2021 Kia Sorento Pros and Cons Review: Solid and Stylish
Value and its smart appearance drive this midsize SUV's appeal.
- Sharp exterior styling
- Appealing versatility
- Punchy 2.5-liter turbo engine
- Clumsy dual-clutch transmission
- Deciding between passenger and cargo capacity
- Uninteresting hybrid powertrain
The Kia Sorento's addition to the finalist roster was an unexpected twist. As we bickered over whether to bring another variant of a different finalist or something else entirely, the suggestion for Sorento popped up—and no judge dissented. Turns out it was a worthy playoff inclusion.
The Sorento scored early points against our advancement in design criterion. Senior features editor Jonny Lieberman referenced a photo of the outgoing Sorento, dumbfounded it could be related to the new model. That nondescript legume has transformed into something distinctive and stylish.
Exterior design is one thing, but interiors make or break three-row SUVs. Again, success. Details like the textured trim panels, geometric air vents, and patterned seat upholstery drew fond gazes. Functionality is equally strong: Cubbies, cupholders, and USB ports are provided for passengers in all three rows.
The third row sets the Sorento apart, positioning it as an in-betweener—larger than most midsizers but smaller than dedicated three-rows. Our judges found little compromise in this packaging. Detroit editor Alisa Priddle thought its use case was clear, saying the Sorento is "easy to recommend to midsize SUV shoppers who want the bonus prize of being able to carry two extra passengers. The back seats don't limit the roomy cargo space when the Sorento is set up as a two-row."
Buyer's guide director Zach Gale called the second row's folding operation "simple and smart: A button on the seat base moves the seat down and forward, with another button on the seat back so rear passengers can let themselves out." Editors Miguel Cortina and Duncan Brady, both slightly taller than 6 feet tall, found the third row's knees-up seating position unergonomic but said it'd work for short trips. Ingress and egress are aided by rear doors longer than the fronts.
We brought only the range-topping Sorento X-Line, powered by a 281-hp 2.5-liter turbocharged I-4, out of the proving ground for real-world evaluation. Director of editorial operations Mike Floyd was among the judges pleased by its sporty dynamics, calling it "the feel-good hit of the competition." Priddle enjoyed its "light and lithe" handling. Technical director Frank Markus quipped he could "describe the road texture with a blindfold on just by feeling the steering wheel." We suggest keeping both eyes unobstructed, but the Sorento's driver aids earned our confidence to handle momentary lapses of focus.
With the turbo 2.5-liter comes an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which didn't work well enough at low speeds to justify its quick shifts once underway. Cortina called its action departing stops "clunky and unrefined." Gale thought "owners will grow tired of its bucking and shaking." The engine stop/start function's slow responses made smooth departures even more challenging.
We determine an SUV of the Year winner based on a vehicle's entire range. Although the Sorento Hybrid offers the same smart packaging as any other variant, we appreciated its lackluster powertrain only for its improved fuel economy. And while we're yet to drive a Sorento with the base 2.5-liter naturally aspirated I-4, the way that engine performs in the smaller Hyundai Tucson makes us think it would leave an unfavorable impression.
Thus, in the context of our 2022 SUV of the Year field, Kia couldn't repeat the overall winning feat its Telluride did in 2020. Still, the redesigned Sorento rightfully earned its place as a finalist, and its value equation contributed to that. For more Sorento updates, follow our ongoing coverage of the 2021 Sorento SX we're enjoying in our long-term test fleet.
