If you are looking for a new pickup truck, the current selections are slim due to shortages in the market. But the Toyota Sienna can still stand out. So how can it stand up to the new kid on the block, the Kia Carnival? She still manages to catch the eye, and here are three reasons to choose Sienna over the carnival.
All about AWD
Whether you live in an area with bad weather or not, AWD is a handy feature to use. It gives traction to all four wheels, which helps make traveling in tricky conditions and under stellar terrain much safer.
While the Toyota Sienna doesn’t offer it on the standard LE, higher-end trims like the Woodland Edition and XSE do. This raises the Sienna’s price from $35,285 in the Egyptian pound to $45,500 for the Woodland version and $43,585 for the XSE.
Kia does not offer AWD on any Carnival models. It comes with front-wheel drive only. While that’s not a terrible thing, for $32,300 it would be nice to have more options.
Of course, you’ll pay much more than this for the trims that the Sienna’s AWD offers, so this may be less of a AWD issue for front-wheel drive and more than how much you can afford. However, there are other reasons to choose Sienna over Carnival, and you may end up saving a little from just one factor.
More passengers equals more fun
More the merrier, right? Well, not always, especially if you have a pickup truck full of new kids from a sweaty soccer practice. It always pays to be able to slip in another person before you go out.
According to Edmunds, the 2022 Kia Carnival LX can accommodate up to seven passengers. If you’re driving around in a two-seater, seven people may seem like an impossible dream. But what if you have more passengers who need an elevator and only have one car?
Edmunds reports that the 2022 Toyota Sienna can seat up to eight passengers. This gives you extra space to bring more friends and family with you. If you don’t have a lot of people coming with you, the passengers in the back can always stretch out for a long nap.
Hybrids make sense, whether you’re a green warrior eager to save the planet or just someone whose wallet is begging for a reprieve from rising gas prices. It’s not entirely electric, so you don’t have to plan your road trip to make sure you get to a charging station every few hundred miles, but you also don’t have to sweat when you run out of gas.
While the Kia Carnival does have some commendable features, like comfortable front seats and plenty of safety features, the gas mileage leaves little to be desired compared to the Sienna Hybrid.
According to Consumer Reports, the Carnival gets 13 mpg city, 32 highway, and 21 mpg overall. While the highway miles are commendable, the 13 mpg is commendable.
According to Consumer Reports, on the flip side, the 2022 Toyota Sienna Hybrid gets 28 mpg city, 43 mpg highway, and 36 mpg overall. That’s 15 mpg in the city, 11 other highways, and 15 overall. Even though you pay $2,985 up front for a Sienna hybrid, the gas savings will make up for it.
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