2021 Kia Sorento

MSRP range: $29,390 - $42,590
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2021 Kia Sorento Review

  • Impressive number of standard and optional features
  • Lots of second- and third-row legroom for the class
  • Sharp-looking and easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Not so compact anymore
  • Significant price increase over 2020 model
  • Redesigned for 2021
  • Four powertrain choices including a hybrid and plug-in hybrid
  • More interior space
  • Kicks off the fourth Sorento generation

Kia's Sorento has always tried to go above and beyond as one of the few small crossover SUVs with a third row of seats — even if the back row was pretty cramped. As a result, the Sorento has long led a fairly compromised life straddling the two- and three-row SUV segments. But Kia is determined to make the small three-row SUV formula work. The redesigned 2021 Kia Sorento has more interior room and all-new powertrain choices, including a traditional hybrid and a plug-in.

In short, we're big fans of the new Sorento. It delivers everything you'd want of a modern SUV — comfortable seats, plenty of cargo space, and sprightly acceleration from the optional turbocharged motor. And in a welcome change of pace, this newest version has enough room in the third row for adults. It's significantly better than either the Volkswagen Tiguan or Mitsubishi Outlander — the only other compact SUVs with three rows of seating. Even if you discount the versatility offered by the third row, the Sorento is quite competitive against other compact SUVs, though it does cost quite a bit more than these two-row rivals.

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The all-new Kia Sorento is such a complete departure from the previous generation that you'd think it was built by a different company. With its mix of quality, practicality and available performance, the Sorento is an enticing option if you're looking for a small SUV with above-average versatility. Only the elevated price tag on the top-of-the-line model could be a deterrent.
The Sorento with the optional turbocharged engine is downright quick for a small SUV. And it wasn't just the sprint to 60 mph in a mere 6.7 seconds that impressed us but also the way the power continues to build at higher speeds. For comparison, this Sorento is nearly 3 seconds faster than the similarly sized Volkswagen Tiguan and a tick faster than even the V6-powered Honda Passport. Highway merging as well as passing is not a problem in the Sorento. Just as impressive is the new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which is capable of near seamless shifts in slow-moving traffic or full-throttle merging.

Slowing the Sorento can be done with confidence thanks to the nicely balanced and intuitive brake pedal. Stopping from 60 mph, the Sorento showed only a little nosedive and braked in just 121 feet, which is better than average for the class. Handling is similarly confidence-inspiring, but we wish for a little more accuracy in the steering.
All three rows of seats provide better-than-expected comfort for a small SUV. The front seats on our top-of-the-line test vehicle offered heating, ventilation and a good range of adjustment. The second-row captain's chairs (a bench seat is standard on lower trim levels) were firm but more comfortable and supportive than bench seats found in other SUVs. The third-row seats are small and low to the floor but still offer enough support for adults. The dual-zone climate control is efficient and easy to use even if the touch-sensitive buttons aren't as responsive as traditional buttons.

Ride comfort isn't quite as impressive, and a steady stream of jitters heads into the cabin at lower speeds. The large 20-inch wheels of the Sorento we tested may have been the culprit, and their low-profile tires caused elevated road noise at freeway speeds. On the highway, the Sorento's ride is well controlled, imparting confidence and a sense of stability.
Contrary to its small SUV classification, the Sorento offers ample space for adults in all three rows. You'll even find more legroom in the second row than in dedicated two-row SUVs such as the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. Taller adults will have plenty of space. Even the third row is hospitable for adults, though it's a bit of a squeeze to get back there. Getting into the Sorento is otherwise an easy affair.

The Sorento carries over many of Kia's user-friendly attributes, and buyers new to the brand will have no problem getting a handle on the interior. Visibility is also quite good thanks to ample-size windows and good sight lines throughout the cabin. The optional surround-view camera system offers high-definition images and proves helpful in tight situations.
Our top-of-the-line test vehicle came decked out with a 10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation, an upgraded Bose audio system and a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel. The graphics are crisp and creative, but we found some on-screen buttons a bit on the small side. The Bose audio system was slightly less impressive, and we never really found a sweet spot over a wide range of music. The merely average voice command system is the least impressive tech in the Sorento, lacking natural language recognition and flexibility.

