2022 Kia Sorento

MSRP $29,390 Est.

Ranked #9 in Suv

7.6

Overall Rating

2022 Kia Sorento Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 12, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Kia has finally revealed the 3-row Sorento SUV for the 2022 model year. Having been completely redesigned last year, the Sorento receives no major changes this year. However, a new Plug-in hybrid model does join the lineup alongside the hybrid and the gas-powered models. The 2022 Kia Sorento gives customers 2 engine options to choose from- a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter unit and a turbocharged unit of the same displacement. The X-Line Package is now on offer on the S, EX and SX-P trim too.

Other changes include a standard 10.25-inch multimedia touchscreen with navigation on all trims except for the base LX. The top SX-P trim also gets standard memory seats with 14-way power, a new thigh extender, and Heated second-row captain’s chairs. Talking about the prices, the 2022 Kia Sorento receives a price bump of $400 over last year and now starts from $30,665 (includes destination charges) for the base LX trim with FWD. The top-end Sorento X-Line SX-P AWD will set you back by $44,265.

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Pros

Fresh and striking exterior design

Both engine options offer a blend of practicality and performance

Oodles of tech inside, and outside

Top-notch interior quality! Fit and finish is class-leading

Cons

Dismal cargo capacity with third-row in place

Below-average space in third-row, best for kids, and not adults

What's New?

New PHEV model makes its way in the lineup


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$29390

bodystyle

4dr SUV

engine type

horsepower

191 hp @ 6100 rpm

torque

181 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

LX$29,390 Est. onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Kia Sorento in Ebony Black color
Ebony Black

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

6.0

Engine and Performace

8.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

6.0

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.6

Overall Rating


Kia's redesigned Sorento may be small for a three-row mid-size SUV, but it shares many excellent traits with its larger Telluride sibling - Car and Driver.

While Kia’s bigger brother Telluride is the better family cruiser, if you do not want a massive SUV on your shoulders, the 2022 Kia Sorento will do just fine. It sits right in between a “crossover” and an “SUV”. The platform is new and the new chassis will offer 4 percent more tensile strength than before. The 2022 Sorento can tow a maximum of 3,500 lbs, a drop of 1,500 lbs from its previous-gen model. The 2022 Sorento will compete against popular SUVs such as Hyundai Santa Fe, Chevrolet Blazer, and Volkswagen Tiguan.

2022 Kia Sorento SUV Front View
2022 Kia Sorento SUV Rear View

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

6.0/10
Competition


2022 Kia Sorento Features

The 2022 Kia Sorento compact SUV will be available in six trim levels: LX, S, EX, SX, SX Prestige, and SX Prestige X-Line. Most Sorento models come standard with front-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is available as an option. The range-topping SX Prestige is front-drive configured, while the SX Prestige X-Line comes in AWD configuration, and in most other trims as well, apart form the SX. The price bump is $400 from last year.

Trim

LX

S

EX

SX

SX-Prestige

Price (FWD) 

$30,665

$33,465

$36,565

$39,365

$42,265

Price (AWD) 

$32,465

$35,465 (X-Line)

$40,265 (X-Line)

$41,165

$44,265 (X-Line)

Key Features

17-inch alloy wheels

Adds to/replaces features of the LX

Adds to/replaces features of the LX

Adds to/replaces features of the S

Adds to/replaces features of the SX

 

Rear-view camera

Noise-reducing windshield

Rear parking sensors

18-inch wheels

Noise-reducing front door windows

 

Cloth upholstery

Roof rails

Heated front seats

Fog lights

19-inch wheels

 

Manually adjustable front seats

Front seatback pockets

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Leather upholstery

LED DRLs

 

Automatic headlights

Additional USB ports

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Power-adjustable front passenger seat

Red brake calipers

 

Ambient lighting

Apple CarPlay

Electronic Parking brake

Dual-level cargo floor

Heated steering wheel

2022 Kia Sorento Engine and Performance

 The Sorento's powertrain is a bit of a mixed bag, but the driving dynamics are solid - Road Show.

The Kia Sorento comes in four powertrains in total – two gasoline engines, one hybrid, and one plug-in hybrid. The engines are the same as the 2021 model. The base engine is a 2.5L inline-4 capable of spitting out 191 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque. The upgraded version is a 2.5L turbocharged inline-4 that offers 281 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque. Both of these engines are married to the same eight-speed automatic transmission and both run on an FWD system. However, if you pay extra you can upgrade to the AWD system.

