If you are looking for an appealing alternative to five- and seven-passenger crossover SUVs that were previously a class before it, the bigger, more sophisticated and better to drive 2021 Kia Sorento is definitely a worthy look. Some of its strengths include excellent crash test scores, attractive and well-made cabin, user-friendly controls, ample value for the money, and a versatile second-row seat. Its release date should be expected sometime in the middle of 2021.
See, the previous-generation Sorento could be viewed as a slightly bigger alternative to compact SUVs like the Toyota RAV4, with matching driving dynamics and interior quality. As the titular Malcom would attest, it can be tough being in the middle ground between midsize and compact SUVs.
It has grown up both figuratively and literally to become a more of a smaller alternative to larger, more sophisticated family crossovers like the Toyota Highlander. For 2021, buyers should expect a mildly redesigned Sorento that carries on with its tradition, but its needle now swings a bit one side off-center to another.
And given its five- and seven-passenger configurations, it’s akin to having a crossover like the 2021 Ford Edge while still undercutting them in terms of the window sticker. Cabin materials give up a little (if anything) to pricier alternatives, the styling is more attractive inside and out, and the feature content embodies the term “generous.” In overall, the changes for 2021 go beyond greater interior and cargo room. In fact, those increases are rather negligible compared to the increases in driving and interior refinement.
Mechanical improvements include an improved steering, an upgraded suspension, and a strengthened structure, which together create a more refined driving, comfortable, and substantial experience.
In conclusion, we are impressed by Kia’s efforts in trying to offer a strong, value-rich 2021 Kia Sorento. Other alternatives you could also check out before committing to the Sorento include the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the 2021 Ford Edge, 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe, and the “A” rated 2021 Toyota Highlander.
Offered Trims – Kia Sorento
Five trim levels are offered for the 2021 Kia Sorento: L, LX, EX, SX, and SX Limited. They can be had by either five- or seven-passenger seating configurations depending on the engine specs.
Interior Changes & 2021 Kia Sorento Exterior Reviews
Standard accessories and features available on the Sorento 2.4L L model include Bluetooth audio and phone controls, three-mode drive settings, 17-inch alloy wheels, a stain-resistant fabric upholstery, a USB/iPod interface, a CD player, second-row 40/20/40-split seats, USB/iPod interface, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, LED running lights, and auxiliary audio jack.
The 2.4L LX steps up with two rapid-charge USB ports, Uvo eSerives, a sound-deafening windshield, rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming mirror, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, an eight-way power driver seat, and a 4.3-inch touchscreen interface.
Opting for the EX gets you a hands-free liftgate, 18-inch wheels, automatic dual-zone climate control, a display screen speedometer, keyless ignition and entry, a leather upholstery, sound-deafening front side glass, second-row side sunshades, blind-spot monitor, power-folding mirrors, a panoramic sunroof, traffic reporting, a larger rearview mirror, a 10-speaker Infiniti sound system, a navigation system, an 8-inch touchscreen interface, and rear-cross traffic warning system.
The top-of-the-line SX adds driver memory settings, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, a fabric headliner, upgraded exterior trim, 19-inch wheels, and an upgraded steering. Its standalone features are unavailable as of this writing but we expect them to start trickling in as we edge closer to its release date.
At the pinnacle is the SX Limited trim that in addition to the what the EX and SX offer, adds a second-row outboard heated seats, upgraded leather upholstery, chrome-clad 19” wheels, a multi-angle parking camera, lane-departure warning and mitigation, an electronic parking braking, ventilated front seats, and xenon headlights.
2021 Kia Sorento Engine Specs
A 2.4L four-cylinder engine rated at 185 hp and 178 lbs. ft. of torque is offered for the 2021 Kia Sorento L trim model. the EX and SX are offered with a 240 horsepower and 260 pounds-feet of torque – generating turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine.
The rest are offered with a mandatory 3.3L V6 engine good for 290 hp and 252 pounds-feet of torque. EPA estimates the FWD SX Limited should be able to return 26/18/21 mpg on the highway/city/combined, and 23/17/19 mpg with the AWD system.
Price & 2021 Kia Sorento Release Date
Its release date should be expected at the middle of 2021, at least according to pundits’ reports. As for its price, it is expected to be around $25,100.