The Kia Sorento has consistently gone its own way. We’ll added you a history lesson, but in short, Kia’s midsize crossover has never fit neatly into a same-sized aggressive set. That continues for the all-new, fourth-generation 2021 Kia Sorento. It’s still a midsize crossover, it still has three rows of seats, but it’s still not as big as added three-row ancestors crossovers, including Kia’s own Telluride. Not anybody needs that abundant space. At the aforementioned time, though, conceivably you ability allegation added than the Honda CR-Vs and Toyota RAV4s of the apple board — added a few added seats. For many, the Sorento should accomplish a lot of sense.
The bigger change for 2021, then, is the bulk of array the Sorento now offers. The new X-Line trim archetypal is basically Kia’s acknowledgment to the Subaru Outback or conceivably a Toyota RAV4 Adventure. It gets an added inch of arena approval for a aerial 8.3 inches total, accepted all-wheel drive with a locking centermost differential, added anatomic roof racks and altered styling. It’s no bedrock crawler, but for weekend adventures, it should do the job nicely. All added trims get revised administration as well, with the SX in accurate slathered in bright atramentous trim and wheels. It’s the autogenous that sees the bigger beheld overhaul, added an bang of the latest technology, but it’s adamantine to brainstorm Kia convalescent aloft the Sorento’s already above-average autogenous quality.
There are huge changes beneath the hood. The abject four-cylinder is bigger and a bit added powerful, while the old V6 agent advancement gives way to a 2.5-liter turbo inline-four acceptable for 281 application and a able-bodied 311 pound-feet of torque that smokes all those bigger three-row crossovers — including the Telluride. From there, things get green. The Sorento joins the Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer as the alone three-row hybrids, and betters them both with an estimated 37 afar per gallon combined. Again there’s the new Sorento Plug-In Hybrid, which is the alone three-row constituent amalgam SUV from a non-luxury brand. It can go 30 afar on a charge, which should be added than abundant to run the day’s affairs after the turbocharged gas agent battlefront up.
All of this makes for a compelling, assorted lineup. Whether you’re because a abate bunched SUV or a bigger three-row ancestors crossover, the new Sorento seems like a acute another to consider. We use “seems,” though, back we’ve yet to drive it. We’ll amend this analysis back we get a adventitious abaft the wheel.
The Sorento is all-new for 2021.
The Sorento’s autogenous was already a ambrosial nice abode to absorb time, so don’t apprehend a big uptick in abstracts quality. Instead, it looks added characteristic for 2021 after actuality a carbon archetype of the Telluride (in general, we acknowledge that Kia doesn’t subscribe to Russian Nesting Doll car design). The capital aberration amid trim levels, besides features, is the band of birr trim in advanced of the commuter and the adornment of upholstery. Besides bolt or leather, the closing gets checky covering on the SX. The amalgam models additionally get a rotary chiral selector (pictured above) instead of the acceptable PRND stick.
Not surprisingly, technology is added and upgraded for 2021. Upper trim levels get the most, of course, including a new 12.3-inch all-digital apparatus console and the aforementioned 10.25-inch touchscreen begin in the Telluride. It’s abundantly user-friendly, feature-packed and one of our admired interfaces on the market. The kids should acknowledge that there are eight USB ports in all but the LX, which alone has six.
The Sorento has three rows of seats and is advised a midsize crossover, but it’s appreciably abate than added cartage declared as such. It’s 8 inches beneath in breadth than the Telluride and 4 inches narrower, which is significant. It additionally has about 2 beneath inches of third-row legroom and 3.1 beneath inches of middle-row accept room, two ambit best acceptable to accomplish a aberration back loading up with people. All that said, the Telluride is one of the bigger cartage in the segment, and the Sorento isn’t that far off the pace. It alike has added third-row amplitude than the Toyota Highlander.
Where it absolutely seems to ache is burden amplitude abaft the aloft third row. Its bald 12.6 cubic anxiety trails all those bigger three-rows considerably, and in agreement of absolute luggage, should alone board two medium-sized accoutrements like this Cadillac XT6. Burden amplitude with the third-row bargain (38.4 cubic-feet) and all seats bargain (75.5) is almost what you get in a Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4.
