Kia's replacement for the Sedona minivan brings major upgrades in terms of active safety, amenities, and connectivity.
The Carnival is powered by a punchy 290-hp V6 that has lots of power in reserve, mated to a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic.
Its 21 mpg overall is similar to other V6 competitors but no match for the Toyota Sienna hybrid.
Unlike the Sienna and Chrysler Pacifica, the Carnival isn't available with all-wheel drive.
The ride is comfortable, and handling is secure but not agile.
Controls are easy to use.
High-end versions come with a lounge-like reclining feature for the second row.
The midsection of the second row can handily slide fore and aft, but owners have to remove the heavy second-row seats for maximum cargo capacity.
Standard active safety features include FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, BSW, and RCTW.