I know, not everyone is into new stuff, and I’m not saying that a minivan is necessarily hoon-worthy, but what Hyundai and Kia are doing lately is impressive. Pretty much everything I’ve driven from Hyundai and Kia over the past couple of years has been good to great, but this 2022 Sedona (called the Carnival elsewhere) really caught my eye for a big reason.
It legitimately looks like an SUV.
There’s a pretty solid likeness to the Tahoe and Suburban, especially from the side. This isn’t a huge surprise since I’ve always thought the Telluride looks like a GMC Yukon. And you’ve got to see the inside!
Expect the typical Hyundai/Kia 3.5L V6 engine with around 290 horsepower and overall vehicle size is up by an inch or two (that’s what she said?!). If Kia can finally convince SUV buyers to take the minivan plunge with this new styling, they’ll find that it’s a massively flexible platform. It can go from long-distance family-hauling to Home Depot duty better than just about anything. This thing could absolutely print money. So keep an eye out for future Hooniminivan content, it’s the new car content I know you have so desperately been looking for.
Also, they should call it the Kia Carnival here too, that makes me smile for some reason.