2022 Kia Carnival Interiors

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2022 Kia Carnival Interior Review: Infotainment, Passenger Room, Tech and Interior Features

Updated on: April 12, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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The all-new Carnival is a perfect example of how you fit premium finesse into a budget minivan. Talking about budget, the MSRP for the base 2022 Kia Carnival LX begins at $32,300 and goes to $46,300 for SX Prestige, plus $1,250 destination charges. The 3.5L V6 engine in the Kia uses 290 horses to haul this luxury minivan that can carry up to 8 people and tow up to 3,500 lbs behind it. That said, the 11-seater Kia Carnival is yet to make its entry into the US.

2022 Kia Carnival VIP Lounge

The good old Sedona has now evolved into the all-new Kia Carnival, and the maximum changes lie behind its doors. The cabin is now more spacious and the cargo capacity has increased by 7 cu.ft. behind all rows, 'Best in Class" as Kia claims. An array of new features include an optional "VIP Lounge" package that gets you power controls, wing-out headrests and leg extensions oozing luxury all around.

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New 2022 Kia Carnival Interior Design, and Passenger Room

Minivans are all about the interior comfort and practicality on offer, and the new 2022 Carnival doesn't disappoint with plush seating and good build quality. The new cabin is completely revamped over the outgoing Sedona model, with a modern design theme that screams premium. In the front, the Carnival offers twin 12.3-inch screens, with one providing driver entertainment and one controlling infotainment.

The 2022 Kia Carnival has plenty of space for passengers in all three rows including tall 6-footers and gives easy access to the third row. Depending on the trim you choose, the seating configuration changes: The base LX trim is a 7-seater, with an option for an eighth seat, while the rest of the lineup has the option of seating for eight with a second-row bench seat. The top SX-Prestige is a 7-seater only, and its second-row can’t be removed. However, configuring the lounge seats in the SX-Prestige impedes third-row access.

2022 Kia Carnival Seating

Coming to the seats, the wide and tall front seats offer plenty of support. As standard, you get manually adjustable seats wrapped in cloth upholstery. But as you move up the trim ladder, features like power-adjustability, heating, and ventilation functions are included. The range-topping SX-Prestige trim swaps out the bench seats for two reclining lounge-like seats with pop-up footrests for unmatched comfort. Sliding the second row forward will liberate more usable legroom.

2022 Kia Carnival Dashboard

Climate vents are provided in all three rows for adequate airflow even with the sun glaring down through the optional panoramic sunroof. Kia has also provided plenty of charging points around the cabin. The new dashboard design is a significant improvement over the outgoing Sedona. The instrument cluster and infotainment display sits at the top inside a single hooded section for better visibility. 

Models

2022 Kia Carnival

2022 Honda Odyssey

2022 Chrysler Pacifica

2022 Toyota Sienna

Seating Capacity

7-8

7-8

7-8

7-8

Interior Passenger Volume (ft³)

N/A

163.6

165

162.5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.9/64.2/41.1

40.7/63.1/40.9

40.1/63.8/41.1

40.1/62.4/40.3

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.5/63.2/40.5

39.5/61.6/40.9

39.6/63/39

39.3/62.7/39.9

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.6/59.5/35.6

38.3/60/38.1

38.7/61.2/36.5

37.4/58.5/38.7

With the new 2022 Carnival, Kia has managed to liberate a lot more space than the outgoing model, matching segment leaders like the Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Pacifica. While the third row may look cramped on paper, the flexible second-row arrangement allows more usable legroom. The Toyota Sienna comes across as the least spacious option here, albeit by a small margin. This is due to the addition of a battery pack as it comes with a hybrid powertrain as standard.

2022 Kia Carnival Infotainment and Features

The 2022 Carnival gets the latest 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard with a neat interface and well-laid-out icons. Features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, Bluetooth connectivity, and more are included as standard. However, you can upgrade that to a larger 12.3-inch touchscreen display on the higher trims. It feels a lot more premium and gets more features. Moreover, you also get a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster on higher trims. It integrates seamlessly with the center display covering two-thirds of the dash real estate combined.

