The refreshed 2025 Kia Carnival multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) will be available with a 242 hp turbo-hybrid powertrain. The 2025 Carnival will be available in five trim levels (LX, LXS, EX, SX, SX Prestige), while the Carnival HEV will be available in four trim levels (LXS, EX, SX, SX Prestige) when it goes on sale (expected summer 2024).
2025 Carnival HEV
The conventional Carnival features a 3.5-liter V6 GDI engine that produces 287 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the front wheels.
The Carnival Hybrid is newly available for 2025 with a 1.6-liter turbo-hybrid engine paired with a 54kW motor and a 6-speed automatic transmission, with a combined output of 242 horsepower, 271 lb.-ft. of torque.
Hybrid performance upgrades further aim to improve performance and fuel economy, while also working towards an overall comfortable ride. Aerodynamic 17" wheels are exclusive to the Carnival HEV.
In Eco/Smart mode, Electrification-Vehicle Motion Control (E-VMC) kicks in with the flick of the paddle shift lever to adjust the amount of regenerative braking with a three-level deceleration control. Other features specific to the Carnival HEV include E-Handling, which is designed to help improve vehicle responsiveness when entering and exiting a corner; E-Ride that can help smooth out the action of going over bumps with specially tuned shocks, and E-Evasive Handling Assist that is designed to help control the vehicle movement during emergency steering.
The Carnival’s suite of standard and available Advanced Driver Assistance Systems is updated with Kia’s latest iterations. Central to the Carnival’s advanced driver assist technology is standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist[xii], designed to alert the driver if it detects a risk of collision with an object or person in the front and can automatically assist with braking to help prevent collisions under certain conditions. The system now offers available Junction Crossing (FCA-JC); Lange-change Oncoming (FCA-LO); Lange-change Side (FCA-LS); and Evasive Steering Assist (FCA-ESA).
First introduced on the EV6, the Carnival is also available with Highway Driving Assist 29 (HDA 2) a driver convenience system that is designed to maintain a predetermined distance from the vehicle detected in front, keep the vehicle within detected lane markers on certain highways, and assist in lane changes under certain conditions.