Minivan Comparison: 2022 Toyota Sienna and 2022 Kia Carnival

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The brand new 2022 Kia Carnival adopts the design style from an SUV and wears it on a minivan. If the conventional looks of a minivan never appealed to you as the majority, you might want to have a look at the Carnival. The less rounded corners really make this minivan unique from the previous ones. 

Moreover, lots of new cars in this car segment were unveiled this year and one of them is the 2022 Toyota Sienna. The Sienna is a rival of the Kia Carnival for the latest model year. Both have their pros and cons. But which is the better option? Got an eye on the used Kia cars in KSA, visit the CarSwitch website! 

The latest 2022 Kia Carnival

Even though the Kia Carnival has just entered the market, it is not holding back at all! This is proven by the fact that it has already jumped to the upper minivan rankings this year. One of the most important things which appeal to the eyes is it’s SUV style. 

But what else does the Carnival have to offer? First of all, its starting MSRP throws it much lower than many SUVs, almost close to the bottom of the minivan segment. The manufacturer is coming out swinging with a desirable minivan at a highly affordable cost.

The automaker boasts it’s long testing, such as the high temperatures all over the world. Yes, you read that right. The Kia Carnival MPV has visited the Death Valley desert, the Alaskan tundra, and so many other crazy places. 

Overall, the extreme temperatures have fallen into a range between -40° F to 130°F. And all of this rigorous testing has only proved one thing for sure, Kia Carnival is able to drive in all weather conditions. 

As much as outstanding and remarkable that is, how many trim levels and what technology are available in the model?

The features in all trim levels of Carnival

The 2022 Kia Carnival boasts 4 varying trim levels. The entry trim is the LX which offers a great number of standard features such as rear cross-traffic collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, and 8 inches touchscreen screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, lane-keeping assist, a push-button start, smart key, and much more. 

By adding a few thousand dollars more, the next LX Seat Package comes with Syntex seating, extra seating arrangement for 8 occupants, heated front seats, and more. Next, we have the EX trim level that includes a UVO link, 19 inches of wheels, a navigation system, nav-based Smart Cruise Control, a smart power liftgate, and some other add-ons. 

The high-end trim levels are SX and SX Prestige which are expensive but their perks justify the high price. The SX trim level offers ventilated front seats, a rear entertainment system, power outlets, 19 inches of black alloy wheels, roof rails, fog lights, and a memory driver’s seat. 

Now, coming to the highest SX Prestige edition, it flaunts heated and ventilated second-row seats, dual power sunroofs, 12 speaker Bose premium sound system, blind view monitor, 12.3 inches of the digital instrument cluster, a heated steering wheel, and definitely much more. 

Read More: A detailed review of the brand new 2022 Kia Carnival MPV

How does Carnival compete with Sienna?

  • Although the Sienna is priced higher than the Carnival, it lacks some important features that are not available in the Carnival. 
  • While Kia only has a single 3.5 liter V6, Sienna sports a hybrid engine, which enhances its fuel efficiency too (36 mpg on the highway and in the city). 
  • Although their dimensions are identical, Sienna is 7 inches longer. In Carnival, remote engine start and rear parking assist are standard but these useful features are not given in the Sienna. However, both can seat 8 people. Carnival boasts a dual-screen rear entertainment arrangement against the single screen in Sienna. Moreover, the Carnival does not offer all-wheel drive, unlike the Sienna. 

2022 Upgrades of Sienna

Toyota has added the Woodland trim level to the lineup, which offers 6 inches of lift kit and all-wheel drive. It’s perfect for adventurous souls as it boasts outdoor and off-roading accessories. These include a 1500 watt power outlet, tow hitch, and a roof rack. 

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