By on February 19, 2021

As is often the case with global products, the Kia Sedona minivan doesn’t go by the same name in all regions. In its home market of South Korea, it answers to the Carnival moniker and is already on its fourth generation using Hyundai/Kia’s mid-size N3 platform.

Destined to enter the North American market as a 2022 model-year vehicle, the manufacturer used this week to promote its February 23rd debut via livestream. It also confirmed that it would no longer be using the Sedona name and would henceforth be known as the Carnival in the Western world. 

Sadly, this might be our only real surprise from the vehicle — and not much of one since it was rumored to happen for months. The redesigned Carnival (pictured) already debuted in its home market last year, giving us an excellent idea of what we can expect to see at the dealership.

Teaser images haven’t done much to suggest that the American version will be all that different from the Korean model and we already know Kia plans on offering it with the 290-horsepower Smartstream G3.5 GDi V6 and nothing else. While that could change later on, introductory models will see the powerplant mated to an eight-speed automatic driving the front wheels.

Seating configurations should allow for swiveling captain’s chairs in the second row, letting customers option their van to seat seven or eight. There should also be matching 12.3-inch displays for both instrumentation and infotainment. It’s also dimensionally larger than the outgoing Sedona, gaining 1.6 inches in overall length. While some of this could be attributed to its substantially boxier design, its wheelbase has also been stretched by 1.2 inches. Kia is promising more interior volume for passengers and 102.5 cubic feet of cargo space.

The North American Kia Carnival has its introductory livestream scheduled for February 23 at 2:00 PM EST. Those interested can schedule a reminder for themselves or just head over to the streamworks site when the time comes.

[Images: Kia Motors]

Get the latest TTAC e-Newsletter!

21 Comments on “Kia Officially Announces Sedona Replacement, Newish Name...”

  • avatar

    Why go through the trouble of designing a van that looks like an SUV/CUV only to give it such a name? The name alone sends it back to Minivan Purgatory!

  • avatar

    And that’s your today’s Kia news. Kia lovefest starts in 10..9..8..7..6..5..4..3..2..1..NOW!

  • avatar
    C5 is Alive

    1) We’ve known about the “Carnival” rebrand for a few months now. This is barely news and isn’t at all surprising.

    2) Where’s TTAC’s coverage of Kia’s massive IT outage this week, reportedly due to a ransomware attack? True, there wasn’t a press release about it, but…

  • avatar

    It’s the Telluride of minivans!

    • 0 avatar

      Oh so people will slavishly put it on a pedestal as the greatest vehicle ever made in this segment even though it doesn’t deserve it?

      • 0 avatar


        If comments were automobiles, yours would belong somewhere on this list (not sure exactly where):

        Would you like some help, teddy? We can get you some help. You seem angry. What’s behind that anger? Start here and we’ll check in later:

        [Man, if I worked for a Kia competitor I would be so upset right now! That Telluride is EN FUEGO!!!]

  • avatar

    I looked at a Kia Van. The 2nd row seats couldn’t be removed. Walked away. Curious if this new designs allows this.

  • avatar
    Art Vandelay

    I have flown in a C-5 (The plane…not the Corvette). As such I’ll pass on the sitting backwards while in motion bit.

    • 0 avatar

      I doubt anyone would be facing backward while it’s moving. The feature turns the rear two rows into a conversation pit. That’s useful when traffic is at a standstill due to an accident, or you’ve arrived at your destination in a downpour, and you’re waiting in the parking lot for it to let up before trudging to the arena/museum/mall. IOW, not much of a feature.

  • avatar

    I recall back in 2011 the Sedona was the only recent vehicle I’d seen which still offered an ashtray. Not that I smoke, but I found it interesting that a mommy-van had one.

    As for this, I don’t need a minivan, but it’s attractive enough.

  • avatar
    Dave M.

    Not a fan of the recent Kia silver slash design school, with the spontaneous bright trim tossed in on the side of the vehicle. It looks stupid. As is the name change. That said, the rest of the car is quite fetching.

  • avatar

    “newish”? That’s some great writing right there folks.

  • avatar

    Who’s the bright spark at Kia USA that decided they needed to rename all their vehicles? And why alphanumerics for the cars, but names for the utility vehicles? And that new logo is stupid. That is all.

  • avatar

    Looking forward to see if they expand the colour palate. One reason my wife got a new Pilot this fall instead of a Sedona was the availability of a pretty colour. The Sedona only offered several shades of almost black alongside of white and silver. we got a nice steel blue on the Pilot.

    Another hindrance was the cost bump to get automatic climate control. I have been spoiled in the past by that set it and forget it feature. But I don’t consider it worth the $4,000 bump to get the option/trim package where it’s included.

  • avatar

    “Carnival” brings to mind lots of flashing lights, overpriced lousy food, ripoff game booths run by dubious-looking carnies, shortchange artists at the ticket booth, garbage all over the ground… not what a vehicle name should bring to mind.
    “Sedona” sounds vaguely Western, an interesting, exotic, faraway place that you would need a comfortable, spacious, dependable vehicle to get to. Hey, Kia, it’s not too late to change your mind about this!

    • 0 avatar

      Don’t forget the midgets and the bearded ladies! And the cotton candy!

      There’s something to be said for using the same name globally, like the Toyota Corolla. There’s also something to be said for using the same name for over a half century, like Toyota Corolla.

      • 0 avatar

        Toyota is kind of boring, right? Sticking with the same names forever – kind of boring. Stockpiling semiconductor chips ahead of the global shortage – kind of boring:

        Wait – perhaps ‘boring’ can be good?

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    Boring is very good especially when it comes to reliability. Not boring is an Italian car that is challenging to keep running. Boring is very good.

Read all comments

Recent Comments

  • Joseph Kissel: I know they are in different price brackets, but I’m surprised nobody’s mentioned the...
  • dal20402: I have a hard time believing US margins were highest when prices are significantly higher elsewhere. The...
  • macmcmacmac: Challenger FTW! Maybe it’s because a Challenger seems like a car built by a company that still...
  • dal20402: This may be a regional difference, but I literally don’t think I’ve ever seen a Challenger...
  • dal20402: Kicked dogs holler.

New Car Research

Get a Free Dealer Quote

Who We Are

  • Adam Tonge
  • Bozi Tatarevic
  • Corey Lewis
  • Jo Borras
  • Mark Baruth
  • Ronnie Schreiber