2024 Toyota Sienna vs. 2024 Kia Carnival

Comparison

The 2024 Toyota Sienna and the 2024 Kia Carnival are two formidable contenders in the world of minivans. These family-friendly vehicles promise spacious interiors, advanced technologies, and reliable performance. 

 

The Toyota Sienna has a rich history of providing top-notch comfort, and for 2024, it's expected to shine with innovative features. On the other hand, the Kia Carnival, a newcomer in the minivan segment, is making waves with its fresh approach to style and functionality.

 

In this 2024 Toyota Sienna vs. Kia Carnival head-to-head comparison, we'll dive deep into the powertrains, technology features, and other key elements to help you select the ideal vehicle for your family's needs.

Highlighted Features

2024 Sienna

2024Carnival

Adaptive cruise control

Yes

No

Engine

2.5L inline 4-cylinder

3.5L Lambda III V6

Horsepower

245

290

Estimated Combined (MPG)

36

22

Hybrid type

Active Hybrid

-

Speakers

6 , Optional 8

6

Base MSRP

$37,685

$33,600

Whole vehicle warranty months / (miles)

36 / 36000

60 / 60000

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2024 Toyota Sienna vs. 2024 Kia Carnival

Performance

Powering your journey, igniting your adventure. Explore and compare the engines and performance of the 2024 Toyota Sienna and the 2024 Kia Carnival.

  • The 2024 Toyota Sienna has a hybrid powertrain, combining a 2.5-liter engine with Double Overhead Cam (DOHC), 16-valve design, D-4S Injection, and Dual VVT-i technology, delivering an impressive 245 net hybrid system horsepower. In contrast, the Kia Carnival derives its power from a 3.5-liter V6 engine equipped with DOHC, Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI), and Multi-Port Injection (MPI), generating 290 horsepower.
  • The Toyota Sienna comes with a choice between two drivetrain options: Front-Wheel Drive and Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive (AWD). In contrast, the Kia Carnival is exclusively available with front-wheel drive.
  • The Toyota Sienna is equipped with an Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT) with sequential shift mode, while the Kia Carnival comes with an 8-speed Auto Transmission.
  • The Toyota Sienna has a selection of driving modes, including Normal, Eco, EV, and Sport, allowing drivers to tailor their driving experience to their preferences. In comparison, the Kia Carnival provides a single Eco-Drive Mode.
  • The Toyota Sienna has an Independent MacPherson strut front suspension and a multi-link rear suspension. On the other hand, the Carnival has front MacPherson Struts and a stabilizer bar while the rear suspension has an independent multi-link suspension and a stabilizer bar.
  • On the LE, XLE, Woodland Edition, Limited and Platinum, the Toyota Sienna has Electric Power Steering (EPS), while the XSE trim has Sport-tuned Electric Power Steering (EPS) for a more dynamic handling experience. The 2024 Kia Carnival has an Electric, Column-Mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (C-MDPS).
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Fuel Economy

Compare the EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of both vehicles.

  • All Toyota Sienna FWD models have EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 36 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highway, and 36 mpg combined. On the other hand, the AWD models have EPA-estimated ratings of 35 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highway, and 35 mpg combined.
  • The Kia Carnival has EPA fuel economy ratings of 19 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined.
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Technology

Amplify your journey. Compare the technology and connectivity features in this 2024 Kia Carnival vs. Toyota Sienna comparison.

  • The Toyota Sienna starts with a 9-in. touchscreen and six speakers while the XLE has eight speakers. The XSE, Limited, and Platinum have eight speakers and comes with a 3-year trial of Premium Audio and Dynamic Navigation, and the Woodland Edition, Limited, and Platinum also include 12 JBL® speakers including a subwoofer and an amplifier. Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™ compatibility, Bluetooth® and a SiriusXM® 3-month Platinum Plan trial is included on all trims. On the Kia Carnival, an 8-in. touchscreen and 6-in. touchscreen come standard on the LX trims, and the higher trims come with an 8-speaker setup and 12.3-in. touchscreen, while the SX Prestige has Bose® Premium Audio with 12 speakers. Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ are included in all trims, while HD Radio® and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio are exclusively included in the EX, SX, and SX Prestige.
  • The Toyota Sienna’s base trim has three-zone automatic climate control w/ air filter, individual temperature settings for driver, front passenger, and rear-seat passengers, and a separate rear digital control panel, while the higher trims come with four-zone automatic climate control. On the other hand, the Kia Carnival has manual control air-conditioning w/ rear vents on the starting trims and tri-zone auto climate control w/ auto de-fog system on the higher trims.
  • A 1080p HD entertainment center with 11.6-in. Display with HDMI inputs, remote, and two wireless headphones is an available option for all trims of the Toyota Sienna except the LE. On the other hand, the Kia Carnival has a dual-screen rear seat entertainment system on the SX and SX Prestige.
  • Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging is available on the Toyota Sienna LE, XLE, and XSE and is standard on the Woodland Edition, Limited, and Platinum. Comparatively, wireless phone charging is exclusively standard on the EX, SX, and SX Prestige trims but is not an option on the base trims.
  • A 7-in. multi-information display (MID) with odometer, fuel economy, trip information, and warning messages comes standard on the Toyota Sienna Limited and Platinum while the other trims have a 4.2-in. display with the same features. The Platinum trim also includes a 10-in. color head-up display (HUD) with a speedometer, navigation, and hybrid system indicator. On the Kia Carnival, a 4.2-in. instrument display is included on the LX and EX trims and a 12.3-in. one on the SX and SX Prestige.
  • A remote keyless entry system with lock, unlock, panic, and Push Button Start is standard on the base trim of the Toyota Sienna. The XLE, XSE, Woodland Edition, Limited, and Platinum trims all come with a Smart Key System on five doors with Push Button Start and remote illuminated entry. On the other hand, Smart Key w/ Push Button Start and Remote Start is standard on all trims of the Kia Carnival.
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Safety & Convenience

