2021 Kia Sorento

Original MSRP Range
$29,390 - $42,590
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
21 - 39 MPG City / 25 - 35 MPG Hwy
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2021 Kia Sorento

What We Like

  • Bold SUV styling
  • Four efficient powertrains
  • Much-improved fuel economy
  • Hybrid and PHEV models
  • Lots of safety technology
  • Center-row captain’s chairs (available)


Expert Rating

4.7/ 5

Consumer Rating

5.0/ 5


How Much Does a 2021 Kia Sorento Cost?

At the base level, the 2021 Kia Sorento LX 2.5 ($29,320) is a FWD model with the 2.5-liter engine, an 8-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch alloy wheels, and LED headlamps. Inside, there’s cloth seat trim, a 4.2-inch digital instrument binnacle, an 8-inch touchscreen, and wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. The 2021 Kia Sorento S 2.5 ($31,890) ups the ante with 18-inch alloy wheels and special GT-Line bumpers with black accents. Inside, the S 2.5 comes with SynTex seat trim, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic climate control, and a 10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation and UVO telematics. The most affordable turbocharged new Sorento is the EX 2.5T ($34,990). Besides the 2.5-liter turbo engine and an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, the Sorento EX 2.5 T is a front-drive model equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, second-row captain’s chairs, smart cruise control, and an electronic parking brake. The Sorento SX 2.5T ($37,990) has the same powertrain but adds 20-inch alloy wheels. LED projector headlamps, a panoramic roof, and a 10.25-inch navigation and audio screen. Next up, the Kia Sorento SX Prestige 2.5T ($40,590). Also a front-driver, this luxurious Sorento is fitted with leather seat trim, vented front seats, 20-inch alloy wheels, and a large 12.3-inch infotainment screen. It also has the handy Blind View Monitor for a 360-degree view that’s most helpful in tight parking lots. An even more opulent Sorento is called the SX Prestige X-Line 2.5T ($42,590). This dirt-tuned AWD Sorento comes with everything on the standard Prestige, but it’s slightly raised and has a locking center differential as well as Drive Mode Select. This model is distinguished visually by silver bumpers with molded-in skidplates, black and chrome exterior trim, and black roof rails. As for the new Sorento S 1.6T Hybrid ($33,590) and EX 1.6T Hybrid ($36,590) models, they both are FWD offerings with 17-inch alloy wheels, second-row captain’s chairs, a rotary dial shift knob, dual-zone automatic climate control, and SynTex interior fabric. The EX is further distinguished by smart cruise control and a panoramic roof. Last, there’s the upcoming new Kia Sorento PHEV ($TBA), which arrives sometime in 2021. Equipped with the turbo 1.6-liter gas engine, a 66.9-kW electric motor, and a larger battery, this plug-in hybrid Sorento is an AWD model with an expected electric-only range of 30 miles. We expect the Sorento PHEV to be well-equipped.

Sorento Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Sorento EX AWD$36,790 / $35,5034 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid28121 / 286-Speed Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Sorento EX FWD$34,990 / $33,7664 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid28122 / 296-Speed Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Sorento Hybrid EX FWD$36,590 / $35,7124 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid17739 / 356-Speed Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Sorento Hybrid S FWD$33,590 / $32,7844 Cylinder / Hybrid17739 / 356-Speed Automatic / 8-Speed AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Sorento LX AWD$31,190 / $30,0994 Cylinder19123 / 258-Speed AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Sorento LX FWD$29,390 / $28,3624 Cylinder19124 / 298-Speed AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Sorento S AWD$33,690 / $32,5104 Cylinder / Hybrid19123 / 256-Speed Automatic / 8-Speed AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Sorento S FWD$31,890 / $30,7734 Cylinder / Hybrid19124 / 296-Speed Automatic / 8-Speed AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Sorento SX AWD$39,790 / $38,0004 Cylinder Turbo28121 / 288-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Sorento SX FWD$37,990 / $36,2814 Cylinder Turbo28122 / 298-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Sorento SX Prestige FWD$40,590 / $38,7644 Cylinder Turbo28122 / 298-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Sorento SX Prestige X-Line AWD$42,590 / $40,6744 Cylinder Turbo28121 / 288-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD

Is the 2021 Kia Sorento a Safe Car?

With regard to Sorento safety equipment, Kia hasn’t skimped. The standard safety equipment list even includes Rear Occupant Alert (which uses ultrasonic sensors to detect a child or pet in the second or third rows) that helps prevent the unthinkable after the Sorento’s doors have been locked. The standard safety suite also includes a forward-collision warning system and automatic emergency braking that senses not just cars but also pedestrians and cyclists. Also standard: a driver-attention warning that sends audible and visual warnings if it senses the driver getting sleepy. Some of the available safety technologies on the new 2021 Kia Sorento include the Blind Spot Collision Avoidance (BCCA), a nifty turn signal-activated system that displays on the instrument panel a clear video image of the blind spot you’re planning to enter. Smart cruise control (with Stop & Go) also is available, as is a smart cruise function that uses the nav system to proactively adjust the Sorento’s speed before upcoming curves. Similarly, the available Highway Driving Assist automatically adjusts the Sorento’s speed to be within posted limits. Other safety technologies worthy of mention are rear cross-traffic assist, which applies the brakes if unseen cross-traffic makes backing up dangerous, and a parking aid that chimes more rapidly as you back closer and closer to an object behind the Sorento. And with Safe Exist Assist, drivers and passengers are alerted to not open their doors and exit the vehicle if the Sorento senses any dangerous traffic approaching from behind.

Original Warranty

Basic5 Years/60,000 Miles
Drivetrain10 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/100,000 Miles
Hybrid/Electric Components8 Years/80,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance5 Years/60,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
  • Alarm System
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Appearance Pkg
  • Rust Color Pkg


2021 Kia Sorento vs the competition

2021 Ford Explorer — The Ford Explorer is about 10 inches longer than the Sorento, and it’s also available as a hybrid. Equipped with a longitudinal engine, the 7-seat Explorer has a higher starting price than the Sorento. 2021 Toyota Highlander — This 3-row Toyota SUV, built-in Indiana, is available with a V6 or a 4-cylinder hybrid powertrain. The Highlander Hybrid gets 35 mpg in the city, versus 39 for the Sorento Hybrid. 2021 Volkswagen Atlas — VW’s roomy 3-row SUV, made in Chattanooga, Tennessee, isn’t available as a hybrid, but it is available with a turbo 4-cylinder or a 3.6-liter V6. Used Kia Telluride — The Telluride came out in the spring of 2019 as a 2020 model, so it’s still pretty new. But you might be able to find a used one with low miles. Just think: You might be able to get a V6 and more interior space for the price of a new Sorento.

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