With eight USB ports as well as a wireless charger, passengers won't lack power for their devices. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility are standard, though wireless connectivity is not offered. The Sorento's advanced driver aids are impressive, not only in scope but in application. We encountered no false alarms, and with the exception of an overly cautious rear cross-traffic alert, we had no complaints.
With the third-row seats up, there's only 12.6 cubic feet of cargo capacity, which equates to a row of about five grocery bags. Its closest competitor, the Volkswagen Tiguan, offers only 12 cubes, and the larger Subaru Ascent offers up 17.6 cubes. With the third row dropped, the Sorento offers between 38.5 and 45 cubic feet, depending on how far forward you slide the second-row seats. That's more than the roomy Toyota RAV4 (37 cubic feet) and the larger Honda Passport (41.2 cubes). With all the seats down, the Sorento holds 75.5 cubic feet, which is on par with the Honda CR-V.

Interior storage is another Sorento strong suit. Though it lacks the cleverness of Honda's CR-V and Passport, there's ample, well-thought-out storage options in all three rows. Towing capacity for this new generation of Sorento is a fairly standard 3,500 pounds (the last-generation capacity stood at 5,000 pounds). Sorentos without the turbocharged engine can tow up to 2,000 pounds.
The EPA estimates the all-wheel-drive Sorento with the turbocharged engine returns 24 mpg combined (21 city/28 highway), and we got a 25.2 mpg average over our 115-mile mixed-driving evaluation loop. As an added bonus, the turbocharged Sorento doesn't need premium gasoline. The Sorento is not as frugal as the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, but it exceeded the mpg numbers we got for the similarly powerful Honda Passport and Subaru Ascent on our eval route.
As we've come to expect from Kia, the Sorento is well equipped and well built. Even with bits of hard plastic scattered about the cabin, the Sorento features thoughtful detailing and premium touches throughout. Even in a SX Prestige X-Line optioned up to $44,290, the Sorento still manages to look and feel like good value for money, though that price tag puts it closer to larger, more capable SUVs.

Kia warranties are class-leading, and the Sorento comes with five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranties. Roadside assistance is more standard at five years/60,000 miles.
When equipped with the optional 2.5-liter turbocharged engine, the Kia Sorento is just about as much fun in a straight line as a small SUV can be. Not only is the impressive power addictive but so is the smoothness with which the Sorento goes about gathering speed. As for the rest of the Sorento experience, if you can imagine a baby version of the popular Telluride, you're not very far off.

The previous Sorento was always a bit of a compromise and left us thinking it was being asked to do too much. The new Sorento is a revelation as an impressive and versatile small SUV.

Which Sorento does Edmunds recommend?

We think the Sorento's value statement is strongest in the middle of its trim structure, though the ideal pick depends on your needs. If you'll only use the rear seats occasionally, the S trim has plenty of features and keeps the cost low. But if you plan to frequently drive with all seats occupied, you might want to consider the EX, which comes with a more powerful motor. Note that both of these models come with the smaller touchscreen, which, unlike the wider screen in more upper trims, features wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This is a rare case of getting more and paying less.

Kia Sorento models

The 2021 Kia Sorento is a three-row compact SUV available in six trim levels: LX, S, EX, SX, SX Prestige and SX Prestige X-Line. Most models come standard with front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive available as an option. The exception to this rule is at the top: The SX Prestige is front-drive only, while the SX Prestige X-Line solely comes in AWD form. There's also a Sorento Hybrid, which is reviewed separately. Highlight features for the Sorento's trims include:

Starts you off with:

  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder (191 horsepower, 181 lb-ft)
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Selectable drive modes
  • 17-inch wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height-adjustable driver's seat
  • Second-row 60/40-split folding bench seat (seven-passenger seating)
  • Third-row 50/50-split folding seats
  • 8-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility

The Sorento also comes with:

  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Driver attention warning (issues an alert if sensors determine you are becoming fatigued)
  • Lane departure mitigation (warns you of a lane departure when a turn signal isn't used and can automatically steer to maintain lane position)
  • Low-speed lane keeping system (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane at low speeds)

