This is the new KIA Carnival update of the Kia Sedona minivan. Known as the 1st GUV (Grand Utility Vehicle) in the world the 4th generation minivan includes a strong, stylish, SUV-inspired design. The Kia Carnival is spacious, comfortable with a completely updated interior, including a panoramic screen layout Intelligent packaging over three or four rows and best-in-class cargo space.
New technologies assist drivers, and protect and entertain passengers.
The 2021 Kia Carnival provides an assured ride thanks to a completely new platform, steering and suspension.
Powerful and efficienct Smartstream engines are included with eight-speed automatic transmissions.
Kia’s been on a roll lately, producing strong products and pulling down record sales numbers. It has not, however, been setting sales records with its minivan, the Sedona. Maybe a new name and new styling is the answer. The Korean Car Blog and Motor1 report that a new Carnival minivan will replace the weak-selling Sedona and that it will get SUV-like styling — just like the Chevy Uplander.
As consumers are pushed into crossovers, fewer automakers are bothering to build minivans at all, leaving just three on the market now: Honda Odyssey, Chrysler Pacifica/Voyager and the Kia Sedona. The Sedona has been No. 3 in that three-car segment for years. Honda sold 99,113 Odysseys last year. The Pacifica was a close second with 97,706 units sold. The Sedona was a distant third, selling just 15,843 Sedonas in 2019.
The new Carnival’s styling will be more SUV-like, seemingly in an effort to appeal to crossover buyers. Kia’s calling it a “Grand Utility Vehicle.” You may remember that GM tried this in the mid-2000s, giving the Chevy Uplander, Pontiac Montana, Saturn Relay and Buick Terraza new, truckier front ends.