The new Kia Carnival is an excellent option for anyone looking to haul their family on long trips. The Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) capabilities expand to offer extraordinary towing abilities that rival some SUVs. After optioning a tow hitch that your local Kia dealer professionally installs, you will be able to take full advantage of towing heavy loads.
How Much Weight Can The 2022 Kia Carnival Tow?
When properly equipped, the Kia Carnival achieves a towing capacity of 3500 pounds.
With 3500 pounds of towing capacity, Carnival drivers will have many options regarding what they can tow. The Carnival can pull most utility and teardrop trailers at ease. For more adventurous outings, the Carnival can handle towing multiple motorcycles, ATVs, a teardrop trailer, or even a fishing boat.
The Kia Carnival sits as a leader in utility. While a trailer can offer additional cargo volume capabilities, the Carnival has no shortage of space in itself. The MPV can comfortably fit eight passengers in its three rows with a spacious 168.2 cubic feet of passenger volume. With the seats up, the Carnival offers 40.2 cubic feet of cargo volume. Cargo volume drastically expands to 145.1 cubic feet when you fold all the rear seats down.
The Carnival can achieve its generous towing capacity thanks to its best-in-class 3.5L V6 engine outputting 290 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque.
While towing capabilities allow you to enhance your road trip, some care should still be taken when towing. Pulling a large load can change the driving dynamics you are accustomed to, so here are some general tips to note when towing with your Kia Carnival.
Backing up with a trailer can be confusing for the first few outings. When you want to go left, the trailer will go right, and vice versa. To better acclimate yourself to this change, it is recommended that you practice reversing with a trailer in a wide-open area before trying to tackle maneuvering it through tighter spaces.
Be mindful of the increase in braking distance when hauling a trailer. A few extra thousand pounds will affect the braking distance of any vehicle, so make sure to start braking earlier than usual. Additionally, routinely check the tire on both your Carnival and trailer to ensure that they have an adequate amount of tread left to facilitate efficient braking. If your trailer has integrated brake lights, double-check to make sure they are connected to your tow hitch harness to mirror the lights of the Carnival.
Be mindful that adding a trailer will considerably increase the length of the vehicle you are controlling. Actions such as making a turn will require a bit of an adjustment. One will have to pull out slightly more than usual to ensure the trailer does not clip anything. Thankfully, Kia’s available 360-degree Surround View Monitor allows you to get a better understanding of the area around you and navigate easily through it.
Due to the added length of your towed object, your standard mirror positioning will not be adequate. Make sure to compensate and have your mirrors provide a wider field of view.