Cool Car: 2022 Kia Carnival S-X

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The Carnival reviewed back in the spring was the pricey Prestige model. But this one, the S-X is ending up in more family garages.

The S-X is a nice balance of features versus dollars. Kia calls it an MPV, for multi-purpose vehicle. All versions are front-drive only. The key to hiding the mini-van identity is how the power row two doors are blended into the design.

In this configuration, the Carnival is an eight-passenger vehicle. The S-X trim also includes a dual-screen video system, pre-loaded with kids’ entertainment.

Access to row three is very good. It’s hard to beat a mini-van or multi-purpose vehicle, for cargo space. While row three isn’t powered, it’s easy to operate.

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Mom and dad certainly are not roughing it upfront. Leather is standard, fit and finish are very good and the touch-screen interface is huge. The automatic is an eight-speed. The only engine is a 3.5 liter V6 with 290 horsepower. Acceleration is brisk and handling is very good. Auto braking, lane keep assist, and cross-traffic alert is standard.

Do for the 2022 Kia Carnival S-X, I say thumbs up to clever styling, excellent cargo space, and excellent value. Thumbs down to no available all-wheel-drive. The Carnival averages about 23 miles per gallon and the as-reviewed sticker price is $42,000.

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