2022 Kia Carnival SX
Miles Pushed: 202
Gas Used: 11.3 gallons
|CG Report Card|
|Room and Consolation||A-|
|Energy and Efficiency||B|
|Match and End||A-|
|Gas Financial system||B-|
|Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus different automobiles in the identical class. Worth grade is for particular trim degree evaluated, and will not replicate Client Information’s impressions of the whole mannequin lineup.|
|Large & Tall Consolation|
|Large & Tall consolation rankings are for entrance seats solely. “Large” ranking primarily based on male tester weighing roughly 350 kilos, “Tall” ranking primarily based on 6’6″-tall male tester.|
|Engine Specs||290-hp 3.5 liter|
|Drive Wheels||Entrance-wheel drive|
Actual-world gas economic system: 17.8 mpg
Driving combine: 70% metropolis, 30% freeway
EPA-estimated gas economic system: 19/26/22 (mpg metropolis/freeway/mixed)
Gas sort: Common gasoline
Base value: $41,100 (not together with $1175 vacation spot cost)
Choices on check automotive: Ceramic Silver paint ($495)
Value as examined: $42,770
The good: Glorious passenger room and luxury; satisfying acceleration
The great: Distinctive styling; upscale trim in and out; broad array of consolation and comfort options
The not so good: Hybrid and/or all-wheel-drive powertrains aren’t out there; experience high quality is barely much less composed than main class rivals’; some testers discovered steering really feel uncommunicative
Extra Carnival value and availability data
With its new-for-2022 Carnival, Kia is making an attempt to sidestep among the unfavourable connotations of the standard “soccer-mom” minivan. Actually, the corporate would like you not name the Carnival a minivan in any respect—it makes use of the time period MPV, for “multi-purpose car.” For the reason that Carnival has conventional minivan sliding facet doorways and is in truth the substitute for the Sedona minivan in Kia’s mannequin lineup, we’re going to go forward and name it a minivan… although we give Kia credit score for aiming so as to add a bit extra design aptitude to a phase which is commonly derided as dowdy (unfairly, in our view).
The Carnival’s SUV-esque nostril is boxier and extra distinguished than the everyday minivans, however it in some way manages to look modern as effectively. There’s a robust household resemblance to Kia’s wonderful Sorento midsize SUV as effectively, which we’re certain was no accident. Different highlights of the Carnival’s exterior styling are slim-profile LED headlights, a slick-looking full-width taillight, and distinctive textured satin-finish trim panels aft of the sliding rear doorways. SX and SX Status fashions get a beautiful concave grille texture with “floating” brightwork.
This gallery serves as a complement to our earlier highway check of a top-line SX Status mannequin, which you’ll be able to take a look at right here for extra data. This time, we examined the penultimate SX trim degree, which begins at $3500 greater than the mid-line EX trim however a cool 5 grand lower than the SX Status. For that cash, you’ll get fascinating commonplace options comparable to a dual-screen rear-seat leisure system, 360-degree surround-view monitor, ventilated entrance seats (along with heated), energy folding facet mirrors, and a parking collision-avoidance-assist system (which might mechanically apply the brakes if sensors detect an impending collision with an object behind the car).
Options unique to the top-line SX Status embody a heated steering wheel, 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster with blind-spot digicam shows, 12-speaker premium audio system, twin sunroofs, and reclining “VIP Lounge” second-row seats with flip-up footrests. That final merchandise is a doubtful improve in our ebook, for the reason that reclining perform shouldn’t be used with the car is in movement for security causes, and the seats can’t be folded or eliminated. You’ll must determine whether or not these options (and some different upgrades) are definitely worth the $5K premium over the “common” SX.
A couple of notes so as to add to our unique road-test evaluation: We noticed a precipitous drop in gas economic system in contrast our Carnival SX Status check car, as a consequence of a a lot greater proportion of metropolis driving and the frigid early-spring climate of our check interval this time round. We averaged simply 17.8 mpg on this check car in 70 p.c metropolis driving. That’s effectively under the EPA estimates, and in addition disappointing in comparison with the laudable 25.1 mpg we averaged in our check of the SX Status—which, to be honest, consisted of optimum extended-road-trip driving in balmy climate.
Gas economic system apart, we appreciated the Carnival’s well positioned USB charging ports, an essential consideration for a household hauler comparable to this. Along with the anticipated ports within the dashboard, there’s a USB port (in addition to twin cupholders) for the outboard third-row seats, and a USB port on the inboard facet of each entrance seatbacks (the place they’re accessible by both the front-seat or second-row occupants). The inboard facet of the front-passenger seatback additionally consists of useful switches for the ability seat/seatback changes, making it simple for second-row passengers or the motive force to regulate its place.
Dynamically, the Carnival is on par with its class rivals. The steering is buttery easy, in each a great way and a nasty approach… it has a refined really feel, however some drivers may discover it “overboosted” and uncommunicative, with an excessive amount of energy help and never sufficient suggestions from the highway. Aside from the SX Status’s VIP Lounge seats, the Carnival’s second-row seats don’t provide some other “parlor methods,” such because the Chrysler Pacifica’s Stow ‘n Go seats, the Honda Odyssey’s Magic Slide seats, or the Toyota Sienna’s Tremendous Lengthy Slide seats. Additionally, if you’d like all-wheel drive and/or a hybrid powertrain, you’ll must look to the Pacifica or the Sienna… the Carnival doesn’t provide both.
Nonetheless, this recent Kia is a viable rival to the established minivan competitors, due to its distinctive styling in and out, out there upscale trimmings, and beneficiant checklist of ordinary options.
Try the Client Information Automobile Stuff Podcast
Take a look at Drive: 2022 Kia Carnival SX Status
Take a look at Drive: 2021 Honda Odyssey Elite
6 Cool Issues concerning the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
Take a look at Drive: 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Pinnacle
First Spin: 2021 Toyota Sienna
The Minivan as a Limo: What’s the Lexus LM?
Try the Client Information Automobile Stuff Podcast
2022 Kia Carnival SX Gallery
(Click on under for enlarged pictures)
Forgotten Individuals-Movers: Greater than 30 Minivans You Don’t Keep in mind