Kia Sorento Research Guide

The Highlights

The all-new fourth-generation KIA Sorento changes the game. Again.

Choose from a traditional gas engine (est. fuel economy 10.9/8.7 L/100km city/highway), or go electric with a hybrid (6.4/7.0L city/highway) or plug-in hybrid (2.8/3.2L city/highway).

This much-beloved three-row 6- or 7-passenger mid-sized crossover has the sportiness of the Stinger and the refinement of the Telluride. With a bold square silhouette and rugged exterior detailing, the Sorento slots size-wise nicely between the multi-award-winning Kia Telluride and the timeless favourite compact Kia Sportage.

Built for Canadian families with Kia’s exceptional AWD system, 3rd row seating, advanced forward
collision-avoidance assist, lane follow assist, heated front seats, 8” display audio with Apple
CarPlay/Android Auto, 2000 to 3500 lbs towing – all standard! Why settle when you can have the best of all worlds?

Awards and Honours for the Kia Sorento:

  • 2021 IIHS Top Safety Pick awards 
  • Autotrader’s “Best New Cars for 2021” titles 
  • 2021 Latin Flavor Car of the Year award 
  • 2021 U.S. News & World Report “Best Car for the Money” awards 
  • 2021 Parents’ List of Best Family Cars award 
  • 2021 World Car of the Year Awards top 10 ranking 
  • Motor1.com Star Awards: Best Family Vehicle 2021
  • ‘Large SUV of the year’ at 2021 What Car? award
    Red Dot Award product design
  • iF Award for product design

A zippy crossover with room for up to 7, the Sorento is in a category all its own. It's smaller than its 3-row competitors like the Nissan Pathfinder or Honda Pilot. But, has more seating and storage than the 5-seater Hyundai Sante Fe, Honda CR-V, or Toyota RAV4. It truly is a unique offering in the Canadian market.

How does the Kia Sorento Compare?

The Kia Sorento is available with a traditional gas engine, hybrid (HEV) or as a plug-in hybrid (PHEV). It starts at $36,595, $38,695 HEV, and $46,995 PHEV, including freight. But how does it stack up against the top competitors in the segment? Let's take a peek.

**All prices include freight**

Kia
Sorento

  • LX $36,445
  • LX+ $38,945
  • X-Line AWD $41,945
  • EX $43,445
  • EX+ $46,445
  • SX $49,945
  • LX HEV $38,545
  • EX HEV $43,845
  • EX PHEV $46,845
  • EX+ PHEV $52,445
  • SX PHEV $56,845

Hyundai Sante Fe

  • 5 passenger seating
  • EX $45,600
  • EXL $50,300
  • Touring $56,800

Ford Edge

  • 5-passenger seating
  • LE $42,940
  • XLE $45,940
  • XSE $48,480
  • Limited AWD $61,180

Toyota Highlander

  • 5-passenger seating
  • Touring $52,290
  • Touring L $53,790
  • Limited $64,225
  • Pinnacle $71,425

CX-9

  • 7-passenger seating
  • $46,490

Kia Sorento Trim Levels (gas)

LX AWD

Price      $36,445

  • 7-passenger, 3-row seating
  • 5-year/100,000 km - Worry-Free Comprehensive Warranty
  • 5 year/ unlimited mileage - 24/7 roadside Assistance
  • 2.5L 4 Cylinder GDI, 191 HP @ 6,100 lbs
  • 181 Torque @ 4,000 rpm (lb-ft)
  • 17" alloy wheels
  • Power adjustable heated sideview mirror with signal repeaters
  •  Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Heated front seats
  • 8” Display audio
  • Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
  • 12V cabin power outlet
  • 12V cargo area power outlet
  • Cruise control
  • Hill-assist control (HAC)
  • Downhill brake control (DBC)
  • Lane Keep Assist System (LKA)
  • Lane Follow Assist (LFA)
  • Forward collision-avoidance assist (FCA)
  • Rearview camera

LX Premium

Price     $39,945

  • Adds to LX
  • Wireless phone charger
  • Smart key with push-button start
  • 18" machined-finish alloy wheels
  • Multi-directional power adjustable driver's seat
  • Power driver's seat
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Blind-spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA)
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist (RCTCAA)
  • Rear parking sensors

