FAMILY FIGHT -- 2022 Kia Carnival vs. 2021 Toyota Sienna: Comparison

Joylandi 23-May, 2021
Two of the LATEST minivans are going head-to-head in this comparison: the 2022 Kia Carnival SX vs 2021 Toyota Sienna XLE Hybrid! But which family hauler is BEST for your family? Go ahead: CLICK to find out :) Also, be sure to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed this review -- it helps us more than you can imagine!

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  • Honestly I wonder how anyone would buy the Sienna considering the Carnival is superior in every other way except possibly fuel economy and AWD on the Toyota. I feel this is a no brainer contest.

  • since the Toyota logo is oval it loses 5 points

  • Spend the extra money on a more loaded Toyota, you’ll get more reliability and much better resale value

  • I think they overdid the design on the Sienna...too much!

  • You are the man. AWESOME review. Yours was one of a few reviews that really helped us make our decision. We actually just bought a 2022 LX Seat Package Carnival and we really like it. After researched every minivan/MPV option VERY thoroughly we concluded that Carnival really has the best total package nailed, all things considered. Those include storage space, leg room, interior/exterior SUV design, more ground clearance, safety, better reliability than all other options in recent years, very respectable gas mileage (we’re getting 30+ on highway), unrivaled infotainment user experience, and the best warranty in the business. We used to be a Honda family but it feels like Honda has stopped trying (feels cheap, much less reliable, and VERY cramped drivers seat leg area), Chrysler interior still feels old school (with lackluster long-term satisfaction), and Toyota will cost you premium dollars for hybrid and AWD (but mechanics tell me that those options lead to more expensive maintenance in the long run). Regarding AWD, I discovered a great UZfire video showing how snow tires (plus traction control) make a much bigger difference than having AWD in the winter. And the Carnival has the BEST 2nd row center/8th seat (especially vs Honda and Toyota), reversible (rear-facing 2nd row option), and with the LX seat package we can remove 2nd row seats if we need to. And the price is VERY competitive. Toyota’s CEO recently admitted that Hyundai/Kia is the one brand family that worries him when considering their competition. For good reason.

  • Toyota best

  • Hybrid is costly maintenance

  • No awd on Kia? What about QDR!

  • We got the Kia Carnival SX. We are enjoying it so far and we have no complaints but I do love that Sienna MPG though.

  • What’s going on dude

  • Reliability (If I have to use it for 5 years ) - I would vote 2 to Kia and 5 to Toyata... ..

  • We just traded in our 5 year old sienna for the carnival. Pick it up Saturday!

    • @Mama Bird Thank you! Great to hear u like it, I'm from Australia also looking at this car right now. Seems like Australian version doesn't come with digital dash board even for top trim, which is a bit shame.

    • @Xiang Xie our sienna sport was 5 years old so tbe lease was up. There is nothing wrong with the sienna. Toyota are great. But they haven't updated the interior to match other competitors. The kia so far is amazing! We are in Canada and I SEARCHED and found a SX. I got lucky because they are almost impossible to find right now. Features we love: seats are amazing. Turn signal camera. Back seat camera. Different drive mode options. Eg sport mode, comfort mode etc.

    • Hi, just wondering how is the carnical so far? Im also looking at carnival and sienna, how is it compare to your old sienna? Mind if I ask which country youre at? also price and trim?

  • Which has a higher clearance?

  • I prefer the Sienna hybrid with AWD(cheaper AWD option comparing to the KIA) and especially because oil price is getting so high lately. The extra gadgets in the KIA I can live without.

  • how are the sienna's silver alloys? They are allow with cheap chrome glued on.

  • The Carnival is quite tempting, Kia has narrowed the gap, but it's hard to overlook Toyota's strengths, my biggest dislike in the Sienna is the CVT

  • No one gonna comment on Toyota forcing the remote start into a SUBSCRIPTION model??

  • I wish Kia would have made these changes to quality and styling a decade ago. It would have pushed Toyota to be more innovative. Although, sales figures show that the growth in Kia shipments are being taken from GM, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, and VW as Toyota's growth has been steady if you exclude 2020 ( COVID YEAR). Main issue is that neither Toyota nor Kia is moving to electric fast enough. Tesla and VW are going to eat both of these companies lunch when their vans launch.

