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Known as the automaker’s luxury entry into the auto market, the Kia Carnival is more than just an SUV, and it’s definitely not a minivan. Called a Multi-purpose Vehicle, this MPV has the best of both worlds. First introduced in 2022, the Kia Carnival is not only affordable, but offers an upscale lounge interior with strong and robust exterior style. Plus, the latest in Kia Corp tech, with an all-digital dashboard available in select trims, the future of automobiles.

2023 KIA CARNIVAL

290

Max. Horsepower

3.5-liter V6

Engine Type

Kia Connect

Avail. Tech

2023 KIA CARNIVAL Performance
2023 KIA CARNIVAL Performance

Performance

Engine Type

The new lineup for the 2023 Kia Carnival is LX, LX with a Seat Package (probably leather upgrades), EX, SX, and SX Prestige. Aside from that, not much has changed in terms of engineering for 2022. The same powertrain is doing the heavy lifting, a 3.5-liter V6 engine able to generate 290 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque.

Engineering

The engine is tied to an eight-speed automatic transmission, standard across the lineup. Front-wheel drive is the only drivetrain available, making fuel economy across the lineup also the same – 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Not bad for larger vehicle, especially one with an impressive 3,500-pound towing capacity.

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2023 KIA CARNIVAL Style
2023 KIA CARNIVAL Style

Style

Exterior Features

Much of the 2022 style returns, such as the front grille with a new gloss, a stylish and modern KIA logo, and LED headlights. Flashy features are standard across the lineup, including heated and power-adjustable side mirrors with turn signals, a rear spoiler with LED taillights, solar control glass on the front windshield, rear privacy glass, power sliding doors, a sound-absorbing front windshield, automatic headlights, and LED daytime running lights (DRLs). The main differences are found on the EX and up trims, such as a Smart Power Liftfgate, solar control glass on the front door windows (and sound-absorbing glass for the SX trims). The SX and SX Prestige come with LED fog lights, and only the SX Prestige comes with LED taillights and dual sunroofs. 17-inch wheels are the standard, with 19-inch wheels on the EX and up trims.

Interior Features

Cloth upholstery is only standard on the LX, with the LX Seat Package, EX, and SX coming with Kia SynTex seating trim, and genuine leather only in the SX Prestige. A 6-way manual adjustable driver’s seat is standard in the LX, along with a 4-way manual adjustable passenger’s seat, also standard in the LX Seat Package and EX. The rest of the lineup come with an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat with 2-way power lumbar support instead (4-way power lumbar support on the SX trims), plus heated front seats. The SX and SX Prestige come with an 8-way power-adjustable passenger’s seat and ventilated front seats with memory.

The 2023 Kia Carnival can sit up to seven people, but the rest of the lineup can seat eight passengers. Every trim comes with second-row sliding, removable & reversible seats and 60/40 split-folding third row seats, and every trim past the LX comes with second-row slide-flex seating, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-wrapped gear shift knob. The EX trim and up come with tri-zone auto climate control with auto de-fog. Only the SX Prestige can transform the rear into a second row VIP lounge with upgraded seats with headrests and leg extensions and comes with a heated steering wheel.

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2023 KIA CARNIVAL Technology
2023 KIA CARNIVAL Technology

Technology

Entertainment

The LX, LX Seat Package, and EX trims may come with a 4.2-inch instrument cluster plus and 8-inch touchscreen, but the SX and SX Prestige come with a dual-screen 12.3-inch instrument display, plus a 12.3-inch touchscreen, making the entire dashboard a 24.6-inch digital wonderland with navigation and Kia Connect included. Regardless, Apple CarPlay, Google Android Auto, and Bluetooth wireless technology are standard, plus voice recognition, and steering-wheel mounted audio, hands-free phone, and cruise control. The EX trims and up come with SiriusXM Satellite Radio, a Wi-Fi Hotspot, rear seat voice recognition, and an in-cabin camera and intercom system. A six-speaker is standard on the LX trims, an eight-speaker system on the EX and SX, and the SX Prestige comes with a 12-speaker Bose premium sound system. Only the SX trims can upgrade to add a dual-screen rear entertainment system.

Safety Features and Warranty

Consumers will find all the basic safety features on the 2023 Kia Carnival, including dual front advanced airbags, dual front seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, a rollover sensor, an anti-lock brake system, stability and traction control systems, a rear occupant alert system, rear-camera display, and LATCH child-seat ready anchors. Across all trims, advanced systems include lane following assist, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, driver attention warning with leading vehicle departure alert, blind-spot collision-avoidance assist-parallel exit, rear-cross traffic collision avoidance assist, safe exit assist, a rear view monitor, and rear occupant alert with ultrasonic sensors.

Forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian detection is standard, plus cyclist & junction turning on the EX and up. These trims also come with highway driving assist and navigation-based smart cruise control with stop and go. The SX trims came with a blind-spot view monitor and a surround view monitor. A Parking distance warning system for the rear is standard, plus a warning system for the front on the EX, SX, and SX Prestige trims. The SX and SX Prestige also come with parking collision-avoidance assist-reverse.

The 2023 Kia Carnival is backed by the industry’s best warranty. This includes a 10 year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, a 5 year/60,000-mile limited basic warranty, a 5 year/100,000-mile limited anti-perforation warranty, and a 5 year/60,000-mile roadside assistance plan.

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