The carryover 2023 Kia Sorento is entering a new model year with updated packaging across the trim lineup. The Kia Sorento was fully redesigned for the 2020 model year, and we had already heard rumors of a refresh coming for the 2023 model year. We don't see the facelift we expected, but there are new standard features across the lineup.
The bulk of the update to the Sorento are standard features. Now the list of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems includes Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance, Rear Cross Traffic Collision Avoidance, and Safe Exit Assist in the base LX model. Higher trim levels are also gaining standard features that were previously optional, such as a wireless phone charger in the S, 8-way power front seats and frameless rearview mirror for the EX, and a 12.3-inch color digital instrument panel, power-folding mirrors, and rain-sensing wipers on the SX. Range-topping SX Prestige now comes standard with AWD and gloss black accents, and a 115-volt power inverter to charge household items.
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.
The hybrid version of the 2023 Kia Sorento gets a trim level repackaging as the lineup drops the base S trim and adds the all-new top-of-the-line SX-P trim. The new trim comes standard with AWD with a center locking differential, and drive mode selection including Snow Mode. The SX-P rides on 17-inch alloy wheels, has LED fog lamps, a Smart Power Tailgate, 12.3-inch digital cluster, perforated leather seats, Bose audio, Navigation Smart Cruise Control-Curve, forward collision avoidance, surround view monitors, front and rear parking distance warning, and second-row captains chairs. The 2023 Kia Sorento Hybrid gains standard 8-way power in the front passenger seat and gets a frameless rearview mirror in the EX trim.
The Plug-in Hybrid version of the Kia Sorento has been streamlined into one range-topping SX-P trim. While the SX-P trim of the Kia Sorento PHEV was already well-appointed, it now comes with even more standard safety features and creature comforts, in line with the changes made to other Sorento trims.
Standard safety features of the Kia Sorento 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, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts, and parking sensors. Adaptive cruise control, reverse emergency braking, and a surround-view camera remain optional on base trims.