2022 Kia Carnival Infotainment System

For your music needs, you get a 6-speaker stereo unit as standard but you can upgrade that to a 8-speaker stereo unit or better yet to a 12-speaker Bose sound system on the higher trims. It produces better sound quality and provides better music experience over the standard unit. The top-of-the-line SX Prestige trim also includes a rear-seat entertainment package with two separate displays and apps like Netflix and YouTube to keep rear passengers occupied. 

Key Infotainment Features

  • The 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment display
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration
  • 12-speaker Bose premium audio system
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Rear-seat entertainment system with two displays
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Satellite radio
  • Wireless device charging
  • Built-in navigation

2022 Kia Carnival Creature Comforts and Tech

The levels of comfort change with the trims in the 2022 Carnival lineup, with acoustic glass, to drown out outside noise on the SX level. Right from the base LX trim, the Carnival includes all the essential features like keyless entry with push-button start, hands-free power-sliding rear doors, air conditioning with vents in all rows, second-row captain seats, and the ubiquitous power-sliding rear doors. While the base comes standard with cloth upholstery you can opt for the LX seat package for a $2,000 premium. It increases seating capacity to eight and adds features like synthetic leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and heated front seats.

Next up, the EX trim also adds a hands-free tailgate, tri-zone automatic climate control, rear cabin intercom, and upgraded infotainment unit. You can also opt for a rear-seat entertainment package on these trims.

Upgrading to the SX trim adds features like roof rails, ventilated front seats, power-adjustable front passenger seat, and rear-seat entertainment package as standard. The top SX Prestige tops the list with a dual sunroof, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated second-row lounge seats, power-adjustable footrests, and a heated steering wheel.  The top trims also have a dual-screen rear entertainment system to keep passengers occupied and entertained.

2022 Kia Carnival Interior Colors

The base LX comes with a metal paint door garnish while the upper trim levels look upscale with a black high-gloss garnish. On the LX, cloth upholstery in Off-Black/Gray two-tone is standard, but Kia's Syntex imitation leather is available with Off-Black/Saddle Brown. Another color option on upper trims includes Off-Black/Tuscan Umber.

2022 Kia Carnival Cargo Space

With all the rows up, the 2022 Carnival still offers an impressive amount of cargo space at 40.2 cubic feet. This is more than enough for a weekend getaway. The third row also folds in a 60/40 split configuration to boost flexibility, liberating 86.9 cubic feet. When you fold down the second and third rows, the cargo space expands up to 145.1 cubic feet.

2022 Kia Carnival Cargo Space

However, the loading floor is higher than usual, making you stack things on top. Unlike some of its rivals, the second-row seats can be removed completely to transport large items with ease. Do note that second-row lounge seats in SX Prestige trim are not removable which limits maximum cargo capacity to 86.9 cubic feet when you opt for this trim.

Models

2022 Kia Carnival

2022 Honda Odyssey

2022 Chrysler Pacifica

2022 Toyota Sienna

Standard Cargo Capacity (ft³)

40.2

32.8

32.3

33.5

Maximum Cargo Capacity (ft³)

145.1

144.9

140.5

101

The Kia Carnival is easily the most practical option here, beating all of its rivals in terms of usable cargo space. As usual, the Toyota Sienna comes last because of its non-removable second-row seats. Honda Odyssey offers only about 32.8 cubic feet of cargo space as standard but as you fold down the seats, it offers almost equivalent cargo space as that of the Carnival.

Additional Interior Storage Spaces

As with all minivans, the 2022 Carnival doesn’t skimp out on storage areas. The center console is wide with a small tray at the front along with two cup holders. The XL-sized center armrest also hides a healthy amount of storage underneath. The door pockets are wide with bottle holders, and seatback pockets are provided at the front. All three rows also get cupholders and charging sockets along with small storage areas. Some trims also get a multi-function middle seat for the second row which can fold into an armrest. 

New Kia Carnival Interior Verdict

Along with the new name, the 2022 Kia Carnival has ushered a new era for the Minivan segment, offering a unique blend of practicality and style. The SUV-inspired styling will certainly bring in more customers, especially at a time when the Minivan segment is dwindling. The refined powertrain and well-equipped cabin further sweeten the deal. Overall, if you’re looking for a Minivan, the 2022 Carnival is as good as it gets unless you are looking for a hybrid powertrain or AWD configuration. 

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