New Kia Carnival for Sale in Keene, NH

The Kia Carnival at Fairfield Kia: Redefining the Minivan

Kia has evolved as one of the most affordable yet technologically - and surprisingly luxurious - advanced auto manufacturers on the market. Although minivans are often pushed aside by SUVs, Kia craftily manufactured a minivan that offers lots of fantastic features, quality interior materials and an attractive exterior with the Kia Carnival. If you're in the Keene area and in need of a terrific new minivan, the Kia Carnival is the one for you.

The Carnival is a refresh and renaming of the old Kia Sedona, and the new name is befitting of the revamped minivan. The Kia Carnival offers boxy styling, large wheels, daytime running lamps that blend into the grille of the Carnival, much like many SUVs on the market, and an exterior design that is very similar to the crossover SUVs currently on the market. In fact, when it comes to what's new with the Carnival, there's quite a bit: new tech, new styling and new features make up the new Kia Carnival.

The Carnival is available in four trim packages:

  • The Carnival LX
  • The Carnival EX
  • The Carnival SX
  • The Carnival SX Prestige

Standard features of the Carnival include access to wireless smartphone connectivity through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, seven USB ports throughout the cabin of the Carnival, an 8.0-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system and much more. Dover, VT drivers will be able to access use voice recognition to access contacts in the phone and make phone calls, send text messages, choose the music they'd like to listen to and more. You can also answer texts by speaking your response. Drivers can also turn away calls while driving, and they can get directions as well as utilize other smart phone functions simply by using one's voice.

The Carnival EX offers some neat features as well. They include an in-cabin intercom that allows the driver to easily communicate with those in the rear seats, a voice control system that operates independently of the smart phone software and a powered rear liftgate.

The Carnival SX adds a rear-seat entertainment system, wireless phone charger and ventilated front seats. Picking the top SX Prestige trim gives Athol, MA shoppers leather seat trim, which is both embossed and perforated, as well as an auto-dimming rearview mirror and LED interior lighting.


The Carnival, like the Telluride, offers only one engine, which is a 3.5-liter V6. This engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Together, the combination offers up to 290 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, which is quite powerful for a minivan. The Carnival is standard front wheel drive, with no all-wheel drive option available. The Carnival, with this powertrain offering, is intended to provide drivers with a towing capacity of up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped, allowing it to bring the family and a small boat from Greenfield, MA down to the lake for the day.

The interior of the Carnival is intended to be comfortable and user friendly. From the Sedona, drivers will see that the Carnival has a much more updated dashboard and front seat. The center console is large and offers storage space. Some trims offer a digital gauge display, allowing you to customize the information at your fingertips. Those Brattleboro, VT drivers opting for the SX Prestige trim package will enjoy a reclining second row, which has footrests that will pop up when in use. Leather upholstery is also standard in the SX Prestige trim. Upper trims also offer a sunroof which sits over the second row of the Carnival's seats. The Carnival is longer than its predecessor, the Sedona. It also has a longer wheelbase, which adds to the comfortable ride of the minivan. Plus, there is more cargo room in the Carnival than the Sedona.

Let's talk about the infotainment system. When hauling around a group of kids, it's important to have something to keep them from becoming restless during the trip. Kia does not disappoint where the Carnival is concerned. The SX trim offers rear seat entertainment; however, the 12 speaker Bose sound system is exclusive to the SX Prestige trim level only. Drivers who opt for the higher trim package and the larger touchscreen will see the touchscreen reach over half of the dashboard's length.

When it comes to safety, Kia has added many driver-assist technologies to the Carnival's standard offerings, which can enhance your drive. Many of the safety features are included on the LX trim. You'll find automatic high beam headlamps are standard as well as blind spot monitoring, lane keeping assist and lane departure warnings. Plus, these are only a few of the standard safety features of the Kia Carnival. There is also automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection as well as available adaptive cruise control. Premium trim levels offer more safety features in addition to the adaptive cruise control. You'll appreciate that the SX and the SX Prestige offer a Surround View Monitor and the Reverse Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist system.

If you're in the Keene area and looking for a minivan that's more stylish, affordable and comfortable, then visit Fairfield Kia for a tour of the new Kia Carnival. We'll be happy to answer all your questions. You can also call to schedule a test drive and see for yourself how this handsomely rugged minivan can affordably provide you with capability and safety, all in an elegant package.