2022 Kia Carnival Interior and Cargo

Kia Carnival Interior & Cargo Rating

2022 Carnival Interior

This is a make or break area for any minivan. These vehicles are all about comfortably moving a large family around, after all. The Carnival does a wonderful job of doing just that with a spacious, modern interior finished in high-quality materials. The design itself is really classy too. Like other minivans, the Carnival crushes most three-row SUVs in terms of third-row space; even adults can comfortably ride all the way at the back, and even the base model comes with power-sliding rear doors for easy access. Other features include front and rear air conditioning, second-row seats that can slide and are removable, blind-spot monitoring, and driver attention warning. Higher-spec versions get a rear entertainment system and even available VIP lounge seats with a power reclining function and leg extensions.

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Seating and Interior Space

The Carnival can seat seven or eight, depending on configuration, and with seven occupants, those in the second row can slide together, or apart. The killer here is Kia's new VIP seats in that second row, which feature footrests and a first-class-like recline function along with heating and cooling. The 8-seater package includes a second-row middle seat that can fold down into a table/drink holder when not in use.

The Carnival's second row doesn't fold flat like its competitor from Chrysler, which is hugely useful when using the van for yard or construction work. However, it is removable, leaving a flat load floor that will fit a 4x8 sheet of plywood, barely. We scratched the interior plastic with it, but those panels are relatively cheap to replace. The seats are heavy too, and you need to find space for them in your garage, but the capability is there if you need it.

Overall the Carnival has best-in-class passenger space with 168 cubic feet. The third row feels a little tight for an adult, but you do get extra legroom with the sliding second row - up to 35.6 inches of it. Additionally, with the seven-passenger version, you can just walk between the seats to get back there, otherwise the second row slides and folds for access.

2022 Kia Carnival Interior Dimensions:

Kia Carnival TrimsLXLXSEXSXSX Prestige
Headroom Front Seat40.9 in.40.9 in.40.9 in.40.9 in.38.7 in.
Headroom Back Seat39.5 in.39.5 in.39.5 in.39.5 in.37.4 in.
Legroom Front Seat41.1 in.41.1 in.41.1 in.41.1 in.41.1 in.
Legroom Back Seat40.5 in.40.5 in.40.5 in.40.5 in.40.5 in.
Shoulder Room Front64.2 in.64.2 in.64.2 in.64.2 in.64.2 in.
Shoulder Room Rear63.2 in.63.2 in.63.2 in.63.2 in.63.2 in.
Hip Room, Front59.8 in.59.8 in.59.8 in.59.8 in.59.8 in.
Hip Room, Rear66.4 in.66.4 in.66.4 in.66.4 in.66.4 in.

Interior Colors and Materials

The base LX has a polyurethane-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob, but all other versions replace this material with real leather. Similarly, a metal paint door garnish makes way for black high-gloss garnish on upper trims. On the LX, cloth upholstery in Off-Black/Gray two-tone is standard, but Kia's SynTex imitation leather is available in the same color scheme for an added cost, along with Off-Black/Saddle Brown. The mid-range EX and SX get SynTex upholstery as standard, while the top-spec SX Prestige boasts genuine leather upholstery. Another color choice - not available in cloth - includes Off-Black/Tuscan Umber.

2022 Carnival Trunk and Cargo Space

Behind its third row, the Kia Carnival provides trunk space to the value of 40.2 cubic feet. This space is not long but it's especially deep, so if you don't mind stacking things on top of each other, it can accommodate a fair amount of luggage. By comparison, the Toyota Sienna has 33.5 cubes of space behind its third row and the Chrysler Pacifica has 32.3 cubes. With the 60/40 third-row seats folded, cargo space grows to a generous 86.9 cubes, which is ample space for a few large suitcases. This remains bigger than the Sienna (75.2 cubes) but the Pacifica is a bit better (87.5 cubes) with its second row folded. With both the second and third row folded, the Carnival offers a total volume of 145.1 cubes. With its rear VIP lounge seats, the Carnival SX Prestige's second row can't be folded so maximum cargo space here remains at 86.9 cubes.

There are numerous storage options in the cabin for smaller items. A floor console with a center armrest and cupholders (for those in the second row) is standard, as is a multi-function second-row center Free Mode Seat on some trims - when not in use, it can be converted into a table with cupholders. Besides the door pockets, there is another storage space to the left of the front passenger. Those in front have easily accessible cupholders, and third-row occupants have cupholders as well. Map pockets are another useful touch for storing tablets, books, and similar items.

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2022 Carnival Infotainment and Features


The base Kia Carnival LX comes with features like a front/rear air conditioning, a 4.2-inch TFT LCD trip monitor, a six-way manually-adjustable driver's seat, power-sliding rear doors, automatic cruise control, push-button ignition, a rearview camera with parking guidance, rear parking sensors, lane following assist, and blind-spot monitoring. That's a decent spread of features for the entry-level trim, but the EX adds some useful amenities that most will want. These include heated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, sunshade blinds for the second and third rows, tri-zone automatic climate control, wireless device charging, and a power tailgate with hands-free opening and an auto-closing function.

The next step up is the SX. This trim boasts power-folding wing mirrors, a 115V inverter, increased power lumbar support for the driver's seat, an eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, and ventilated front seats. Offering a more opulent experience is the SX Prestige. This model enjoys a power sunroof, LED technology for the interior lamps, second-row VIP lounge seats with a powered relaxation mode, heating and ventilation for the second row, a heated steering wheel, and a blind-spot view monitor.


The new infotainment system looks great with an eight-inch screen as standard featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Base models also get a four-inch digital cluster while higher trims feature a 12.3-inch touchscreen display that sweeps toward the driver and connects to the information display.

As for usage, the graphics were clean and the system reacted quickly to our taps, switching from CarPlay to media, and then back to the navigation screen on our SX Prestige trim tester. There are a couple of main screens of icons to swipe through, it'll all feel very familiar to anyone using a modern phone. It also came with a booming Bose premium sound system, with 12 speakers and volume compensation based on speed. Base models get six speakers, while mid-spec derivatives get eight.

Our SX Prestige trim also included the rear-seat entertainment package. The two screens can get things like Netflix and YouTube when connected to Wi-Fi. Some games came preloaded too, which the kids loved, but they can't really reach the screen when strapped into their child seats. Still, a good road trip time killer.

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