Kia Carnival

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$33,100
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Key specifications

Highlights
Regular Unleaded V-6
Engine Type
19 City / 26 Hwy
MPG
290 hp
Horsepower
7
Seating Capacity
Engine
262 @ 5000
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
290 @ 6400
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
3.5 L/212
Displacement
Regular Unleaded V-6
Engine Type
Suspension
Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear
Strut
Suspension Type - Front
Weight & Capacity
N/A
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
19 gal
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
350 lbs
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
3,500 lbs
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
Safety
Standard
Backup Camera
Standard
Blind Spot Monitor
Standard
Stability Control
Standard
Lane Departure Warning
Entertainment
Standard
Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto®
Standard
Bluetooth®
Electrical
180
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
660
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
Brakes
N/A
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
13 in
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
13 in
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Notable features

Seven- or eight-seat minivan
Front-wheel drive
290-horsepower V-6 and eight-speed automatic
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard

Engine

262 @ 5000 SAE Net Torque @ RPM
290 @ 6400 SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
3.5 L/212 Displacement
Regular Unleaded V-6 Engine Type

Suspension

Multi-Link Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Strut Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Multi-Link Suspension Type - Rear
Strut Suspension Type - Front

Weight & Capacity

N/A Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
19 gal Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
350 lbs Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
3,500 lbs Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
350 lbs Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
3,500 lbs Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
4,376 lbs Base Curb Weight

Safety

Standard Backup Camera
Standard Blind Spot Monitor
Standard Stability Control
Standard Lane Departure Warning

Entertainment

Standard Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto®
Standard Bluetooth®

Electrical

180 Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
660 Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

Brakes

N/A Drum - Rear (Yes or )
13 in Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
13 in Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
Yes Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Disc - Front (Yes or )
N/A Brake ABS System (Second Line)
4-Wheel Brake ABS System
4-Wheel Disc Brake Type

Photo & video gallery

Exterior Interior Video

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Factory Warranties

Basic
5 years / 60,000 miles
Corrosion
5 years / 100,000 miles
Powertrain
10 years / 100,000 miles
Roadside Assistance
5 years / 60,000 miles

Best Family Car of 2023

2023 Award Winner
Families will adore the 2023 Kia Carnival’s focus on value and safety, but also its clever seating and features.
award winner
Families will adore the 2023 Kia Carnival’s focus on value and safety, but also its clever seating and features.

The good & the bad

The good

Powerful V-6
Roomy, practical cabin
Many standard safety features
Minivan utility meets SUV design
Solid value

The bad

Floaty ride
Uncommunicative steering
Optional lounge seats can’t be removed
All-wheel drive isn’t available
No Wi-Fi hot spot

Consumer reviews

4.0 / 5
Based on 4 reviews
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Comfort 5.0
Interior 4.8
Performance 4.0
Value 4.0
Exterior 4.0
Reliability 4.0

Most recent

5.0

Technology at its best!

We have had our Carnival for about 6 months. I love it!! It is my favorite car ever and I was a Ford Explorer fan before. It is so comfortable and rides like a dream. We can comfortably carry 8 adults with no problems. It has plenty of power and still gets 25-27 MPG around town. The seating configuration is amazing the way they...

5.0

Great ride, handling, interior space

15k miles so far and the Carnival has performed great. We purchased the LX model with cloth seats and without the seat package. We prefer cloth over leather. The engine is very powerful and smooth. Tons of space in all three rows. My neice who is "too cool for minivans" dropped her jaw when she saw all the space when the third...

2023 Kia Carnival review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2023 Kia Carnival?

The Kia Carnival is a roomy and highly practical minivan with seating for seven or eight people. Performance is robust thanks to the Carnival’s 290-hp, 3.5-liter V-6, which is coupled to a refined eight-speed automatic transmission. Standard features are plentiful on the Carnival, and the infotainment system is notable for its ease of use. The Carnival’s balance between ride and handling, however, is less than ideal; we found the steering to be overly light and the suspension too floaty. Direct competitors to the Carnival include the Chrysler PacificaHonda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna

What’s New on the 2023 Kia Carnival?

The Kia Carnival receives only modest changes for 2023. The SX trim now comes standard with a 12.3-inch digital instrument display to go alongside the 12.3-inch infotainment screen. On the range-topping SX Prestige trim, the second-row lounge-style captain’s chairs have been dropped from the standard equipment list, replaced by a three-seat bench. The lounge chairs are now optional.

What Features in the 2023 Kia Carnival Are Most Important?

Standard features include:

  • Cloth upholstery
  • Hands-free powered side doors
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Seven USB ports
  • Remote start
  • Parallel park assist
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane departure steering assist
  • Rear-seat reminder
  • Safe exit warning

Available features include:

  • Wireless device charging
  • Second-row captain’s chairs
  • Rear-seat entertainment system
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Dual sunroofs
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Second-row reclining lounge seats with heating and cooling
  • Dual-screen rear entertainment system
  • 12-speaker Bose audio system

Should I Buy the 2023 Kia Carnival?

The 2023 Kia Carnival is a strong and sensible alternative to many SUVs, not to mention other minivans. We love the power provided by the 290-hp V-6 engine, though we wish the steering and suspension were more refined to match the powertrain. A customizable cabin with three rows of adult-friendly seating is great when you need to bring lots of people along for the ride. The optional second-row lounge seats have built-in footrests, a recline function, and heating and cooling, but keep in mind that they’re not removable, putting a serious dent in the Carnival’s maximum cargo capacity. 

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