For reasons only those within Kia’s inner circle will understand, the South Korean brand has ditched its longstanding Sedona nameplate for Carnival, a badge it uses for its minivan outside of North America.
Kia’s fourth-generation minivan is now available as a 2022 model, and fans of practical family haulers should be impressed no matter what they call it. The new design doesn’t deviate from the old model’s mid-size, three-row layout, but its uniquely angular and more upscale styling will no doubt pull eyeballs.
The name change is nothing new, by the way, with Kia already saying so long to the Optima name for its mid-size sedan that used to be dubbed Magentis here, adopting K5 instead. Like it or not, we’re living in a more globalized world now, so it only makes sense to find one name that works for all markets. Still, their naming convention doesn’t seem to follow the usual protocol of either sticking to letters and numbers, like K5, or names, like Carnival. With Kia it’s now a mixture of alphanumeric and more easily recognizable nameplates, with others in their lineup including Rio, Soul, Forte, Stinger, Seltos, Niro, Sportage, Sorento, and Telluride.
The new Carnival debuted last June in Kia’s home market of South Korea, showing off sharp new styling and a totally fresh, more luxurious cabin. We won’t be getting the domestic market Hi Limousine variant that boasts business class seating and premium level refinement, but our LX, LX+, EX, EX+ and SX trims should be an improvement over the same trims in the outgoing Sedona, the latter of which already raised the bar in the North American minivan segment when it arrived for the 2015 model year.
Twin-screen digital displays combine for a configurable gauge cluster and multi-information display on the left and large centre-mounted infotainment touchscreen on the right, similarly in concept to Mercedes-Benz’s MBUX system. Quick access knobs and buttons can be found on a narrow display just below, while the rest of the centre stack includes a large multi-zone HVAC interface and a USB connectivity panel, all sitting above a lower centre console that houses driving controls, including a rotating gear selector featuring knurled metal edges.
The Sedona’s eight-speed automatic transmission carries forward, connecting through to a revised 3.5-litre V6 now good for 290 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, which is a major improvement over the outgoing model’s 276 hp and 248 lb-ft. Other markets also have the option of a 2.5-litre turbo-four, plus a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel, neither of which will be sold here.
The new 2022 Carnival is priced from $34,495 plus freight and fees, with top-line SX trim costing $48,295. Our 2022 Kia Carnival Canada Prices page is showing factory leasing and financing rates from zero percent, so make sure to check it out as there are many other ways to save money with CarCostCanada, particularly by accessing dealer invoice pricing that can make a big difference during negotiations.
By the way, our 2021 Kia Sedona Canada Prices page shows up to $750 in additional incentives, while average member savings are $2,250, just in case you prefer the smoother lines of the Sedona or merely want to pocket more savings.
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Story credits: Trevor Hofmann
Photo credits: Kia