Specs, Prices, Ratings, and Reviews (2023)


What's New

The 2023 Kia Carnival receives minor revisions to seating and infotainment choices. The Carnival debuted last year as the brand's next-generation minivan.

Choosing Your Kia Carnival

The 2023 Carnival continues in four trims levels: LX, EX, SX, and SX Prestige. Pricing starts at $33,935 including destination and reaches $47,035 for the plush SX Prestige.

Engine Choices

Every Carnival is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine good for 290 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to the front wheels. Towing capacity comes in at 3,500 pounds.

According to EPA estimates, the Carnival delivers 19 miles per gallon city, 26 mpg highway, and 22 combined. These are typical figures for a gas-powered minivan.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Carnival excels in interior space, even for this class. The standard LX interior seats seven across three rows. A configurable three-person second row, optional on the LX and standard on all other trims, boosts capacity to eight. The middle seat can slide forward to put a small child closer to parents — or fold into a table when not in use. The SX Prestige is available with no-cost second-row captain's chairs, which reduce capacity to seven.

With all rows in use, the Carnival offers 40.2 cubic feet of cargo space. The third row can fold into the floor, resulting in 86.9 cubic feet. Removing the second row opens up 145.1 cubic feet, more than any other minivan on the market. Note the captain's chairs available on the SX Prestige aren't removable, so the official capacity remains at 86.9 cubic feet. However, they do slide forward to provide additional space.

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Safety Features

The Carnival comes loaded for safety with standard lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, a rear-seat reminder, driver alertness monitoring, and front automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.

Starting with the EX, the Carnival also comes with adaptive cruise control, cyclist detection, front parking sensors, and an in-vehicle camera and PA system. The SX and SX Prestige pick up surround-view cameras and a blind-spot camera display.


The LX offers an 8-inch touchscreen, six speakers, seven USB ports, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The EX and SX feature a 12.3-inch touchscreen, navigation, wireless charging, eight speakers, and HD and satellite radio. A 12-speaker Bose system is exclusive to the SX Prestige.

The SX and SX Prestige can be equipped with a rear dual-screen entertainment system for $1,000.

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2023 Kia Carnival LX — MSRP From $33,935

The LX comes equipped with cloth upholstery, manual climate control, hands-free power-sliding side doors, heated side mirrors, proximity keyless access, LED headlights, a 4.2-inch instrument display, and 17-inch silver alloy wheels.

The LX Seat Package ($2,000) adds the eight-passenger configuration, leatherette upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a 10-way power driver seat, and heated front seats.

2023 Kia Carnival EX — MSRP From $39,435

Along with its safety and connectivity upgrades, the EX furnishes automatic tri-zone climate control, rear sunshades, a hands-free power liftgate, machine-finished 19-inch wheels, and upgraded interior trim.

2023 Kia Carnival SX — MSRP From $42,635

Moving up to the SX brings ventilated front seats, an eight-way power passenger seat, acoustic side glass, a 12.3-inch instrument display, and two household-style power outlets. Outside are LED fog lights, power-folding side mirrors, additional chrome trim, and gloss black wheels.

2023 Kia Carnival SX Prestige — MSRP From $47,035

The SX Prestige is the only trim with genuine leather seats, plus a heated steering wheel, full LED lighting inside and out, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and universal home remote. The no-cost SX Prestige Seat Package adds heated and ventilated second-row captain's chairs with swing-out footrests.

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The 2023 Kia Carnival LX certainly offers a lot of family-friendly features for the money. That said, upgrading to the EX or SX is necessary to escape the smallish standard touchscreen and manual climate control. At the top of the lineup, the SX Prestige Seat Package has a transformational effect on interior comfort, and we insist on it unless you absolutely must have an eight-passenger capacity.

