LX 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
2021 Kia Sorento Specs
|Front head room||40 "|
|Rear head room||39 "|
|Front shoulder room||59 "|
|Rear shoulder room||58 "|
|Front hip room||56 "|
|Rear hip room||55 "|
|Front leg room||41.4 "|
|Rear leg room||41.7 "|
|Luggage capacity||12.6 cu.ft.|
|Maximum cargo capacity||75.5 cu.ft.|
|Body width||74.8 "|
|Body height||66.7 "|
|Ground clearance||6.9 "|
|Gross weight||5,357 lbs.|
|Fuel tank capacity||17.7 gal.|
|EPA mileage estimates||24 City / 29 Hwy|
|Base engine size||2.5 liters|
|Base engine type||I-4|
|Maximum towing capacity||2,000 lbs.|
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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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- 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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