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2024 Kia Carnival

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Pros

  • Distinctive styling
  • Plenty of features for the price
  • Comfortable seating

Cons

  • Sensitive brake pedal that takes getting used to
  • Some of the tech features lack refinement
  • Touch-sensitive buttons require too much driver attention

Mileage (EPA estimate)

19 city, 26 highway, 22 combined

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The 2024 Kia Carnival is a different take on a traditional minivan

The Kia Carnival is the brand's minivan, or as the automaker calls it, a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV). It competes with the Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Odyssey, and Toyota Sienna. The Carnival stands out from its competitors thanks to its SUV-like styling. This makes it more appealing to those who need the utility of a minivan but don't want it to look like one.

There were no significant changes to the 2024 Kia Carnival, as it is only two model years removed from its debut. The Carnival features a tech-forward interior with a widescreen display and a camera and intercom system to keep tabs on your passengers. It also has a roomy, versatile interior complete with three rows of seating and high-quality materials. If you want your passengers to sit in style, the top-of-the-line SX Prestige model can even be had with fully reclining second-row seats with footrests, though you will no longer be able to remove the seats to maximize cargo space.

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5 reasons to buy the 2024 Kia Carnival

What We Like 

  • Ease of entry: The Carnival sits a touch higher than other vans, but the seats are not too high and remain easy to slide in and out of. The exterior design makes the second-row sliding doors appear smaller, but they function just as well as those of competitors.  

  • Large touchscreen: The Carnival has one of the largest touchscreens among minivans. The graphics are sharp, it responds quickly to touch, and the menus are well organized. The navigation prompts are easy to follow, and the system gives comprehensive directions that include lane guidance.  

  • Excellent storage space: The Carnival does cargo space well, as you might expect from a minivan. In the more parent-friendly eight-passenger configuration, the second-row bench is divided into three sections that slide independently for greater flexibility. The second row can also be removed, though you will need to store it somewhere. The third-row seats, however, fold conveniently flat into the floor. There is 40.2 cubic feet of space behind the third-row seat and up to 145.1 cubic feet with the third row down and the second-row bench seat removed. Both figures are among the best in the class.   

What Needs Improvement 

  • Driver aids: While the Carnival may have a ton of driver aids, not all of them are polished. During its testing, Edmunds noticed that the Carnival veered out of the lane when the lane-keeping assistance and active steering could no longer spot the lane markers. When the auto cruise control was set to the speed limit, the van would surge forward when it noted a change in the speed limit. This could catch the driver off-guard, although setting the cruise speed at 1 mph above or below the limit resolved the issue.

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Kia Carnival features and specs

SX Prestige 2WD 4D Pass Van

Standard Features

  • A/C Seat(s)
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • BOSE Sound System
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Sliding Door(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Third Row Seat
  • Traction Control
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Rear Entertainment System
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size

3.5L

Horsepower

290

Torque (ft-lbs)

262

Engine type

Gas

Fuel capacity

19

Wheelbase

121.7"

Overall length

203"

Width

78.5"

Height

69.9"

Leg room

F 41.1"/M 40.5"/R 35.6"

Head room

F 38.7"/M 37.4"/R 36.6"

Front tires

P235/55TR19

Rear tires

P235/55TR19

Seating capacity

8

Max towing capacity

350/3500 lbs.

Transmission

Automatic

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