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Kia has redesigned its three-row Sorento SUV for 2021 with the aim of improving fuel economy, adding high-tech features, and expanding safety equipment. It's still a three-row SUV and higher trimlines come with captains chairs in the second row.
A 191-hp four-cylinder is standard. The unlevel 281-hp turbo four-cylinder essentially replaces the previous V6. A front-wheel-drive only, 227-hp hybrid four-cylinder is new. A plug-in hybrid will join for the 2022 model year. A new X-Line trim level grants the Sorento some off-road capability, with a 1-inch higher ground clearance and a more advanced all-wheel-drive system. The new Sorento comes standard with forward collision warning, automatic emergency with pedestrian detection, and driver attention warning.
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2016-2020
2016 Redesign Year
Redesigned for 2016, the Sorento is slightly larger than before but still remains "right-sized," splitting the difference between small and midsized SUVs. The SUV is functional and refined.
Three engines are available: the base 185-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder; a 240-hp, 2.0-liter turbo four; and the smooth and quiet 290-hp, 3.3-liter V6. All use a six-speed automatic. The cabin is quiet, and the ride is comfortable and composed. Handling is responsive and secure. Supportive seats and simple controls help make the Sorento easy to live with. Available safety gear includes adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, blind-spot detection, and rear cross-traffic alert, as well as a surround-view monitor. 
$19,575 - $31,575
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$18,025 - $32,400
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$16,650 - $29,625
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$15,450 - $25,875
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$14,050 - $24,550
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2011-2015
2011 Redesign Year
The Sorento's 2011 redesign brought it into the modern era. The Kia became a car-based SUV with an optional third-row seat.
It also gained responsive handling and a steady, albeit stiff ride. The interior benefited from comfortable seats, easy to use controls, Bluetooth connectivity and lots of features for the money. High-end versions came with a large sunroof. Both the base four cylinder and the optional V6 returned 20-mpg overall in our tests. The pick of the range is an EX V6, which has a nicer interior and benefits from a slick V6 offering the same fuel economy as the four-cylinder. 2014 update brought a lively and refined new V6, a new electric power steering system, revisions to the suspension and interior upgrades. The new instrument panel and control layout are easy to manage. Comprehensive infotainment and in-car communications are available too and work well.  Overall, the Sorento is a good used car choice that's just as functional as larger three-row SUVs, but without the bulk.
$11,750 - $18,350
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$10,475 - $15,625
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$8,400 - $11,500
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$7,150 - $9,825
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$6,400 - $8,300
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2003-2009
2003 Redesign Year
The original Sorento was an old-school, body-on frame SUV. Unless you need an enclosed pickup truck, skip this model.
It was good for towing, but a rough and tumble nature make this version an unpleasant choice as an everyday driver. The harsh ride is brutal, with bumps and ruts slamming into the cabin. Handling is also clumsy, although ultimately secure. The Sorento was initially powered by a 3.5-liter V6, which was upgraded to a 262-hp 3.8-liter for 2007. Either way, acceleration was quite spirited. But at 17 mpg overall, expect to pay at the pump. Low-range gearing makes it competent off-road, but it only has a part-time four-wheel drive system, which requires engaging and disengaging 4WD. This can be inconvenient, as you have to stop to make the change.
$4,425 - $5,800
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$3,950 - $5,375
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$3,825 - $4,825
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$3,600 - $4,525
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$2,825 - $3,775
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$2,650 - $3,200
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$2,650 - $3,100
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