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Body style: Van
Segment: Large MPV
Infotainment: Apple CarPlay icon Apple CarPlay   Android Auto icon Android Auto  

The 2021 Kia Carnival on U.S. soil was the moment when the Korean carmaker placed its new logo onto a vehicle, and that was a large MPV.

Minivans were not that much popular as they were in the late '90s, and the SUVs were the keys to success. Kia took a different approach and designed an MPV like an SUV or the other way around. The Carnival/Sedona was introduced in late 2020 for other markets with the older, oval logo, while for the U.S. premiere, it brought it with the new one with stylized lettering that could be read as KIA or, with Russian letters, as KI.

The 2021 Carnival/Sedona looked like an SUV with rear sliding doors and a lower ground clearance. Its distinct, two-box bodywork featured a hood almost parallel to the ground, like most big-sized SUVs such as the 2017 Ford Expedition or the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe. Its very long rear sliding doors and the raked forward C-pillar were a new design pattern for the Korean MPV.

Inside, Kia arranged up to three rows of seats for eight occupants. The middle seats from the second row could slide and be tilted for more comfort, while the middle seat could have been completely removed for easier access to the third row. Kia installed a pair of wide seats and a premium-looking dashboard with wood, leather, and metallic trims at the front. Depending on the trim level, the Carnival/Sedona featured analog dials for the instrument panel or a TFT display. Kia installed a wide touch-screen on top of the center stack for the infotainment unit.

Kia installed a choice of two engines in the Carnival/Sedona, depending on the market. Its 3.5-liter V-6 was available on all the markets, while the turbo-diesel was not. The carmaker paired both versions to an 8-speed automatic transmission that sent the power to the front wheels.
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KIA Carnival 2021 - Present
  1 gasoline engine
  • 3.5L V6 8AT (290 HP)

KIA Carnival 3.5L V6 8AT (290 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.5L V6 8AT (290 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3470 cm3
Power
213.3 KW @ 6400 RPM
290 HP @ 6400 RPM
286 BHP @ 6400 RPM
Torque
262 lb-ft @ 5000 RPM
355 Nm @ 5000 RPM
Fuel System
Direct injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
19 gallons (71.9 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
8-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
P235/65R17
DIMENSIONS
Length
203 in (5156 mm)
Width
78.5 in (1994 mm)
Height
68.5 in (1740 mm)
Front/rear Track
68.9x68.9 in (1750 mm)
Wheelbase
121.7 in (3091 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.8 in (173 mm)
Cargo Volume
40.2 cuFT (1138 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4376 lbs (1985 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5710 lbs (2590 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
19 mpg US (12.4 L/100Km)
Highway
26 mpg US (9 L/100Km)
Combined
22 mpg US (10.7 L/100Km)
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