|2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid EX Specifications|
|Base Price/As tested||$37,765/$38,210|
|Power (SAE net)||177 hp @ 5,500 rpm (gas), 60 hp (elec); 227 hp (comb)|
|Torque (SAE net)||195 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm, 195 lb-ft (elec); 258 lb-ft (comb)|
|Accel, 0-60 mph||8.4 sec|
|Quarter-mile||16.4 sec @ 87.2 mph|
|Braking, 60-0 mph||121 ft|
|Lateral Acceleration||0.80 g (avg)|
|MT Figure Eight||27.7 sec @ 0.62 g (avg)|
|EPA City/Hwy/Comb||39/35/37 mpg|
|Vehicle Layout||Front-engine/motor, FWD, 6-pass, 4-door SUV|
|Engine, Transmission||1.6L Turbo direct-injected DOHC 16-valve I-4, plus permanent-magnet electric motor, 6-speed automatic|
|Curb Weight (F/R DIST)||4,091 lb (56/44%)|
|Length x Width x Height||189.4 x 74.8 x 66.7 in|
|2021 Kia Sorento AWD X-Line (SX Prestige) Specifications|
|Base Price/As tested||$43,765/$44,290|
|Power (SAE net)||281 hp @ 5,800 rpm|
|Torque (SAE net)||311 lb-ft @ 1,700 rpm|
|Accel, 0-60 mph||6.3 sec|
|Quarter-mile||14.8 sec @ 97.0 mph|
|Braking, 60-0 mph||115 ft|
|Lateral Acceleration||0.85 g (avg)|
|MT Figure Eight||26.5 sec @ 0.67 g (avg)|
|EPA City/Hwy/Comb||21/28/24 mpg|
|Vehicle Layout||Front-engine, AWD, 6-pass, 4-door SUV|
|Engine, Transmission||2.5L Turbo port- and direct-injected DOHC 16-valve I-4, 8-speed twin-clutch auto|
|Curb Weight (F/R DIST)||4,150 lb (57/43%)|
|Length x Width x Height||189.0 x 74.8 x 70.3 in|
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- Good looks
- Competent powertrains
- Available AWD
- Feature-per-dollar value
- Unrefined dual-clutch transmission
- Rivals offer more cargo space
- Kid-sized third row
Kia Sorento Expert Review
Fresh off a redesign a year earlier, the Sorento midsize three-row SUV is in the second year of its fourth generation and slots above the Sportage compact and below the Telluride three-row in Kia's SUV lineup. Upgrades are few for the model's sophomore year, but Kia has expanded the trim range to include two new off-road-oriented grades.
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- Standard 10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation on Sorento S and above
- Wolf Grey is an available exterior color on the Sorento X-Line S and above
- Two new trim levels: Sorento X-Line S and X-Line EX
- Sorento SX Prestige models add a standard driver's seat with greater adjustability and heated second row captain's chairs
We once described the exterior styling of a past generation of Kia Sorento as "puffy and anonymous" but the 2022 model is anything but. It sports a wide angular grille with integrated headlights that is the centerpiece of a more chiseled design language. Additional eye-catching highlights including its vertical taillights, distinctive character lines, and raised rear badging remind us of the Sorento's SUV-of-the-Year-winning stablemate, the Telluride.
Inside, the 2022 Sorento looks fantastic and well assembled. Buyers can spring for premium features such as leather seats and metal inlays or open-pore wood accents, but even lower trims are nice to sit in. Kia notes this generation Sorento offers more legroom and cargo room than before, with both six- and seven-seat configurations available, but the third row is sized best for small children (which is not uncommon among midsize three-row SUVs).
Like last year's model, the 2022 Sorento's biggest weakness might be its dual-clutch eight-speed automatic transmission, which is the transmission used with the lineup's turbocharged powertrain. The gearbox lacks refinement, but when it works right, it helps the 2022 Sorento hustle to quicker 0-60 mph acceleration times than the V-6 equipped Honda Passport or Ford Edge. Handling and braking are adequate, with the Sorento getting a bit floaty over undulating road and offering little in the way of steering feedback.
As is Kia's MO, the Sorento comes abundantly equipped, offering more of almost everything and making a compelling feature-per-dollar case. Today's Sorento is outfitted with more standard safety tech, more power from the base engine, more efficiency in every configuration, more engine options, and more interior space. And although the price of the Sorento has gone up to reflect this more-ness, it's still one of the most affordable three-rows in the industry.
Depending on trim level, the 2022 Sorento is equipped with either a 191-hp 2.5-liter naturally aspirated inline-four or a 281-hp 2.5-liter turbo-four. Both powertrains are linked to eight-speed automatic transmissions, but the dual-clutch unit in the turbo Sorento is the less smooth of the two. The Sorento is standard with FWD and AWD is available.
With an EPA estimated 24/29 mpg city/highway, the 2022 Sorento FWD with the naturally aspirated powertrain gets the best non-hybrid fuel economy. City fuel economy compares favorably to the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan FWD, which gets 23 mpg in urban settings, but the Sorento trails the VW in highway mileage by one mpg.
The Sorento X-Line S and X-Line EX add a modicum of off-road capability to AWD versions of the Kia SUV. The trim levels are right in the middle of the Sorento range and feature an AWD system with center-lock differential, as well as add Snow Mode to the Sorento's Drive Mode Select options. Sorento X-Line models are equipped with trim-specific bumpers and wheels, a roof rack, matte exterior trim pieces, and distinctive X-Line badging.
