This is one Carnival in which families won’t be bummed out by that sign that says: “Must Be at Least This Tall to Ride.” To the contrary: When it comes to accommodating your little ones, Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger says the all-new-for-2022 Kia Carnival minivan is just short of magic. Geiger’s comprehensive critique of the Carnival was able to pull off the nifty trick of being among the most popular Cars.com articles of the past week.
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In addition to surprisingly robust acceleration from the van’s lone engine, a 3.5-liter V-6 making 290 horsepower, the Carnival caters to families with youngsters with its Slide-Flex second row, easy-access child safety seat anchors, optional in-cabin surveillance cameras and rear-seat entertainment system. That said, it’s a big ask to match the mighty Chrysler Pacifica among minivans, and that ultimately proves to be too much to ask of the Carnival.
“The Carnival’s new convenience goodies and affordable price make it more competitive, but other minivans have more powertrain options,” Geiger wrote in her review. “It also comes up short against the Chrysler Pacifica’s blend of utility, technology and driving refinement.”
For Geiger’s full Carnival critique, follow the link below to our No. 2 article of the week.
On the other hand, if you’re a car shopper who is more concerned with cheap than children, you’ll want to take this week’s countdown from the top, where the first-place finisher rounds up the 10 most modestly priced vehicles you can buy right now. With prices between $15,000 and $21,000, bargain shoppers should be sure to check out the list. For specific starting prices and trim levels, follow the link below to our No. 1 news story of the week.
Rounding out the week’s top five are Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder’s comprehensive critique of the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 all-electric SUV at No. 3; our report on federal safety recalls of roughly 277,000 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Elantra, Kona and Veloster vehicles at No. 4; and a primer on how a global microchip shortage is driving up used-car prices and, as a result, your incentive to sell yours, at No. 5.
Beyond that, we’ve got headlines on the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser, 2022 Toyota Sienna, 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E and much more, so catch up on all the latest car news below. Here are the top 10 news stories Cars.com readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:
1. Here Are the 10 Cheapest New Cars You Can Buy Right Now
2. 2022 Kia Carnival Review: Almost Magic
3. 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Review: Comfortable, Tidy and Almost There
4. Hyundai Issues Big Recalls for Santa Fe Sport, Elantra, Kona, Veloster
5. Now Is a Good Time to Sell Your Extra Used Car; Here’s Why
6. 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition Review: Right Place, Wrong Timing
7. Is a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle the Best Choice? We Answer Your Burning Questions
8. Toyota Confuses Us With the 2022 Toyota Sienna Woodland Special Edition
9. Which Cars Have Head-Up Displays?
10. 2021 Best Eco-Friendly Car of the Year
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