2021 Kia Sorento Base Price Increasing $2,450

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, Senior Pricing Analyst - November 17, 2020

Those looking to buy the redesigned Kia Sorento will find a substantially higher base price at dealers. According to Kia's latest price guide, the 2021 Sorento LX will start at $30,560 with destination, a $2,450 increase over the previous year's lowest MSRP of $28,110. However, there are some key details worth knowing about.

While the model's starting price is certainly more expensive, this is due to the fact that the entry-level Sorento L has been discontinued. If you compare the new LX versus the old LX, the difference in price shrinks to $1,350 ($30,560 vs. $29,210). Higher trims will actually be cheaper than before but have some big tradeoffs.

For example, the 2021 Sorento S has an MSRP of $33,060, $1,250 less than the previous year. However, unlike before, the S trim will no longer come with a 3.3T V6 rated at 290 horsepower. Instead, it will come with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine making just 191 horsepower. The EX could offer a sweet spot in terms of value.

With an MSRP of $36,160, the new EX will cost $450 less than before and will be the cheapest way to get the available 281 hp 2.5T engine in the Sorento. The range-topping SX manages to be $2,050 cheaper than before ($39,160 vs. $41,210), although there are two new variants that push pricing to nearly $44,000.

Like the popular Kia Telluride, the new Sorento will gain an SX Prestige Package. The option brings the price tag to $41,760, while the sportier-looking Prestige X-Line will top out at $43,760 and come standard with all-wheel-drive. Later on, Kia says it will introduce both hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants for the first time.

The 2021 Sorento boasts an all-new platform that's both stronger & lighter than before, with upscale features like an available 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a full range of driver assistance features, and the 2.5-liter turbocharged engine with up to 311 lb-ft of torque paired to an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission.

At $30,560, the cheapest Sorento will cost $2,600 less than the larger Telluride ($33,160). Previously, the difference was nearly $5,000. As a result, some shoppers could find choosing between the two vehicles a bit tougher than before. Manufacturer incentives could change this calculation, but that remains to be seen.

At the moment, 2020 Sorentos are eligible for up to $5,500 in savings when choosing a V6 configuration. Alternatively, Kia Motor Finance is offering 0% APR for 75 months. Both offers are identical to last month, and our ongoing Black Friday deal coverage finds no special advantage in buying any Sorento at the moment.

The 2021 Sorento is on sale and arriving now at dealers.

Update (11/18/20): We've learned that the 2021 Sorento will debut with up to a $2,100 lease incentive and will be considerably more expensive than the 2020 Sorento. Read our full analysis for details.

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, Senior Pricing Analyst

As CarsDirect’s resident pricing analyst, Alex offers must-know analysis of pricing & incentives to those looking to buy or lease a car. His consumer-oriented coverage of the latest trends and breaking news has been featured in publications such as Car and Driver, Motor Trend, Automobile Magazine and Autoblog.

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