The 2022 Sorento has yet to be rated by the NHTSA, but last year's model earned a four-star overall safety rating from the administration. Similarly, the IIHS hasn't released results yet for the 2022 Sorento, but the previous model year nabbed a 2021 Top Safety Pick designation from the institute. In that IIHS testing, Sorento LX, S, and EX models received Poor headlight grades for LED reflector lamps that provided inadequate side visibility, which led to the SUV not getting the more prestigious Top Safety Pick+ award.
Base model Sorento LX are equipped with standard automatic emergency braking, lane keeping, and lane centering, as well as automatic high beams. Move up to the Sorento S and blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic monitoring, and parking sensors are unlocked. Adaptive cruise control is a standard feature of the Sorento EX trim level and up.
The 2022 Sorento has configurations for six and seven passengers while a rival like the 2021 Toyota Highlander offers seating for up to eight. The Sorento provides a bit more breathing room for occupants, but the Highlander has an advantage in cargo space.
Cargo space (behind first/second/third rows):
2022 Sorento: 75.5/45.0/12.6 cubic feet
2021 Highlander: 84.3/48.4/16.0 cubic feet
Headroom (first/second/third rows):
2022 Sorento: 40.3/39.1/36.8 inches
2021 Highlander: 39.9/39.4/36.1 inches
Legroom (first/second/third rows):
2022 Sorento: 41.4/41.7/29.6 inches
2021 Highlander: 40.4/41.0/27.7 inches
One of the 2022 Sorento's strengths is its abundance of standard features. The entry-level Sorento LX, for example, is equipped with standard automatic LED headlights and heated side mirrors with integrated LED turn signals on the outside, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen, six speakers, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility on the inside. At the Sorento S trim level, upgrades include heated front seats, a dual-zone climate control system, push-button start, 10.3-inch touchscreen with navigation, and 10-way power adjustable driver's seat with two-way lumbar support.
The turbo models begin with the Sorento EX, which gets standard LED foglights, wireless phone charging, and a hands-free power liftgate. The Sorento X-Line EX further upgrades to LED projector beam headlights, daytime running lights, taillights, and cabin lights, as well as an eight-way power adjustable passenger seat. Top of the range Sorento SX Prestige and X-Line SX Prestige models go full premium with a 12.3-inch LCD instrument cluster screen, ventilated 14-way driver's and 10-way passenger's power adjustable front seats, and a 12-speaker Bose sound system.
The 2022 Kia Sorento is available with eight trims this year: LX, S, X-Line S AWD, EX, X-Line EX AWD, SX, SX Prestige, and X-Line SX Prestige AWD. We think the S trim is the best, as it's offered in either FWD or AWD and comes with the naturally aspirated powertrain and more conventional (and less troublesome) eight-speed automatic. EPA fuel economy isn't terribly different from the turbo models, and it comes with conveniences like heated front seats, push-button start, and the larger infotainment screen with navigation.
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It was good for towing, but a rough and tumble nature make this version an unpleasant choice as an everyday driver. The harsh ride is brutal, with bumps and ruts slamming into the cabin. Handling is also clumsy, although ultimately secure. The Sorento was initially powered by a 3.5-liter V6, which was upgraded to a 262-hp 3.8-liter for 2007. Either way, acceleration was quite spirited. But at 17 mpg overall, expect to pay at the pump. Low-range gearing makes it competent off-road, but it only has a part-time four-wheel drive system, which requires engaging and disengaging 4WD. This can be inconvenient, as you have to stop to make the change.More
Before the chip shortage and coronavirus pandemic upended the global economy, the Kia Telluride was a hard vehicle to find. With the world still feeling the effects of those crises, Kia's largest crossover is now an even tougher ticket to score, with dealers regularly marking up examples to take advantage of eager customers.
The 2021 Kia Sorento is the much-needed complement to the Telluride, capturing most of that vehicle's appeal in a more manageable, affordable, and (hopefully) easier-to-find package. Alongside the award-winning crossover and the heavily revised K5 sedan, the heart of Kia's family-focused lineup is more competitive than ever.
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Automotive design ebbs and flows, and in the case of crossovers, it's swinging away from softer, more car-like designs in favor of tougher, more upright language. Like the brutal Telluride, the Sorento arrives at the right moment then, wearing chiseled sheetmetal and its upright stance well. Kia neatly married the hard lines of its largest CUV with the more refined and premium-looking elements of the K5. The result, particularly with our tester's Aruba Green paint, is a handsome and modern take on the mid-size crossover.
