2022 KIA Carnival MPV Vs. 2021 KIA Sedona Comparison

Kia Carnival vs Kia Sedona

If you have been looking for a vehicle that will give you ample seating, impressive interior features, and leading tech for your growing family, you've probably been debating between a new minivan or a new SUV. If that's the case, then you're in luck -- the all-new 2022 Kia Carnival MPV gives you the best of both worlds. The Carnival MPV gives you plenty of versatility, cabin space, and under-the-hood performance. To help you see why the new 2022 Carnival MPV for sale deserves a space in your garage, we've put together the following model comparison. Take a look at how the 2022 Carnival MPV compares to the 2021 Kia Sedona.

2022 KIA Carnival
2022 Kia Carnival
Starting MSRP*:$32,100
Engine:3.5L V6
Horsepower:290
EPA-Estimated MPG*:19/26/22 (City/Highway/Combined)
Seating:7 Standard, 8 Available
Length: 203.0-inches
Width 89.2-inches
Cargo volume (SAE)145.1 cu. ft.
Fuel tank size:19 gal
Interior benefits:
  • 8.0-inch Touch-Screen
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
  • Bluetooth® Wireless Technology
  • Voice Recognition
  • 6 Speaker AM/FM/HD Radio Audio System
  • USB Data Port, Front Console
  • Steering-Wheel-Mounted Audio, Hands-Free Phone and Cruise Control Buttons
  • 4.2-inch Trip Computer Display


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2021 KIA Sedona
Kia Sonata
Starting MSRP*:$30,400
Engine: 3.3L V6
Horsepower: 276
EPA-Estimated MPG*:18/24/21 (City/Highway/Combined)
Seats:8
Length:201.4-inches
Width 89.3-inches
Cargo volume (SAE):142.0 cu.ft.
Fuel tank size:21.1 gal
Interior benefits:
  • 7-inch Color Touch-Screen Display
  • AM/FM/MP3 Audio System
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
  • 6 Speakers including Dash-Mounted Tweeters
  • Bluetooth® Wireless Technology Hands-Free Connectivity
  • Steering-Wheel-Mounted Audio, Hands-Free Phone, and Cruise Control Buttons
  • Siri® Eyes Free
  • USB/Auxiliary Input Jack
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How Do the 2022 Carnival MPV and Sedona Compare In Terms of Pricing?

The 2022 Carnival MPV and Sedona are two desirable vehicles that are each designed to transport your family into the future. Both vehicles offer plenty of capabilities, comforts, conveniences, and safety technologies. Here at Jim Ellis Kia Kennesaw, we are proud to offer the full model lineup of both of these new Kia vehicles in Kennesaw, Georgia. Both vehicles offer a comparable starting price point in the base model. The 2022 Carnival MPV LX boasts a starting MSRP of $32,1001 while the 2021 Kia Sedona LX has a slightly lower starting MSRP of $30,400.2 When you arrive for your test drive in a new Kia Carnival SX Prestige, be sure to ask the sales associate accompanying you about all the Kia Drive Wise driver-assist technologies that come standard.

When you arrive at our Kia dealership near Atlanta, you'll see how both vehicles offer plenty of value for the money when it comes to the interior and size comparison for the Kia Carnival MPV LX and Sedona LX. While both vehicles are great options, if you can only have one, we think the answer is the new Kia Carnival MPV LX.

2022 Carnival MPV vs. 2021 Sedona Interior & Size Comparison


If you're shopping for a new minivan or SUV, cargo room and passenger space are key factors when making your decision. Let's take a look at an interior and size comparison for Kia Carnival MPV and Sedona. Both of these new Kia models shine when it comes to driver headroom and shoulder room. When it comes to a dimensions overview, the Sedona gives you 39.8-inches and 63.9-inches, respectively. If that isn't enough room, then we suggest the slightly larger Kia Carnival MPV with its 40.9-inches of headroom and 64.2-inches of driver shoulder room. Since you'll likely be taking the whole team to practice, you'll be glad to know that the Kia Carnival MPV also gives you 59.5 inches of shoulder room in the third row, as well as a total maximum cargo volume (SAE) of 145.1 cubic feet.

When it comes to the overall length, both vehicles are roughly the same size, with the Carnival MPV just two inches longer. So, if you're used to parking a Sedona minivan in your garage and are thinking of ways to trade in your lease, you shouldn't have to rehang that tennis ball for parking the Carnival MPV.

Both vehicles are the same height and approximately the same width and offer the same seat capacity. The Sedona is 89.3-inches, while the Carnival MPV is 89.2-inches, which might make those tight parking spaces a little easier for you.

Kia Sedona interiorKia Carnival Interior

Performance Comparison: KIA Carnival vs. Sedona

Both of these new Kia automobiles are engineered to be dependable, efficient, and fun. The best way to see this for yourself is with a test drive and tour of the Carnival MPV, Sedona, or any of our new cars for sale. Until then, you'll be glad to know that the new Kia Carnival MPV is motivated by a 3.5-Liter V-6 engine that produces 290 horsepower and pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission for crisp shifts and a smooth ride. Under the hood of the Kia Sedona is a slightly smaller 3.3-Liter V-6 that produces 276 horsepower and mates to an electronically controlled 8-speed automatic overdrive with Sportmatic®.