X-Line

Price      $41,945

  • 6 Captains chairs
  • 20” Machine Finish Alloy Wheels
  • Bridge-type roof rails
  • X-Line exterior package
  • 2.5L Turbo-GDI
  • Electronic parking brake
  • paddle shifters
  • 1" height increase
  • Trailer pre-wiring

EX

Price      $43,445

  • 20" black alloy wheels
  • 6-passenger seating with Captain chairs
  • Glossy black grille and spoiler, traditional roof rails
  • Vegan leather
  • Multi-directional power adjustable passenger seat
  • Satellite radio
  • Smart power liftgate
  • Kia Connect

EX+

Price      $46,445

  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Automatic power folding sideview mirrors
  • Heated 2nd row seats
  • 110V invertor
  • 10.25" multimedia interface with integrated navigation
  • Integrated manual rear door sunshades
  • Advanced smart cruise control
  • Highway drive assist
  • Forward collision-avoidance assist with junction turning function
  • Rear seat reminder with sonar
  • Front and rear parking sensors

SX

Price      $49,945

  • Parking collision avoidance assist reverse
  • Full TFT Supervision 12.3" Digital Cluster
  • Heads-Up display
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Blind view monitor
  • Around view monitor (AVM)
  • BOSE Premium stereo
  • Remote folding 2nd row
  • Pure leather seats
  • 4-way driver's seat lumbar support, with cushion extension
  • Driver's seat memory function
  • Air-cooled front seats
  • 12V cargo area power outlet

Kia Sorento HEV/PHEV Trim Levels

LX HEV AWD

Price      $38,454

  • 6-passenger, 3-row seating with Captain's Chairs
  • 5-year/100,000 km - Worry-Free Comprehensive Warranty
  • 5 year/ unlimited mileage - 24/7 roadside Assistance
  • 1.6 L Turbo HEV
  • Electric parking brake
  • Paddle shifters
  • Trailer package with pre-wiring and trailer stability assist
  • Lane Keep Assist System (LKA)
  • Lane Follow Assist (LFA)
  • Forward collision-avoidance assist (FCA)
  • Rearview camera
  • Parking sensors
  • 17" alloy wheels
  • 8” Display audio
  • Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
  • 12V cabin power outlet
  • 12V cargo area power outlet
  • Cruise control
  • Wireless cell phone charger
  • Height adjustable driver's seat\
  • Heated front seats
  • Remote folding second row
  • Keyless entry
  • Heated sideview mirror with signal repeaters

EX HEV AWD

Price     $43,845

  • Adds to LX
  • 19" machined-finish alloy wheels
  • Roof rack
  • Vegan leather
  • Smart power liftgate
  • Smart key with push-button start
  • Multi-directional power adjustable front seats
  • Blind-spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA)
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist (RCTCAA)

EX PHEV AWD

Price      $46,845

  • Adds to EX HEV AWD
  • 1.6 L Turbo PHEV
  • Front parking sensors

EX+ PHEV AWD

Price      $52,445

  • Adds to EX PHEV AWD
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Heated second row seats
  • Manual read sunshades
  • Safe Exit Assist
  • Forward Collision Avoidance Assist
  • Rear seat reminder with sensor
  • Interior Mood Lighting
  • 10.25" multimedia interface with integrated navigation
  • Advanced smart cruise control
  • Highway drive assist
  • 110V invertor

SX PHEV AWD

Price      $56,845

  • Adds to EX+ PHEV AWD
  • Parking collision avoidance assist reverse
  • Full TFT Supervision 12.3" Digital Cluster
  • Heads-Up display
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Blind view monitor
  • Around view monitor (AVM)
  • BOSE Premium stereo
  • Pure leather seats
  • 4-way driver's seat lumbar support, with cushion extension
  • Driver's seat memory function
  • Air-cooled front seats

A Crossover For Everyone

The Kia Sorento is available in six- or seven-passenger seat configurations, giving comfort for every passenger. With the Sorento’s spacious cabin and available second-row captain’s chairs, everyone will feel like they’re sitting in first class.

