It’s a beautiful thing to have so many options when shopping for a new automobile in today’s vast landscape of offerings that come in a plethora of sizes, one of them being the few selections of minivans. I had a chance to do an extensive review on Kia’s all-new Carnival, which slightly departs from the traditional look of what is appealing for a minivan. Now, having experienced a couple of different trim levels, it’s easier for me to elaborate on the specific differences of the SX trim versus the top-level SX Prestige trim that I reviewed several months ago.

See Also: 2022 Kia Carnival SX Prestige Full Review & Test Drive

As a minivan somewhat resembles a crossover utility vehicle, the Kia Carnival naturally attracts a larger audience for those who may cross-shop minivans and crossovers. When looking at the new Kia Carnival, it’s mindful to beware of the subtle differences in the SX and SX Prestige trims where the Carnival SX will grant you access to an 8-passenger setup while the Carnival SX Prestige is a 7-passenger setup. With the seating arrangement in the second row being the major difference, there are also some feature list differences where the SX has a little less equipment but remains to be a good buy for those who don’t want the extra bells and whistles. All new Kia Carnival trims feature a healthy 290 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque 3.5-liter V6 mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission to power the front wheels only.

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First off, to chart the differences, the 2022 Kia Carnival SX does away with the reclining and trick captain’s chairs with ottomans for the second row and uses a more conventional bench seat setup to fit three passengers relatively comfortable. The second-row bench has a 40/20/40 split where each portion of the seat can be adjusted forward or back. The outboard seats have their own outer armrest while the center seat is more on the narrow side and can be cumbersome and uncomfortable for the middle passenger if it is not positioned in line with the other two seats.

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By: Malcolm Hogan
Title: 2022 Kia Carnival SX MPV Review: Charting the SX vs. SX Prestige Trim Differences
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Published Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2022 13:50:57 +0000

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