Kia’s roomy, comfortable, and refined Carnival—the automaker’s thoroughly redesigned replacement for the Sedona—did very well among minivans in our testing. Apparently “minivan” is a bad word in Kia parlance, though, as the automaker seems dead-set against using the term; instead, it refers to the Carnival as an “MPV,” or “multi-purpose vehicle,” in its marketing.
The Carnival’s 290-horsepower V6 has plenty of predictable and usable power, and the polished driving experience is aided by a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. As with other V6-powered minivans, the Carnival easily chirps the front tires leaving the line; unlike the Chrysler Pacifica and Toyota Sienna, it isn’t available with all-wheel drive. Like its V6 rivals, the Carnival’s 21 mpg overall is far outmatched by the Sienna hybrid’s 36 mpg overall.