7 things to know about the 2023 Kia Carnival

7 things to know about the 2023 Kia Carnival

27 July 2022 BY Jean-Sébastien Poudrier
Kia Carnival 2023

Kia has become one of the world leaders in many fields of the automobile industry. The Korean manufacturer distinguishes itself from the others by starting from a white sheet with every new model. Kia has recently gone thru a major rebranding with a new, simpler, and more elegant logo. However, what makes Kia such a great car manufacturer, in my opinion, is the fact it is still giving time and effort where others literally gave up. 


The Carnival is the perfect example of that. Since the rise of the SUVs and the diversification of the category started, the minivan has been abandoned by most car manufacturers leaving us with only a few options on the market. Luckily, the Kia Carnival is one of them, and instead of just giving us a basic eight passengers spacious transport vehicle, the Korean manufacturer made the Carnival one of the most desirable family vehicles out there. It is good-looking, very comfortable, and full of tech and key features almost out of this world in some cases. This is why I decided to present to you 7 things you might not know about the 2022 Kia Carnival.


1 – Is the name mean something


As you may know, Kia’s previous minivan name was the Sedona, a city based in Arizona in the U.S. This made sense for North America. Still, the minivan was already called Carnival somewhere else in the world. Kia’s decided to uniformize its lineup names for the new generation, so the Sedona became the Carnival. So, why Carnival then? A carnival is an event where a lot of things are happening with a lot of people. So think this makes Carnival a proper name for Kia’s fantastic minivan.  


2 – the VIP chair


Comfort has become one of the most critical characteristics for new buyers, and luckily for Carnival owners, this is something you find in quantity in Kia’s minivan. The Carnival is offering one of the best seating options in the market for the second row with a relaxation mode, footrests, heating, and ventilation. The only thing missing is a champagne fridge, and Rolls-Royce would have some serious competition.


3 – An SUV look


Like I mentioned before, SUVs are the best new thing, but is it? There are a lot of vehicles looking like an SUV that is called SUVs, but they aren’t really SUVs. The Kia Carnival is a proudly called minivan, but it looks a lot like an SUV, which is not a bad thing.


4 – Full of safety tech


The Kia Carnival has some of the most advanced technologies when it comes to safety, with a surrounding bird eye view and a lot of passive and active safety systems. One of the coolest systems is the blind spot View Monitor, which displays a live video of the blind spot directly in the instrument cluster. There is also a Passenger View Monitor, so you don’t have to turn your head to look at passengers in the 2nd and 3rd row.


5 – Second-row opening sunroof


Usually, when there is a full-size moonroof or a two sunroof, only the front part is opened. However, for the Carnival, Kia wanted to do things differently so the second sunroof could be fully open.


6 – Sounds of nature


If your Kia has a rear screen, there is a good chance you will find a lot of integrated apps like YouTube or Netflix. Nevertheless, one of the best apps is definitely the Sounds of Nature app. This gives you access to a lot of relaxing sound, which is perfect to complete your VIP experience with the second-row VIP chair.


7 – Passenger talk 


I could have included this in the 4th thing I told you about the Kia Carnival, but this one is going beyond safety. This feature allows you to talk with the passenger in the back by amplifying your voice thru the sound system. This is an element of comfort and safety. Every car should have this feature.


Jean-Sébastien Poudrier

Tags: Kia, Kia Carnival

Author: Jean-Sébastien Poudrier

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