  • I’m buying Kia carnival and it’s gonna be red

  • I am debating between the Sienna and Carnival, the KIA blows the Sienna away with the looks! I have owned 3 Toyota vans, great vehicles, BUT look at the KIA---W O W! B E A U T I F U L---a bigger Range rover.

  • Kia carnival Is totally awesome I'm buying that and it's gonna be blue

  • Can't we just have the sienna and put the carnival shell onto it. That'd be great, thanks.

  • Thank you so much for adding a real world decibel reading, this is an incredible important feature. Family vehicles usually = long trips = must have quiet cabin. Please start to add time stops with titles on your videos to make them even more easy to navigate through.

  • Well I own sienna and I love it . I always went with Honda and I am glad I made the switch. The 36 miles per gallon is just unbelievable. Also another notable thing is resale value made it easier for me to go with sienna over carnival .

  • I like Kia

  • I am a Korean living in Seoul. I have a question, are Korean companies Hyundai and Kia Motors popular abroad? Of course, Korean cars are more popular than Japanese cars in Korea, but I wonder how it is abroad. But the Kia Carnival car in the video seems to be a lower model. The instrument cluster is completely different on the upper full option model (And this time in Korea, I witnessed a new, partially changed Telluride. Of course, it was camouflaged.) uzfire.info/camera/video/jYiXrF-Oo96GgX8

  • The Sienna is a Toyota, + 5 for reliability. - 10 for Kia longevity. Sienna wins.

  • Well I have yet to see anyone make a better built vehicle than Toyota. Kia is still trying to catch them on that. For the longevity Toyota will always win. I have owned both. Toyota is just better.

  • You can't compare kia junk that has the worse resale and bad quality to a legend toyota with high reliability and awesome resale . People got to be out of there mind if they are going to blow over 40 grand on a kia

  • The fuel economy makes me forgive any shortcomings of the Sienna...

  • i have a sienna2019 model. this car is sucks.

  • kia is much better

  • Ugry

  • Sienna Vs Odessey

  • Toyota shines after 5 years..

  • You have to count the long term reliability of the car..

  • I feel like eventually the whole front end of these Toyota's (bumper, hood and fenders) will be one big ass grill. It's getting ridiculous.

    • Explains why i love the 1st gen and 2nd gen sienna a lot

  • 비교자체가안되는

  • Toyota was Killed In Action.

  • Absolutely kia~~!!!

  • Should put an asterisk next to the KIA 10 year 100,000 mile warranty as that is just for the first owner and does not transfer. As a Tech that currently has 2 Kia's in the shop getting ENGINES! I will go with the Toyota that I know last hundreds of thousand of miles.(I work on all makes and models and I barely see Toyota)

  • Great video. Only complaint is giving half a point for dual screens v no screens. Also, you can watch 2 different shows + streaming Netflix. You gave as many points to this game changer as 2 extra cup holders... Great content tho!

  • Too bad the Carnival SX sells for $6k-$7k over MSRP... for that price you can get a Sienna Limited.

  • I give it to KIA because I can't stand Toyota's idea for overbearing grills.

  • Come on ,why compare a titan of the quality vs a crappy corean disposable kia.

  • Kia all the way!!!! I am. a current Toyota Product owner , but no way CVT on a Sienna and. on top of that, Kia Carnival look way better!

  • I love minivans! Everytime I rent a car to travel out of town, I rent a minivan. I own a minivan and a car. Was debating between the Sienna and the Carnival but this video helped me make my decision.

  • I'll take the Toyota Toyota Toyota Sienna Toyota Toyota Toyota Toyota Toyota.

  • You should compare their top models. Because the $10,000 price difference would sink Toyota

  • Kia is beautiful! But I’d go with Toyota for its reliability, mpg, and awd system.

    • Does the Kia carnival would actually last long though? Or the sienna is just way better and most likely to still work in 25 years

  • I have heard Kia's have problems after 60k miles. I would like to know reliability after 100k to 150k. I would also like to know how easy standard maintenance is on both.

  • It all depends on your dealbreakers. Mine are: hybrid, AWD, and that X factor of reliability… hard to beat the Toyota.

