First Drive: Not All Changes on the Redesigned 2021 Kia Sorento Are Improvements
Midsized three-row SUV looks to be more efficient, but low-speed drivability and ride comfort have regressed
The redesigned 2021 Kia Sorento has rugged new styling and offers buyers a choice of three powertrains, including a turbo hybrid version. The Sorento could be a good option for buyers who can’t quite swing the extra cost of the larger Kia Telluride or who would prefer a more maneuverable vehicle that’s a bit smaller than most three-row midsized SUVs. But while the new Sorento is still a capable and mostly pleasant vehicle, we believe it has lost some of the charm of the previous model, which did almost everything well.
What we bought: 2021 Kia Sorento EX AWD
Powertrain: 281-hp, 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine; eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission; all-wheel drive
Total options: $765. Sapphire blue paint ($445), carpeted floor mats ($210), cargo net ($50), wheel locks ($60).
Destination fee: $1,170
Total cost: $38,725