The all-new Carnival MPV (known as Sedona in some markets) has earned the highest possible safety rating — five stars — for all seating positions in the latest frontal and side impact crash tests by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Completely redesigned for the 2006 model year, the all-new Carnival builds upon a commitment to safety that was established with the first generation MPV, which earned the company’s first five star crash rating when it debuted in 2002.
The 2006 Carnival continues to offer a high level of standard safety equipment, including six standard airbags, front active headrests, electronic stability control (ESC), ABS with electronic brake force distribution (EBD), a traction control system (TCS) with brake assist, and a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS).
“We are extremely pleased with the all-new Sedona’s performance and resulting five star rating in NHTSA’s recent testing,” said Len Hunt, executive vice president and COO of Kia Motors America. “The latest five star rating is further proof of our commitment to building high quality vehicles with unprecedented levels of standard safety and convenience features.”
Available in two trim levels, LX and EX, all models feature an all-new, more powerful 3.8-liter 24-valve V6 engine, producing class-leading 244 horsepower. A longer wheelbase and increased length and width in comparison to its predecessor contribute to the minivan’s nearly 15-percent improvement in passenger room over the previous Carnival.
Comfort and convenience equipment such as fold-in-the-floor third row seating, three separate climate zones covering all three rows and available power remote-operated side doors and rear lift gate were designed to bolster Carnival’s established position as a safety and value leader in the highly competitive MPV market.
Editor’s note: Specifications and standard equipment may vary depending on country/region.