Adds a little more style and convenience with:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Remote engine start
  • Gloss black exterior trim
  • Roof rails
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Simulated leather seat trim
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Keyless entry and push-button start
  • Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)
  • Rear parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible behind the vehicle when parking)

On top of S features, the EX adds:

  • 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (281 hp, 311 lb-ft)
  • Eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • LED foglights
  • Second-row captain's chairs
  • Wireless phone charger
  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Sorento and the car in front)
  • Forward collision mitigation system (can detect cyclists and brake if it detects a likely collision with an oncoming vehicle — for instance, while turning left across oncoming traffic)

Adds the following:

  • 20-inch wheels
  • Panoramic sunroof (also available as a stand-alone option on S and EX trims)
  • LED taillights
  • Power-adjustable passenger seat
  • 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Navigation system
  • Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • High-speed lane-keeping system

SX Prestige
Dresses up the Sorento with:

  • Digital gauge cluster
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Upgraded 12-speaker Bose audio system
  • Front parking sensors
  • Rear automatic braking (brakes if sensors detect an imminent collision with an object behind the vehicle)
  • 360-degree camera system (gives you a top-down view of the Sorento and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
  • Blind-spot camera (displays live camera footage to the instrument panel of your blind spots when changing lanes)

SX Prestige X-Line
The SX Prestige X-Line is essentially just the AWD version of the SX Prestige, though it does add:

  • Unique dark silver exterior trim
  • Different bumpers
  • Lumbar adjustment for the front passenger seat
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Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Kia Sorento.

Average user rating: 4.1 stars
15 total reviews
5 star reviews: 60%
4 star reviews: 13%
3 star reviews: 13%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 14%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, Second Sorrento and we love it
Graeme Robinson,
SX Prestige X-Line 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM)
Love our new 2021 Sorrento - the interior in our top spec model puts the competition - and many so called prestige brands - to shame. The 2.5 turbo 4 is way punchier than the V6 in the prior model and the DCT transmission shifts almost imperceptibly - I’ve not experienced any of the low speed lurching reported by some reviewers. My wife loves the size of the Sorrento and for our family of four, it’s near perfectly proportioned - we only occasionally use the third row seats, but they are handy when we do need them and roomy enough for kids and smaller adults. The second row captains chairs makes access easier than the prior model too. Only a couple of criticisms: the ride is better than the prior model, but probably still not class leading for comfort - some might find it too firm. Also, Kia made some strange equipment omissions on US cars - even on this top of the line model - most notably no memory seats and no heated rear seats.
5/5 stars, A leap forward
SX 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM)
I bought new 2021 SX AWD and I'm baffled at how technologically advanced this car is. The infotainment screen is gorgeous and crisp, very welcome from other clunky systems I've owned. I have four pre-teen/teenagers and they can all get in the car comfortably, albeit the 3rd row isn't as big as the Telluride. We have a big SUV, so this was for when it's just me to five of us vice all six for long haul rides. One thing this SUV does is drive smooth as heck, just like a nice sedan. There is no boat feeling at all and it turns quite tightly for a SUV. There is barely trunk space, but the second row button to move seats forward enables the kids to pile in quickly. Some storage under a lift in the 'trunk' area offers a place to put things you need in the car always but want to use trunk for other stuff that goes in-and-out. Sorry, no negatives from me. Stunning vehicle!
3/5 stars, X line Canada version
SX Prestige X-Line 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM)
Apple car play works sometimes. Cuts in and out. Drivers lumbar pillow is installed crooked in seat. It is too far left, therefore uncomfortable. I hope they can move lumbar into middle of seat. Seats are very flat. Headrest is too far forward making your head in a protrusion position. Will never use back seats. Good clearance with off-road tires on x line model. Sometimes gets stuck in 2nd gear. Quiet engine. I hope Kia can take a look at my seat very uncomfortable.
4/5 stars, Got the EX+ 2021 model in Canada
EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM)
There is some mess and wish it had , No Wireless Android Auto , Only One Port for Android Auto port or use as USB Stick "Music" wish it had 2 or more ports then 8 power charging ports, the Cigarette Charging port : can only be use when accessories power ON, and the Main Big problem for most ppl and myself , i hate the fact we need to Press the Auto Engine STOP & GO button , near the shifter ,every single time we drive, I hate this Feature , they said it is a safety and environment stuff, Other then that i love the design of the exterior and the interior with this 10.25 " Screen

