The Kia Carnival will arrive on our shores someday this summer time as a 2022 mannequin, in line with a story this morning from Autoblog. As we posted back in June, Kia is positioning it as a grand utility car (GUV), lest you assume it’s merely one other minivan.


How or why a stigma is hooked up to minivans is as odd because the soccer mother designation, each turned considerably derogatory over time. Maybe it implies domestication, and neither automakers nor home companions take care of that portrayal until they occur to be on the Hallmark Channel.

Regardless, the Carnival is being in comparison with the Toyota Sienna, though the drivetrain within the Kia is way more typical than what is obtainable on the Sienna. Examine the 3.5-liter V6 rated at 294 horsepower and 261 lb-ft of torque, with front-wheel-drive and an eight-speed automated transmission on the Kia, with the hybrid system of two electrical motors working with the two.5-liter DOHC four-banger to ship a whopping 245 HP that’s baked into all of the Siennas.

Complexity at its most interesting, the Sienna does have that bullet-train styling going for it, and is the greenest of the present minivan crop, having been chosen for the 2021 Inexperienced Automobile of the Yr Award. With out stealing the base-to-base thunder of my colleague, let’s simply say you will get both GUV beginning round $32Ok, though with the varied packages and facilities, it could ring up the register pretty shortly. Hitting the typical car worth of above $40Ok, it appears patrons within the U.S. are okay with bigger down funds, so promoting costs doesn’t appear to be a difficulty. Whether or not it’s the household folks mover otherwise you want an opulent pooch cell, the Kia Carnival is price ready for.

[Images: Kia, Toyota]