Driven: The 2022 Kia Carnival Isn’t Your Typical Minivan, And That’s A Good Thing


Decades ago, minivans were as American as apple pie. They dotted the landscape and countless owners loved them for their space and practicality.

However, minivans have fallen out of favor with consumers who have embraced crossovers in growing numbers. As a result, Ford and GM exited the segment and so did competitors such as Mazda, Nissan and Volkswagen. Even Dodge, whose best-selling product was the Grand Caravan, waved goodbye last year.

Despite this, the minivan segment has rarely been as interesting as it is right now. The Chrysler Pacifica and Honda Odyssey were recently given a facelift, while the Toyota Sienna was redesigned for 2021. Not to be outdone, Kia has retired the Sedona and replaced it with the all-new Carnival.

The Cool Minivan?

Since minivans are seen as uncool, the Carnival features a crossover-inspired design and is billed as a multi-purpose vehicle that “confidently stakes the claim between proper SUV and family hauler.” Or at least that’s what Kia says.

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