2022 Kia Sorento SUV Engine Bay

The Sorento also comes as a hybrid. You can have a 1.6L inline-4 paired with a 44-kW electric motor, and it only comes as an FWD. Also, a new plug-in hybrid will be offered, which will include a 1.6L inline-4 and a 66.9-kW electric motor. This will come with a six-speed automatic transmission. The turbocharged engine comes with a Dual-Clutch Transmission which makes things a lot smoother and gear changes are seamless. Shifts are quick and super smooth.

Models

2022 Kia Sorento

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Chevrolet Blazer

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

MSRP

$30,665

$25,900

$28,800

$24,945

Engine

2.5L Inline Four-Cylinder

2.4L Inline Four-Cylinder

2.5L Inline Four-Cylinder

2.0L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

191 hp @ 6,100 RPM

185 hp @ 6,000 RPM

193 hp @ 5,000 RPM

184 hp @ 4,400 RPM

Torque

181 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

178 lb-ft @ 5,200 RPM

188 lb-ft @ 2,000 RPM

221 lb-ft @ 1,600 RPM

Also, Kia has highly advertised the off-roading capability. There’s a dedicated button that allows you to select either drive modes or terrain mode. The terrain model is basically for undesirable situations. We’d like to hold our horses until the Sorento comes out to test the off-roading but it looks promising for now. Looking at the charts, it is clear that all the SUVs are more or less closely matched with each other. The Blazer offers the most power, although just slightly over the Sorento. Every SUV is more or less evenly matched and none is particularly quick off the line.

2022 Kia Sorento Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The base engine of the Sorento promises a fuel economy of 24/29 MPG for city/highway and 26 MPG for combined driving. The turbocharged engine will offer 22/29 MPG on the city/highway and 25 MPG for combined driving. These figures are for the FWD. For AWD, the Korean SUV will manage 23/25/24 MPG for the base engine and 21/28/24 MPG for city/highway/combined driving for the turbocharged engine. The hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions offer more fuel economy and they can offer an excellent range.

Models

2022 Kia Sorento

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Chevrolet Blazer

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

MPG (City)

24

22

21

23

MPG (Highway)

29

29

27

29

MPG (Combined)

26

25

23

25

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

17.7

18.8

19.4

15.3

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

424/513/460

414/545/470

407/524/446

351/443/384

All the SUVs manage to put up decent figures and range across the chart, except the Tiguan. It does not offer the best range and cannot even cross the 400-mile mark, owing to its smaller tank size. The Santa Fe offers the best range, but only narrowly beating the Sorento. The Blazer also has a decent range.

2022 Kia Sorento Interior

8.0/10

The Telluride deserved praise for offering a premium interior at mainstream prices, and it looks the Sorento will do the same, and then some - Carbuzz.com

Offering a three-row set-up and 7 seats, seven people can practically fit inside the Sorento. The AC vents are rhombus in shape and have a chrome outline, adding to the overall feel of the vehicle. The seats offer excellent stitching with the higher trims offering leather. The dashboard of the Sorento looks more modern with bigger screens and ambient lighting with 64 colors. Buttons and dials are also placed ergonomically and within the reach of the driver. The front seats get 6-way manually adjustment with a 4-way adjustable passenger’s seat.

2022 Kia Sorento SUV Dashboard

The higher trims will also include heated and cooled seats as standard with a 10-way power-adjustable driver seat with 2-way lumbar support and an 8-way power-adjustable front passenger seat. The second row includes captain seats with armrests and the third row will have seats for up to three people. Spacing is also not an issue for the first two rows, while the rear row will be a little cramped for taller adults. 

Models

2022 Kia Sorento

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Chevrolet Blazer

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

Seating Capacity

7

5

5

5

First Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

39.5/59.1/44.1

41.2/59.1/44.1

39.8/59.1/41.0

39.6/57/40.2

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

39.3/58.0/39.4

39.2/58.3/40.9

38.6/58.6/39.6

38.9/55.8/38.7

Third Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

36.3/52.8/31.7

N/A

N/A

N/A

Standard Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

12.6

35.9

30.5

37.6

 The front and second-row are spacious for all the SUVs, but only the Sorento comes with a third row. For cargo, the Sorento will offer more than 12.6 cubic feet of cargo storage and the rear seats up. However, they can easily be folded down with the push of a button, and then you will get more than 45 cubic feet of cargo storage. The second row can also be folded to offer more than 70 cubic feet of cargo storage, which should be more than enough for anyone. There are also tons of small-item storage solutions inside the cabin.