2021 Kia Sorento videos

[MUSIC PLAYING] ELANA SCHERR: Got a big family? Starting a band? Do you just need a car that's big enough to nap in? I know that I do. Look, I am not going to judge your reasons for needing a lot of seats and a lot of room. But I can suggest that you look for a three row SUV to find it. It just so happens that Kia has two three row SUVs. The new and popular Telluride, and the redesigned for 2021 Sorento. Choose your fighter. Oh, no, wait. That's my job to like, tell you which one is better. Only in this case, it isn't really about which is the better car. These two SUVs aren't direct comparisons, and they share many of the same features. So it's more about which is the better car for your family, and that I think I can help you with. Let's take a closer look. Do you like this video? Do you want more like it? Hit subscribe. And if you would be interested in a cash offer for your car, visit us at edmunds.com/sellmycar. Is there something on my head? It's an automotive cliche to call a vehicle "handsome." And what do we mean by that anyway? What, it's like, got a good jawline and pretty eyes? Well, yeah, kind of. I mean, the Telluride does sort of have leading man looks, with a tall, strong profile, a fashionable grille-- mid-century modern. So hip. And wide-set stacked LED headlights. Pretty eyes. SPEAKER 2: It's not that handsome! ELANA SCHERR: Don't be jealous. The Sorento isn't quite as big and macho, but it's redesign gave it a similar profile to the Telluride. Now, I don't like the front end quite as much, but I actually like the side view even more. I like the cut line, and I like the flared fenders. Point is, all this stuff is subjective. These are both very pretty cars. Both of our Kias here are top of the line trim levels. That's pretty simple for the Telluride, which only offers four trims, all with the same drive train. This is a Telluride SX all-wheel drive. Sorento has more to choose from. Six different trim levels, and plus there's the X-Line off-road package. This is a Sorento SX Prestige X-Line. If you're shopping these two, bear in mind that both start in the $30,000 range and can be optioned-- like our test cars here-- well into the $40,000s. As makes sense for the larger flagship, the Telluride is always a little more expensive than a similarly equipped Sorento. Which means that if you don't need the extra room in the Telluride, you can spend your money on upgraded options in the Sorento, which offers a lot of extras-- from sunroofs, to smoked silver trims. Now that you've been properly introduced let's take a closer look to see if there are more differences between these two than just exterior design. Picking the right car for you is more than just figuring out what options you need. I mean, it is similar to picking clothing that you want to wear. It's, does the style represent you? And, does it fit you? One thing that I really like about the Sorento is that for somebody my size-- I'm like 5 feet 3 inches-ish-- it just is a very comfortable seating position. I can see out very easily. The footrest works. The pedals are in the right place. And the armrests are in the right place. It seems like a small thing, but in the Telluride, as I will show you, I kind of have to stretch to fit into the armrest. I've found that in other vehicles too. Ford's trucks tend to just be too big for me. So Sorento, perfect size for someone my size. So the current fashion trend in automotive interiors is a lot of texture and a lot of different materials. I mean, similar to fashion trends in clothing. And you definitely notice that as soon as you get into the Sorento. You open the door and the seats have texture. I mean, in this trim level they're leather too. But even in the lower trim levels there's kind of a pattern to them. There's metal trim. There's wood trim. There's piano black, which is terrible. It is not Kia's fault that piano black sucks. It sucks in any car that uses it. It looks really nice right now, but as soon as I touch it, it just gets like all smeary. Rant over. Overall, there's just a lot of interesting things happening. It's very well laid out. Like, if I want to use the tuner knob I can reach it without really having to stretch out of my driver's seat, which is nice. And if I don't want to use the tuner knob there are controls on the steering wheel, as well. We've got a large touch screen. It's easy to use. You can figure out where everything is, even if you have never been in a Kia before. Kia's infotainment system is just pretty straight forward. Also, if you're stressed out, you can put on some calm sea waves. Put on the vented seats here. It's like cool, like a breeze. It's like being at the ocean. Of course there's Bluetooth, and Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay as well. So you don't have to listen to the sounds of nature. Now talking about phone connectivity, we've got-- in this nice little console here-- three USB ports and a charging pad. That's an option. So there's plenty of places to put your phone. It's all nice and neat. You can tuck it away, not leave it tangled all over the console. And then you could actually use your cup holders for holding beverages. And if like me you tend to put your sunglasses in your cup holders, there's a nice little sunglass cubby right there too. And there's another cubby here that's like good for maybe the key fob, or some change, or some snacks. Basically, what I'm saying is, this is a good layout. I am comfortable. I think it looks nice. And I can get to everything. It's smart. Well done. All right. Getting into the Telluride straight from the Sorento makes me feel like Alice in Wonderland. Like, the world looks basically the same, only now it's all so much bigger. Did I get smaller? Did the world get