not like the commonplace second-row seats.
Convenience options embody hands-free opening, power-sliding facet doorways (operated with the good key). This function is commonplace on all trims. Available on EX trim and above is a hands-free energy liftgate and one button open/shut performance for the sliding doorways and liftgate.
There is an occupant-alert system, which may detect baby or pet motion in the second or third rows after the automobile has been locked. The system will alert the driver by sounding the horn, or by way of mobile phone utilizing the Kia UVO app.
Another neat safety-related function is dubbed secure exit help. This alerts occupants opening their doorways if site visitors is approaching. In this occasion, the system will lock the rear doorways if the Carnival is supplied with the out there energy baby lock possibility.
On EX, SX and SX-Prestige trims, a typical digicam system, with zoom and night time imaginative and prescient, will control kids in the third-row seat.
Standard on SX and SX-Prestige are twin rear screens, with wi-fi Apple and Android system display mirroring functionality.
Up entrance, the Carnival driver is handled to a typical 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a typical 8-in. heart touchscreen, with wi-fi Apple
CarPlay and Android Auto, plus wi-fi smartphone charging. A 12.3-inch touchscreen comes with the navigation system possibility.
There is an effective provide of USB ports, as much as 9, for all three rows and two 110-volt shops. A Bose premium audio system with 12 audio system offers sound for all occupants.
Infotainment is managed by Kia’s superior UVO system, which may present refined route steering, climate information and even voice management to permit customers to handle the Carnival’s local weather system, seat heating, audio system and extra.
Safety is a giant a part of the 2022 Carnival’s gross sales pitch. The minivan listing of normal driver-assist techniques consists of forward-collision avoidance, blind-spot avoidance help, rear cross-traffic collision avoidance help, lane-keeping help, lane-following help, lane-departure warning and high-beam automated dipping.
On prime of those options, there are extra out there, together with blind-spot view monitor, forward-collision avoidance help that detects cyclists, parking collision avoidance help and a surround-view monitor to present a 360-degree birds-eye view utilizing 4 automobile cameras.
The 2021 Sedona carried out nicely in crash exams carried out by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). We anticipate the Carnival to maintain up these requirements.
Behind the wheel
We have but to drive the Carnival. However we appreciated the means the Sedona dealt with, for a minivan, with respectable steering response.
We anticipate Kia will keep or enhance the Sedona’s experience and dealing with qualities, plus the extra highly effective engine will give the Carnival a wanted increase in efficiency in contrast with its predecessor.
Check again quickly for an replace on the Carnival’s driving expertise.
Other automobiles to think about
2022 Honda Odyssey – As the longtime commonplace setter amongst minivans, the Honda Odyssey remains to be the one to beat.
2022 Toyota Sienna – Toyota ups the Sienna’s recreation with a typical hybrid powertrain and loads of Odyssey rivaling options.
2022 Chrysler Pacifica – Another key minivan with hybrid and all wheel drive availability, the Pacifica is a should look contender.
Unless you really want the limo-like seating set-up of the SX-Prestige, we suggest going with the extra versatile 8-passenger configuration EX trim. It could have most of the fascinating options and a formidable set of normal security techniques.
This story initially ran on Autotrader.com.