2022 Kia Sorento SUV Infotainment 

For infotainment, you get an 8” screen as standard but you can upgrade to the 10.3” screen. You also get a 12.3” instrument cluster. On the higher trims, you get all the goodies such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, SiriusXM Radio, HD Radio, navigation, wireless phone charger, USB ports for all three rows, etc. And you can also add a 12-speaker Bose premium audio system. The notable interior features of 2022 Sorento are:

  • 6 Speaker AM/FM/HD Radio Audio System
  • Steering-Wheel-Mounted Audio, Hands-Free Phone, and Cruise Control Buttons
  • 8.0-inch Touch-Screen
  • 4.2-inch Trip Computer Display
  • Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column
  • Rear Air Conditioning Vents
  • Front & Rear Door Bottle Holders
  • Dual Illuminated Visor Vanity Mirrors
  • 6-Way Adjustable Driver's Seat
  • One-Touch Sliding & Folding 2nd-Row Seats
  • 60/40 Split-Folding 2nd-Row Seats

2022 Kia Sorento Exterior

7.0/10

The 2021 Sorento gets a makeover that breaks free of the bulbous minivan mold of its predecessor -  The Car Connection.

The Sorento got a massive change on the design front last year and the same continues for this year as well. While it might not look like much at first glance, Kia is going for a boxer look. No longer is the front fascia look curved or rounded. It looks sleeker and resembles vehicles from a class above.

2022 Kia Sorento SUV Three Quarter View

The front fascia housing the stylish LED headlights will have a strong radiator grille, with boxy edges and a bolder stance. The hood will also have strong creases to reinstate its bold character. The sides will also have strong lines and curvier windows. The rear fascia sees multiple LED taillights with a hidden windshield wiper.

Models

2022 Kia Sorento

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Chevrolet Blazer

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,999

3,591

3,782

3,847

Length (inches)

189.4

187.8

191.4

185.1

Width (inches)

74.4

74.4

76.7

72.4

Height 

(inches)

66.3

66.1

67

66.3

Ground Clearance (inches)

6.9

7.3

7.4

7.9

Wheelbase (inches)

110.8

108.9

112.7

109.8

The 2022 Sorento is not a light SUV by any means, but it's right where you would expect it to. The new SUV has a longer wheelbase and looks quite dominating on the streets. With a large enough ground clearance, you can also take it out for off-roading. Some exterior features of the Kia Sorento are:

  • 20” wheels
  • Express Open/close sliding and tilting glass
  • Deep tinted glass
  • Smart power liftgate rear cargo access
  • Auto on/off projector-beam LED low/high beam auto high-beam headlamps

2022 Kia Sorento Safety

9.0/10

Kia claims that their new Sorento has a 4% increased tensile strength over its last-gen model. We expect that the 2022 Sorento will also be stronger and safer than the outgoing model, which already received great safety ratings and a Top Safety Pick for 2021 by IIHS. There will also be new safety features and the higher trims will enjoy all of it as standard. The new features will include:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking w/ Junction Assist
  • Blind Spot View Monitor w/ Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist
  • Safe Exit System
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist – Pedestrians and Cyclists
  • Parking distance warning front and rear parking sensors
  • Surround 360-degree camera

2022 Kia Sorento Competition

6.0/10

2022 Kia Sorento vs 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

Identical in a lot of ways, Santa Fe and Sorento share a lot of similarities. Santa Fe’s big grille might not be everybody’s mojo, but some people might prefer it. The Santa Fe cannot fit seven people, but the Sorento can. 

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

While the interior is almost similar in spacing, Sorento has that extra trick up its sleeve of fitting more people. Performance-wise too, they are mostly identical with the Sorento having a slightly lesser range.

2022 Kia Sorento vs 2021 Chevrolet Blazer

The Blazer is a very stylish and hunky SUV from Sorento and some people prefer its look more than anything else. It also offers a similar performance as the Sorento, albeit slightly quicker.

2021 Chevrolet Blazer 

The Sorento also has a decent fuel economy, though not as much as the Sorento. Also, it cannot fit 7 people but offers very good interior spacing too.

2022 Kia Sorento vs 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

The Tiguan is a great offering from the Germans, offering performance similar to that of the Sorento, but the Tiguan is a bit sportier. Also, the Tiguan cannot offer fuel economy on par with the Sorento, and also it has lesser interior spacing.

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan 

Despite that, the Tiguan has good driving dynamics and performs well on the highway. The interior quality is also decent. It comes down to the personal preference of the person.

2022 Kia Sorento Final Verdict

The 2022 Kia Sorento gets some fresh upgrades to keep the competition healthy and the SUV on its toes against rivals. The interior spacing allows more practicality and the new tech will surely make the lives of owners a lot easier. With a lot of safety features as well, the Sorento makes it hard to look away from it. By getting a boxier and more serious design, it certainly has attracted lots of SUV buyers. So, if you want a three-row SUV with decent space on the inside but great for the pocket, look no further than the 2022 Kia Sorento.

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