Last week, Kia officially said goodbye to the Sedona van and hello tofor the United States. On Monday we learned how much it would cost to put a carnival in your driveway. Well, a Carnival minibus. A real carnival would be … you know what? No matter.
A basic Carnival LX costs $ 33,275 after a destination charge of $ 1,175. The price puts it right in the middle of the MPV class; it just costs a hair more than a hairat $ 33,265, but the Kia costs more than $ 2,000 less than a , which costs $ 35,635. It is also much more affordable than a , which starts at $ 36,690. It’s easy to forget, but Chrysler also sells the , which is essentially the pre-lifted Pacifica, as well as its economy minivan. He retains his title with a starting price of $ 28,390, effectively wooing Dodge Caravan buyers as he is . All competing prices also include the manufacturer’s destination charge.
While every minivan aims to adequately move children and other humans of varying ages and sizes, there are many small differences between them these days. Chrysler’s Pacifica shows a more luxurious approach, while Toyota’s new Sienna comes with a standard hybrid powertrain. Honda’s Odyssey remains a very solid option as well, with a lot of praise from editor Craig Cole. The Kia Carnival strives to straddle it all with a straighter, SUV-worthy look and luxurious cabin, if buyers so desire. The South Korean brand also claims the best passenger and cargo space behind the first row. And since minivan owners often look for flexible vehicles, the Carnival has a Slide-Flex seating system: the second row has a sliding center seat for easier access, and there’s plenty of space. room for eight passengers in total. The sliding seat can also be transformed into a table, in a clever piece of engineering. The Creative Seating Package costs more, however – $ 2,000 more to be exact. These aren’t Chrysler’s famous Stow-n-Go seats, but it’s probably a godsend nonetheless.
From there, Kia will better outfit the trims with more comfort starting with the EX ($ 38,775), SX ($ 42,275) and SX Prestige ($ 47,275). Each version comes standard with a 290 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. There will also be no all-wheel drive, unlike the Sienna and Pacifica. This is another thing to consider in the tight and hotly contested segment. There are also 12 driver assistance and active safety systems on board, including blind spot monitors.
Kia is set to ship the new vans to dealerships in the second quarter of this year, where you can hammer the tires on the van yourself. If you catch one, you’ll also have one of the first Kias in the US to carry the new brand..