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Kia Carnival vs. Kia Seltos

When we compare the Kia Carnival to the Kia Seltos, the Kia Carnival has the advantage in the areas of interior volume and base engine power. The Kia Seltos has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing and fuel efficiency. Based on this comparison of the Kia Carnival versus the Kia Seltos, the two cars are fairly comparable.

Kia Carnival versus Kia Seltos Pricing

For a new model, the Kia Carnival's price is between $34,866 and $51,711, with the Kia Seltos priced between $24,311 and $32,178.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Kia Carnival’s base engine makes 290 horsepower, and the Kia Seltos base engine makes 146 horsepower. The Carnival is rated to deliver an average of 22 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 494 miles. The Seltos is rated to deliver an average of 29 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 409 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Kia Carnival, a minivan, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and trunk space. The Kia Seltos, a crossover/subcompact SUV, has the advantage in the area of front leg room.

Safety Ratings Comparison

The Kia Seltos has an average safety rating of 4 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, both the Kia Carnival and the Kia Seltos have the same Top Safety Pick award.

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2023 Kia Carnival

2023 Kia Seltos

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$34,866 - $51,711

Used Asking Price:

-

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

49.9%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$24,311 - $32,178

Used Asking Price:

-

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

42.1%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

Not available

Reliability:

Not available

Retained Value:

7.6 / 10

Safety:

8.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

Not available

Reliability:

Not available

Retained Value:

7.7 / 10

Safety:

8.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

4 / 7
7 / 7

iSeeCars Rankings

4 / 18
6 / 61
53 / 61

Summary Review

Kia changed its minivan name, and substantially upped its game, when it introduced the stylish and feature-laded Kia Carnival.

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Summary Review

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

  • Largest interior volume in the category
  • Highest horsepower and towing capacity in the category
  • Impressive list of standard and optional features
  • Attractive exterior styling gives it SUV-like mojo

  • Coolest features reserved for pricier SX and SX Prestige trims
  • Reclining second-row seats won’t work for tall adults

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

Minivan

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

LX, EX, SX, SX Prestige

Trim Levels

LX, EX, SX, S, Nightfall

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

10 years / 100000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

10 years / 100000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

Not yet available

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

290 hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque:

262 foot-lbs @ 5000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.066 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not applicable

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

146 hp @ 6200 rpm

Torque:

132 foot-lbs @ 4500 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.047 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

3.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

V

Number of Cylinders:

6

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

19 / 26 / 22

Range (city/hwy):

361 / 494 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

AWD / FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

27 / 31 / 29

Range (city/hwy):

356 / 409 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.9 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.1 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

64.2 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.5 inches

Rear Leg Room:

40.5 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

63.2 inches

Cargo Space:

40.2 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

Not applicable

Cargo Space, 3rd-row seat folded down:

86.9 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

208.4 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.4 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

55.5 inches

Rear Head Room:

38.4 inches

Rear Leg Room:

38 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

54.7 inches

Cargo Space:

26.6 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

62.8 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 3rd-row seat folded down:

Not applicable

Overall Interior Volume:

126.2 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4376 lbs

Width:

89.2 inches

Height:

68.5 inches

Length:

203 inches

Wheelbase:

121.7 inches

Ground Clearance:

6.8 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3087 lbs

Width:

70.9 inches

Height:

63.6 inches

Length:

172 inches

Wheelbase:

103.5 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.3 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 6.5 inches

Wheel Type:

painted alloy

Tire Size:

P235/65R17

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

215/55R17