bigger? The world got bigger. You're going to see a lot of the same materials that I liked in Sorento. So it's got wood trim, brushed metal, the piano black-- OK, I didn't like that. There's less of it in the Telluride. Screen's in about the same place. The buttons for the screen run along the center here, instead of being on the sides. Which I like better aesthetically, but it doesn't really matter from like a usability standpoint. You're going to see all of the same things that you liked in the Sorento. You've got Apple CarPlay. You've got Android Auto. You've got some stuff for parents who might need to interrupt kids in the back. You've got Driver Talk. You got Quiet Mode if you want to listen to music, you don't want it playing through the back speakers. That kind of thing. So they're thinking-- they're thinking about you. Down in the console you've got the piano black that I don't like. You've got the layout that I do. This console is very low compared to the Sorento. So if you didn't like feeling kind of surrounded by the interior, you've got a lot more space in the Telluride. In fact you have so much space that like-- as I was complaining about-- I can just barely use the armrests. I'm like-- So if you are bigger than me you will like this car more. If you're the same size as me you will like the Sorento more. Cubbies and connections-- they're all very similar to the Sorento. So it's got a charging pad up here. You've got USB ports. It's got the little cover, so you can cover it. It's got little cubby. Cup holders. No sunglass holder, though. It thought that was really clever. They have one up in the top-- more traditional. And then you've got a console, and some extra cup holders in the back that you can share with the second row. The Telluride makes choosing an engine easy, because there's only one-- a V6 and an 8 speed, no matter which trim you choose. The V6 makes more horsepower than any of the Sorento's engine options-- 291 horses and 262 pound feet of torque. But it's also in a bigger, heavier vehicle. And you can feel the extra weight around corners and when you're slowing down at high speeds. On the plus side of a bigger, heavier vehicle you feel less road interference. So it is a smooth, quiet ride. Sorento offers several engine options, plus some hybrid choices. The turbo 4-cylinder in this SX Prestige makes 281 horses and 311 pound feet of torque. That's kind of a lot. The Sorento feels nimble and quick, and the engine is responsive. I'm willing to say, "sporty". When it comes to which of these two SUVs is the quicker, you don't need to be a drag racer to recognize that the lighter, smaller Sorento with the turbo engine is going to leave the Telluride in the dust. You know, if that stuff matters to you. If it's towing that matters though, the Telluride can hook up to more. The Sorento's tow rating has been downgraded with the new smaller engine, and is only 3,500 pounds now, as opposed to the Telluride's 5,000. On the other hand, the smaller engine and lesser weight of the Sorento means better fuel mileage. In these all-wheel drive models, that means 26 MPG combined, compared to the Telluride's 21. So towing and hauling-- Telluride. Quickly zipping past the gas pump-- Sorento. [MUSIC PLAYING] Now it seems like a no-brainer that the Telluride is going to beat out the Sorento for third row comfort, but let's take a look at them anyway. This is the Telluride. As you can see, I've got plenty of leg room even when the seat is all the way back. The seats are also quite comfortable. Like, they're actually soft. And the seating position is good. I'm not sitting all bolt upright. There's an armrest. I've got two cup holders. A charging port. And then two things that are very important when it comes to third rail comfort. A large window helps with not feeling claustrophobic. Not getting carsick. And you can control the AC or the heating. You've got your own vent back here. That's actually pretty unusual, and it's really nice. All right. Now we're in the Sorento. You will not be surprised to hear that there is less leg room back here, and there's less sort of shoulder and hip room. I mean, the Telluride had a whole center seat that we don't have here in the Sorento. However, for a short trip this would be OK. You get a cup holder. A place to put a cell phone. In this trim you've even got charging ports. Notice though, that you've got like, a tiny little window, and there's no air conditioning vent for me to control. Yeah, I'm hot, I'm sweaty, claustrophobic. I would rather be in the Telluride. Luckily, it's easy to get out. In the beginning of this video I joked about finding the best car for napping. I wasn't really joking. [MUSIC PLAYING] With all the seats down the Sorento offers an impressive 75.5 cubic feet of space, which is enough for a snooze. If you're taller, or you toss and turn, you may prefer the Telluride with 87 cubic feet. Either way, both vehicles are big when all the seats are down. When all the seats are up there's more room in the Telluride behind the third row. Although neither is big enough to carry six people and six people's worth of luggage. Maybe you need one for the peeps and one for the stuff. [MUSIC PLAYING] Both the Telluride and the Sorento showcase Kia's move towards design and technology. They're smart. They're good looking. Either would look great in your driveway. In the end, the difference between them comes down to size. How big are your kids? How big is your garage? How big is your checkbook? For larger families the Telluride offers a superior third row experience. For city dwellers the Sorento is nimble and easy to park. It's also a lot of fun to drive. As is often the case when facing a difficult decision I find myself wondering, why not vote? [MUSIC PLAYING]

