Extensive Powertrain Lineup. The 2022 Kia Sorento enters the new model year with a new powertrain. Kia has added a new plug-in hybrid powertrain for consumers to consider. The new addition means that the Sorento is available in a total of four powertrains.

The base Sorento starts things off with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 191 horsepower. The next engine in line is a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 281 hp. Out of the two, we think the turbocharged motor is the way to go for the regular Sorento line. It brings a noticeable increase in performance while having the same fuel economy on the highway as the base engine.

The Sorento Hybrid and Sorento Plug-in Hybrid share the same overall powertrain. Both models come with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. In the hybrid, the electric motor is rated at 44 kW, while the PHEV gets a larger 66.9-kW electric motor. Where the Sorento Hybrid makes 227 hp, the Sorento PHEV is rated at 261 hp. The Sorento Hybrid is front-wheel-drive only, while the Sorento PHEV comes standard with all-wheel drive. Depending on your needs, the Sorento PHEV's all-electric range of 32 miles may be an attractive advantage, but it's a pricey upgrade with a price difference of $11,100.

Seriously Impressive Features. Even the base Sorento comes well-equipped with enough features to justify its sub-$30,000 price tag. In fact, some shoppers may want to stick with one of the lower trims, as the standard infotainment system includes wireless smartphone compatibility, while the larger screens aren’t available with the feature.

The Sorento comes with an eight-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, six audio speakers, Bluetooth, six USB ports, and an HD Radio. Higher trim levels add a 10.25-inch touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, voice recognition, navigational rear-seat entrainment system, a wireless charging pad, and a Bose audio system. While the larger screens are a nice upgrade, we can see how some shoppers would want to stick with lower trims to get wireless smartphone compatibility.

Smooth Highway Cruiser. Because of the Sorento suspension design and large wheels — the SUV is available with 20-inch wheels — the SUV translates bumps and imperfections in the road into the cabin. Over really pothole-ridden roads, the Sorento’s ride becomes jittery. Things smooth out on the highway where the Sorento becomes far more agreeable.

Unfortunately, the Sorento’s cabin lets in a lot of road, engine, and tire noise into the cabin at high speeds. This could be down to the tire and wheel combination, along with the lack of insulation. Higher trim levels do a better job of keeping the amount of noise coming into the cabin to a minimum.

Tight Third Row And Cargo Area. The Sorento’s third row offers just 29.6 inches of legroom. Pair this with a low-mounted seat bottom and the third row is best suited for small kids. The first two rows are adult-friendly and have some versatility with their ability to slide.

With all three rows in place, cargo capacity in the Sorento is tiny. The midsize SUV offers 12.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row. Folding the third row opens space up to 45 cubic feet of cargo space while folding the two rear rows down results in 75.5 cubic feet of total cargo space.

Because of the tight third row, we think the Sorento is better used as a two-row midsize SUV or a three-row SUV in the case of emergencies.

Final Thoughts. Consumers looking for a midsize SUV with a Kia badge will naturally gravitate toward the Telluride. The 2022 Kia Sorento holds its own in Kia’s lineup with four good powertrains, an impressive roster of features, and an expressive design. It lacks the grunt of a V6 engine but makes up for it with two available hybrids.

Alternatively, the Chevrolet Traverse comes with a 310-horsepower V6 engine, wireless smartphone compatibility, and a massive interior with up to 98.2 cubic feet of cargo space. The Honda Pilot is another spacious midsize SUV. It comes with a 280-horsepower V6 engine, seating for up to eight, 109.2 cubic feet of total cargo space, and roomy seats.

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