The 2021 Kia Sorento however shuttles households in a few rows of seats, but it is not the major crossover SUV available by the automaker anymore. That difference goes to the fantastic Kia Telluride, the Korean automaker’s breakout strike past yr and our Ideal Car or truck To Get 2020. 

This yr, the Sorento receives a makeover to come across itself among other crossovers Kia’s because introduced, and potentially crack out of the cookie-cutter crossover shape it is been trapped with for the past handful of yrs. 

Kia hasn’t but mentioned how substantially it will price, but the 2021 Sorento will possible arrive in the U.S. in late 2020. 

Review proceeds beneath

Type and general performance

The new Sorento’s huge continental electrical power replaces its dowdier minivan designs from past yr, entire with a creased hood, skinny LED headlights, and sharper nose. The Sorento channels some of its seem from the new Seltos, at the very least in the entrance. The decrease entrance bumper is entire of correct angles and creases and it appears to problem the Toyota Highlander for the major chin in among spouse and children crossovers. 

Together the sides, the Sorento’s mainly the very same as the outgoing edition other than for a fin-like tab near the rear window sticking up like a lone bottom tooth that might be distinctive for different’s sake. 

All over again, the Sorento flips its taillights 90 degrees and borrows liberally from the Telluride’s playbook. Upright taillights, a vast badge, and huge rear window all browse like Telluride Lite—not a terrible point. 

Within, we see even a lot more similarities with the Telluride like a vast 10.three-inch touchscreen for infotainment, an available 12.three-inch electronic instrument cluster, and a terrain decide on knob. An eight.-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is regular. The Sorento appears to have a rotary gear selector in its place of the Telluride’s tall take care of, and some interior accent lights about 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 two.5-liter turbo-four borrowed from the Genesis GV80 crossover will be available and paired to an eight-velocity dual-clutch automatic transmission. A one.six-liter turbo-four paired to hybrid batteries and electrical motors that tends to make 227 hp will be made available as perfectly, paired to a six-velocity automatic transmission. Kia confirmed a plug-in hybrid is in the will work, but it is not very clear if it’ll be associated to the Sorento hybrid currently declared, but with a even larger battery. Other engines, like a foundation inline-four, might appear but Kia is mum for now. 

Front-wheel push will be regular on most Sorentos, though all-wheel push will be available (or regular) on other trims. 

Convenience, basic safety, and options

Kia claims the bones for the new 2021 Sorento are new, and the crossover rides with a somewhat lengthier entire body than before—but however much less than one hundred ninety inches from bumper to bumper. 

There is one particular additional inch involving the wheels than the outgoing edition, and the cabin has been moved closer to the engine than in advance of. That must result in a lot more interior room, which the Sorento lacked when compared to direct rivals. We expect the seven-seat edition to have a shorter third row that is most effective left for compact small children. 

With all a few rows in spot, the old Sorento made available a scant 11.three cubic toes of cargo room, which was more compact than most a few-row crossovers. Kia mentioned the new style produced a lot more leg home in the first two rows, a lot more head home in the third row, and 32% a lot more cargo quantity in again. 

We also really don’t know if our gripes with the very low seats in the 2nd row have been tackled, we’ll update this room as soon as we see it in man or woman. 

Kia hasn’t but in-depth regular machines but, but the available basic safety options contain automatic crisis braking, adaptive cruise handle, active lane handle, and a highway driving assistant. 

Other optional options contain a head-up screen, 12-speaker Bose sound program, and an ambient sound maker as perfectly as mood lighting. The 2021 Sorento comes with at the very least seven USB ports, and the skill to pair two gadgets by using Bluetooth, so one particular can choose phone phone calls and the other can play music.  

It is unclear how substantially the 2021 Sportage will price when it goes on sale late this yr, but it is possible to be a lot more than the outgoing design that commenced about $26,000.