2022 Kia Carnival is a party on wheels

    The new Carnival seems much more rugged than the Sedona it replaces. 
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    Kia is out of the minivan enterprise — properly, relying on who you ask. The unpopular Sedona family-hauler is gone, supplanted by the colorfully named 2022 Kia Carnival, which is billed as a multipurpose car, or MPV for brief. The South Korean automaker is making an attempt to fill a vaguely outlined white house with this product, which occurs to be a tall and boxy machine with three rows of seats, cavernous inside house and a sliding door on both sides. What form of car does that describe? Come on, Kia: Embrace the minivan, particularly for the reason that Carnival is so good.

    LikePerfect transmission performanceOpen, ethereal interiorFriendly tech

    Don’t LikeSomewhat noisy at speedPiano-black trimUnsettled journey

    Whatever you’re feeling like calling it, the 2022 Carnival is constructed on Kia’s third-generation N3 platform, which underpins different automobiles just like the good-looking Sorento SUV and avant-garde K5 sedan. Giving it noticeably sturdier styling than the outdated Sedona, which was rounded as compared, the Carnival includes a modernized model of the model’s signature tiger-nose grille, full with distinctive sculpting and tasteful brightwork. For a extra rugged look, the wheel arches are accentuated, plus the hood is greater and flatter than what you may discover on different minivans. This can also be the primary Kia in America to function the model’s revamped emblem, which is trendy and angular, or as Roadshow evaluations editor Antuan Goodwin described it in a photograph caption, “K-backwards-N.” What has been seen can’t be unseen.Thanks to those design attributes, the Carnival seems extra sturdy than its rivals, significantly the billowy Chrysler Pacifica. But there’s solely a lot you are able to do with visible sleight-of-hand. This Kia remains to be undeniably a minivan, as evinced by its imposing two-box kind. Size-wise, the Carnival is in lockstep with rivals — its 121.7-inch wheelbase stands out as the longest of the bunch, nevertheless it’s simply 0.1 inches better than the Chrysler’s. At 203 inches from grille to liftgate, it is an inch or two shorter than its rivals, with the Honda Odyssey being the longest of the group (if solely simply).

    That beneficiant dimension provides the Carnival loads of inside house. Behind its 60/40-split third-row seat, which manually folds into the ground with the pull of a pair handles and an enormous downward shove, you get 40.2 cubic ft of cupboard space. Behind the second-row chairs it gives 86.9 cubic ft so that you rise up to 145.1 cubes to play with, greater than in all however the voluminous Odyssey.Aside from capaciousness, consolation is one other one of many Carnival’s sturdy fits on this midrange EX mannequin. The Slide-Flex second-row chairs are lots comfy and supportive, plus they simply transfer fore and aft by a major quantity, although they don’t fold into the ground like Chrysler’s ingenious Stow ‘n Go system. For most cargo house, you have to take away them and hope you do not pull a muscle in your again. Ensuring passengers have entry to energy, USB ports are built-in into the entrance seatbacks. Mirroring the Toyota Sienna, the range-topping SX Prestige mannequin options twin VIP lounge seats, which slide, recline and have built-in ottomans for added luxurious. They additionally supply energy controls in addition to heating and air flow for all-season consolation. The Carnival’s third-row seat is accommodating with loads of house too, even for lanky adults. As with the second row, passengers in guidance have entry to a pair of USB ports. No matter the place you are sitting, there’s virtually sufficient headroom on this car for Shaquille O’Neal to bolt upright whereas sporting a prime hat.

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    Spacious and comfy, the Carnival’s inside is fashionable and properly constructed. The dashboard is easy and cleanly laid out. The local weather controls, that are partly comprised of bodily switches and touch-sensitive buttons, are clearly labeled and straightforward to function. Aside from there being just a little an excessive amount of piano-black trim (a magnet for mud and fingerprints) on this EX mannequin, the supplies used are of top quality, all the things is assembled with painstaking precision and nothing is unfastened or in any other case low cost feeling.

