The Kia Sorrento was fully redesigned for the 2020 model year, and we have already heard rumors of a refresh coming for the 2023 model year. Kia hasn’t released any details yet about the refresh, but we’d expect it to be only a facelift with maybe a couple of new features.
The bulk of a potential update to the Sorento would likely be with styling. We think it would likely wear an updated grill and maybe a few less bits of trim. However, beyond this, it’s difficult to speculate. Currently, the Sorento has a glut of styling inside and out, with so many details that it can seem overwhelming. It’s the opposite of the reserved, conservative design that is becoming much more fashionable in the auto industry.
Currently, the Sorento has four different powertrain options, and we wouldn’t expect that to change with a redesign. The base engine is a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 191 horsepower, with a turbocharged version of the engine available with 281 horsepower. There’s also a 1.6-liter hybrid with 227 horsepower that manages 37 MPG and a plug-in hybrid version of that engine with 261 horsepower that manages 79 MPGe.
Standard safety features of the Kia Sorrento include automatic emergency braking with forward collision warning, cyclist detection, highway driving assist, speed limit assist, rear seat warnings, and automatic high beams among others. Optional features include blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts, parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, reverse emergency braking, and a surround-view camera.