The 2021 Kia Sorento nonetheless shuttles people in three rows of seats, but it’s not the most significant crossover SUV available by the automaker any more. That difference goes to the fantastic Kia Telluride, the Korean automaker’s breakout strike very last year and our Very best Auto To Buy 2020.
This year, the Sorento will get a makeover to obtain alone among other crossovers Kia’s considering the fact that launched, and maybe break out of the cookie-cutter crossover condition it’s been trapped with for the past handful of several years.
Kia hasn’t but stated how much it will price tag, but the 2021 Sorento will probable get there in the U.S. in late 2020.
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Style and effectiveness
The new Sorento’s significant continental power replaces its dowdier minivan designs from very last year, comprehensive with a creased hood, slim LED headlights, and sharper nose. The Sorento channels some of its look from the new Seltos, at the very least in the entrance. The decreased entrance bumper is total of suitable angles and creases and it seems to challenge the Toyota Highlander for the major chin in among relatives crossovers.
Alongside the sides, the Sorento’s mainly the exact same as the outgoing variation other than for a fin-like tab close to the rear window sticking up like a lone base tooth that may perhaps be distinct for different’s sake.
All over back, the Sorento flips its taillights 90 levels and borrows liberally from the Telluride’s playbook. Upright taillights, a vast badge, and significant rear window all read through like Telluride Lite—not a bad factor.
Within, we see even far more similarities with the Telluride together with a vast 10.3-inch touchscreen for infotainment, an available 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and a terrain decide on knob. An eight.-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Vehicle compatibility is regular. The Sorento seems to have a rotary equipment selector in its place of the Telluride’s tall tackle, and some inside accent lights close to the doorways and speakers.
Kia hasn’t but in depth all of the Sorento’s powertrains, but the automaker gave us hints on two. A 277-horsepower 2.5-liter turbo-four borrowed from the Genesis GV80 crossover will be available and paired to an eight-pace dual-clutch automated transmission. A 1.6-liter turbo-four paired to hybrid batteries and electric motors that can make 227 hp will be available as well, paired to a 6-pace automated transmission. Kia confirmed a plug-in hybrid is in the functions, but it’s not distinct if it’ll be relevant to the Sorento hybrid by now declared, but with a larger battery. Other engines, together with a base inline-four, may perhaps surface but Kia is mum for now.
Front-wheel push will be regular on most Sorentos, while all-wheel push will be available (or regular) on other trims.
Comfort, security, and functions
Kia says the bones for the new 2021 Sorento are new, and the crossover rides with a marginally longer physique than before—but nonetheless considerably less than one hundred ninety inches from bumper to bumper.
There’s one additional inch among the wheels than the outgoing variation, and the cabin has been moved nearer to the engine than ahead of. That need to result in far more inside room, which the Sorento lacked as opposed to direct rivals. We expect the seven-seat variation to have a brief 3rd row that is finest still left for little youngsters.
With all three rows in area, the outdated Sorento available a scant eleven.3 cubic feet of cargo room, which was scaled-down than most three-row crossovers. Kia stated the new style made far more leg place in the initially two rows, far more head place in the 3rd row, and 32% far more cargo quantity in back.
We also never know if our gripes with the very low seats in the next row have been resolved, we’ll update this room the moment we see it in individual.
Kia hasn’t but in depth regular machines but, but the available security functions consist of automated crisis braking, adaptive cruise management, lively lane management, and a highway driving assistant.
Other optional functions consist of a head-up display, 12-speaker Bose audio technique, and an ambient audio maker as well as temper lighting. The 2021 Sorento arrives with at the very least seven USB ports, and the capacity to pair two gadgets by means of Bluetooth, so one can choose cellphone calls and the other can play new music.
It’s unclear how much the 2021 Sportage will price tag when it goes on sale late this year, but it’s probable to be far more than the outgoing design that started off close to $26,000.