2023 Kia Carnival: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - August 2, 2021

Model Preview

In 2022, Kia replaced the aging Sedona minivan with the sharp, new Carnival. With this all-new minivan entering just its second year on the market, we expect it to be a carryover. Here’s what to expect when the 2023 Kia Carnival hits showrooms.

The current Carnival is a delicate blend of minivan and SUV with its elongated body and squared-off edges. Other design cues that pull it away from the minivan space are its thin headlights, prominent grille, and mild wheel flares. Around back, a one-piece LED light bar gives it a striking look from the rear. We expect this exterior design to remain the same in the 2023 Kia Carnival.

Inside, the current Kia Carnival’s undoing of the minivan norm continues with its thin, clean dash layout that gives the front seats a more airy feel. Other standout features include its dash-top touchscreen, available digital instrument cluster, two-tone leather seating, reclining second-row seats, and much more. We expect the 2023 Carnival to arrive with the same interior look.

As for tech, the current Carnival is well-equipped. It includes standard power-sliding rear doors, an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and more. Buyers can spend up to get a 12.3-inch touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a 12-speaker Bose audio system, a wireless smartphone charger, a 115-volt power outlet, and more. These features should all remain the same in the 2023 Carnival.

Powering the current Carnival is a 3.5-liter V6 with 290 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque that heads through an eight-speed automatic transmission on its way to the front wheels. We expect this powertrain to remain the same in the 2023 Carnival.

The IIHS hasn’t tested the new Carnival for safety yet, but it comes well-equipped with standard low-speed automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, active lane control, a driver-attention warning, and reverse parking sensors. Spend-up safety gear includes high-speed automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, front parking sensors, a surround-view camera system, and blind-spot cameras. We expect these safety bits to remain the same in the 2023 Carnival.

Pricing & Release Date

Kia hasn’t announced an official on-sale date for the 2023 Carnival, but we expect it to follow the same schedule as the current model and arrive in the second quarter of 2022.

Pricing is also not official. However, with no changes coming, we expect the 2023 Kia Carnival’s pricing to remain close to the current model’s $33,275-$47,275 MSRP range (destination fees included).

This minivan will compete with the Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Odyssey, and Toyota Sienna.

Pictured: 2022 Carnival

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