Extras include second-row VIP Lounge Seats and the aforementioned rear entertainment system, which supports media streaming. The SX Prestige retails at $45,700 excluding destination charge for the 2023 model year.
Lower down the spectrum, Kia is much obliged to take $38,100 for the EX, $34,600 for the LX Seat Package, and $32,600 for the entry-level LX. For a minivan with crossover looks and plenty of kit, it’s pretty darn good.
All versions come with the 3.5-liter Lambda III engine, a naturally-aspirated V6 that packs 290 horsepower and 262 pound-feet (355 Nm) of torque at 5,000 rpm. Front-wheel drive is your only choice, and the same can be said about the torque-converter automatic tranny with eight forward ratios.
Tipping the scales at 4,376 pounds (1,985 kilograms) in the most spartan of configurations, the good-looking minivan is good for 22 miles to the gallon (make that 10.7 liters per 100 kilometers) on the combined test cycle.
As opposed to some modern powerplants, the direct- and port-injected V6 in the Carnival is much obliged to gulp 87-octane gasoline. Regardless of configuration, the fuel tank boasts a capacity of 19 gallons (72 liters).
Based on the Hyundai-Kia N3 platform that also underpins the Santa Cruz pickup truck and Sorento mid-size crossover, the Carnival isn’t exactly a big hit. Last calendar year, it sold 25,155 units in the United States of America. By comparison, the hybrid-only Toyota Sienna moved 107,990 copies.