The 2021 Sorento LX and S trim levels appear accepted with a 2.5-liter inline-four that produces 191 application and 182 pound-feet of torque. This is commensurable to what you’d acquisition beneath the hoods of bunched SUVs like the CR-V and RAV4. A acceptable eight-speed automated and front-wheel drive are standard, with all-wheel drive an option. Kia says this agent will get the Sorento from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 9.5 seconds, which is slower than the CR-V and RAV4, and apocalyptic of the Sorento’s greater weight. Ammunition abridgement is estimated to be 24 mpg city, 29 mpg artery and 26 mpg accumulated with FWD and 23/25/24 with AWD.
Opting for the EX or SX is accordingly a acceptable abstraction as they accompany with them a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-four acceptable 281 hp and 311 lb-ft of torque — which exceeds bigger three-row SUVs. Its 0-62 time is 7.4 seconds, which is added aggressive but hardly agitative accustomed the accessible power. Front-wheel drive is standard. All-wheel drive is alternative on the EX and SX, not accessible on the SX Prestige and accepted on SX X-Line. An eight-speed dual-clutch chiral is additionally standard. Ammunition abridgement is 22/29/25 with FWD and 21/28/24 with AWD. That’s additionally bigger than those bigger three-row SUVs.
The Sorento Amalgam (pictured in the aloft gallery) pairs a 1.6-liter turbo inline-four with an electric motor for a absolute arrangement achievement of 227 hp in the Amalgam S and 228 hp in Amalgam EX. Front-wheel drive is standard, and clashing the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, you can’t get all-wheel drive. Ammunition abridgement estimates are aberrant at 39 mpg city, 35 mpg artery and 37 mpg combined.
The Sorento Plug-In Amalgam adds a bigger array and electric motor to the aforementioned turbo engine, accretion achievement to 261 hp and accouterment an all-electric ambit of 30 miles. That should calmly accomplish it the best able three-row crossover.
We accept yet to drive the 2021 Kia Sorento, but will amend this area back we do.
Pricing for the 2021 Sorento had not been appear at the time of this writing. We would apprehend it be a little added big-ticket than the accepted archetypal that starts at $28,110.
There are six trim levels for the non-hybrid models. The LX 2.5, S 2.5, EX 2.5T, SX 2.5T, SX Prestige 2.5T and SX Prestige X-Line 2.5T. The closing is characteristic for accepting an added inch of arena clearance, added anatomic roof rails, added asperous administration and accepted all-wheel drive. It is pictured above.
Standard accessories on the LX includes 17-inch admixture wheels, automated LED headlights, rear aloofness glass, a chiral height-adjustable disciplinarian seat, bolt upholstery, third-row seats, a second-row bench, six USB ports, an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a six-speaker complete system.
We don’t apperceive the appraisement yet, but the S and EX abiding assume like the added ambrosial choices. They add 18-inch wheels, gloss-black exoteric trim, roof rails, adjacency entry, dual-zone altitude control, an eight-way ability disciplinarian seat, apish covering upholstery, acrimonious advanced seats, a covering upholstery, in-car Wi-Fi, accessory radio, and eight USB ports. The EX absolutely alone differs by abacus the turbo agent and second-row captain’s chairs that abate their basement accommodation to six. The SX trims accept those, too, but slather on added affluence niceties.
The Amalgam is alone accessible in S and EX trim levels, and comes accepted with the captain’s chairs. It doesn’t assume like the SX’s added luxuries are available. We don’t yet apperceive the constituent hybrid’s affection content.
We will board a abounding breakdown of appearance back appraisement is appear at a after date.
Every 2021 Kia Sorento comes accepted with advanced blow admonishing with automated emergency braking and banal detection, lane-keeping assist, a disciplinarian apathy admonishing arrangement and a rear addressee active system. All but the LX additionally gets blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning, rear parking sensors and Safe Exit Abetment (warns rear bank occupants of admission cartage from behind). The advanced blow admonishing arrangement in the EX and SX trims can ascertain cyclists and advanced cantankerous traffic. Those trims additionally get adaptive cruise control.
The 2021 Sorento has yet to be blast activated by a third party.