The Sorento has been a steady seller, and Kia hopes this all-new-for-2021 4th-generation model will capture some of the magic of its super-successful and slightly larger sibling, the Telluride mid-size 3-row SUV. At first glance, the new Sorento looks poised to do so, thanks to bold contemporary sharp-edged styling that hides its 6- or 7-passenger capability.
To complement the new Sorento exterior, Kia designers kept the theme of “Refined Boldness” in mind while crafting the all-new interior of this compact/mid-size 3-row SUV. To help that effort, they gave the Sorento cabin distinctive touches such as bright satin finishes, open-pore wood inlays, vertical air vents, and even embossed diamond-quilted leather in the upmarket models, all backed by a 5-year/100,000-kilometre factory warranty.
Starting with the $33,995 LX+ trim (all Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices are in Canadian dollars), all Sorentos get all-wheel-drive (AWD). The first of a pair of all-new 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engines is rated at 191 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque and hooked up to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Starting with the $39,495 X-Line trim (the only Sorento that offers 6-passenger seating with captain chairs in the 2nd-row) to the top-line $47,495 SX trim, power comes from a 281 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque turbocharged 2.5 unit. It uses an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
All 2021 Sorentos come standard with a generous amount of safety equipment. Included on all trims are Forward Collision Warning, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), and FCA-Pedestrian avoidance.
Somewhat larger than a compact SUV, the 2021 Kia Sorento competes with smaller 3-row SUVs like the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan ($32,745) and all-new 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander ($31,998).
To help you decide which 2021 Sorento is right for you, here's a breakdown of the Kia SUV's trim levels:
2021 Kia Sorento LX+ - Starting MSRP $33,995
With the non-turbo 2.5-litre engine, 8-speed automatic transmission, AWD and 7-passenger seating standard, even the base model of the Sorento, the LX+, comes well equipped.
Key LX+ features include:
- 8-inch multimedia screen
- Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- Advanced Forward Collision Avoidance Assist
- Lane Keep Assist
- Heated front seats
2021 Kia Sorento LX Premium - Starting MSRP $36,495
Includes or replaces LX+ features plus:
- Smart key with push button ignition
- Wireless cell phone charger
- Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist
- Rear Cross Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist
- Power adjustable driver seat
2021 Kia Sorento X-Line - Starting MSRP $39,495
Includes or replaces LX Premium features plus:
- Turbocharged 2.5-litre engine /8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
- 6-passenger captain chairs
- X-Line exterior package
- Bridge-type roof rails
2021 Kia Sorento EX - Starting MSRP $40,995
Includes or replaces X-Line features plus:
- 7-passenger seating
- Leather seats (synthetic)
- UVO Intelligence
- Power adjustable passenger seat
- Smart power liftgate
2021 Kia Sorento EX+ - Starting MSRP $43,995
Includes or replaces EX features plus:
- Panoramic sunroof
- Advanced Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with junction turning function
- 10.25-inch multimedia screen with navigation
- Safe Exit Assist
2021 Kia Sorento SX - Starting MSRP $47,495
Includes or replaces EX+ features plus:
- Leather seats
- BOSE premium sound system
- Heads-up display
- Air-cooled front seats
- Remote folding 2nd row seats