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Kia Sorento

The original Sorento was an old-school, body-on frame SUV. Unless you need an enclosed pickup truck, skip this model.

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.



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

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

Combined/city/highway: 24–26/21–24/25–29 mpg


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Fair Market Price

With the MotorTrend Fair Market Price (powered by IntelliChoice), get a better idea of what you’ll pay after negotiations including destination, taxes, and fees. The actual transaction price depends on many variables from dealer inventory to bargaining skills, so this figure is an approximation.

5-Year Cost to Own / Rating
$29,390$32,785$38,012 / Average
$29,390$32,785$38,012 / Average
$31,190$34,710$40,158 / Mediocre
$31,890$35,459$39,944 / Mediocre
$33,690$37,383$42,188 / Mediocre
$34,990$38,772$42,559 / Mediocre
$36,790$40,696$44,387 / Mediocre
$37,990$41,979$45,227 / Mediocre
$39,790$43,904$47,061 / Mediocre
$40,590$44,759$47,517 / Mediocre
$42,590$46,897$49,477 / Mediocre

Cargo (Std/Max):

13/76 cu.ft.

5-Year Cost to Own


Kia Sorento Expert Review

Alex Leanse

The new-for-2021 Kia Sorento's bolder and more chiseled appearance are no accident; the redesigned SUV rides on a new platform with a 1.4-inch longer wheelbase and slightly stretched overall length. Along with fresh styling, those minor changes gives the Sorento a bolder and more chiseled appearance. As a whole, the 2021 Sorento is much more angular than the somewhat lozenge-like outgoing Sorento. And from some perspectives, there are hints of its larger Kia SUV counterpart, the award-winning Telluride.

The interior looks like a step up from before. Details like the ambient lighting, textured trim, and big digital displays should make top trims of the Sorento feel like a more premium vehicle. Those touches are reserved for higher-end trims, but the wrapped steering wheel, console storage bins, and neat two-in-one air vents will likely be standard on all Sorentos.

A torquey turbocharged engine and two hybrid powertrains are among the Sorento's engine options, along with a naturally aspirated four-cylinder base engine with just under 200 hp. Six- or seven-passenger configurations are available, as are trim packages intended to give a more sporty, luxurious, or adventurous feel. With so many variations available, it seems that Kia wants the Sorento to have a wider appeal than it ever has before.

The new Sorento is worth consideration if you're shopping for a midsize SUV, but there are some things to look out for. Opting for the more powerful 2.5T engine yields impressive passing power and response, but the powertrain almost demands AWD as the standard FWD setup can't quite cope with the extra grunt. The dual-clutch automatic transmission paired with the turbocharged option lacks refinement, too. Ride quality is firm but not harsh, even on optional 20-inch wheels.

Inside, buyers will be impressed with the Sorento's new-found wealth of digital real estate. There's a lot of screen space here. The third row is usable but pretty tight—this is more of a 5+2 than a proper seven-seater—but that comes down more to the high floor and small rear windows than legroom.

The Sorento's standard engine is a 2.5-liter I-4 producing 191 hp and 182 lb-ft of torque. The powerplant is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and has FWD as standard or AWD optionally. Fuel economy numbers read 24/29 mpg city/highway with FWD or 23/25 mpg with AWD.

An available turbocharged 2.5-liter I-4 makes 281 hp and 311 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic; FWD is standard, and AWD is optional. Efficiency isn't far behind the naturally aspirated powertrain; 21-24/28-29 mpg. In MotorTrend testing, an AWD Sorento with this engine needed just 6.3 seconds to hit 60 mph.

The Sorento hybrid uses a 1.6-liter turbo-four and 44-kW electric motor powered by a 1.5 kWh battery. This setup makes 227 hp combined, all sent through the front wheels by a six-speed automatic. This hybrid setup has been EPA-rated at 39/35 mpg.

A plug-in hybrid model uses the 1.6-liter turbo-four but joins it to a more-powerful 66.9-kW motor powered by a larger 13.8-kWh battery. Combined output is 261 hp, distributed to standard AWD through a six-speed automatic. Kia estimates 30 miles of all-electric driving range from the Sorento plug-in hybrid.

The Sorento earns a 2021 Top Safety Pick from the IIHS, but only with the upgraded LED headlights included with the SX and SX Prestige. All other variants get the lowest possible Poor headlight rating for inadequate visibility.

