The Kia Sorento is one of Kia’s two competitors in the mid-size crossover class, slotting in below the posher Telluride as a more affordable way to get three-row seating in a Korean-built SUV. Kia redesigned the Sorento into its fourth generation in 2021.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
This year, Kia adds the Sorento Hybrid you’re reading about here, which is offered alongside an also-new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) that’s covered in a separate buyer’s guide entry.
Kia offers the Sorento Hybrid in LX and EX trims. In both, a 1.6L turbo four-cylinder engine and an electric motor work together to drive the car through a six-speed automatic transmission and AWD.
LX trim comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, heated front seats and steering wheel, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, six-speaker audio, and wireless phone charging. Also included are lane keeping/follow assist, forward collision mitigation, and rear parking sensors.
EX adds 19-inch wheels, synthetic leather upholstery, power front seats, passive keyless entry, a hands-free tailgate, satellite radio, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic collision mitigation.
If you’re wondering where Kia’s typically long list of upscale options are, they’re limited to the Sorento PHEV which, as we said above, is covered in a separate article.
Kia’s fuel consumption estimates for the Sorento Hybrid are 6.4/7.0 L/100 km (city/highway).
Normally, the Sorento would square off against a long list of mid-size crossover competitors, but the Sorento Hybrid faces a smaller crowd of direct competition that includes the Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid; the Toyota Venza and hybrid versions of the Highlander and RAV4; the Ford Escape Hybrid; and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.
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