2022 Kia Sorento Prices, Reviews, and Pictures

The Kia Sorento, despite a major redesign last year is still a top choice among midsize SUVs. It offers seven passengers, plenty of powertrain options, and many standard and optional features. All this in a very attractive package.

Overview

The 2022 Kia Sorento may be the right choice if the Kia Telluride, which can seat eight people, is too large and the Kia Sportage, which can seat two, is too small. The 2022 Kia Sorento offers seven seats in a vehicle that is not as large as other compact SUVs like the Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V.

There are many engine options available for the Sorento, from a base four-cylinder with low fuel consumption to a turbocharged option with almost 300 horsepower to a high-fuel-efficiency hybrid or plug-in hybrid. These two options are rare in this class, and offer buyers an alternative to the more well-known hybrid choices like the Toyota Highlander. The Subaru Outback is outmatched by the Sorento when it’s outfitted with X-Line trim. This adds all-wheel driving and a variety of outdoor upgrades. All of this combined with Kia’s best in-class warranty makes the Sorento stand out among mid-sized SUVs.

Trims and Pricing

There are many trim options for the 2022 Sorento. There are five levels of basic trim: LX (S), S, EX (EX), SX Prestige, and SX Prestige. The S and EX both offer a hybrid powertrain, while the SX Prestige and SX Prestige each offer a plug-in hybrid option. Kia offers the X-Line versions of the S, EX and SX Prestige trims. This adds all-wheel drive (AWD), more ground clearance and rugged-looking exterior styling accents. AWD is available on all plug-in hybrid models. Otherwise, it costs $1,800 more. While the SX trim is most popular, we recommend the EX for its value.

LX

The LX starts at $30,665 plus a $11,175 destination fee. The standard equipment includes a height-adjustable driver’s seat, heated mirrors and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment screen. There is also wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility and Android Auto compatibility. Forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency brake, lane departure warning, auto high beams, automated high beams, rearview backup camera, rear occupant alarm, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, lane lane-keeping aid, lane warning with lane-departure alert, lane warning, lane warning, lane warning with pedestrian detection, lane lane-departure warn, lane warning, lane warning, lane warning, lane warning, lanes Notable tech and comfort features are 17-inch alloy wheels, body color/satin exterior accents and automatic LED headlights, fog lamps, cloth upholstery, folding second and third-row benches seats, remote keyless access, air conditioning and cruise control, a 42-inch color instrument gauge screen, illuminated mirrors, Bluetooth voice recognition and a six-speaker stereo system with auxiliary and USB inputs.

Front-wheel drive is standard. All-wheel drive can be purchased for $1,800 more.

S

The S model ($33465) offers larger 18-inch wheels, keyless access and push-button starting, remote engine start and a power-adjustable driver seat. It also has heated front seats, dual zone climate control, roof rails, and keyless entry and push button start. Other tech features include a touchscreen of 10.25 inches, navigation, wired Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, satellite radio and blind-spot monitoring. As an option, a panoramic sunroof is available.

The Hybrid S is available for $35,165. The X-Line S is available for $35,465.

EX

The EX, which is priced at $36,565, is our choice for the best value. The EX includes all the S features plus a turbocharged 2.5-liter turbo engine, faux leather seating, heated front seats, and most Sorento safety tech (such adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic collision avoidance, blind-spot and auto emergency brakes). You can also get the EX as a hybrid for $37,165 or the all-wheel-drive X-Line EX starting at $40,265.

SX

The SX trim ($39,365), which unlocks 20-inch wheels and a panoramic sunroof, as well as a high-speed, lane-keeping system and Kia UVO Telematics. This allows access to certain vehicle features and information via a smartphone application.

SX Prestige

The SX Prestige (42,265) adds more luxury features such as a digital gauge cluster and heated and cooled front chairs with 14-way power adjustment and memory, heated second row captain’s seats, a heated steering column, leather upholstery, reverse auto braking, surround-view, blind-spot cameras, and front parking sensors.

The X-Line SX Prestige (44,265) includes all-wheel drive and special dark-silver trim and unique bumpers. The SX and SX Prestige now come with a plug in hybrid (PHEV), powertrain. Prices for the PHEV versions are $46,075 and $59,065, respectively.

Performance and Engine

The 2022 Sorento’s powertrain options are among the most extensive of mid-size SUVs. Economy-minded, the LX and S trims have a 191-hp 2.5 liter four-cylinder that is paired with an 8-speed automatic. The hybrid model can reach 60 mph in less than 9 seconds from rest. Hybrid models have a turbocharged, 1.6-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor that produce 227 horsepower. They are slightly faster than standard gas models. The EX and SX trims receive a turbocharged 2.5 liter four-cylinder that produces 281 horsepower and 311 pound-feet. The 2.5 turbo can accelerate to 60 mph in just 7 seconds thanks to the smooth-shifting 8-speed dual-clutch auto transmission. The 2.5-liter turbo and the 1.6-liter hybrid turbo turbo combine to deliver plenty of power at a variety of engine speeds. This makes the Sorento responsive in town and on the highway.

A plug-in hybrid option is available on the SX Prestige and SX Prestige top-of-the line trims. This hybrid combines Kia’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a 66.9kW electric motor with a 13.8-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. It delivers 261 hp and an estimated 32-mile electric-only range. It also boasts a 79 MPGe fuel economy rating. All-wheel drive is standard equipment on both versions.

The Sorento is a midsize SUV that offers three-row seating, but it’s smaller than the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and Ford Escape. It’s easier to park and maneuver than other midsize SUVs. The Sorento was completely redesigned last year. The platform is stiffer and more robust than the previous version. This allows for a quieter interior, and prompter responses to driver inputs.

Interior

The cabin of the Sorento has a strong, functional design, just like its exterior. The dash, door pockets and center console have ample storage space for small items. The front bucket seats offer support and comfort with various materials, depending on the trim. They are cloth-covered in LX, faux leather and S, EX and SX, respectively, and quilted soft leather in SX Prestige trims.

The middle-row seats can be a three-passenger 60/40 split bench in the LX or S trims, or a pair captain’s chairs in a higher-trim model. To make it easier to access the 50/50 split third-row seats, both middle-row chairs can slide forward or backward. Slide the middle row back to get 41.7 inches of legroom for the second row if there are no passengers.

Kia describes the Sorento as “5 plus 2” seating. This means that the third row is best suited for children and teens, but not for adults. It does have more legroom in the third row than the Toyota Highlander.

The Sorento’s cargo space is 12.6 cubic feet less than that of the Kia Telluride. The space available for the second-row seats can be expanded to 75.5 cubic yards by folding them down. The capacity of the third-row seat can be nearly quadrupled by folding it down to 45 cubic feet.

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