The 2022 Kia Carnival “Multi-Purpose Vehicle” looks amazing

Last fall we brought you the preview of the latest Kia family hauler. Well, it’s finally be unveiled for the North American market as of this morning. Behold, the 2022 Kia Carnival. Don’t call it a minivan.

2022 Kia Carnival MPV
2022 Carnival

The all-new 2022 Kia Carnival Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) replaces the outgoing Sedona, but is built on the outgoing crossover’s “N3” platform that also hosts the K5. Kia is incredibly careful to NOT call it a minivan, noting that it stakes a “claim on the unoccupied space between SUV and family hauler”. Literally the press release is full of terminology like “multi-purpose vehicle” and “family hauler”, nowhere is the term “minivan” used. Ctrl-F the details and you’ll find that the word “van” is found eight times, but all part of the word “advanced”, which is used extensively. But regardless of lexicon, the Carnival matters to the automotive world.

As I noted back in November, it legitimately looks like an SUV, aside from the well-integrated door slider track. Kia has emulated other successful SUVs with their new offerings in the past, take a look at a Telluride and tell me it doesn’t look like a GMC Yukon. This also has elements of big American SUVs in it’s exterior DNA, and it’s a good looking…thing. Again, this may finally convince SUV buyers to take the minivan plunge with this new styling. And that’s just the outside.

2022 Kia Carnival MPV
2022 Carnival

Wow, just look at that interior, that’s pretty baller. Kia says the Carnival will have “Slide-Flex” seating for eight and what they term “VIP Lounge Seating” options for seven. If the picture above is any indication, it will be massively impressive.

Power is, unsurprisingly, from a 3.5-liter V6, putting out 290 horsepower (which is one horsepower less than a Telluride). That means 3,500 lbs. of towing capability, so this is clearly not a Yukon, but it’ll do light duty for your boat or small trailer or camper. The 2022 Carnival will have all the latest safety, convenience, and entertainment features you have been seeing on the latest Kia offerings and will be offered in four trim levels: LX, EX, SX, and SX-Prestige. This all-new “MPV” is expected to go on sale in the second quarter of this year.

I still dig that Kia called it the “Carnival”, it’s fun. I feel like this, plus yesterday’s new Lexus IS 500, would make the start of a great daily driver contingent. We’ll bring you a full road test soon, stay tuned hoons.

2022 Kia Carnival MPV
2022 Carnival


2022 Kia Carnival MPV
2022 Carnival


2022 Carnival

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5 responses to “The 2022 Kia Carnival “Multi-Purpose Vehicle” looks amazing”

  1. Zentropy Avatar

    Honestly, I don’t dislike the styling on our 2015 Sedona, but this looks sharp, inside and out. The new logo even looks good now that I see it on the car. I hope to eventually replace our minivan with a Bronco, though, so this new Sedona/Carnival isn’t on my radar.

    I’m going to now go look up some additional photos, because I can’t fairly judge anything that’s painted blue with black wheels. I always dislike the “bruise” color combo, regardless what it’s put on, be it muscle car, hot hatch, SUV, or minivan. In my opinion, a blue body requires silver wheels. Black wheels only work on neutrals (white–>black including metallics) and reds.

    1. amoore100 Avatar

      Well spoken. I always just figured I disliked black wheels aesthetically because they hide so much visual detail on the wheel itself but they do have their place sometimes and you’ve articulated that perfectly.

  2. Neight428 Avatar

    Looks promising, but it also kind of looks like anonymous car from architectural renderings. I’d like to see actual photos rather than these heavily processed images. Only the luggage shot looks real.

  3. Fuhrman16 Avatar

    This is a brilliant looking machine! And man, do those seats look amazing! They really knocked it out of the park with this one.

  4. Salguod Avatar

    I suspect that the top spec will be like the Sienna in that the second row seats don’t come out. The big selling point of a minivan is versatility and space and fixed center row seats take a bit away from both.

    The seats look amazing, but for most that’s where the kids sit. They aren’t hauling adults in the back often.