    • Except the Toyota has bad rear end crash test rating

  • Reliability and resale value toyota 5 points LOL. all those extra kia features will probably be broken in 10 years of abuse.

  • I was struggling between Sienna and Odyssey. Now I'm struggling between Sienna, Odyssey and Carnival.

    • That is always the problem with so many choices but Sienna is hybrid, and known for its reliability...Odyssey too. I'm not sure about Carnival. And how about resale value?

  • Carnival is 5 years ahead of sienna. In every way.

  • We have a Kia Carnival LXS and love it, but if you are going to compare vehicles at least compare equal models as you said the Toyota was a lower trim model.

  • For me the turn signal position on kia and Hyundai product is a safety issue!! Don't understand why they do that ! That's a MAJOR strike! So,,,,,Sienna would be my choice

  • It's the Kia for me

  • KIA jhozzz

  • Man you confused me with such a good comparison. Now what? Any suggestions?

  • Don't know anything else but I know one thing the Kia looks a hell of lot better

  • Let me tell you guys something about AWD. It's not the end all be all during winter OK? I live in MN. I would say AWD comes into play about 5% of the time during winter. AWD cannot help you stop, which is 90% of the accidents that occurs during winter. AWD is a mental safety net for drivers. It "Makes" them feel safe. But the facts are, when you're driving in snow condition and you have to apply the brakes, the AWD will not help you stop any quicker. It's the tires. During the winter here in MN, I see hundreds of vehicles in the ditch. Guess how many of those have AWD/4WD? A ton of them. Why? Because it gives drivers a false sense of security. Oh...I have AWD...I can drive faster. Again, if you need to put on the brakes, you are sliding into the ditch my friends. AWD is not the lifesaver. If you want that, get a set of snow tires. THose will last 3 seasons. Snow tires on a Carnival beats a Sienna with AWD on A/S tires....any day...especially stopping distance.

  • Better gas mileage and AWD makes the Toyota a 12.

  • My heart says kia but my brain says toyota! 😭 How do I choose?

  • Pretty sure the Kia has better towing capability than the Sienna so that's another plus if you wanna haul a lightweight RV.

  • I don't understand why depreciation and future repairs aren't a big factor in your comparison. Without massive accidents, high chance most siennas are still on the road in 15 years. Will anyone take my bet that most Kias will not be? Leasing a Kia may be ok though.

    • Still driving my 2001 Camry (20 years) but will upgrade likely to the hydrid Sienna this year

  • Lol toyota design is just too terrible

  • KIA stands for Korean Imitation Automobile. You have to be brainless to compare, to consider, or even buy a KIA instead of Toyota.

  • Sadly, Kia sell this car just 50,000 usd and Toyota sell Siena over 200.000 usd in my country

  • I want the hybrid Sienna, and I wish there was a full PEV option. We have a large family and we've owned multiple different minivans--favorite for comfort was the Chevy Venture, but it had a horrible reliability rating. That was exactly my experience. The Mercury Villager felt very cheap--it was small, flimsy, and powerless. The Dodge Caravan wasn't as comfortable as the Venture, but better than the Villager. It worked well--until it didn't. It needed 3 transmissions by the time it hit 150,000 miles. Finally, we opted for the more expensive Sienna and that's where we've stayed. Reliable, comfortable, adequate power. Now I want to quit paying for gas. I don't ever want to deal with a transmission again. Bring on the EV.

  • The problem is the parking lots are pretty empty in most dealers

  • That sienna is just hideous.

  • Comparing a limited FWD Toyota to a carnival SX would have been a closer comparison. AWD is a standalone feature; isolating this comparison to a cost equivalent doesn’t make sense. Also, from what I’ve noticed, the sticker price has very little to do with what you’ll actually pay. . . .

