2023 Kia Carnival Review: A Mobile Luxury Condo

Kia Carnivals all feature the same 3.5-liter V-6 engine paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission that transfers power solely to the front wheels.

With 290 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, it is the most powerful minivan on the market today.

We found this V-6 to be an engaging powerplant that propels this huge leather-filled van with authority and creates a beautiful induction tone during our testing.

Kia's new Smartstream fuel injection technology, which comprises both port fuel injectors and direct injection, is used in this 3.5-liter engine.

This combination enables you to benefit from direct injection's better fuel economy as well as a port-injected engine's low-end torque and lack of intake valve carbon buildup.

The Kia Carnival is only available in front-wheel drive, putting it behind competitors such as the Toyota Sienna and Chrysler Pacifica,

both of which offer all-wheel drive. Despite this, the Carnival has no trouble putting power to the ground, albeit its all-weather performance may fall behind that of its all-wheel-drive competitors.