Securing your family’s journey. Explore the safety and driver-assistive features in both vehicles.

  • The Toyota Sienna comes with 10 airbags, including driver and front passenger advanced airbag system, driver, front passenger, and second-row outboard seat-mounted side airbags, driver knee airbag, and front passenger seat-cushion airbag, and side curtain airbags. While Kia’s website did not list the number of airbags, the Carnival comes equipped with dual front advanced airbags, dual front side airbags, dual rear side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, and a driver's knee airbag.
  • The Toyota Sienna is equipped with Toyota’s Star Safety System™ — which includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), and Smart Stop Technology® (SST). Similarly, the Kia Carnival has an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control, and a Traction Control System.
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) are standard across all trims of the Toyota Sienna. However, only the Kia Carnival SX and SX Prestige come with a Blind Spot Monitor while all trims have Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist. Hill Start Assist Control(HAC) is a standard feature on both the Toyota Sienna and the Kia Carnival.
  • The Toyota Sienna also includes Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 (TSS 2.0) — Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Road Sign Assist (RSA). On the other hand, the Kia Carnival comes with features such as Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist w/ Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, and Lane Following Assist.
  • A Panoramic View Monitor with a 360-degree Overhead View and Curb View is exclusively standard on the Toyota Sienna’s Platinum trim. Similarly, a Surround View Monitor is provided in the Kia Carnival’s SX and SX Prestige trims.
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Warranty

Take a look at the warranty plans that come with the Toyota Sienna and the Kia Carnival.

  • The Toyota Sienna has a basic warranty for 36 months/36,000 miles, while the Kia Carnival comes with a 60-month/60,000-mile limited basic warranty.
  • The Toyota Sienna comes with a corrosion perforation warranty, powertrain warranty, and restraint systems warranty for 60 months/unlimited miles. On the other hand, the Kia Carnival provides a 60-month/100,000-mile limited anti-perforation warranty and a 120-month/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty. However, the Kia website did not list a restraints warranty.
  • The Toyota Sienna provides a hybrid system warranty for 96 months/100,000 miles and a hybrid battery warranty for 120 months/150,000 miles. However, Kia’s website does not list similar warranties.
  • Every Toyota Sienna comes with ToyotaCare a maintenance plan that covers normal factory-scheduled maintenance for 2 years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. Also included is a 1-year trial of Safety Connect® with Emergency Assistance Button, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Collision Notification, and Stolen Vehicle Locator, which are 4G network dependent. Up to a 10-year trial of Safety Connect® is also included on the Sienna and is dependent on an active 4G network connection. The Kia Carnival comes with a 5-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance plan and the higher trims include Kia Connect with stolen vehicle recovery and more features.
2024 Toyota Sienna vs. 2024 Kia Carnival

Design

Sculpting your comfort, defining your presence. Compare the exterior and interior design features of these stylish minivans in this Kia Carnival vs. Toyota Sienna comparison.

