Along with a full redesign for the 2022, the Kia Sedona will be getting a new name and will now be the Kia Carnival. The Kia Carnival is one of the few options for buyers looking for a people-hauling minivan. As the current generation arrived in 2015 and all of its competitors have seen recent style updates, the Sedona was definitely in need of an updated design.
When it comes to exterior design, Kia is upping its fame with the 2022 Carnival. The minivan gains Kia's most recent styling with the brand's signature tiger-nose grille and sharp headlights upfront. Moving around back reveals an SUV-like look with the roofline dropping off onto a flat rear liftgate with aggressive body lines. The taillights are connected by a light bar that spans the width of the hatch, creating a more upscale design.
On the inside, the 2022 Carnival gets a much-needed facelift. Kia's "Spatial Talent" concept along with the overall size increase of the new minivan allows for a larger, more comfortable interior design with touches of modernity and luxury. The focal point inside is the dash with a 12.3-inch digital driver instrument cluster incorporated with the 12.3-inch infotainment screen beneath a single piece of glass. Below the infotainment cluster, the climate controls have gone almost completely touch-sensitive with slim air vents running the width of the interior.
The Carnival comes with a new 3.5-liter V6 that makes 290 horsepower. That's slightly more powerful than the 3.3-liter V6 in the old Kia Sedona which was good for 276 horsepower.
In the safety department, the Carnival will come well equipped with standard automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, high beam assist, driver attention warning, and rear-cross traffic alert. Navigation-based cruise control, parking collision avoidance, surround view monitor, and more are optional.
Pictured: 2022 Kia Carnival