Consumer Reports Likes the 2022 Kia Carnival Even Though It Has Two Recalls

The Kia Carnival is part SUV, part minivan, and all multi-purpose vehicle (or MPV). Whatever you want to call it, Consumer Reports gave it pretty high marks. Is the 2022 Kia Carnival reliable enough even though it has two recalls? The replacement for the Kia Sedona minivan brings a lot to the table, regardless of its label.

Consumer Reports Likes the 2022 Kia Carnival MPV
The 2022 Kia Carnival MPV driving on city streets | Kia

Looking at the typical measurements for a suitable vehicle, Consumer Reports gave the 2022 Kia Carnival good marks. It scored a 79 out of 100 overall and an 89 out of 100 on the road test, putting it first on the minivan list. Even though the Carnival doesn’t accept the minivan label, that’s what it is. It replaced the Kia Sedona minivan that was fairly unremarkable. The Kia Carnival is remarkable in its wake.

The predicted owner satisfaction score came in at four out of five, while the reliability score was three out of five. Consumer Reports called it “Kia’s roomy, comfortable, and refined Carnival.” Taking the place of the old Kia minivan in the lineup, the Carnival MPV is well thought out and perfect for families. Some of the highs noted include the smooth powertrain, brakes, interior room, and controls. It received the coveted “recommended” label as well.

While the Kia Carnival has two recalls, it also has a lot of safety features

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All types of cars, trucks, and SUVs have recalls. The 2022 Kia Carnival is no different. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a recall for two areas. The power sliding door may not latch correctly, increasing the risk of injury. Kia asked that owners bring the vehicle to a local dealership to replace the controller assembly. This recall was issued in November of 2021, so it might have been fixed previously if you had bought one this year.

The second recall is for the fuel system. A fuel rail tube might leak, increasing the risk of a fire. Kia said it would inspect and replace the multi-port injection fuel rail without cost.

Taking a look at the driver assistance features, Kia stacked the Carnival with technology. Forward collision warning (FCW), lane-departure warning (LDW), blind-spot warning (BSW), and rear cross-traffic warning (RCTW) are all standard. The 2022 Carnival also has automatic emergency braking (AEB) and lane-keeping assist (LKA).

What does Edmunds think of the Kia minivan?

Edmunds saw a lot of positives in the Kia Carnival. The review mentions convenient technology features for the price, easy to see out of windows, and comfortable front seats. Not to mention the industry-leading 10 years, 100,000-mile warranty from Kia. As the start to a whole new Carnival lineup, the automaker put a lot of thought into this new vehicle.

Some people want the features of the Kia Telluride but don’t want the markup drama. There are plenty of buyers out there who don’t want the look of the minivan like the Kia Sedona but want the features. That’s what the Carnival does well. Buyers can choose to configure the Kia minivan (MVP) in a few ways. The Carnival has a “baby-minding” seat that allows the middle seat in the second row to flip around. It can be a regular seat, a cup holding seat, or just extra space. Drivers can also put the third row down all the way for extra cargo room. Whatever you want to call it, the 2022 Kia Carnival gets it right. Consumer Reports and Edmunds seem to agree.

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