This is the second year for the Kia Carnival, a minivan that last year replaced a previous-generation model called the Sedona. Kia markets the Carnival as a “life utility vehicle” in a bid to shed the uncool minivan stigma, but don’t believe the hype: this is a minivan, and a good one, too.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
There are no significant changes to the Kia Carnival for 2023.
Kia offers the Carnival in LX, LX+, EX, EX+, and SX trim levels. All are powered by a 3.5L V6 and an eight-speed transmission.
Kia fits the Carnival LX with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights with auto high beams, manual A/C, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, and a heated windshield with washer nozzles.
Standard safety features include lane keep/follow assist, driver attention warning, forward collision mitigation, and rear parking sensors.
LX+ adds roof rails, three-zone A/C, wireless phone charging, passive keyless entry, a power driver’s seat, rear-door sun shades, heated front seats/steering wheel, and power sliding doors.
EX gains 19-inch wheels, LED taillights, power-folding side mirrors, two 110-volt power outlets, adaptive cruise control, safe exit assist, synthetic leather seats, power front passenger seat, blind spot monitoring, intersection turning assist, front parking sensors, and rear cross traffic alert.
EX+ brings LED fog lights, a 12.3-inch touchscreen, navigation, digital gauges, a blind spot camera, and surround-view monitors.
Finally, SX models get a dual-panel sunroof, a Bose stereo, LED cabin lighting, second-row captain’s seat, heated second row seats, ventilated front/second-row seats, and parking collision mitigation.
Kia’s fuel consumption estimates for the Carnival are 12.1/8.9 L/100 km (city/highway).
With the Carnival, Kia competes with the Chrysler Grand Caravan and Pacifica, Honda Odyssey, and Toyota Sienna.
This vehicle has not yet been reviewed
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