The redesigned 2021 Kia Sorento is yet to arrive in the U.S., but we apprehend what it's carrying to the counter. The seven-seater crossover has a greater overall length and a wheelbase than the earlier model, which should interpret into a roomy cabin and added cargo capacity.

Kia Sorento started its life in 2003 and has matured into the most crucial SUV in Kia’s stables, leading the pack. It’s not the biggest crossover SUV made by the automaker anymore. That qualification goes to the fabulous Kia Telluride. The new Sorento promises to be a tough nut to crack in the challenging segment, taking design inspiration from its bigger brother and it even uses the same platform as Hyundai's Palisade and the Kia Telluride which means coupled with some of the most advanced technology ever seen doesn't just make it modern but also makes it one of the most technologically advanced vehicles in this segment.

2021 Kia Sorento will appear with an all-new design

What's new in the 2021 Kia Sorento?

  • All-new platform
  • Completely redesigned exterior and interior
  • Hybrid powertrain
  • Third-row seats now optional
  • New digital displays for instruments and infotainment

What will be the price of 2021 Kia Sorento?

Prices have not yet been declared for the 2021 Kia Sorento. But don't be astonished if it costs a bit more than the current model's $28,000 base MSRP. Production on the new Sorento begins later this year and you can expect them to reach the dealer’s lot by the end of this year.

2021 Kia Sorento: Engine and Performance

The Sorento’s brand-new platform is particularly designed to bolster hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains without chopping too much of interior space. Kia validated a plug-in hybrid is in the picture, and it will join the lineup later in the year. Like the current model, the 2021 Sorento will allow both front- and all-wheel-drive setup. An updated 4-cylinder hybrid and non-hybrid powertrains substitute the existing base 185-horsepower 2.4-liter and 290-horsepower 3.3-liter V6

Model

Kia Sorento

Honda Pilot

Volkswagen Atlas

Toyota Highlander

MSRP

N/A

$31,650

$31,545

$38,400

Engine

2.5L turbocharged I-4

3.5L V6

2.0L I-4

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain

N/A

AWD

FWD

AWD

Transmission

N/A

6-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

277 hp

280 hp @ 6000 rpm

235 hp 

295hp@6,600rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

310 lb-ft

280 lb-ft @ 6000 rpm

258 lb-ft

263lb-ft@4,700rpm

A 277-horsepower 2.5-liter turbo-4 adopted from the Genesis GV80 crossover is possible, which is paired to an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Since the electric SUV trend has also started to catch on, expect a 1.6-liter turbo-4 paired to electric motors for a setup capable of churning 227 hp paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission to be offered at later stages.

What are the MPG ratings of the 2021 Kia Sorento?

The outgoing version of the Sorento offers a combined mpg of 22. Considering that it's got a V6 engine punching out 290 hp, these figures are pretty respectable. Kia could make the upcoming 2021 Sorento more frugal by adding a start-stop function and cylinder deactivation technology.

Model

Kia Sorento

Honda Pilot

Volkswagen Atlas

Toyota Highlander

MPG (City)

22

19

21

20

MPG (Highway)

29

27

24

27

MPG (Combined)

25

22

22

23

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.8

19.5

18.6

17.9 

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

414/545/470

371/527/429

384/518/411

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

7.1

N/A

N/A

6.4

A hybrid model will also make it into production that should offer enhanced fuel economy. This will be a pleasant change as the previous-generation Sorento posted adequate fuel economy figures. Other SUVs in the segment also have similar fuel economy figures that just goes to show that fuel economy isn't the foremost priority when it comes to these big three-row SUVs.

What will change in the interior of the 2021 Kia Sorento?

Kia says that the chassis for the 2021 Sorento is all-new, and the crossover rides with a somewhat longer body than before. Thanks to the longer wheelbase than the current version, Sorento can be equipped with a third row. It’s available with either five or seven seats like the Telluride, but we suspect that the third row is only suitable for kids. The new Sorento cabin is quite advanced, with a premium layout, high-end elements, and the latest technology. The 2021 Sorento is more spacious than the outgoing model, and it’s now simpler to get into the third row with second-row seats that slide ahead and a further grab handles inside the C-pillar.