  • I have a brand new Carnival 2021 now 2 months old and driven now with 10,000 on the clock, a GREAT vehicle pity no AWD, however, I previously always bought Toyota but due to slow delivery times I opted for a Kia after all the great reviews...HOWEVER, nothing is ever perfect, and always room for improvement. This is what needs attention both auto sliding doors end up delivering wind noise into the cabin but no actual wind enters the vehicle. On the 3,000 first free service check it was brought to the attention of KIA about the noise and the response after checking my vehicle and other NEW vehicles on sale I was told it is an inherent problem for this model ....NEW 2021 model with wind noise ???? The more the sliding doors are used the louder the noise. It appears the rubber seals don't seal correctly and do not rebound when the doors are opened but the seal stays collapsed in a small section. Another issue the REAR TURN SIGNAL indicators set LOW in the rear bumper, NOT inline of sight for the driver following. I had a few close calls being rammed from the rear because the driver of the vehicle behind is NOT focused on my rear bumper !Q!Q!Q. Otherwise, it is still a GREAT vehicle, a pleasure to drive with great economy in my petrol model., with TONS of room Well done KIA.

  • Toyota. Just because of gas savings and the all wheel drive capability.

  • The only problem with the carnival is that it’s a KIA.

  • Love my AWD 2011 XLE. Will tow a small boat, carry 7 people/luggage, handle most New England weather, will do 0-60 in less than 7.5 and is really comfortable. Gauge cluster is weird, navigation sucks and temperature controls are really awkward. Lots of storage and cool places to put things. Weirdest option is the console pulls out in back. Presumably to service the second row if they are back? Coolest options are the second row foot rests that I never get to use and the easy storage of the third row seats. Lots of power and smooth shifting. Second row is kind of clumsy to use. Don’t be scared of buying these with high miles.

  • We recently packed our 2021 Sienna with gear and family, near max capacity. That thing averaged 36 mpg on trip to Outer Banks. The hybrid drive is amazing! Toyota beats Kia all day long, not to mention Toyota quality is better than Kia.

  • I've had 1 Toyota and 3 Kia's the Carnival hands down for me, that along with the Telluride are hard to come by, most are pre sold..

  • Love Toyota but no CVT transmission for me!

  • Sienna all day!

  • Carnival!

  • Sienna, AWD and hybrid.

  • Now that gas prices are going up, hybrid it is!

  • I bought a 2020 caravan GT with... Saved myself 20k

  • Id still get the Sienna EVERYTIME. #brandloyalty

  • I m getting the kia...

  • Kia better but Toyota is gas saver it is hard to pick😹

  • Love Kia than

  • Wow kia makes that toyota look ugly and old.

  • -Sienna has proven safety, reliability, higher resale value, and much better durability. Kia is yet to be proven. I don't see old Kia, but I see tuns of old junk. The reason old cars still around mean the cars is proven to be lasting long and strong. Cost of ownership is much less than any other cars. Kia looks fantastic, and much better value for the options and the quality for maybe first 5 years...

  • The kia feels ghetto fabulous

  • the carnival has a cheap fake feeling to it. Sienna is bullet proof. Like most things Korean it feels like a cheap fake imitation. Sienna for the win

  • The Korean manufacturers always dangle more carrots of technology in their cars to lure the Honda and Toyota buyers. But at the end of the day, the Sienna and Odyssey will last longer as their powertrains are far better built. It will be interesting to see how many miles people will get out of this new Sienna before the hybrid battery wears out. Gone are the days of people keeping their vehicles for 300K plus miles.

    • Korean products are reliable and their worldwide share proves it More than 80% of the world's high-end home appliances are Samsung and LG The many free warranty periods of Korean automobiles show the confidence and reliability of the product. In fact, the automaker with the most recalls is Toyota, which has the most defects and problems. Defects and recalls for Toyota and Honda are easy to find with a Google search, and the amount of defects is enormous. It has recently announced that it has issued a massive recall to Toyota in the United States and will file an international lawsuit.

    • you could say much the same about Korean household appliances. tech is great, reliability isn't there yet. I guess Japanese cars were in the same boat 50 years ago

  • The 2021 Toyota Sienna Platinum is off the hook. That is one minivan I'd go for.

  • Really disappointed that the Carnival offers neither AWD or a Hybrid drive train.

  • Paid $48k for 2017 Sienna AWD limited If I could do it all over again I would get something else I honestly think it's the price you pay for the badge, Toyota is over priced

  • I'd go for the Siena. AWD after all.

  • Kia big time

  • Yass the carnival win and i love the carnival