 

 

Redesigned From the Ground Up

The Kia Sorento saw a serious facelift in 2021. New features include Kia’s iconic “tiger face” front grille, standard LED headlights, split vertical LED tail lights, and optional 20-inch wheels. The Sorento is given a much bolder and sleeker look than previous designs. It is now also available in an HEV or PHEV.

 

 

Size

Volume Behind First Row - 2,139 L (75.5 cu.ft.)

Volume Behind Second Row - 1,090-1,274 L (38.5-45 cu.ft.)

Volume Behind Third Row - 357 L (12.6 cu.ft.)

 

 

Performance

The Sorento has a 4-cylinder turbo engine that replaces the v6 from previous years. It offers more instant acceleration and handling.

It features two new engine options:

  • a 2.5L 191 hp/182 lb-ft of torque - estimated fuel economy of 10.1/9.2 L/100km city/highway
  • a 2.5L turbo that boasts 281 hp/311 lb-ft of torque - estimated fuel economy of 10.0/8.7 L/100km city/highway

The Sorento HEV comes with a 270 volt AC lithium-ion polymer battery with a 1.49 kWh hybrid battery energy system:

  • a 1.6L Turbo 4-cylinder GI 227 hp/258 lb-ft torque
  • estimated fuel economy of 6.4/7.0 L/100km city/highway

The Sorento PHEV comes with a 360 volt AC lithium-ion polymer battery with a 13.8 kWh hybrid battery energy system:

  • a 1.6L Turbo 4-cylinder GI 261hp/258 lb-ft torque
  • estimated fuel economy (combined) of 4.5/3.0 L/100km city/highway
  • estimated fuel economy (5 cycle testing) of 2.8/3.2 L/100km city/highway
  • 51 km all-electric range
  • 3 hours and 25 minutes to charge @240V
  • 10 hours and 26 minutes to charge @120V

Towing

  • Maximum trailer towing weight is 2000 lbs for the LX.
  • The X-line, EX, and SX can tow 3500 lbs.
  • Maximum trailer towing weight is 2000 lbs for the HEV and PHEV.

 Robust Safety Suite

As part of Kia’s overall commitment to safety, the Sorento is loaded with safety features. The 2021 Kia Sorento comes with 16 “Kia Drive Wise” Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems that are either standard or available.

 

Standard on all trim levels:

  • Rear Occupancy Alert can send push notification alerts via the UVO link app if movement is detected inside the vehicle. It uses ultrasonic sensors engineered to detect child or pet movement in the second and third rows after the doors have been locked. Then can notify the driver and surrounding area by sounding the horn and illuminating the hazard lamps
  • Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA): Automatically changes set speed of Smart Cruise Control by using the speed limit information detected through the front camera or GPS navigation information (when activated)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW): Designed to detect a vehicle ahead in the lane. In certain conditions, calculates distance and closing speed to issue an alert to the driver if it senses a potential frontal collision
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA): Builds on FCW by assisting the driver when braking to help prevent a collision or lessen the effects in certain conditions
  • FCA-Pedestrian: Builds upon FCW functionality and helps detect pedestrians in front of the vehicle and uses automatic braking to avoid or mitigate an impact
  • Driver Attention Warning (DAW): Senses inattentive driving patterns and sends an audible/visual warning to alert the driver
  • Leading Vehicle Departure Alert (LVDA): Alerts driver with a chime when the leading vehicle begins to move forward from a standing position
  • Lane Following Assist (LFA): Follows lane markings that the system detects and provides steering inputs to help maintain the vehicle in the center of the lane

*Available on certain trims:

