May 19, 2024

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2021 Kia Sorento Review, Ratings, Specs, Prices, and Photos

The 2021 Kia Sorento even now shuttles households in three rows of seats, but it is not the major crossover SUV available by the automaker anymore. That distinction goes to the superb Kia Telluride, the Korean automaker’s breakout hit last 12 months and our Best Car To Buy 2020. 

This 12 months, the Sorento gets a makeover to locate itself among other crossovers Kia’s due to the fact launched, and perhaps crack out of the cookie-cutter crossover form it is been trapped with for the earlier handful of years. 

Kia hasn’t yet stated how significantly it will cost, but the 2021 Sorento will very likely arrive in the U.S. in late 2020. 

Critique proceeds below

Style and efficiency

The new Sorento’s massive continental power replaces its dowdier minivan styles from last 12 months, total with a creased hood, slender LED headlights, and sharper nose. The Sorento channels some of its look from the new Seltos, at the very least in the front. The reduced front bumper is whole of appropriate angles and creases and it seems to challenge the Toyota Highlander for the biggest chin in among loved ones crossovers. 

Along the sides, the Sorento’s mostly the very same as the outgoing model other than for a fin-like tab in close proximity to the rear window sticking up like a lone base tooth that could be distinct for different’s sake. 

Around back, the Sorento flips its taillights ninety levels and borrows liberally from the Telluride’s playbook. Upright taillights, a vast badge, and massive rear window all browse like Telluride Lite—not a poor detail. 

Inside, we see even additional similarities with the Telluride together with a vast 10.3-inch touchscreen for infotainment, an available twelve.3-inch electronic instrument cluster, and a terrain choose knob. An eight.-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is typical. The Sorento seems to have a rotary gear selector as an alternative of the Telluride’s tall deal with, and some interior accent lights close to the doorways and speakers. 

Kia hasn’t yet in-depth all of the Sorento’s powertrains, but the automaker gave us hints on two. A 277-horsepower 2.five-liter turbo-4 borrowed from the Genesis GV80 crossover will be available and paired to an eight-velocity dual-clutch automatic transmission. A 1.six-liter turbo-4 paired to hybrid batteries and electrical motors that can make 227 hp will be available as perfectly, paired to a six-velocity automatic transmission. Kia verified a plug-in hybrid is in the works, but it is not apparent if it’ll be associated to the Sorento hybrid already declared, but with a greater battery. Other engines, together with a base inline-4, could look but Kia is mum for now. 

Front-wheel generate will be typical on most Sorentos, whilst all-wheel generate will be available (or typical) on other trims. 

Ease and comfort, basic safety, and characteristics

Kia suggests the bones for the new 2021 Sorento are new, and the crossover rides with a somewhat longer body than before—but even now significantly less than 190 inches from bumper to bumper. 

There is a single extra inch among the wheels than the outgoing model, and the cabin has been moved closer to the motor than prior to. That should outcome in additional interior place, which the Sorento lacked when compared to direct rivals. We anticipate the 7-seat model to have a brief third row which is very best remaining for compact young children. 

With all three rows in spot, the outdated Sorento available a scant 11.3 cubic feet of cargo place, which was smaller than most three-row crossovers. Kia stated the new layout designed additional leg space in the initially two rows, additional head space in the third row, and 32{7e488363c11ee5ef50445c8c4fa770b6e6e4f99e57faea264a05ac52abb3ffe0} additional cargo quantity in back. 

We also never know if our gripes with the very low seats in the second row have been resolved, we’ll update this place after we see it in person. 

Kia hasn’t yet in-depth typical products yet, but the available basic safety characteristics consist of automated crisis braking, adaptive cruise management, energetic lane management, and a highway driving assistant. 

Other optional characteristics consist of a head-up show, twelve-speaker Bose seem program, and an ambient seem maker as perfectly as temper lights. The 2021 Sorento will come with at the very least 7 USB ports, and the potential to pair two units by way of Bluetooth, so a single can take telephone phone calls and the other can play new music.  

It is unclear how significantly the 2021 Sportage will cost when it goes on sale late this 12 months, but it is very likely to be additional than the outgoing design that begun close to $26,000.