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The 2022 Kia Carnival is Kia’s newest minivan, replacing the Kia Sedona. It’s a sleeker, more stylish version of the Kia Sedona, which just might make it appeal to families who want an SUV but really need a minivan. There’s plenty of space in the new 2022 Kia Carnival, and plenty of luxury additions that will make you happy to be in a minivan and not envious of your SUV-driving friends. These are some of the coolest features in the 2022 Kia Carnival that just might get you into a minivan.

Blue 2022 Kia Carnival, save money on gas, with mountains in the background
2022 Kia Carnival | Kia

The 2022 Kia Carnival Seats are awesome

On the 2022 Kia Carnival LX Seat Package, the Carnival EX, and the 2022 Kia Carnival SX, the middle seat in the second row slides forward. The front passenger can then easily access this seat. It can even fold down to be a table or a desk, which is awesome for kids who want to color or draw or eat in the car.

There’s also VIP Lounge seating available in the 2022 Kia Carnival MPV SX Prestige. Lounge seating allows passengers in the second row to push a button and have their seats fully recline while also raising power footrests, according to Kia. There are also “comfy” headrests, and the seats are heated and ventilated.

There are dual-screen rear-seat entertainment screens

Most people buying a minivan have kids, and if you’re going to be in the car with them a lot – whether it be a long car trip or waiting for a sibling to finish dance class – screens can come in handy. The best part of the screens in the second row is that they can be connected to streaming apps via Apple and Android devices. No more rewatching that Dora the Explorer DVD for the millionth time.

You can call your butler from the intercom

Okay, you don’t need to have a butler to use the intercom in the Kia Carnival (and even if you do have one, you don’t have to keep them in the third row). If you want to talk to anyone in the back of your Carnival, you can whisper ASMR-style via your in-van intercom system.

There are dual infotainment screens

The 2022 Carnival comes with dual 12.3-inch infotainment screens with a digital instrument cluster and entertainment. This is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These screens lend a modern, tech-savvy, high-end feel to the Kia minivan. There is also a Bose 11-speaker sound system which will pipe crisp and clear music throughout the Carnival cabin. There are even nine USB ports for easy charging.

The 2022 Kia Carnival is packed with safety features

The 2022 Kia Carnival comes with lots of great safety features. There’s Safe Exist Assist, which helps to prevent rear passengers from opening doors into traffic. It also comes with rear occupant alert, reminding you of a child or pet left in the backseat. The 2022 Carnival LX also has blind-spot monitor, lane departure warning, and lane-keep assist. If you get tired while driving your Kia minivan, driver attention warning will help wake you up. There’s also forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.

How much does the 2022 Kia Carnival cost?

The 2022 Kia Carnival costs $33,275 for the base model, the Kia Carnival LX. The 2022 Carnival comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 290 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. This is matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.

If you’re torn between the 2022 Kia Carnival and the 2022 Kia Telluride (or Sorento, or Sportage), these Kia minivan features just might sway you to the side of the minivan. You won’t feel like you’re just driving a kid carrier in your Kia Carnival. You’ll feel like you’re piloting your own private jet-van, with everything you could want in a car accessible with the touch of a button.