  • LED headlights, LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) with auto on/off, and LED taillights and stop lights are standard on all Toyota Sienna trims and integrated wide-angle LED fog lights are included in all trims except the LE. The XSE and Limited trims also have Premium LED taillights and stop lights. Comparatively, the Kia Carnival has LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), LED multi-reflector headlights, and tail lights while the higher trims include LED fog lights and LED projector lights.
  • A power tilt/slide moonroof with sunshade is standard on all trims of the Toyota Sienna and is available as an option on the LE. On the other hand, dual sunroofs are exclusively included in the Kia Carnival’s SX Prestige trim.
  • The Toyota Sienna LE has seating for 8 with fabric front seats and a second-row bench with a stowable center seat. The XLE has seatings for 8 and a SofTex®-trimmed second-row bench with a stowable center seat in its Front-Wheel Drive (FWD) version and a 7-person seating configuration with SofTex®-trimmed second-row captain’s chairs and a super-long-slide feature in both FWD and All-Wheel Drive (AWD) variants. The XSE and Woodland Edition have seating for 7 with SofTex®-trimmed sport heated front seats, while the Limited and Platinum trim have seating for 7 with heated, premium leather-trimmed seats and ottomans. A 60/40 One-Motion-Stow Split & Stow 3rd Row® seat is standard on all trims.
  • On the Kia side, the LX has seating for 7 and woven cloth seats, the LX Seat, EX, and SX have seating for 8 with SynTex® seats, and the SX Prestige has genuine leather seats. All trims have sliding & removable 2nd-row seats and 60/40 split-folding 3rd-row seats.
  • The XLE, XSE, and Woodland Edition of the Toyota Sienna come equipped with a leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel featuring audio, Multi-Information Display (MID), Bluetooth® hands-free phone and voice-command, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), and Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) controls as standard. Meanwhile, the LE variant features a standard tilt/telescopic steering wheel with controls. The Platinum trim stands out with a leather-trimmed, heated, power tilt/telescopic steering wheel. In comparison, the Kia Carnival comes with a leather-wrapped steering wheel on all except the base trim and a heated steering wheel on the SX Prestige.
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Specifications

A rundown of the specifications that set the 2024 Toyota Sienna and the Kia Carnival apart can help you decide which is right for you.

  • The Toyota Sienna has a curb weight of 4,610 lb on the LE, 4,625 lb on the XLE and Woodland Edition, 4,675 lb on the XSE, and 4,725 lb on the Limited and the Platinum. On the other hand, the Kia Carnival has a curb weight of 4,431 lb on the LX, 4,531 lb. on the LX Seat Package, and 4,581 lb. on the EX, SX, and SX Prestige.
  • The Toyota Sienna has a cargo volume of 33.5/75.2/101 cu. ft. behind third/second/first-row seats, respectively whereas the Kia Carnival has a minimum/maximum cargo volume of 40.2/145.1 cu. ft.
  • In terms of ground clearance, the Woodland Edition stands at 6.96 inches while all other Toyota Sienna grades stand at 6.37 inches, and all grades of the Kia Carnival stand at 6.8 inches.
  • The Toyota Sienna has a wheelbase measuring 120.5 inches, while the Kia Carnival has a wheelbase measuring 121.7 inches.
  • In terms of exterior dimensions, the Toyota Sienna has an overall length of 203.7 (the XSE has a length of 204.1 in.) an overall width of 78.5 in., and an overall height of 68.5/69.7 with/without roof rails on all trims. The Kia Carnival measures 203.0 in. in length, 89.2 in. in width, and 68.5/69.9 in. with/without roof rails.
  • The Toyota Sienna provides 40.1/39.9/37.4 in. of headroom, 62.4/62.7/58.5 in. of shoulder room, 59.6/66.2/48.8 in. of hip room, and 40.3/39.9/38.7 in. of leg room. Comparatively, the Kia Carnival provides slightly more headroom with 40.9/39.5/38.6 in., similar shoulder room at 64.2/63.2/59.5 in., more hip room with 59.8/66.4/50.4 in., but slightly less legroom at 41.1/40.5/35.6 in.

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2024 Toyota Sienna vs. 2024 Kia Carnival

Conclusion

The 2024 Toyota Sienna has higher EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings with its advanced hybrid powertrain, an advanced suite of safety, generous warranty coverage, and the option for an all-wheel drive that provides enhanced traction and stability. While both vehicles are solid options, the Sienna may make a more appealing choice for families seeking a versatile and eco-conscious vehicle.

  • The Toyota Sienna comes with the option of All-Wheel Drive, while the Kia Carnival does not. This gives the Toyota Sienna enhanced traction and stability, improving the overall driving experience in different types of terrain. In addition, the Toyota Sienna has a selection of driving modes, including Normal, Eco, EV, and Sport, while the Kia Carnival only includes an Eco-Drive Mode.
  • The Toyota Sienna provides a Blind Spot Monitor across all its models. In contrast, the Kia Carnival reserves its comparable Blind-Spot View Monitor feature for the higher SX and SX Prestige trims.
  • The starting grade Toyota Sienna LE has a base MSRP of $37,685 while the Kia Carnival base grade has a lower starting MSRP of $33,200.
  • The Toyota Sienna has higher EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 36/36/36 mpg (city/highway/combined) for its front-wheel drive (FWD) variant and 35/36/35 mpg (city/highway/combined) fuel economy ratings for its all-wheel drive (AWD) models. In contrast, the Kia Carnival presents a different picture with EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 19/26/22 mpg (city/highway/combined).
Published on December 14, 2023