2022 Kia Carnival vs. Its Competition

2022 Kia Carnival
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The 2022 Kia Carnival minivan lacks the hybrid or all-wheel-drive options of the competitors.

The 2021 Toyota Sienna comes standard as a hybrid and, with AWD, it gets an excellent 35 mpg combined; the latest Chrysler Pacifica comes with AWD as well, but the plug-in hybrid variant and its 32 miles of all-electric range only comes in front-wheel drive.

The Carnival might outsize the Honda Odyssey, but it can get lost in the minivan rankings as easily as it can in its own three-row family.

Smaller on the inside, the three-row Kia Sorento crossover SUV offers a hybrid (and a forthcoming plug-in hybrid), or it can be had with AWD.

On the other side of the Carnival is the large and alluring Kia Telluride three-row SUV that will never be mistaken for a minivan.

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Quick Specs
7.2
The 2022 Kia Carnival loads up on luxury, though it cedes Olympic-grade flexibility to other minivans.
7.2
The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica is ready for anything your family may throw at it, from crumbs and half-eaten gummy bears to winter travel.
6.8
The 2021 Honda Odyssey is loaded with standard safety features but lacks the powertrain options of other minivans.
6.8
The 2021 Kia Sorento crossover SUV strikes out in a new styling direction, and brings hybrid and plug-in models along for the adventure.
7.5
The 2021 Kia Telluride earns our Best Car To Buy nod with its excellent features, warranty, space, and style.
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With a 36-mpg hybrid powertrain for the entire lineup, the 2021 Toyota Sienna offers a mashup of swagger and sustainability.
MSRP From     
$32,100$35,820$31,790$29,390$32,190$34,460
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy35 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Gas/Electric I-4
EPA Class     
N/AMinivans 2WDMinivans 2WDSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 2WDMinivans 2WD
Style Name     
LX FWDL FWDLX AutomaticLX AWDLX FWDLE FWD 8-Passenger (SE)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll WheelFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
777788
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Passenger VanPassenger VanPassenger VanSport UtilitySport UtilityPassenger Van
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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