    An 8-inch touchscreen is customary tools within the base LX mannequin, full with wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. EX and better fashions, nonetheless, include a a lot bigger 12.3-inch show, which is dwelling to a swanky infotainment system. This multimedia array is extremely snappy, responding to finger inputs virtually instantaneously, plus it is a cakewalk to make use of, with virtually zero studying curve. This makes the Carnival a type of automobiles you’ll be able to soar proper in and begin utilizing with out having to thumb by the proprietor’s guide or waste time determining how issues work. This infotainment system additionally seems cool. Icons on the house display screen resemble little neon indicators and the radio tuner is styled like nixie tubes, a playful contact. EX and better fashions additionally come customary with a wi-fi charging plate and each cabin digicam and intercom methods — so the motive force can maintain tabs on and talk with passengers within the again seats.The Carnival is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that belts out 290 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. This Kia has a couple of extra horses in its steady than the Pacifica and Odyssey, however unexpectedly, all three of those minivans have an an identical quantity of torque. The Carnival’s engine is quiet and clean, the little tingles produced by all V6s are properly attenuated, with little vibration being felt inside. Acceleration is nice, the van pulling properly if you punch it, a efficiency aided by the super-responsive eight-speed computerized transmission. As gearboxes go, this one is ideal: imperceptibly clean, quick-witted and desperate to downshift if you want extra oomph. What extra might you ask for?The Carnival’s cabin is roomy, properly constructed and intensely comfy. 
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    Fuel economic system is correct according to the Carnival’s main rivals. The Kia stickers at 19 mpg metropolis and 26 mpg freeway. Combined, it is rated at 22 mpg, an identical to a front-wheel drive, non-plug-in Pacifica or the Honda Odyssey. Naturally, the hybrid-only Sienna blows this Kia away like topsoil throughout the Dust Bowl with its across-the-board score of as much as 36 mpg (as does the pricier Pacifica plug-in hybrid, which returns 82 MPGe when working solely on electrical energy). If most gas economic system issues, get the Toyota. If towing prowess tops your chart, nab the Chrysler, because it’s rated to pull as much as 3,600 kilos, 100 greater than the Carnival, Odyssey or Sienna.The Carnival’s steering is mild and fairly fast, which helps this minivan really feel nimble and a bit smaller than it’s. The customary lane-keeping help expertise is exceptionally good, by no means sawing on the wheel or darting for the ditch when a line will get interrupted. The out there adaptive cruise management works a deal with, too. Standard driver aids embrace blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping help and reverse parking sensors.Dynamic downsides are few, however the Carnival’s greatest weak spot is its unsettled journey. Choppy, noisy and on the floaty aspect, this family-hauler can really feel a bit uneasy at instances. A full load of kiddies and cargo would in all probability settle issues down, however the unladen tuning wants just a little extra work to essentially get issues dialed in. Commotion from the tires and wind can also be noticeable at pace, probably exacerbated by the cavernous inside.  Minivan or MPV, it actually does not matter what you name the 2022 Kia Carnival as a result of it is a fantastic car.
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    An enticing and well-rounded providing, the 2022 Kia Carnival is obtainable in 4 trim ranges: LX, EX, SX and SX Prestige. Base value for this not-so-mini van is 33 large ones and alter, together with $1,175 in supply charges. As it sits, the EX mannequin proven right here checks out for a not-unreasonable $38,775.If you are searching for a minivan, thanks! More drivers can be clever to contemplate one in all these versatility all-stars over the SUVs everyone seems to be obsessive about lately. Making the choice even simpler (or maybe tougher), you’ll be able to’t purchase a nasty minivan. All the most important gamers are nice in their very own manner. The fuel-sipping Toyota Sienna is fingers down essentially the most economical mannequin and not using a plug; Chrysler’s Pacifica seems the nicest as Stow ‘n Go nonetheless blows the competitors away; and the Honda Odyssey is essentially the most well-rounded of the bunch and certain the perfect to drive. As for the Carnival, it is as wonderful an choice as any, and has no bother going toe-to-toe not simply with different minivans, however with three-row SUVs, too.

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