The front-wheel-drive Carnival aims to be best again in the minivan segment. The minivan features a wide stance and cab-forward look, with a front end that integrates the Kia corporate grille.
A direct injected 3.5L V6 powers the Carnival. With variable induction and continuously variable valve timing, the engine produces 290 horsepower and 262 lb-feet of torque. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and delivers enough get up and go for your everyday traffic on or off any highway.
Three trims are offered: LX, LXS, EX, SX and SX Prestige. Standard features on the LX include 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, LED headlights, variable intermittent windshield wipers, dual power proximity sliding doors, and integrated LED turn signals in the mirrors. Inside, there's a 6-speaker audio system, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, a sonar-based backup warning system, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise control, 12-volt outlets, power accessories, air conditioning and three rows of seating with stain-resistant fabric upholstery, Kia's innovative Slide-n-Stow second-row seats and a 60-40 split-folding third row. Rounding out the base features are an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, cloth upholstery.
The EX comes standard with 19-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, and a power liftgate. Inside there are 7 USB chargers for portable electronic devices, front and rear one-touch power windows, tri-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, keyless entry, push-button start, also with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and leatherette seating with second-row seating for three passengers.
The top-of-the-line Carnival SX Prestige adds to the already stacked equipment with machine-finished 19-inch alloy wheels, LED fog lights, a garage door transmitter, voice command navigation with a 12.3-inch display, an entertainment system with DVD and digital media capabilities, heated and ventilated front leather seats and heated second-row seats with reclining lounge and footrests.
Safety has not been overlooked in the Carnival, and standard on all trims are a host of airbags, electronic stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes, rollover mitigation, brake assist, active lane departure warning, front and rear collision mitigation, a pedestrian warning system, and a driver attention alert.