Diversity versions of Kia Sorento came through Automatic log fleet a few times now, and while they’re not minded in any particular way, they do offer an appealing blend of general features and a good price that makes it a “just right” SUV for many. people. It’s an SUV with a lot of variety not only in trim levels but also in powertrains. So is there a “moderate” version of the “just right” SUV? Yes, yes, and that is Kia Sorento 2021 The HEV (and its upcoming 2022 model), finds a satisfying vehicle in the lineup and even the broader SUV market with regard to price, driving experience and energy saving making it a must-see for buyers.
Quick note, this review will mainly focus on Sorento hybrid’s powertrain and how it relates to the driving experience. For more information on all other aspects see Our comprehensive Kia Sorento 2022 review.
Of course, the main thing that sets the Sorento HEV apart is mixture powertrain system. It combines a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor. Combined power comes in at 227 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It’s connected to a regular six-speed automatic transmission and your choice of front- or all-wheel drive. Those numbers put it between the base 191hp Sorento and the 281hp inline turbo that fitted all previous Sorentos we tested. The HEV is also more powerful than any smaller two-row hybrid like Honda CR-VA and Toyota RAV4 and Venza, although slightly less than the three larger rows Toyota Highlander Hybrid. There are also Ford Explorer Hybrid, but it’s reserved for expensive high-end trim levels and oddly prioritizes performance at the expense of fuel economy.
Although the Sorento hybrid is in the middle of its non-electric brethren in terms of power, its fuel economy is far superior. The front-wheel drive version is the most economical with 37 mpg combined, and all-wheel drive drops the rating to 35 mpg. That’s an improvement of about 10 mpg over any other Sorento model, and could save you up to $650 per year on fuel, according to the report. EPA. It falls a bit behind its smaller hybrid rival, ranging from 38 to 41 mpg (CR-VAT and Ford Escape), but true for Highlander Hybridand about 10 mpg ago Ford Explorer.
As for a realistic driving experience, the turbocharged hybrid engine is lovely in all sorts of everyday driving situations. With the lights off, you’ll find that the hybrid system eliminates the usual lag caused by the automatic stop/start system restarting the engine. The electric motor gets you moving as soon as you hit the gas pedal, and when the engine starts, it’s incredibly quiet and smooth.
Around town, the Sorento hybrid feels comfortable and happy. You barely have to use any revs to get around thanks to the electric motor and turbo’s one-and-a-half torque. It’s also very quiet, and the electric assist makes it responsive. We also appreciate Kia’s uses a traditional six-speed automatic in its hybrid powertrain as it results in more “normal” acceleration with an accumulation of revs followed by gearshifts. This avoids the drones and erratic revs of a conventional hybrid e-CVT.
That’s when you need or want that extra boost when the Sorento hybrid shows its efficiency comes with a balance. Under heavy feet, you get a dull thud from underneath the hood and that suggests a slightly weak top. The gearbox, while smoother and generally more pleasant than the CVT, shifts very slowly, which is especially evident if you try using the paddles. Sport mode basically just holds gears longer and makes the steering wheel heavier.
The Sorento is also very comfortable. Bumps aren’t harsh and it’s pretty quiet. It’s a bit more resilient than we’d like when it hits hard, but it shouldn’t have much of a problem. Steering is precise and has good weight, although there’s a bit of body roll and there’s not much eagerness to turn heads. Brake feel is spongy, but easy enough to adjust.
And as we said before, the Sorento’s interior is very spacious and stylish. Most notable is the fact that the third row is usable by adults. It’s still not great for long rides, but it works. It’s also impressive considering that Highlands not much better, despite the larger external dimensions. The panel is modern and has nice small details, even if the plastic is a bit cheap. The infotainment is also great to use, and most 2022 models come standard with an upgraded 10.25-inch touchscreen. The base LX and some of the rest of 2021 models have an older, lower-resolution 8-inch system, but it’s still similarly easy to use.
So what would you spend to get a Sorento hybrid? That depends a bit on the model year. The 2021 models start at $34,765 and the 2022 examples start at $35,165. Switch from the S to the EX, and you’ll spend $37,765, but a little less in 2022 at $36,965 in 2022. The only notable changes to the 2022 model are the touchscreen display. upper and the addition of optional four-wheel drive to both trims. Both equipment is also well equipped. One disappointing aspect is that you can’t get the top SX trim or X-Line trim that looks solid with the regular hybrid. While the X-Line is all gas-only, at least an SX version is available on the new 2022 Sorento PHEV. Actually, that’s the only decoration available. Of course, that means it’s expensive, starting at around $45,000. At least it comes with a tax sale off and it is capable of running in all-electric mode, potentially further saving fuel costs.
The price of the final Sorento hybrid brings it very close to the more powerful non-hybrid turbo model, but considering the fact the Sorento isn’t a sports car, we’d like a bigger boost in fuel economy for the extra power. fig. Pricing also places these three small equivalent rows between two smaller and three larger rows. At the premium end of the two-row hybrid is CR-V Hybrid for $32,165. At the lowest end of the three large rows of seats is the Highlander Hybrid with a base price of $40,070. Sure if you can do without the third row you can save a decent amount of money, but otherwise the Sorento is a great value that should be on the short list of three-row SUVs your. It’s stylish, spacious, and efficient without sacrificing practicality or performance over the competition.