Minivans are built around maximizing cabin space which doesn't always lead to alluring proportions. However, Kia has done a wonderful job of transferring its current design language to the Carnival. This is anything but a dumpy, boring minivan. The wide, modern interpretation of the tiger-nose grille and distinctive LED headlights give it an assertive stance. Geometric-shaped tail lamp detailing gives the rear-end a modern look, and the rear light bar stretches across the width of the body. Kia says that the rear skid plate garnish is one of several details designed to give the Carnival an SUV-like appearance. The base trim comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, a C-pillar garnish in silver, power-sliding rear doors, and a rear spoiler. Further up in the range, the Carnival gains 19-inch wheels, dual LED headlights, LED fog lamps, power-folding mirrors, and satin chrome finishes. The top trim has a power sunroof.
The new Kia Carnival's ample dimensions are immediately apparent. Its 121.7-inch wheelbase is concealed in a body with a length of 203 inches. With the side mirrors extended, it is a substantial 89.2 inches wide. The height varies between 68.5 and 69.9 inches depending on whether or not roof rails are equipped. The ground clearance is just 6.8 inches, a reminder that this is a multi-purpose vehicle and not an SUV. In terms of curb weight, the base LX without any options comes in at 4,376 pounds, but the Carnival weighs as much as 4,727 lbs in top-spec SX Prestige guise.
|Kia Carnival Trims||LX||LXS||EX||SX||SX Prestige|
|Max Width||78.5 in.||78.5 in.||78.5 in.||78.5 in.||78.5 in.|
|Length||203 in.||203 in.||203 in.||203 in.||203 in.|
|Height||68.5 in.||68.5 in.||68.5 in.||69.9 in.||69.9 in.|
|Wheelbase||121.7 in.||121.7 in.||121.7 in.||121.7 in.||121.7 in.|
|Kia Carnival Trims||Curb Weight|
|SX Prestige||4,727 lbs.|
|Wheels Type||Aluminum Wheels|
|Front Wheel Size||17" x 6.5"|
|Rear Wheel Size||17" x 6.5"|
Kia's range of available colors will differ depending on which trim you choose, but an eight-strong palette exists across the lineup. For the base LX, the standard color choices are Silky Silver, Deep Chroma Blue, and Panthera Metal. Aurora Black Pearl becomes available if you choose the LX with the Seat Package, but this adds $2,495 to the bill. Snow White Pearl is a $495 option on its own. Flare Red also requires the Seat Package but this upgrade costs $2,000. Other colors available to the Carnival include Astra Blue and Ceramic Silver, available from the EX onwards. Again, some variances in price and restrictions apply; upper trims can't be had in Silky Silver, for instance.