The 2021 Kia Sorento nonetheless shuttles households in three rows of seats, but it is not the greatest crossover SUV readily available by the automaker any longer. That difference goes to the excellent Kia Telluride, the Korean automaker’s breakout strike very last yr and our Very best Vehicle To Get 2020.
This yr, the Sorento will get a makeover to discover alone among the other crossovers Kia’s because launched, and perhaps break out of the cookie-cutter crossover form it is been caught with for the past handful of years.
Kia hasn’t however mentioned how considerably it will expense, but the 2021 Sorento will very likely get there in the U.S. in late 2020.
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Type and performance
The new Sorento’s significant continental vitality replaces its dowdier minivan styles from very last yr, complete with a creased hood, skinny LED headlights, and sharper nose. The Sorento channels some of its look from the new Seltos, at least in the entrance. The lessen entrance bumper is total of suitable angles and creases and it seems to obstacle the Toyota Highlander for the most important chin in among the spouse and children crossovers.
Along the sides, the Sorento’s mostly the exact as the outgoing edition except for a fin-like tab around the rear window sticking up like a lone bottom tooth that could be unique for different’s sake.
About again, the Sorento flips its taillights 90 degrees and borrows liberally from the Telluride’s playbook. Upright taillights, a vast badge, and significant rear window all read like Telluride Lite—not a terrible issue.
Inside, we see even more similarities with the Telluride together with a vast 10.3-inch touchscreen for infotainment, an readily 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 normal. The Sorento seems to have a rotary equipment selector as a substitute of the Telluride’s tall handle, and some interior accent lights all-around the doorways and speakers.
Kia hasn’t however comprehensive all of the Sorento’s powertrains, but the automaker gave us hints on two. A 277-horsepower 2.five-liter turbo-four borrowed from the Genesis GV80 crossover will be readily available and paired to an eight-velocity dual-clutch automatic transmission. A one.6-liter turbo-four paired to hybrid batteries and electrical motors that tends to make 227 hp will be provided as properly, paired to a 6-velocity automatic transmission. Kia verified a plug-in hybrid is in the operates, but it is not apparent if it’ll be linked to the Sorento hybrid presently announced, but with a even larger battery. Other engines, together with a base inline-four, could seem but Kia is mum for now.
Entrance-wheel drive will be normal on most Sorentos, though all-wheel drive will be readily available (or normal) on other trims.
Comfort, safety, and options
Kia says the bones for the new 2021 Sorento are new, and the crossover rides with a somewhat more time overall body than before—but nonetheless significantly less than one hundred ninety inches from bumper to bumper.
There is one extra inch involving the wheels than the outgoing edition, and the cabin has been moved closer to the motor than before. That need to consequence in more interior space, which the Sorento lacked in comparison to direct rivals. We anticipate the 7-seat edition to have a short 3rd row that is most effective remaining for compact youngsters.
With all three rows in location, the old Sorento provided a scant eleven.3 cubic ft of cargo space, which was lesser than most three-row crossovers. Kia mentioned the new design and style designed more leg place in the initial two rows, more head place in the 3rd row, and 32% more cargo volume in again.
We also do not know if our gripes with the reduced seats in the second row have been resolved, we’ll update this space at the time we see it in human being.
Kia hasn’t however comprehensive normal devices however, but the readily available safety options include things like automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise regulate, active lane regulate, and a highway driving assistant.
Other optional options include things like a head-up display screen, 12-speaker Bose seem method, and an ambient seem maker as properly as temper lighting. The 2021 Sorento arrives with at least 7 USB ports, and the skill to pair two units by means of Bluetooth, so one can consider phone phone calls and the other can perform audio.
It is unclear how considerably the 2021 Sportage will expense when it goes on sale late this yr, but it is very likely to be more than the outgoing design that commenced all-around $26,000.