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Expert Review


  • Spacious, comfortable cabin
  • Excellent ride quality
  • Higher models are generously equipped
  • Outstanding warranties


  • Handles like a bus
  • Looks like one from side-on
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Captain’s chairs aren’t space-efficient

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You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

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: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Neil Cumins

Automotive Editor - July 13, 2022

There are many things it’s not…Let’s start by ruling out the people who won’t be interested in Kia’s rebranded Sedona minivan. Firstly, this isn’t a range which offers a wealth of choice. There are three trim levels, a solitary engine and transmission option, and few available options. The Carnival doesn’t offer AWD – unlike rivals including the Chrysler Pacific – and nor is it available in hybrid form. Its combined fuel economy of just 22 mpg compares unfavorably with the Toyota Sienna’s figure of 36.

Nobody is going to buy an eight-seater minivan expecting fun on mountain passes, but the Carnival is still underwhelming. From numb steering to galleon-like lean in tight bends, it’s best to adopt a leisurely approach to driving, especially if headwinds start smacking into that bluff body. At least the 3.5-liter, 290 hp V6 offers decent acceleration, allied to a smooth eight-speed automatic transmission.

…but it suits many people. Having established that driving pleasure is low down the list of Carnival attributes, let’s consider the areas where it literally and metaphorically excels. That lengthy body might present an uninspiring side profile, but it’s fairly pleasing at both ends, especially in a flattering paint color. Plus, the foursquare roofline and lengthy chassis engender huge volumes of interior space, capable of seating eight in comfort.

Let’s explore that a bit further. Sliding side doors open to reveal a tastefully presented cabin whose middle row seats can be augmented with a central chair that folds into a table or comes out (as do its neighbors). On flagship SX Prestige models, twin captain’s chairs reduce overall capacity to seven while introducing footrests and recliners. A broad horizontal dash combines twin screens behind a single pane of glass in the modern vogue, though the swathes of gloss black plastic found elsewhere aren’t optimal for the messy realities of family life. The ride quality is excellent, in tandem with comfortable seats and plenty of legroom. There are also loads of storage, from plentiful cupholders to deep storage pockets, and the large tailgate reveals a flat, well-shaped load space.

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All the toys. A good minivan needs plenty of cargo space, but it also requires plenty of standard equipment. Here, Kia has the competition licked. For a starting price of $33,935, even base models deliver smartphone mirroring and wireless device charging, alongside power-sliding side doors. If your budget stretches to $39,435, our favored EX models bring twin 12.3-inch display screens, power everywhere from the driver’s seat to the tailgate, and the option of an in-car camera system for keeping an eye on suspiciously quiet children in the back.

By the time you reach SX Prestige models, standard equipment includes heated and cooled second-row leather seats plus a 12-speaker Bose audio system. However, by this point, prices are north of $47,000. We’d stick with EX and add the camera system, especially since Prestige’s captain’s chairs reduce available legroom.

Keeping everyone safe. Minivan buyers are usually parents, with safety a top priority. The Carnival has excellent forward visibility, though rear views are impeded by the sheer number of headrests. Again, it’s worth moving up from the base model to benefit from safety aids like adaptive cruise, parking sensors, and a surround-view camera system.

Whichever model you choose, you’ll benefit from automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, a driver attention warning system, and active lane control. The Carnival is an IIHS Top Safety Pick (when equipped with SX Prestige’s LED projector lighting), and the fact the NHTSA hasn’t crash-tested it yet doesn’t concern us.

Final thoughts. The Carnival is a thoroughly likable and unpretentious vehicle. It offers an appealing blend of space, comfort, and practicality – all key attributes in any minivan. We rate the ride quality and standard equipment levels especially highly, while competitive prices are allied to a five-year or 60,000-mile warranty that extends to ten years and 100,000 miles for the powertrain. There are over 145 cubic feet of capacity with all the seats dropped, but 40.2 remains even with a full load of passengers.