  • *Blind Spot Collision Avoidance (BCCA) – Parallel Exit: Uses the rear-corner radar to detect a collision risk with parallel traffic when leaving a parking spot. The system applies emergency braking and cautions the driver through the cluster and an audible alarm
  • *Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) – Junction Turning (FCA-JT): Assists the driver in braking to help prevent a collision or lessen the effects in certain conditions when turning left and an oncoming vehicle is approaching
  • *Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA): Under certain conditions, can detect vehicles travelling in the next lane. When a vehicle is “seen” in the blind spot, the vehicle brakes the outer wheel under certain conditions to help return the vehicle to its lane
  • *Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA): Helps detect most approaching cross-traffic when in reverse. When approaching cross-traffic is detected, the system alerts the driver and applies brakes
  • *Parking Distance Warning-Reverse (PDW-R): Detects certain objects behind the vehicle, issuing an audible warning when an obstruction is detected. The warning tone chimes faster as the vehicle gets closer to the detected object
  • *Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist (PCA-R): Uses a rearview camera and rear ultrasonic sensors to help detect most pedestrians or nearby obstacles when the vehicle backs out of a parking spot, warning drivers with a chime and can engage brakes to prevent a collision
  • *Navigation Based Smart Cruise Control-Curve (NSCC-C): leverages the navigation system to lower the vehicle’s speed proactively before upcoming curves
  • *Highway Driving Assist (HDA): Uses federal highway speed limit information from the navigation system. In certain conditions, will automatically adjust speed to be within the posted speed limit and maintain distance with the vehicle detected in front
  • *Safe Exist Assist (SEA)15: Can alert the driver or passengers opening their door not to exit the vehicle when the system detects approaching traffic. When detected, a chime sounds. The system can intervene to lock the rear doors when the vehicle is equipped with available Power Child Lock
  • *FCA-Cyclist: Builds on FCW functionality and helps detect cyclists in front of the vehicle and uses automatic braking to avoid or mitigate an impact

Advanced notifications

Kia includes it all when it comes to notifications that keep you safe. Engine Idle Notification and Automatic Engine Shut Off is just the start. Features also include:

 

911 Connect and Roadside Assistance

Will automatically attempt to call 911 via the built-in UVO modem if an airbag deploys. Subsequently, for non-emergencies, it can connect with 24/7 roadside assist and share the vehicle’s location.

Technology Like No Other

And like all of Kia’s lineup, the Sorento offers a wide array of standard and optional technology. This includes:

  • 12.3-in. full digital meter cluster, a first for any Kia SUV
  • Surround View Monitor utilizes four cameras to provide a 360-degree perspective around the vehicle enhancing driver confidence in tight parking situations
  • Blind View Monitor projects live video view of adjacent lanes in the instrument cluster and activated via the turn signal (a Sorento first)
  • 8 USB charging ports (6 in LX)
  • 8-inch or available 10.25-inch high-resolution color touchscreen display
  • Split-screen functionality
  • Available SiriusXM satellite radio
  • Available wireless smartphone charging10 pad with increased charge rates

10.25-inch inch touchscreen adds:

  • Haptic feedback buttons
  • New multi-connection Bluetooth wireless connectivity that allows the connection of two phones simultaneously
  • Enhanced UVO voice assist feature allows voice control of the vehicle’s climate, seat/steering-wheel heating, audio system, and other functions
  • Connected User Profiles: Allows customers to add an additional driver to their vehicle.
  • UVO & Smart Speaker Integration lets customers use Amazon-Alexa or Google-Assistant enabled smart speaker or device to remotely control some functions (such as remote start)

UVO

UVO link telematics offers an array of advanced connected vehicle features, such as connected weather, user profiles, calendar integration, and smart speaker integration (hello, Alexa! Hello Google!). Plus can't-live-without features like:

Connected Routing

A new cloud-based route calculation system that uses UVO cloud to calculate the optimal route. In other words, using real-time maps, predicted upcoming traffic info based on historical information and AI to learn the preferred routes of users, it will get you to your destination.

Enhanced UVO voice assist feature

For example, this allows voice control of the vehicle’s climate, seat and steering-wheel heating, audio system, and other functions.

But don’t take our word for it…

Car and Driver says: “Looks classy and rugged inside and out, lots of powertrain options, pleasant to drive, and comfy to ride in. The Sorento is a handsome and satisfying mid-size SUV for folks who don't need the Kia Telluride's extra space." Check out the article here. Plus, check out all the official information on the KIA Sorento right here at KIA.ca.

Check out what Canadian Kia Sorento owners say here.

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