The Sorento is something of a departure from its siblings in the cabin, retaining the same attractive and high-quality materials, but presenting them in a manner that feels more consistent with an SUV. The upright climate vents, which flank the HVAC controls and sit just below the optional 10.3-inch touchscreen, present a more rugged-looking center stack. A thick strip of matte wood trim joins the passenger and driver side, contrasting well with the silver-painted plastic, black leather, and piano-black trim.
Finally, our tester adds the poorly named Rust Color package, a $200 option that fits dark tan leather to the seats and door panels. It's a good color and certainly feels rich, but we're loath to willingly associate anything on a car with the word “rust.”
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Colorful upholstery aside, the first-row chairs are impressively comfortable, with ample adjustability and plenty of space for the folks up front. Ten-way adjustability is respectable for the class, while three-stage heating and ventilation keep occupants comfy regardless of the temperature. You'll only find the butt chillers on the SX Prestige X-Line, though.
In back, Kia offers standard second-row captain's chairs on all but the low-end LX and S trims. Accessing the second row is easy, with an ample footwell. And once settled, those chairs offer adequate long-haul support. Accessing the standard third row is surprisingly easy too, with the bottom of the buckets sliding and the seatbacks tilting forward, opening up a sizable aperture.
We'd hesitate to regularly cram adults into those third-row seats, as there's just 29.6 inches of legroom and no real ventilation available (there are only two vents for the two rear rows). We made it back there, but our knees were in our chest. Still, competitors like the Ford Edge and Honda Passport lack a third row altogether, so we'll count that as a win for the Kia – the flipside is that with the third row up, there's just 6.6 cubic feet of space. Even with the last row stowed, the Sorento only offers 29.0 cubes, 10 less than an Edge and down substantially on the Passport (up to 50.5 cubes).
Seating aside, the Sorento has a quiet and impressively refined ride, snuffing out wind noise and minimizing the sounds of the road. Larger potholes present little threat to the Sorento's overall comfort, with this crossover exhibiting impressive poise. High-speed stability trails some competitors, though, as the steering is light enough that it requires too many small corrections on the highway.
Technology & Connectivity⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀10/10
Hyundai and Kia (and to a lesser extent, Genesis) all share the same basic infotainment system, and while that's kind of boring for reviewers like us, it's good news for consumers who have access to excellent technology regardless of the segment they're shopping in. Like so many other products from the South Korean outfit, the Sorento features an available 10.3-inch display (an 8.0-inch unit is standard), which the SX Prestige complements with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. We won't go into too much detail here, but that's only becausewe'vecoveredthistechsuite so extensively in the past.
That said, we will reiterate that the Kia has hit a homerun with this pretty and easy to learn suite. But it's the small details that make us appreciate this pairing. The nature sounds, for example, are a fine way to decompress after a long day as the Bose audio system successfully mimics the gentle crashing of waves on a beach or the crackling of a fire on a winter's day. The nixie-tube look of the radio display is delightful, and we like how the reconfigurable cluster has a minimalist setting that matches the weather and time of day.
In terms of functional equipment, our only complaint is the lack of wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. We've remarked on this before, but there’s no good reason for Hyundai/Kia to limit this wireless connectivity to the base display.
Performance & Handling⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀5/10
Our Sorento SX Prestige X-Line, the top-end trim, is only available with a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder and an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. You'll find a stout 281 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque with this setup, which is more powerful than just about everything else in the class (although the Sorento's main competitors – the four-cylinder Ford Edge, Nissan Murano, and outgoing Jeep Grand Cherokee – are all older than time itself). There’s even more torque than the larger Telluride.
Unsurprisingly, the Sorento has some real straight-line punch, with peak torque available from just 1,700 to 4,000 rpm. Even at 4,120 pounds, the Sorento pulls strongly off the line and has an impressive amount of staying power as the speedometer climbs. Highway passes are a breeze, and while there is some notable lag, the eight-speed dual-clutch transmission makes up for it once the turbo spools with quick and predictable upshifts.
But like its counterparts in this class, the Sorento is an uninspiring handler. That two-ton mass comes back to haunt it through the bends, presenting a vehicle that feels more substantial and cumbersome than rivals like the Edge. The steering is light and lacks feel, too, so there's really little to recommend about this Kia when it comes to handling. Then again, we could make similar arguments about the rest of the class.
