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Trims Levels, Mechanicals, and Performance

The 2025 Carnival MPV lineup will give buyers a choice of five trim levels: LX, LXS, EX, SX, and SX Prestige. The standard powertrain will still be a 287-horsepower (260 lb.-ft. of torque) 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Kia has confirmed that the ‘25 Carnival MPV will have the same estimated fuel economy as the outgoing model with ratings of 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The standard drivetrain will be front-wheel drive with additional assistance from drive mode select.

The available gas-electric powertrain for the ‘25 Carnival MPV will pair a 1.6-liter turbo-hybrid engine with a 54-kW electric motor and a 6-speed automatic transmission. It’s expected to have a combined output of 242 horsepower and 271 lb.-ft. of torque. Expect it to come with a host of technologies such as Electrification-Vehicle Motion Control, E-Ride, E-Handling, and E-Evasive Handling Assist.

Standard and Available Features

Although Kia has not released a full list of features for each ‘25 Carnival MPV trim, some details have been made available. The LX will be a well-stocked base trim with a hands-free power tailgate, heated tailgate glass, hands-free power-sliding rear doors, electric adjustable side mirrors (heated and power-folding), LED exterior lighting (headlights/daytime running lights/high-mounted stop lamp), and rear combination lamps. The cabin will have cloth-upholstered seating for seven passengers, tri-zone automatic climate control, metal paint with 3D pattern crashpad garnish, a leatherette-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a 4.2-inch LCD meter cluster, a day/night rearview mirror, second-row sliding and removable side seats, third-row 60/40 split-folding seats with double reclining capability, USB ports in all three rows, and a cargo-area power outlet.

The LXS will have seating for up to eight, simulated leather seats, hydrographic woodgrain crashpad garnish, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and heated front seats with 8-way power-adjustability for the driver. The EX will add roof rails, electric-folding side mirrors, a wireless phone charger, second- and third-row sunshade blinds, an 8-way power-adjustable passenger’s seat, and memory settings for the driver’s seat and exterior mirrors. The SX will gain ventilated front seats, a 12.3-inch LCD panoramic center display with meter cluster, a dual-power tilting/sliding sunroof, and LED fog lights. The Dark Edition will be an optional upgrade for this trim, adding black design elements to the alloy wheels, grille trim, side mirror covers, roof rails, skid plates, and garnishes (side sill/tailgate/C-pillar). This package will come standard on the SX Prestige, along with a heated steering wheel, genuine leather seating, a digital rearview mirror, Bose premium audio system, dual LED headlights, and LED rear combination lamps.

Safety and Convenience

Kia has confirmed that the ‘25 Carnival MPV will come with a wealth of safety and driver-assistive features. All trims will get forward collision avoidance (car/pedestrian/cyclist), Highway Driving Assist 1, blind-spot collision avoidance, navigation-based smart cruise control, driver attention warning, lane following assist, lane keeping assist, rear cross-traffic collision avoidance, intelligent speed limit assist, parking distance warning (forward/reverse), rear occupant alert, safe exit assist, high beam assist, and an electronic parking brake with auto hold. The highest trims will provide the most comprehensive protection with a surround-view monitor, blind-spot view monitor, parking distance warning (side), parking collision avoidance, and Highway Driving Assist 2. Also at this level, forward collision avoidance will be enhanced with junction crossing, lane-change oncoming, and lane-change side alert, plus evasive steering assist.

Entertainment and Audio

The base LX will have a 6-speaker stereo paired with an 8-inch audio display, wireless Android Auto, wireless Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth hands-free with voice recognition, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. The EX will expand to an 8-speaker stereo and 12.3-inch audio display with navigation, while also adding HD Radio, SiriusXM, and rear seat voice recognition. The dual-screen rear entertainment system is expected to be an optional upgrade on SX and above, and the SX Prestige will also gain a 12-speaker Bose premium audio system with a subwoofer and external amplifier.

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