The most recent Kia Sorento rolled out in 2021 as a full makeover, launching this model’s fourth generation. This one loses some of its heft, although it’s 1.5 inches longer than the previous model. The latest Sorento also brings in elements from the slightly larger Telluride, including a creased hood, a big front chin, a more assertive stance, and multiple wheel choices impart flair and distinction. We expect this all to carryover into the 2022 Sorento.
Inside, the Sorento is roomier than before with space for six or seven adults. The six-place arrangement is the most comfortable with captain’s chairs replacing the middle-row bench seat. Cloth seats come standard, with quilted leather seats on the top trim. The imitation wood is convincingly handsome and the door panels have attractive stitching.
On the tech front, the 2022 Kia Sorento will likely still come with an 8-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth wireless technology, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, six speakers, and six USB ports. Upgrades include two extra USB ports, satellite radio, a 12-speaker Bose audio system, a 10.25-inch touch-screen display, and a head-up display.
The Kia Sorento features a family of four-cylinder engines. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 191 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque comes standard. This one works with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Also available is a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 281 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. Power travels to the wheels utilizing an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission.
2021 marked the first time a Sorento Hybrid was available. This one is motivated by a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and is paired with an electric motor and a battery pack. Power travels to the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission. Beginning in 2022, Kia will add a plug-in version of the hybrid. This one will feature an estimated 30-mile electric range and is all-wheel-drive only.
Kia outfits the Sorento with a generous roster of driver-assist safety features. These include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and driver-attention monitor. Optional features include blind-spot monitoring, highway driving assist, and automatic rear emergency braking.