Kia's active safety suite is one of the best in the business, full stop. Lane-keep assist with lane tracing, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, driver attention warning, and automatic high beams are standard on every Sorento trim, while adaptive cruise control is standard on most. The top three trims – SX, SX Prestige, and our SX Prestige X-Line – offer Kia's Highway Driving Assist as standard.
HDA is technically a Level II driving aid, although it lacks the hands-free usability found with General Motors' SuperCruise or Ford's BlueCruise. Still, it reduces the strain of high-speed, long-distance driving substantially, responding well to surrounding traffic and handling high-speed curves safely and predictably. The only complaint we have is the small corrections the steering makes, which can feel disconcerting until you acclimate.
The EPA rates the 2021 Sorento with the turbocharged 2.5-liter engine and all-wheel drive at 21 miles per gallon city, 28 highway, and 24 combined. Our real-world experience was quite disappointing, though, as we recorded 21 mpg over nearly 300 miles of mixed driving. Blame the overzealous turbocharged engine.
Thankfully for the Sorento, the competition isn't exactly thrifty either. The 2021 Ford Edge with the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and all-wheel drive nets identical city and highway ratings, but is a point lower on the combined scale. The ancient Nissan Murano and its V6 holds up better than expected at 20 city, 28 highway, and 23 combined. The Honda Passport struggles at 19 city, 24 highway, and 21 combined, and it shares bottom-of-the-class numbers with the outgoing Jeep Grand Cherokee, which returns 18 city, 25 highway, and 21 combined with the V6 engine.
Prices for the 2021 Sorento start at $30,565 (including an $1,175 destination charge), while all-wheel drive adds $1,800 to every trim except this SX Prestige ($41,765), where it costs $2,000. That's thanks to the X-Line package, which is only available on the top-end model. This aesthetic package gives the Sorento a slightly tougher exterior appearance, but it'd take a certified Kia-phile to pick an X-Line out from the crowd. All told, our test model demanded $44,290 – the lone factory option was the $200 Rust Interior pack. There were also dealer-installed floor mats and a cargo mat that we don't factor into our Price score.
On the low end, the Sorento undercuts the $34,640 Edge (price includes a $1,245 destination charge and a $645 acquisition fee), the $34,015 Passport ($1,225), and $32,385 Murano ($1,095). Switch to the SX Prestige X-Line, and the sub-$45,000 out-the-door price of our test model is more palatable than the Murano Platinum ($46,625), Passport Elite ($45,405), and loaded Edge Titanium Elite ($47,170).
But the price differential is only a small part of what makes the Sorento such a strong value. It's more powerful than all its competitors and while we dig both Co-Pilot 360 and Honda Sensing, neither can hold a candle to the Sorento's safety suite. The standard third-row seat means extra versatility, too. Combine that with an attractive cabin, the smart technology, and the fact that all the competitors are at the end of their life cycles, and it's hard to argue against the Sorento.
2021 Kia Sorento SX Prestige X-Line
EngineTurbocharged 2.5-liter I4
Output281 Horsepower / 311 Pound-Feet
Drive TypeAll-Wheel Drive
Efficiency21 City / 28 Highway / 24 Combined
Cargo Volume12.6 / 45.0 / 75.5 Cubic Feet
Base Price$29,390 + $1,175 Destination Charge
Trim Base Price$41,765
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With more powertrain options and a smaller footprint, the 2022 Kia Sorento is a compelling substitute for the larger Kia Telluride. Both Kia models are handsome and have three rows, but adults won't want to spend much time in the Sorento's far-back seats, and when those seats are upright they limit its cargo capacity. Keep the third row stowed, however, and its nicely appointed cabin becomes a comfortable place for a small family. Unlike the Telluride, the Sorento is available as a hybrid or plug-in hybrid, which help maximize fuel efficiency. No matter what's providing the motivation, the Kia has a smooth ride and satisfying handling characteristics. The entire package is cohesive and packed with popular standard and optional features, making the 2022 Sorento one of the better options in its class.
What's New for 2022?