2021 Kia Sorento vs. Telluride: Which Kia 3-Row SUV Reigns Supreme? | Pricing, Driving, Cargo & More

Features & Specs

MPG & Fuel
24 City / 29 Hwy / 26 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.7 gal. capacity
7 seats
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 191 hp @ 6100 rpm
Torque: 181 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Basic Warranty
5 yr./ 60000 mi.
Length: 189.0 in. / Height: 66.7 in. / Width: 74.8 in.
Curb Weight: 3794 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 12.6 cu.ft.
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Our experts’ favorite Sorento safety features:

Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go
Speeds up and slows the car automatically, keeping a user-defined distance between the Sorento and the car in front.
Lane Following Assist
Keeps the Sorento in the middle of its lane at low speeds. The upgraded Highway Driving Assist does the same at higher speeds.
Blind-Spot View Monitor
Projects an image of the Sorento's blind spot to the digital instrument panel when the turn signal is flipped on.

Kia Sorento vs. the competition

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2021 Kia Sorento

2021 Kia Telluride

2021 Kia Telluride

Kia Sorento vs. Kia Telluride

The Kia Telluride was a runaway success from the moment it debuted. In a nutshell, the Telluride is more spacious and comfortable than other midsize three-row SUVs, all with a price tag that undercuts rivals by thousands of dollars. And to bolster its value, the Telluride is not much more expensive than the Sorento.

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Kia Sorento vs. Volkswagen Tiguan

Like the Sorento, the Volkswagen Tiguan is one of three vehicles that competes in the three-row compact crossover space. (The other is the Mitsubishi Outlander.) The Tiguan is a decent vehicle all around, with a strong emphasis on passenger comfort and technology. But the powertrain is anemic, thirsty and slow to react to user inputs, which mars the driving experience.

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Kia Sorento vs. Honda CR-V

The Sorento has something the Honda CR-V doesn't: a third row. But if you don't need seating for seven, the CR-V is one of our favorite compact SUVs. It is the ultimate jack-of-all-trades crossover, offering a roomy interior, a plush ride, well-shaped seats and an economical turbocharged engine.