What’s not to love? Well, base models don’t have the same aura of quality as better-equipped trims, and their cloth seating is a particular disappointment. The handling is wallowy and uncommunicative, though the Carnival was never designed to tempt BMW drivers out of their sedans. The lack of AWD or hybrid powertrains is a bigger concern, while fairly dismal fuel economy is something you’ll have to weigh up before emptying your wallet at the pumps on a regular basis. Even so, the Carnival is arguably the best minivan on today’s market, and it’s an easy vehicle to live with.

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Specs & Features


Overall Crash Safety Rating

Not Available

Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque

3.5L V-6 / 290 HP / 262 ft.lbs.


8-spd Sportmatic w/OD

Drive Type


Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined

19 / 26 / 23 Mpg

Passenger Capacity


Bumper to Bumper Warranty

60 Months / 60,000 Miles

Mechanical Specs

Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque

3.5L V-6 / 290 HP / 262 ft.lbs.

Drive Type


Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined

19 / 26 / 23 Mpg


4-wheel Disc

Front Suspension


Rear Suspension

Independent Multi-link

Spare Tire And Wheel

Compact Steel

Fuel Tank

19.0 Gal.

Recommended Fuel Type

Regular Unleaded

Average Cost To Fill Tank


Dimensions & Capabilities

Maximum Cargo Volume

145.1 Cu.ft.

Passenger Volume

168 Cu.ft.

Exterior Length

203.0 "

Exterior Width

78.5 "

Exterior Height

68.5 "

Front Headroom

40.9 "

Rear Headroom

39.5 "

Front Legroom

41.1 "

Rear Legroom

40.5 "

Front Shoulder Room

64.2 "

Rear Shoulder Room

63.2 "

Front Hip Room

Rear Hip Room

Curb Weight

4,376 Lbs.

Wheel Base

122 "

Turning Radius

18.8 '

Exterior Features

Door Count

4 Doors


17.0 " Silver Aluminum


Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone

Exterior Mirrors

Dual Power Remote Heated, Convex Spotter Passenger


Front Body-colored With Metal-look Insert

Grille Moldings


Rear Spoiler



Stainless Steel With Black Tailpipe Finish

Interior Features


Passenger Capacity


Seat Trim


Front Seat Type


Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls


Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls


Front Armrests


Rear Armrests
Rear Seats

Removable Split-bench

Radio & Infotainment


Am/fm Stereo, Seek-scan



Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity

Convenience Features

Steering Wheel Type

Telescopic Tilt

Climate Control
Cruise Control

With Steering Wheel Controls

Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror

Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night

One Touch Open Window


Tinted Windows


Vanity Mirrors

Dual Illuminated

Remote Keyless Entry

Keyfob (all Doors)

Power Outlets


Safety Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating

Not Yet Available

Overall Front Crash Safety Rating

Not Yet Available

Overall Side Crash Safety Rating

Not Yet Available

Rollover Crash Safety Rating

Not Yet Available

Front Impact Airbags

Driver And Passenger

Driver Side Impact Airbags

Seat Mounted

Knee Airbag


Passenger Side Impact Airbag

Seat Mounted

Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners


Anti-Lock Brakes

4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)

Forward Collision Warning

Forward Collision-avoidance Assist-ped/cyclist Forward Collision Mitigation

Blind Spot Sensor

Blind-spot Collision-avoidance Assist (bca) Blind Spot

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Keeping Assist (lka) Lane Departure

Autonomous Cruise Control

Hands-on Steering Assist

Pedestrian Detection

Forward Collision-avoidance Assist-ped Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention

Driver Attention Alert

Driver Attention Warning (daw) Driver Attention

Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams

High Beam Assist (hba) Auto High-beam

Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors

Parking Distance Warning Rear

Security Systems

Security System

Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable



Bumper To Bumper Months Miles

60 Months / 60,000 Miles

Major Components Months

120 Months / 100,000 Miles

Included Maintenance Months

Roadside Assistance Months

60 Months / 60,000 Miles

Corrosion Perforation

60 Months / 100,000 Miles

Accessories Months

60 Months / 60,000 Miles

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