A plug-in-hybrid model joins the Sorento lineup for the 2022 model year. Its powertrain combines a turbocharged four-cylinder and six-speed automatic transmission with an electric motor for a total system output of 261 horsepower. All-wheel drive is standard, and Kia claims the plug-in Sorento has a combined fuel-economy rating of 79 MPGe and an electric-only range of 32 miles. While we don't know how much the PHEV variant will cost, we know it'll be offered in two top-tier trims: SX and SX-P.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
We like the EX trim level. It's pricier than the bottom two models, but it comes standard with the more powerful 281-hp turbo four. It also has nicer amenities than the S trim below it that includes leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, remote start, and snazzier styling such as 18-inch wheels and black exterior accents. Pairing all-wheel drive with the EX trim costs an extra $3700, which is $1900 more than the previous model year. However, the upgrade now comes with content from the X-Line appearance package that includes a 1.0-inch higher ride height, 20-inch wheels, a bridge-type roof rack, and other exclusive exterior details.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Sorento has a wide selection of engine options and is available with front- or all-wheel drive. A 191-hp 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder engine is standard and a 281-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder is available too. Both pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the hybrid model uses a six-speed automatic. We drove a top-of-the-line SX trim with the turbo four and appreciated its noticeable thrust, but we wish the powertrain felt more responsive off the line. The same model delivered poised handling, a nicely isolated ride, and firm brake-pedal feedback. The eco-friendly Sorento hybrid features the combination of a turbo 1.6-liter four-cylinder gas engine and a 44.0-kW electric motor that together generate 227 horsepower. However, this setup is only offered with front-wheel drive. Kia also offers a plug-in version of the hybrid that features the same engine and transmission, but it makes a combined 261 horsepower and has a larger 66.9-kW electric motor and is all-wheel drive only. When equipped with the towing package, the Sorento can pull up to 3500 pounds.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The Sorento with the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder is estimated to earn up to 24 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The more powerful turbocharged 2.5-liter four is rated up to 22 mpg city and 29 highway. The hybrid Sorento is the most fuel efficient with estimates of 39 mpg city and 35 highway. The plug-in hybrid has a combined rating of 79 MPGe, but its city and highway estimates are listed at 35 and 33 mpg, respectively. Kia also claims the PHEV can travel up to 32 miles on electricity alone on a single charge. Once we have the chance to run these powertrains on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, we can evaluate the SUV's real-world mpg. For more information about the Sorento's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Inside, the Sorento has an attractive layout, nice materials, and solid build quality. The dashboard can be outfitted with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The rest of the design blends rhombus-shaped air vents integrated ambient lighting, and intricately stitched surfaces on the door panels and seat inserts. The center console hosts a rotary shift knob as well as a drive-mode selector and other vehicle functions. A variety of cubby storage spots and cupholders also fill out the console. Along with a standard third row, its second-row bench can be swapped for a pair of captain's chairs. Compared with the larger Telluride, the Sorento's far-back seats aren't comfortable for adults, and we only managed to fit two carry-on suitcases in the cargo area—two fewer than the Telluride.
Infotainment and Connectivity
With infotainment and connectivity features at the forefront of new-car technology, the Sorento supports all of the most desirable content. It comes standard with an 8.0-inch touchscreen or an optional 10.3-inch touchscreen. Along with a wireless charging pad, there's also an optional 12-speaker Bose sound system for those who prefer an upscale audio experience. A rear-seat entertainment system with a touchscreen mounted on the back of each front seat is also optional.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The Sorento enjoys a roster of standard and optional driver-assistance technology. For more information about the Kia's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
- Available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Kia has one of the most impressive warranty plans in the industry. However, it doesn't offer the complimentary maintenance that its corporate counterpart, Hyundai, does.
- Limited warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 10 years or 100,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance
2021 Kia Sorento
front-engine, front- or all-wheel-drive, 6–7-passenger, 4-door wagon
LX, $30,560; S, $33,060; EX, $36,160; SX, $39,160
DOHC 16-valve 2.5-liter inline-4, 191 hp, 181 lb-ft; turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 2.5-liter inline-4, 281 hp, 311 lb-ft
8-speed automatic, 8-speed dual-clutch automatic
Wheelbase: 110.8 in
Length: 189.0 in
Width: 74.8 in
Height: 66.9–70.3 in
Passenger volume: 144 ft3
Cargo volume: 13 ft3
Curb weight (C/D est): 3750–4150 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
60 mph: 6.5–9.0 sec
100 mph: 16.0–18.5 sec
1/4 mile: 14.8–17.3 sec
Top speed: 124–131 mph
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 24–26/21–24/25–29 mpg
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Endured all the bullying and torture that her son's perverted fantasy was capable of. In a short, several months, period, the elderly woman came to terms with her position of slave so much that she began to. Receive physical pleasure from pain and humiliation.
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Dying, but her tongue did not turn to say about it aloud. After standing there for a minute, the girl realized that she would no longer stand this line. There was not a drop of strength anymore.