If you’re a prospective consumer looking to buy a new car or in the market for a lease, then automotive publications like Autotrader may be a well-known name by now. Known for their reviews, car buying information, and the lists they put together every year, Autotrader is a lot like the many other websites out there helping consumers get the details about a car purchase before setting foot on the lot. In February 2021, Autotrader put together its “Best New Cars for 2021” list, and the new 2021 Kia Sorento and Kia K5 were named on the list. This year, the all new multi-purpose vehicle from Kia Corp earned its place for the “Best New Cars for 2022” by Autotrader, the new 2022 Kia Carnival MPV.
“The Kia Carnival is notable for two specific reasons. First, it proves you don’t need to buy from a traditional luxury brand to get a truly luxurious vehicle. And second, Kia has taken the best parts of a family car and combined those with the utility, look, and appeal of a high-end SUV…Kia vehicles are so significantly different today versus just a few years ago, new car shoppers owe it to themselves to test drive a Kia before making a final decision.” – Brian Moody, Executive Editor, AutoTrader
“Luxurious” is the key word here. Kia Corp has been trying to make their way into the luxury vehicle segment for the last few years, after beating the competition in J.D. Power studies, Kia Corp has made it to the top of the list many times over. If the mass-market can no longer contain the South Korean automaker, then the luxury market is next, and it’s not like Kia hasn’t been making vehicles that are cheaper and still better than luxury vehicles that go for $100,000. Just take a look at this competition between the Kia Stinger and luxury sports vehicles. For a fraction of the price, the Kia Stinger is not only more affordable, but faster than the likes of a BMW 640i Gran Coupe and the Porsche Panamera. A starting MSRP of $31,900 (plus destination fee), the Kia Stinger puts the $85,000 (plus destination fee) Porsche to shame.
The way Kia breaks the mold with the MPV is the design is much more akin to that of an SUV, and the “multi-purpose” term is not just a name. Overcoming the common stereotypes of an SUV, or what some may even call a van, the Carnival MPV looks like an SUV on the outside, but on the inside, meets the demands of family units. A VIP lounge with raised power footrests, customizable leather seat trim, a panoramic sunroof, and two rows of heated and ventilated leather seats are just the start of the luxury found inside the cabin. Two dual 12.3-inch displays stretch across the dashboard for the driver and front passenger, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard. A 12-speaker Bose stereo provides the highest level of sound quality, and rear entertainment system connect to the infotainment system, giving more control and accessibility to the center console infotainment system. The Best New Cars for 2022 list contains only twelve vehicles, selected by a team of experts at Autotrader. All vehicles chosen for the list are new or redesigned vehicles for 2022 and available for purchase within the next nine months. 2022 marks the third year Kia made the list. So, do you want to find your Best New Car for 2022? Find the Kia Carnival MPV at Miami Lakes Automall.