August 20, 2022

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2022 Kia Carnival long-time period update: Road tripping in our effortless-to-like minivan

The Carnival is a super-duper great highway tripping equipment.

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I’ve been the main steward of Roadshow’s very long-expression 2022 Kia Carnival since its arrival, and I have to say, it truly is a pleasure to have all over. Minivans are a great way to haul cargo and individuals, total stop. And with the way this minivan appears to be, why would you get some normal, frumpy crossover?

Not only does the Carnival excel at hauling things — 36 baggage of mulch, by the way — it really is wonderful at hauling folks. This last little bit in individual shined earlier this summer when I took our Carnival to the lake for a July 4 weekend bash.

Long-term 2022 Kia Carnival

3 dozen bags of mulch? Easy peasy.

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On the extended stretches of freeways, the Carnival gobbled up miles like no one’s company. The journey is enormously at ease with little disruptions within the cabin, preserve for a handful of jostles from some great ol’ fashioned Ohio potholes together the way. I applied this option to enable the Highway Driving Assistant technology do its factor, and to me, it remains the most amazing hands-on-the-wheel operation out there. HDA brings together active steering and adaptive cruise handle, but motorists ought to maintain their hands on the wheel as the car or truck handles some of the operate. The method drives like a shockingly very well-behaved human on the freeway with organic braking and steering movements. I under no circumstances the moment caught it wanting to veer into a diverse lane or riding the shoulder, and that conjures up a lot of confidence with the system engaged. Any time I imagined I might be equipped to behave greater if site visitors clogged alongside the way, I uncovered myself subsequent too close for consolation, while the HDA’s judgement was better all together. Hey, occasionally you just want to get to the seaside with your folks, you know?

As a facet be aware to underscore how very well HDA performs, I also utilised the program on a different vacation heading west one working day in the pouring rain. I was significantly far more cautious this time as sheets of h2o hit the windshield and I waited for the program to battle. It in no way did. 

Our Carnival handles cargo like a champ, in particular if you choose to drop the third row of seats. Bags of snacks, drinks, coolers, swimming equipment, you title it — the Carnival has area for literal days. On the way property, with everything stowed absent at the time yet again, the Carnival was a wonderful put to be immediately after sitting in the sunshine for several hours. Front- and rear-seat passengers get their individual local climate configurations to tinker with, so relying on who fried the most out in the sunlight, no one has to bicker over it being also heat inside of the van.

So. Much. Place.

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In the meantime, the 3.5-liter V6 and 8-speed automatic mix labored very nicely jointly and I in no way discovered myself wanting a lot more electric power. It is worth noting my gasoline financial system regular is currently just above 27 mpg right now, which outdoes the EPA estimate of 22 mpg put together by a long shot. Even while there was a lot of highway driving associated, I have not noticed the determine trend downward right after subsequent months motoring all-around in the metropolis.

Attractive journey apart, there was a small bump in the highway through my time so considerably, and it truly is not the Carnival’s fault in the slightest. The a few-row minivan doesn’t match very very well in tight parking garages, so I have to confess my slip-up: I scraped a pole. Right after a quick stint in the shop and about $1,700 out of pocket, the Carnival is great as new once more.

As for any standard imperfections, it really is tough to come across a flaw so far. My colleague Steven Ewing now pointed out how foolish it is that Kia’s high-finish infotainment programs really don’t guidance wireless Apple CarPlay, though the reduce-end techniques do. Supplied our tester’s approximately $50,000 as-examined price price tag, it is a complicated omission. Also, the piano black trim smothered above the center stack isn’t my preferred. Fingerprints and dust adhere to the finish with relieve, and I are not able to envision what it appears like when you can find a Carnival full of kids onboard.

We’ve received a great deal of testing to do as we continue on to get pleasure from van time close to the Midwest, so remain tuned for more updates.