Kia Motors has been doing really well as of late, revealing all kinds of new vehicles being added to the lineup in the coming years. The very cool all-electric EV6 is looking to be a high-tech automobile, and the high-class luxury sports sedan K8 could set a new standard for Kia Motors interior quality. The automaker recently restyled the Kia Optima for the next generation of the vehicle, turning it into a vicious sports car in the same family of the Kia Stinger. To celebrate, Kia renamed the Optima with the same moniker in South Korea, K5. Kia Motors then did the same when replacing the Kia Sedona, with a newly designed Kia Carnival MPV. Check out the highlights.
Keeping it simple, this new minivan/multi-purpose vehicle comes with four trims, all powered by the same powertrain. Under the hood of each vehicle is a 3.5-liter V6 engine optimized with gasoline direct injection (GDI), capable of generating a best-in-class 290 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission is standard for each trim. It responds well and has just enough punch to say “That’s not a minivan”.
Able to seat eight passengers, the 2022 Kia Carnival MPV comes with an interesting second row. Each seat is its own distinct seat, making up three seats versus a split-row bench. Designed with a Slide-Flex seating system, the center slides forward and back, and the seats on either end can slide side-to-side. Reaching a child in the rear is easy, and for older children, the middle seat folds up for a cupholder and somewhere to rest their phone versus their pocket.
Kia Motors is known to be upgrading its tech every year, and all three rows of the Carnival MPV come with features to entertain occupants. Up front, an 8-inch touchscreen display is the standard, also with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. UVO link, a Bose Premium sound system, and a sound system with 12 high-performance speakers are available features on select trims. This also includes Smart Speaker Integration with Amazon-Alexa and/or Google-Assistant functionality.
If looking for comfort, consumers can choose a 7-passenger setup instead and exchange the second row for heated and ventilated paradise with VIP Lounge Seating, power controls, wing-out headrests, and leg extensions. More standard features include hands-free opening power sliding doors with Smart Key. Past the base trim, consumers can get Passenger Talk with a new cabin intercom system, and Passenger Voice Recognition for in-vehicle functions by multiple passengers. The SX and SX-Prestige come with Dual Rear Screen Entertainment Monitors with Wireless Apple and Android device screen mirroring.
Driver and passenger safety has also been improved with a Rear Passenger View Camera for keeping an eye on rear passengers, a Rear Occupant Alert (ROA), and Safe Exit Assist (SEA) features. A new blind spot feature has also been introduced. When the driver activates the turn signal, an available blind spot monitor can come onto the display next to the driver’s instrument panel. A small change that makes it much safer and easier to know if someone is approaching in the driver’s blind spot.
With a starting MSRP of $32,100 (plus destination fee), the 2022 Kia Carnival MPV also works as a budget vehicle for families starting out. Find yours at Miami Lakes Automall.