2025 Kia Carnival: A Minivan with Style, Space, and Hybrid Power – The Kia Carnival is one of the most popular minivans in the US market because it has a roomy interior, many different seating options, and an SUV-like look. Kia has given the Carnival a makeover for 2025, making it look even better and more up-to-date. New headlights, taillights, a grille, and wheels that look like Kia’s EVs have been added to the outside. The inside has been made easier to use and better with a new rotary gear selector, a touch panel for the climate controls, and a dual-screen setup for the infotainment system. For the first time, the Carnival can come with a hybrid powertrain. It also has better shock absorbers, sound-deadening materials, and more advanced driver assistance systems.
Design: Exterior and Interior
The 2025 Kia Carnival uses Kia’s Opposites United design language, which tries to make different things work together in a way that looks good. New vertically shaped headlights with Signature Starmap Lighting daytime running lights give the Carnival a unique and modern look up front. The bumper and bottom skid plate have also been changed, along with the grille, which now has new black details. From the side, you can see a character line between the corners of the front and back light groups. This gives the car a sense of continuity and movement. The Carnival also gets new metal wheels that look like those on the EV9, making it look even more sporty.
The back of the 2025 Kia Carnival gets new vertical taillights that match the headlights and make the whole look more balanced and unified. The rear bumper has been changed to include a new chrome strip with the Kia logo that goes from the taillights to the bumper. New lights and a diffuser have also been added to the back bumper.
Kia has changed the inside of the 2025 Carnival to make it a “spacious space where you can feel peace and comfort.” The most significant difference is the new rotary gear selector, which replaces the old, bulky lever. Reusing some buttons on the centre console has made it easier and freed up some space. Like other new Kia models like the Sportage, Niro, and Sorento, a touch panel now controls the climate controls. The two screens—a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a 12.3-inch infotainment screen—work together with the ccNC (connected car navigation cockpit) operating system. A better digital key, better support for over-the-air updates, and a new head-up display are some of the intelligent mobility features that this system offers.
There is also new ambient lighting, more giant cup holders, yellow accents on the dashboard and front door cards, and more sound-absorbing materials inside to make the car quieter. The Carnival has three rows of seats that can be set up differently depending on the trim level. It can fit up to eight people. You can slide the second-row seats forward and backward, fold them flat, or remove them to make more room for cargo. You can also fold the third-row seats flat to the floor or lay them back to make them more comfortable. There are 40.2 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 86.9 cubic feet behind the second row, and 145.1 cubic feet behind the first row on the Carnival.
A 3.5-liter V6 engine is likely to stay in the 2025 Kia Carnival, just like it is in the current model sold in the US. This engine has 290 horsepower and 262 pounds of torque. It is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that only drives the front wheels. The Carnival gets 19/26/22 mpg in the city, 26/26/22 mpg on the highway, and combined, which is suitable for its size.
The big news about the 2025 Kia Carnival is that it will come with a hybrid powertrain option in South Korea, where it is made. This hybrid system comprises a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. Together, they produce 227 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission with an electric motor is paired with the hybrid system. The hybrid Carnival is expected to use less gas and put out less pollution than the V6 model.
The hybrid Carnival might come to the US market soon, but it needs to be clarified. Competing with cars like the Toyota Sienna Hybrid and the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid would be a good addition. These models also come with all-wheel drive, which the Carnival does not have now. The Carnival might get all-wheel drive (AWD) in the future, but Kia has yet to say it will. For now, it’s not a top priority.
Release Date and Price
This week, the 2025 Kia Carnival will be sold in South Korea. On November 8, you can start preordering one. We have yet to determine when it will come out in the US, but we think it will be around the middle of 2024. We won’t see the price of the 2025 Kia Carnival until it comes out, but we expect it to be more than the current model’s base MSRP of $33,200. The Carnival has four different trim levels: LX, EX, SX, and SX Prestige. If you want the best, the SX Prestige starts at $46,300 and has leather seats, a dual-pane sunroof, an entertainment system for the back seats, and a surround-view camera.
The 2025 Kia Carnival is one of the market’s most stylish and valuable minivans. The new look makes it even better. The Carnival is great for families who want comfort, convenience, and fuel efficiency. It has a large, well-designed interior, a strong V6 engine, and a new hybrid option. The Carnival also has several high-tech driver assistance systems. For example, Highway Driving Assist 2 helps the driver keep a safe distance from other cars, stay in the middle of the lane, and maintain a set speed. The Carnival also has a “lane-change assist” feature that can move the car into the next available lane when the driver lights up.
Regarding style and performance, the 2025 Kia Carnival minivan doesn’t skimp. There are many ways to use this vehicle, and you can be sure it will work for your family. When the 2025 Kia Carnival comes to your local Kia dealer, you should look at it if you want a minivan that stands out.