What’s New in the 2023 Kia Carnival?

May 23rd, 2023 by

2023 Kia Carnival: Performance, Pricing, and Specs

If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, the 2023 Kia Carnival is a top pick. This multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) boasts a stylish, SUV-like design and a spacious interior that can accommodate up to eight passengers. With five trim levels to choose from, the Kia Carnival offers a range of features that are sure to impress. Let’s take a closer look at what you can expect from the 2023 Kia Carnival.

What Are the New Features In the 2023 Kia Carnival?

The 2023 Kia Carnival offers various features for savvy passengers. The SX trim comes equipped with a dazzling 12.3-inch panoramic display cluster and center console, as well as Blindspot View Monitor to keep you safe on the road. As an added bonus, you’ll be able to stream content in real-time, so you can enjoy movies and music on the go through speakers that have been tailored for optimum sound quality.

The SX Prestige is where things get exciting. This trim level offers eight-passenger Slide-Flex Seating options, complete with multi-function seats in the second row and an optional VIP Lounge seating upgrade. The VIP Lounge seats even have popup footrests, so your passengers can relax during long trips. And with built-in streaming technology, everyone can enjoy seamless wireless connectivity on the road.

Performance and Power

The 2023 Kia Carnival is the perfect MPV for adventurous families. It features a powerful 3.5L V6 engine producing 291 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque providing ample power to pull up to 3500 lbs in tow weight — certified camping season ready. With an eight-gear transmission unit, the Carnival delivers smooth acceleration, while its independent multi-link suspension ensures a comfortable ride.

Interior and Cargo Space

The interior of the 2023 Kia Carnival is spacious and comfortable, with up to eight seats available. Buyers can choose between seven-seat and eight-seat configurations, the latter featuring a “Captain Kirk” seat that slides far forward and all the way back to the third row.

The optional VIP lounge seats in the Carnival SX Prestige have popup footrests that can provide a fantastic way for passengers to relax during long trips.

The 2023 Kia Carnival features 40 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the third row, with an overall interior space of 145 cubic feet. The minivan offers ample legroom and features comfortable armrests, making it an excellent alternative to your used Kia sedan.

Fuel Economy

The EPA’s fuel economy ratings for the 2023 Kia Carnival are 19 mpg in cities and 26 mpg on the highways. The EPA ratings provide a combined rating of 22 mpg. With a 19-gallon fuel tank, the Carnival provides an estimated total range of 418 miles, rivaling emerging electric vehicles in the minivan segment.

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The infotainment setup for the base trim Carnival LX features an eight-inch infotainment screen, while the EX and higher trims offer an optional 12.3-inch dual screen. The 12.3-inch dual screen is now standard for the 2023 SX versions, encasing approximately two-thirds of the Carnival’s dashboard.

The SX and SX prestige have optional rear dual-screen entertainment systems and streaming service compatibility. However, the 12-speaker stereo system is limited to the SX Prestige.

Apple Airplay and Android Auto are standard for all Carnival trims. Additionally, each trim has multiple USB outlets on every seating row, up to a maximum of nine ports. The SX and SX Prestige feature 115-voltmeter inverters that can fit accessories with two-prong or three-prong plugs.

Safety and Driver Assistance Features

Most of Kia’s DriveWise Advanced Driver Assistance features come standard for the 2023 Carnival. Key features available for all trims include:

  • Rear cross-traffic collision avoidance assist
  • Driver attention warning
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Lane-following assist
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Safe exit assist
  • Blind spot warning collision-avoidance assist

Higher trims also offer additional safety features, such as parking collision avoidance assist, cyclist detection, and highway driving assist.

Pricing and Warranty Information

The 2023 Kia Carnival is available in five trim levels, from the base LX to the deluxe SX Prestige. The LX Seat Package, which replaces the middle seat with two “Captain” seats, is priced $2,000 higher than the LX base model. The EX, SX, and SX Prestige trims boast luxurious touches and upgrades that justify their respective price hikes. Here is a comprehensive pricing overview:

  • 2023 Carnival LX: Starting MSRP of $32,600
  • 2023 Carnival LX Seat Package: Starting MSRP of $34,600
  • 2023 Carnival EX: Starting MSRP of $38,100
  • 2023 Carnival SX: Starting MSRP of $41,300
  • 2023 Carnival SX Prestige: Starting MSRP of $45,700

Test Drive the 2023 Kia Carnival at Battleground Kia Today

The 2023 Kia Carnival is a spacious yet comfortable minivan that offers a wide range of advanced safety features. The new features, such as the blind spot view mirror, rear dual-screen entertainment system, and the 12.3 dual display, make it an excellent option for families looking for a practical and reliable vehicle.

Contact us or visit our website today to book a test drive. Our staff here at Battleground Kia would be more than happy to help you drive away in your new 2023 Kia Carnival.

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