2021 Kia Sorento gets an all-new interior based on the Telluride

Amidst all three rows in place, the old Sorento allowed a narrow 11.3 cubic feet of cargo, which is less than most three-row crossovers. The 2021 Sorento is more spacious than the present model, more legroom in the first two rows, more headroom in the third row. The cargo capacity is 32 percent more when matched to its forerunner.

Model

Kia Sorento

Honda Pilot

Volkswagen Atlas

Toyota Highlander

Seating Capacity

7

8

7

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.5/59.1/44.1

40.1/62.0/40.9

N/A

41.2/59.0/42.0

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.3/58.0/39.4

40.2/68.0/38.4

N/A

39.4/58.7/41.0

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

36.3/52.8/31.7

38.9/44.6/31.9

N/A

N/A

Kia says regarding the new Sorento that it is the most high-tech car ever, and we do not doubt that by gazing at the abundance of technology. An 8- inch infotainment screen will be standard, which can be upgraded to a 10.25-in infotainment system for navigation and fun controlled by a rotary shifter. Sorento will be available with a 12.3-inch instrument cluster for the driver. Some of the other tech features include 7 USB ports and ambient lighting, which form a relaxing ambient. Additional options include a Bose surround-sound system. Also, The new Sorento comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility,

What will change in the exterior of the 2021 Kia Sorento?

The all-new Sorento seems to be a more modest and affordable version of the Telluride, which has been the SUV of the year for many motorists. It has a chic design that mimics the bigger Telluride, notably in the rear. Kia calls this new concept "refined boldness," which is a perfect way to express the looks of the new Sorento, which looks sporty, sturdy, and elegant at once.

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The new Sorento's significant redesign replaces its unkempt roundish shapes from last year to more of an angular, swept-back look. With a muscular hood and aggressive take on its "tiger nose" grille, thin LED headlights, and sharper nose, it looks inspired by Stinger that has now become a signature feature in most new Kia models such as the Seltos, the Telluride and others.

Model

Kia Sorento

Honda Pilot

Volkswagen Atlas

Toyota Highlander

Curb Weight (lbs)

3810

4036 

4222

4330

Length (in)

189.0

196.5

198.3

194.9

Width (in)

74.4

78.6

N/A

76.0

Height (in)

66.3

70.6

70

68.1

Ground Clearance (in)

7.3

7.3

N/A

8.0

Wheelbase (in)

109.4

111.0

117.3

112.2

The lower front bumper is abundant in right angles and ridges and accentuated by a skid plate. When coming to the side, the Sorento's mostly the same as the outgoing version.

Around back, the Sorento flips its taillights 90 degrees and an integrated spoiler that also covers the rear wiper. You will see the big lettering of the name Sorento – an idea carried from the Telluride. Kia says it has increased the overall length of the Sorento by about 0.4 inches while extending the wheelbase about 1.4 inches. Also, the height is increased.

Safety and Reliability

No surprise, it was the IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2020 and received good ratings from NHTSA. The Sorento further enhances safety with its high-tech suite of safety features as standard for the crossover. Fortunately, there’s a driver’s attention warning alarm so you won’t fall dreaming from being so carefree while driving your Sorento.

some noteworthy safety features include:

  • Electronic Stability control
  • Remote anti-theft alarm system
  • ABS and Driveline Electronic Traction control
  • Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
  • Dual front side-mounted airbag
  • Front, second-row and third-row head airbags
  • Emergency braking assist

Final Verdict

Since, its introduction in 2002, Kia has sold millions of Sorento's which accounts for a major part of their sales. The 2021 Kia Sorento is an ideal pick for you. It is dependable, and arrives with a lot of features for the value, making it a worthy crossover choice certainly.

Also Read:

2020 Kia Sorento Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

2020 Honda Pilot Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

FAQs

Do you get Kia Sorento as AWD?

Yes, FWD is standard on the base trim while AWD is optional.

Does the Kia Sorento hold its value?

The Kia Sorento succeeds to hold its resale value quite admirably yet lingers behind Japanese rivals.