New Minivan

Kia Sedona name gets dumped in favor of the Carnival moniker for 2022

The Kia Sedona may be getting a name change the U.S. to better align with its global branding.

Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

The minivan known as the Kia Sedona in the U.S. has gone by the Kia Carnival name overseas for the better part of two decades. According to a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it looks like the company could be planning on bringing the Carnival name to U.S. shores, replacing the Sedona moniker, according to a post on SedonaForum.com.

The move would go toward establishing a pattern that focuses on bringing Kia branded products to the masses all under one name. Recently, the company elected to do away with the Optima badge, instead bringing the K5 midsize sedan to market in the U.S. The sedan is sold by the K5 name globally.

2021 Kia K5The K5 name badge recently replaced the Optima as Kia welcomed a new generation of midsize sedan to the U.S. market. Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

This move is nothing new for automakers, who frequently switch up product names regionally based on how a particular word plays with local dialects. For example, the Hyundai Kona is called the Kauai in Portugal because in Portuguese, the word "cona" (pronounced the same) is slang for the female anatomy.

The 2022 model will mark the beginning of the fourth generation of the minivan in the U.S. It rides on the brand's new midsize platform, the same that underpins the new Kia Sorento. The architecture allows the Sedona/Carnival to be more spacious and capable than before thanks to a longer and wider body.

Inside the cabin, the Sedona/Carnival has much of the same design attributes as the new Sorento as well, with SUV-like dashboard and center console styling. There's also a long list of features including a 12.3-inch infotainment touch screen, recliner-style captains chairs in the second row, and Passenger View & Talk technology.

2022 Kia Sedona/CarnivalRedesigned 2022 Kia Sedona delivers SUV-like looks and premium appointments.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

The 2022 Kia Sedona/Carnival will arrive at dealerships in the U.S. later this year. Expect to see a formal announcement regarding to the name of the vehicle closer to its on-sale date, along with pricing information.

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The 2023 Sportage Hybrid starts at around $28,000.

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Kia's moving full steam ahead to an all-electric future, but the automaker's intermediate models should not be overlooked. Kia and Hyundai do hybrids as well as anyone, and the 2023 Sportage Hybrid is coming soon with new tech, updated styling, and a value-forward price. The 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid goes on sale in spring.

2023 Kia Sportage HybridThe Sportage Hybrid delivers up to 39 mpg.Kia

Kia offers the Sportage hybrid in three trims: The $28,505 LX, $32,205 EX, and $37,405 SX-Prestige. All models come with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine and a 44kW electric motor that combine to produce 226 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission with a rotary shifter is standard, and all-wheel drive become standard at the EX trim. The powertrain is efficient for an SUV, delivering up to 39 mpg when paired with front-wheel drive.

Kia says the Sportage Hybrid's interior features a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster for almost 25 inches of display. Standard tech is generous, and includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There's also plenty of safety tech. Kia adds standard gear that includes:

  • Driver attention warning system
  • LED headlights
  • Lane following assist and lane keep assist
  • Forward collision warnings with cyclist detection
  • Rear occupant alerts
  • Rearview monitor
  • Reverse parking distance warnings
Several optional features are available, including blind spot warnings, forward parking distance warnings, navigation-based cruise control, and more.

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New subcompact crossover

Honda announces freshened HR-V for 2023

The new HR-V is based on the Civic.

Honda

With the release of the all-new Civic and its performance variants, Honda's lineup grew more exciting this year. Even so, the automaker can't forget about its bread and butter models, which in the United States means SUVs. Its smallest, the HR-V, is getting an overhaul for 2023 with fresh styling and a more responsive powertrain. Honda hasn't elaborated on pricing or given out an exact release date for the HR-V, but we know the SUV is coming this summer.

2023 Honda HR-VThe new HR-V gets fresh styling and a more responsive powertrain.Honda

The 2023 HR-V gets a new grille with a longer hood and sweeping roofline. Honda notes that the new HR-V is based on the Civic, so while we don't have full powertrain and tech details for the new SUV, we can draw some inferences from that information. The new Civic comes standard with a 158-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a CVT, which would be a reasonable choice for the HR-V. As it did in the Civic, the base will likely also bring a lively driving experience and confident handling to the HR-V.

2023 Honda HR-VThe HR-V will hit the streets this summer.Honda

Honda says the HR-V features a large greenhouse with door-mounted mirrors and a low cowl for better visibility. LED headlights and tail lights are standard, and the new rear-end design features a more rounded, grown-up shape than the previous model.

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