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2022 Kia Carnival Buyer’s Guide

6 minute read

By Devon Taylor

Kia has made a name for itself as a leading manufacturer of reliable and affordably priced vehicles. In 2016, the automaker vaulted to number one on J.D. Power’s annual review of the most reliable auto brands. The South Korean company became the first non-luxury producer to accomplish the feat since 1989.

In 2021, Kia returned to the top of J.D. Power’s yearly survey by besting all competitors in the mass-market category. The Carnival is the company’s signature minivan (or MPV, as they call it). It’s emerged as one of its most popular vehicles. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2022 Kia Carnival.

Essential Specifications

The 2022 Kia Carnival LX is the vehicle’s base model. The front-wheel drive minivan has an eight-speed automatic transmission with an optional manual mode. It carries a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $32,100.

Here’s a run-down of the vehicle’s key physical specifications:

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All 2022 Kia Carnival models come with a 3.5-liter V6 engine. In independent testing, the base LX model posted the following performance metrics:

Reviewers noted that the 2022 Kia Carnival ranked among the quickest and most powerful vehicles in its class.

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Comfort and Safety Features

All 2022 Kia Carnival models come loaded with a long list of comfort and safety features. Standard comfort features include interior climate control, cruise control, power sliding rear doors, and power windows, among many others.

Kia has also equipped all Carnival models with extensive safety and driver assistance technologies, including:

The vehicle also comes with a rearview camera that automatically activates when the vehicle is in reverse.

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The 2022 Kia Carnival is primarily built for families. As such, it is chock full of entertainment and technology features. They’re great for keeping kids occupied during long journeys.

These signature technology and entertainment features merit special mention:

Buyers can also add an optional rear seat entertainment package to any base model for an MSRP of $1,250.

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Trims and Variants

The 2022 Kia Carnival comes in four main trim levels. They start with the LX and LXS base models, then ascend to the EX package. Buyers shopping for the top-of-the-line vehicle can explore the SX and SX Prestige packages.

All models come with the same 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine. However, some trim packages come with significant standard or optional upgrades. The subsections below summarize their main differences.

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If you opt for the base LX model, you can upgrade to the LX Seat Package (LXS). This trim variant features faux-leather seats, a leather steering wheel, and heated front seats. It also delivers a power-assisted driver’s seat.

However, the upgrade’s most noteworthy feature is the second-row bench seat. This increases the vehicle’s passenger capacity from seven to eight. The 2022 Kia Carnival LXS has an MSRP of $35,755.

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The EX trim package comes with an MSRP of $39,530. That extra money gets you a lot more bang for your buck. Major upgrades include:

You’ll also enjoy a much better in-vehicle entertainment experience with eight-speaker surround sound. This upgrades on the standard six speakers that come with the LX packages.

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The high-end Carnival SX has a $42,870 MSRP. For the added investment, Kia delivers a significantly upgraded comfort and entertainment experience.

Highlights of this model include:

The 2022 Kia Carnival SX also includes the rear entertainment system as a standard feature.

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SX Prestige FWD

The SX Prestige is the Carnival’s most luxurious model. Its MSRP of $47,870 reflects its premium positioning. In addition to all the features that come with the regular Carnival SX model, the Prestige adds:

The SX Prestige improves on the entertainment system with 12-speaker surround sound. It also features an innovative blind spot monitoring system. Whenever you engage a turn signal, cameras generate a real-time view of your blind spot. The view is displayed in the 12.3-inch onboard monitor.

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Warranty Protection

Kia is known for its generous warranty protections. Here’s a basic rundown of the various coverages you get with any 2022 Carnival model:

However, the Kia Carnival does not come with any level of free scheduled maintenance. Some other minivans in its class, most notably the Honda Odyssey, outperform the Carnival in this regard.

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Pros and Cons

Professionally conducted road tests reveal several distinctive strengths and drawbacks of the 2022 Kia Carnival. On the positive side, here’s what reviewers especially liked:

Reviews also noted several commonly cited drawbacks:

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Comparables and Competitors

The 2022 Kia Carnival competes with several other mass-market minivans. Comparable vehicles include the following:

Professional reviewers generally rate the 2022 Kia Carnival at or near the top of the list when comparing it to similar vehicles. The Carnival’s outstanding reliability gives it a significant edge.

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The Last Word

Trustworthy auto industry publications and reviewers are unanimous in their praise of the 2022 Kia Carnival. Some rate it above-average. Others have anointed it the best vehicle in its class, especially for value and reliability.

The 2022 Kia Carnival’s base model comes in near the lowest price point among competitors. Yet, many experts say that the vehicle outperforms more expensive comparables. If you’re seeking value and reliability above all, the Kia Carnival delivers admirably on both counts.

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Devon Taylor

Managing Editor

Devon is an experienced writer and a father of three young children. He's simultaneously trying to build college funds and plan for an eventual retirement. He's been in online publishing since 2013 and has a degree from the University of Guelph. In his free time, he loves fanatically following the Blue Jays and Toronto FC, running, camping with his family, and playing video games.



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