Standard driver-assist and active safety features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, rear-seat occupant alert, and automatic speed limit adaptation. Systems like adaptive cruise control, video blind-spot monitoring, rear and side cross-traffic alert, and rear automatic braking are available.

The Sorento is a three-row SUV and can seat six or seven passengers depending on the middle row's configuration. The standard second row configuration is a three-across bench seat, but individual second-row captain's chairs are available. In either case, the third row is a two-seat bench.

Kia says the Sorento's new platform provides improvements to interior volume and passenger space, but it's still smaller than the three-row Telluride or the new Carnival minivan. Legroom is rated at 41.4 inches up front, a generous 41.7 inches in the second row, and 29.6 inches in the way-back. Cargo volume measures 12.6 cubic feet behind the third row, 38.5-45.0 cubic feet behind the second depending on the seat positioning, and 75.5 cubes with all the seats folded down.

An 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard, and a 10.3-inch unit is optionally available. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth connectivity are included. A 12.3-inch all-digital gauge display is optional or included depending on trim and shows the view from the available blind-spot monitoring video cameras. The entry-level trim has six USB ports, while all others have eight ports between the three rows; a wireless charging pad is available. If you can't park immediately at your destination, the Sorento's available built-in navigation system can provide walking directions to it if it's nearby. Optional premium tech features include a 360 degree-view camera system and 12-speaker Bose audio setup; a semi-autonomous parking system will also likely be offered. Driver profile settings, as well as monitoring and control of vehicle functions, can be managed from the Kia Access smartphone app.

The Sorento might not have the solid axles and massive tires of dedicated off-road SUVs, but its available X-Line package brings more rugged styling and improved capability for driving on unpaved surfaces. When equipped on the SX-Prestige trim, the X-Line package has an 8.3-inch ride height—one inch more than standard—which improves approach and departure angles. Its AWD system gains a locking center differential, a snow mode, and hill descent control. Style-wise it gets distinctive exterior details, black 20-inch wheels, and a robust roof rack. The X-Line package won't turn the Sorento into a true rock crawler, but it should improve its capabilities on loose and uneven terrain.

Just one year after it was introduced, the Sorento receives a tiny—but significant—styling update. The 2022 Sorento will wear Kia's new badge, which is no longer just "Kia" in an oval and now instead a funky, highly stylized depiction of the word. We're still warming up to the new logo, but its angular geometric form seems to suit the Sorento's bodywork. That could be the main change between the 2021 and 2022 models, but it'll serve as an unambiguous way to tell them apart. We got our first look at the 2022 Sorento at the 2021 Chicago Auto Show.

MotorTrend Score

Based on performance, value, MPG, interior space, and more, this score reflects MotorTrend’s exhaustive evaluation process. Scores can only be compared to other cars in the same class. A 7.0 rating represents average performance.


#4 in Midsize SUVs | Rankings

Redesigned for 2021, style is now a Sorento selling point. It offers three rows of seats or solid cargo space—just not at the same time. The high-end trim has lots of tech, but lacks powertrain refinement.


Performance of Intended Function: How does a car drive? Does it have enough space for passengers and their stuff?


We track efficiency and driving range.


Does the car offer impressive tech for its segment? How well does it work? Are there any innovative design details?


How well will this car hold its value over time? Will it be expensive to maintain, insure, or repair? IntelliChoice data and research inform this score.

Fair Market Price

With the MotorTrend Fair Market Price (powered by IntelliChoice), get a better idea of what you’ll pay after negotiations including destination, taxes, and fees. The actual transaction price depends on many variables from dealer inventory to bargaining skills, so this figure is an approximation.

5-Year Cost to Own / Rating
$29,490$32,901Coming Soon / N.A.
$29,490$32,901Coming Soon / N.A.
$31,290$34,826Coming Soon / N.A.
$32,290$35,895Coming Soon / N.A.
$34,290$38,033Coming Soon / N.A.
$35,390$39,210Coming Soon / N.A.
$38,190$42,203Coming Soon / N.A.
$39,090$43,165Coming Soon / N.A.
$39,990$44,127Coming Soon / N.A.
$41,090$45,303Coming Soon / N.A.
$43,090$47,441Coming Soon / N.A.

Cargo (Std/Max):

13/76 cu.ft.


  • 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

Bob Hernandez

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.

Looking for the Kia Sorento Hybrid? Check it out here.

  • 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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