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Is the Kia Sorento a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Sorento both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.2 out of 10. You probably care about Kia Sorento fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Sorento gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg to 26 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Sorento has 12.6 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Kia Sorento. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Kia Sorento?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Kia Sorento:

  • Redesigned for 2021
  • Four powertrain choices including a hybrid and plug-in hybrid
  • More interior space
  • Kicks off the fourth Sorento generation
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Is the Kia Sorento reliable?

To determine whether the Kia Sorento is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Sorento. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Sorento's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Kia Sorento a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Kia Sorento is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Sorento and gave it a 8.2 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Sorento is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Kia Sorento?

The least-expensive 2021 Kia Sorento is the 2021 Kia Sorento LX 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $29,390.

Other versions include:

  • LX 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A) which starts at $29,390
  • S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A) which starts at $31,890
  • EX 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) which starts at $34,990
  • SX 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) which starts at $37,990
  • SX Prestige X-Line 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) which starts at $42,590
  • SX 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) which starts at $39,790
  • EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) which starts at $36,790
  • SX Prestige 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) which starts at $40,590
  • LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) which starts at $31,190
  • S 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) which starts at $33,690
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What are the different models of Kia Sorento?

If you're interested in the Kia Sorento, the next question is, which Sorento model is right for you? Sorento variants include LX 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A), S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A), EX 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM), and SX 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM). For a full list of Sorento models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Kia Sorento

2021 Kia Sorento Overview

The 2021 Kia Sorento is offered in the following submodels: Sorento SUV. Available styles include LX 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A), S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A), EX 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM), SX 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM), SX Prestige X-Line 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM), SX 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM), EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM), SX Prestige 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM), LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A), and S 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A).

What do people think of the 2021 Kia Sorento?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Kia Sorento and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Sorento 4.1 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Sorento.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Kia Sorento and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Sorento featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Kia Sorento?

2021 Kia Sorento LX 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A)

The 2021 Kia Sorento LX 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $31,000. The average price paid for a new 2021 Kia Sorento LX 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A) is trending $702 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $702 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $30,298.

The average savings for the 2021 Kia Sorento LX 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A) is 2.3% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 5 2021 Kia Sorento LX 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Kia Sorento S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A)

The 2021 Kia Sorento S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,625. The average price paid for a new 2021 Kia Sorento S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A) is trending $816 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $816 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $33,809.

The average savings for the 2021 Kia Sorento S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A) is 2.4% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 15 2021 Kia Sorento S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Kia Sorento EX 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM)

The 2021 Kia Sorento EX 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $37,025. The average price paid for a new 2021 Kia Sorento EX 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) is trending $1,031 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,031 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $35,994.

The average savings for the 2021 Kia Sorento EX 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) is 2.8% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 6 2021 Kia Sorento EX 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Kia Sorento SX 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM)

The 2021 Kia Sorento SX 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $39,805. The average price paid for a new 2021 Kia Sorento SX 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) is trending $923 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $923 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $38,882.

The average savings for the 2021 Kia Sorento SX 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) is 2.3% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 27 2021 Kia Sorento SX 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Kia Sorento SX Prestige 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM)

The 2021 Kia Sorento SX Prestige 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $42,375. The average price paid for a new 2021 Kia Sorento SX Prestige 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) is trending $983 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $983 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $41,392.

The average savings for the 2021 Kia Sorento SX Prestige 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) is 2.3% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 4 2021 Kia Sorento SX Prestige 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Kia Sorento SX Prestige X-Line 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM)

The 2021 Kia Sorento SX Prestige X-Line 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $44,285. The average price paid for a new 2021 Kia Sorento SX Prestige X-Line 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) is trending $1,056 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,056 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $43,229.

The average savings for the 2021 Kia Sorento SX Prestige X-Line 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) is 2.4% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 8 2021 Kia Sorento SX Prestige X-Line 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

Which 2021 Kia Sorentos are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2021 Kia Sorento for sale near. There are currently 65 new 2021 Sorentos listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $30,770 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2021 Kia Sorento. Then select Edmunds special offers, perks, deals, and incentives to contact the dealer of your choice and save up to $3,877 on a used or CPO 2021 Sorento available from a dealership near you.

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Should I lease or buy a 2021 Kia Sorento?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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