2023 Kia Carnival vs. Its Competition

2023 Kia Carnival image
Robert Duffer Robert Duffer Senior Editor

The 2023 Kia Carnival minivan lacks a hybrid option and does not offer all-wheel drive, but it’s well equipped and has a styling edge.

For practical value with no frills, the standard hybrid powertrain on the 2022 Toyota Sienna is hard to beat with its 35 mpg combined rating with AWD.

The latest Chrysler Pacifica can be had with AWD, or as a plug-in hybrid with 32 miles of all-electric range.

Now that Honda ditched the base LX, the Odyssey closes the gap on value, until the top trims.

The Carnival’s biggest rivals face off on the showroom floor.

The three-row Kia Sorento crossover SUV comes in hybrid or plug-in hybrid powertrains, or with AWD, and the larger Kia Telluride three-row SUV will never be mistaken for a minivan.

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Quick Specs
7.0
The 2023 Kia Carnival makes up for its single powertrain choice with value and style.
6.2
Honda ditched the underwhelming LX for 2023 and loaded the lineup with good features and a better value.
Kia adds X-Line and X-Pro off-road-adjacent trims to the 2023 Telluride three-row SUV.
7.2
The 2022 Chrysler Pacifica is the best family hauler on the market, though the competition is catching up.
6.7
The 2022 Kia Sorento throws wild styling pitches, but swings for the efficiency fences with a plug-in hybrid version.
7.3
The 2022 Toyota Sienna is an impressive minivan worthy of a place on any family’s shopping list.
MSRP From     
$32,900$37,340Coming Soon$37,095$29,590$35,285
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG HwyComing Soon MPG City / Coming Soon MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy35 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6N/ARegular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4Gas/Electric I-4
EPA Class     
Minivans 2WDMinivans 2WDN/AMinivans 2WDSmall SUV 2WDMinivans 2WD
Style Name     
LX FWDEX AutomaticN/ATouring FWDLX FWDLE FWD 8-Passenger (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveN/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
78N/A778
Passenger Doors     
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Body Style     
Passenger VanPassenger VanN/APassenger VanSport UtilityPassenger Van
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODN/AAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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