Each of these vehicles offers the same powertrain throughout their trim model lineup, so whether you opt for a Carnival MPV LX, a Carnival MPV LX Seat Package, or a Carnival MPV SX Prestige, you'll have the same drivetrain getting you where you need to go. Experience both of these vehicles today at our local Kia dealer.

If you like to tow large watercraft or haul weekend toys, you'll be glad to know that the Carnival MPV LX and Sedona LX each offer a standard towing capacity of up to 3,500-pounds when properly equipped.

2022 Carnival MPV vs. 2021 Sedona Styling & Features

The all-new Carnival MPV LX arrives on the scene with an SUV-inspired design that creates a commanding presence on the roads of Kennesaw, Georgia, thanks to its standard LED headlights, available accessory roof rack, and signature LED daytime running lights. The Sedona LX also helps you stand out from the pack, thanks to a dark metallic mesh grille, power sunroof, and a smart power liftgate™.

Walking around the exterior of the 2021 Sedona LX, one quickly notices the machine-finished 18-inch alloy wheels, chrome exterior door handles, and power-folding outside mirrors. The Sedona LX also offers the convenience of heated outside mirrors, Smart Welcome, and sound-absorbing windshield glass. As you approach the 2022 Carnival MPV LX, you will quickly see where this family-focused vehicle drew inspiration from the SUV and where it departs from the norm.

The Carnival MPV and Sedona minivan are both fully loaded with some of today's latest multimedia features, including Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. Connect your compatible device and take all of your favorite mobile apps along for the ride. The team at Jim Ellis Kia Kennesaw is excited to tour you through each of these systems and more during your road test.

Safety Feature comparison: KIA Carnival vs. Sedona

When it comes to keeping you and your passengers safe on the roads of Kennesaw, Georgia, Kia installed ample driver-assist technologies on both vehicles. The new 2022 Kia Carnival MPV EX brings you such advanced safety features as auto emergency braking technology with junction turn and cyclist detection, rear occupant alert with ultrasonic sensors, and rear cross-traffic alert and avoidance. The Sedona LX also gives drivers peace of mind with standard auto emergency braking & warning technology, blind spot collision warning, and lane departure warning.

FAQs About 2022 KIA Carnival vs. 2021 KIA Sedona

What is the price difference between the 2022 KIA Carnival vs. Sedona?

The new Kia Carnival arrives in several trim models for the 2022 model year. To help you see a price comparison between the Kia Carnival and Kia Sedona, we've put together the chart below that covers the MSRPs for the 2022 Carnival and 2021 Sedona lineups:1

  • 2022 Carnival MPV LX - starting MSRP of $32,1001
  • 2022 Carnival MPV LX Seat Package - starting MSRP of $34,1001
  • 2022 Carnival MPV EX - starting MSRP of $37,6001
  • 2022 Carnival MPV SX - starting MSRP of $41,1001
  • 2022 Carnival MPV SX Prestige- starting MSRP of $46,1001

The 2021 Kia Sedona is also available in a selection of trim models that increase in price depending on standard features and available add-ons. Below is a list of the MSRPs for the 2022 Carnival lineup:1

  • 2021 Sedona LX - starting MSRP of $30,4001
  • 2021 Sedona EX - starting MSRP of $33,7001
  • 2021 Sedona EX - starting MSRP of $41,5001

To help you find a vehicle that meets the needs of your growing family, we invite you to discover all of the trim models we offer at our Kia dealer serving Atlanta, Georgia.

Is the new 2022 KIA Sedona a reliable car?

When it comes to reliability, Kia stands behind its full lineup of 2021 Sedona models with its 10-year/100,000-mile warranty program. When you finance or lease a new Kia Sedona or Carnival, the Kia 10-year/100,000 mile warranty program* gives you:

  • 10-year/100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty
  • 5-year/60,000 mile limited basic warranty
  • 5-year/100,000 mile limited anti-perforation warranty
  • 5-year/60,000 mile roadside assistance plan

When is the new 2022 KIA Sedona release date?

The Kia Sedona has been renamed and redesigned for the 2022 model year. The 2022 Kia Sedona is now the 2022 Kia Carnival. The new Kia Carnival offers a side-flex seating system with comfortable seating for up to eight passengers, standard collision avoidance technologies, and ample cargo space. We invite you to take the short drive from Atlanta, Georgia and meet the renamed Sedona at our local Kia dealership.

Is KIA discontinuing the Sedona?

Minivans have been losing sales recently, so the KIA brand has decided to remarket the Kia Sedona as the all-new Kia Carnival. However, instead of labeling it a cursed, boring minivan, they have rebranded it as a 'multi-purpose vehicle' to bring in a new era of success.

So, while the answer is yes - this model is being discontinued - it is not gone forever and will live on as the new Kia Carnival.

Is the KIA Carnival the new Sedona?

The Kia Carnival is the newly created reliable model that will replace the Kia Sedona, but it is a redesign of this former minivan. It will come with a bigger touchscreen, 3.5L V6 engine that has more horsepower, and a few more cubic feet of cargo volume.

They even look very similar to one another, with the new Kia Carnival opting for more distinctive SUV-esque curves in its exterior design compared to the latter.

Kia Carnival vs. 2021 Kia Sedona - Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)