Kia Carnival named AutoGuide’s 2022 “Family Vehicle of the Year”
The Kia Carnival truly belongs in a class by itself. It has the roomy interior of a minivan, but the smart styling of an SUV. An impressive 290 horsepower engine gives the Carnival the power to accelerate quickly to highway speeds. It can even tow up to 3500 lbs. It’s hard to imagine a better vehicle for a family vacation or camping trip. With such a unique blend of features, it’s no surprise to hear that the Kia Carnival won an award from AutoGuide for “Family Vehicle of the Year” for the 2022 model.
Kia Carnival Top Pick out of Hundreds of Vehicles
To choose the top vehicles for the 2022 AutoGuide Awards, a panel of seven editors and reporters drove hundreds of vehicles to narrow down their list of competitors. The final 40 vehicles that made the cut were ranked based on value, space, user-friendliness, safety, and other categories. Out of those final 40, just 8 received awards.
Judges commented on the Kia Carnival’s “massive” interior and said that it has a “genuinely cool design” that sets it apart from other vehicles in its class. The combination of family-friendly features made the Carnival a clear winner for the category.
Advanced Safety Features
One of the categories that was most impressive to the judges was the Carnival’s safety rating and features. When you’re choosing a family vehicle, safety is one of the most important considerations. The Carnival has plenty of advanced features that can help to keep your family safe in an emergency.
One of the newest available features is a Blind-Spot View Monitor, which projects a live feed of your blind spots onto your instrument cluster whenever you’re using a turn signal. It works well with the standard Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, which can keep the vehicle in its current lane if it detects an obstacle in the blind spots.
A four-camera, 360-degree Surround View Monitor is available to help you be aware of everything that is happening around your vehicle from all sides.
Highway Driving Assistance is a newly upgraded available feature that works with the Smart Cruise Control system’s sensors and cameras, and also uses traffic data and planned routes to help drivers stay in the correct lane and stay with the flow of traffic.
Kia Carnival is one of the first vehicles to make standard a Rear Occupant Alert. This feature uses ultrasonic sensors to detect if the rear seat is occupied when the driver exits the vehicle. It can sound an alert or send a message to your phone if you accidentally leave your vehicle with a passenger still inside.
Forward Collision Avoidance is a standard feature in all Kia Carnivals that can detect road hazards or pedestrians in the path ahead. It sends an alert to the driver and can even apply the brakes to avoid a collision. There’s also an available addition specifically for cyclist detection.
Comfort and Connectivity for the Whole Family
Family road trips can sometimes be overwhelming. It’s hard to keep everyone comfortable and entertained on a long trip. In the Kia Carnival, this is far less of a concern. There’s plenty of room for even the backseat passengers to stretch out, and the Carnival has plenty of entertainment features built right in.
A dual-screen rear-seat entertainment center is available, which feature wireless capability and device mirroring, so you can stream entertainment from your phone for the backseat passengers.
A two-way intercom system is also available that allows the front row to communicate with passengers in the second and third rows clearly. Voices are amplified through the speaker system.
Apple CarPlay® and Android™ Auto are standard with the Carnival, which can be used to integrate your favorite apps into the available 12.3-inch touch display.
The Carnival has up to 9 available USB charging ports, covering all three rows. A wireless charger is in the front of the vehicle for compatible devices.
Plan to take your Next Road Trip in a Carnival
Seeing all of the advanced features available with Kia’s Carnival, you’re probably thinking of how your next family road trip could be a lot better. Check out the 2022 Carnivals available from Lawrence Kia, and your family vacation is sure to be exciting for every mile of the journey.
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