2022 KIA Carnival Towing Capacity

2022 Kia Carnival towing capacity

The 2022 Kia Carnival towing capacity is just one of the many reasons you chose this stylish hauling machine. From strong performance to all-around practicality, and all the latest and greatest features imaginable, the Kia Carnival stands proud as the total Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) package. It replaced the Kia Sedona, taking its spot as the largest and most practical of the Kia lineup. When the Carnival took over that spot, it brought an attractive proposition to the table: eye-catching SUV-inspired style and a more agile ride. For the full story on this evolution, check out our Kia Carnival vs. Kia Sedona comparison.

This page will walk you through another story: the towing capacity of 2022 Kia Carnival models that you can expect, as well as the many impressive practical virtues you'll find with one; best-in-class performance, immense cargo capabilities, and a wide range of standard safety and tech features, along with stand-out style, are just a few of them. The 2022 Kia Carnival towing capacity gets even better when considering all these competitive aspects. Without further ado, let's see what your Carnival can tow.

Your 2022 KIA Carnival Towing Capacity

A maximum of up to 3,500 lbs. That's what the 2022 Kia Carnival towing capacity comes in at when properly equipped, regardless of trim. What will that tow rating allow you to pull along? Many things, including a wide variety of trailers, smaller campers like a teardrop or pop-up type, or weekend getaway toys like a boat or an ATV. You can also make the process a breeze with available features, such as a 360-degree Surround View Monitor. So, the next question you may have is: "How does the Kia Carnival towing capacity stack up to competitors?" Let's find out:

2022 KIA Carnival Towing Capacity Vs. The Competition

Vehicle (Base) Engine Towing Capacity1
2022 Kia Carnival 3.5L V-6 3,500 lbs.
2022 Kia Telluride 3.8L V-6 5,000 lbs.
2021 Kia Sedona 3.3L V-6 3,500 lbs.
2022 Chrysler Pacifica 3.6L V-6 3,600 lbs.
2022 Honda Odyssey 3.5L V-6 3,500 lbs.
2021 Toyota Sienna 2.5L 4-cylinder 3,500 lbs.

As you can see, you can look to the Kia Telluride if more towing capabilities are needed. But many aspects of what the Carnival offers, the Telluride doesn't — and vice versa. For a full breakdown regarding the differences and similarities between the two, and which is right for you, check out our in-depth guide that shows the Kia Carnival compared to the Kia Telluride.

Additionally, please note that choosing and installing the optional 2022 Kia Carnival tow hitch is required to be able to tow with yours.

Massive MPV Practicality Awaits

Towing a trailer will add a whole lot of additional cargo-hauling capabilities. But a Kia Carnival for sale offers plenty on the inside to begin with. You'll be able to comfortably fit eight occupants in the three rows of seating, with a spacious 168.2 cubic feet of passenger volume. Even with all seats up, you'll get 40.2 cubic feet of cargo volume. When you fold all of those rear seats down, the cargo capacity expands to a whopping 145.1 cubic feet (excluding SX Prestige trim level).

Plentiful Performance Gets It Done

What helps achieve the impressive 2022 Kia Carnival towing capacity is an equally impressive powertrain. Offering best-in-class horsepower, all trim levels of the Kia Carnival come equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine sending out 290 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Not only does this setup provide brisk acceleration, but also some smooth driving. With up to an EPA-estimated rating of 19 mpg city / 26 mpg highway,2 efficiency is just as impressive.

Tips for Towing

The 2022 Kia Carnival towing capacity, 2022 Kia Telluride towing capacity, and all other tow-capable vehicles require drivers to give full attention and understand a few principles before making use of their capabilities. Your owner's manual and any literature included with your trailer will provide the most detailed, specific instructions. But, here are a few tips for safe towing to consider on top of that:

Practice reversing while towing

The majority of trailering incidents occur while backing up. Left is right; right is left. Just like you made the flip in directions an instinctual habit while learning to drive in reverse, practice reversing with a trailer in a safe, open space before towing on public roads for the first time. You'll be a master in no time.

Wear protective gear while setting up your trailer

Some areas of a trailer can cause injury to even those experienced with trailering. This includes exposed gears and moving metal parts like the hitch stand. They won't prevent injuries entirely, but wearing a thick pair of work gloves and strong closed-toed shoes will mitigate these risks dramatically.

Leave additional braking room

Momentum will keep you moving. It's the result of mass multiplied by velocity. With a trailer in tow, there's much more momentum to your vehicle and consequently more work required by the brakes to slow you down as a result. Don't risk a dangerous misjudgment of the stopping distance needed; leave more room between you and the driver ahead than you normally would.

Your Carnival Awaits at Jim Ellis KIA of Kennesaw

Ready for some family-hauling, trailer-towing action? For those who are already a proud Kia Carnival owner, hit the road and get it done. If you're looking for one of your own, stop by our dealership today to discover competitive deals on one, along with exceptional customer service across the board.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What weight can a KIA Carnival tow?

Any 2022 Kia Carnival, regardless of trim level, can tow a maximum of up to 3,500 lbs. when properly equipped. This will involve choosing and having the optional tow hitch installed. Furthermore, the tow hitch harness is required, too, as it connects your vehicle to the trailer's turn signals, brake lights, and tail-lights. Both can be found and installed at an authorized Kia dealership.

What can a KIA Carnival tow?

Many things! With a tow rating of up to 3,500 lbs. when properly equipped, you can pull along loads such as several types of trailers, many kinds of campers like pop-up or teardrop types, or even some toys for your next weekend adventure, like a boat or ATV.

Does the KIA Carnival have a hitch?

Yes, but as an available option for you to equip. To make use of the 3,500 lbs. maximum towing capacity your Carnival is capable of, you will need to choose the optional tow hook and have it installed at an authorized Kia dealership. As well, a tow hitch harness will be required for towing, as it operates the trailer's brake lights, turn signal lights, and tail-lights.


1Towing requires additional equipment. See Owner’s Manual for towing capacity, additional instructions, and warnings. Always use caution while towing.
2EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle's condition.

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