Blurring the lines between a minivan and a crossover SUV, the 2023 Kia Carnival MPV is, as the name suggests, a multi-purpose vehicle ready for just about anything modern suburban life has to offer. As is typical for Kia cars, the Carnival starts out at a very affordable, value price in basic form, but it can also be picked up in its more luxurious form – for a price.
Starting at $32,600 for the base LX model, the 2023 Carnival is available in four primary trim levels. The LX model also gets the option of a “Seat Package,” which offers an 8-passenger configuration with “slide-flex” second-row seats. The Carnival EX (starting at $38,100) and SX (starting at $41,300) are mid-tier models, with the EX offering the 8-passenger seating configuration and the SX including 12.3-inch dual front row panoramic screens.
For the absolute top-of-the-line 2023 Kia Carnival, you’ll want to upgrade to the SX Prestige, which offers dual sunroofs, a premium audio system from Bose, and more, all for a starting price of $45,700. There is also a short list of optional extras you can add to the 2023 Carnival SX Prestige, including a rear seat entertainment system and second row, heated and ventilated VIP lounge seats with leg extension. The price of the fully loaded, each ticked 2023 Kia Carnival SX Prestige? A cool $50,990, plus taxes and fees.
Other features you’ll find on the fully loaded Kia Carnival 2023 include:
- 290 hp / 262 lb-ft . 3.5-liter V6 engine
- 19-inch alloy wheels in glossy black
- Leather furnishing
- Double sunroofs
- roof rails
- Smart electric tailgate
- Electrically sliding rear doors
- Heated and ventilated front seats
- Heated steering wheel
- 115 volt socket
- Integrated sunblinds for second/third row of seats
- Surround view monitor
- 12.3-inch dual screens
- Camera and intercom in the cabin
- Bose Premium audio
- Smart cruise control with Stop & Go
- Wireless Phone Charger
- Power front seats with driver memory settings
- Kia Drive Wise driver assist technology, including front and rear parking sensors, lane assistant, rear cross traffic assistant, etc.
- LED Projector Headlights
- LED taillights
- Automatically dimming rear-view mirror with HomeLink
- Textured bumper application
- Luggage mat, net and tray
- Luxury floor mats
- Cross bars for roof rack
- Illuminated sill plates
- Interior lighting kit
- Paint protection package
- trailer hitch
- wheel locks
Hands-free rear sliding doors
The otherwise SUV-proportioned Kia Carnival’s minivan-esque ease of entry are the sliding rear doors. Not only are they bigger and more practical, but they can also be operated without hands – as long as the SmartKey is nearby. It’s a great feature whether you’re arguing with the kids to school or training, running errands, or just hitting the town.
While most crossovers and minivans brag about their optional second-row captain’s seat (also available), the Kia Carnival’s 8-passenger configuration is arguably the most interesting, with its ‘Slide-Flex’ seats. The center Slide-Flex seat can be moved forward for easier access to the front row, or it can be converted into a table for the rear seats.
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