The Kia Sorento Is Redesigned as a Better Compact Crossover

Since its debut, the Kia Sorento has always worked to provide more than its compact crossover designation. For the most part, it has succeeded: as a good-looking and smooth-driving three-row ride with a long warranty. The Sorento is back for a fourth production cycle in 2021, with a redesign that includes a longer wheelbase, more efficient yet more powerful engines, and better styling than ever before. Carlsbad shoppers can get a 2021 Kia Sorento as an LX, S, EX, SX, or SX-Prestige model.

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The base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that puts out 191 horsepower and is glued to an eight-speed automatic transmission. As potent as this powertrain is, the 2.5-liter is upstaged by the turbocharged version, which gains 90 horsepower and is hitched to a dual-clutch automatic transmission for better acceleration and smoother shifts, as well as an increase in towing capacity (from 2,000 lbs. to 3,500 lbs.). Go with the range-topping SX-Prestige if you want additional steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters for increased gear-shifting convenience. Front-wheel drive is standard, with San Diego customers' ability to swap it with an all-wheel drivetrain for better protection against skidding.


The 2021 Kia Sorento is designed as a seven-seater. However, the EX, SX, and SX-Prestige swap the bench-style seat in the second row with a pair of captain's chairs to reduce maximum capacity to six. You get a lot more if you go from the base model to S, which comes with synthetic leather seat trim, front-seat heating, 10-way power adjustability on the driver's side, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. At the SX trim level, Kia added eight-way power adjustability on the front passenger seat. The luxury-minded SX-Prestige comes with leather seat trim, steering-wheel heating, and front-seat cooling.

Comfort and Convenience

For infotainment, the 2021 Kia Sorento comes with a six-speaker AM/FM stereo system with HD Radio tuning, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, two USB ports (one for data and three for charging mobile devices), and an 8-inch touchscreen. Remote keyless entry enables access by pressing the corresponding key fob to unlock the door. At the S trim level, climate controls are added on the front passenger side in addition to the driver's for customizing heating and cooling preferences. Other enhancements include proximity keyless entry with remote start for more convenient access, a trial subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio, four additional charging-only USB ports (two in the second row and two in the third row), and UVO link remote connectivity. Wireless phone charging ability is added at the EX trim level. The SX gains Bluetooth hands-free phone calling and audio streaming, voice recognition, a 10.25-inch touchscreen (in place of the eight-inch), and a navigation system. Only the SX-Prestige has an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a 12-speaker Bose premium audio system.


For driving assistance, the 2021 Kia Sorento provides forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, driver attention warning with leading vehicle departure alert, lane following assist, high beam assist, and a rearview camera. Seven airbags are in the cabin for crash protection. The S trim level gets blind-spot monitoring with parallel exit assist and rear cross-traffic alert, as well as reverse parking distance warning. At the EX trim level, Kia introduces adaptive cruise control, and forward-collision warning is enhanced with cyclist detection and junction turning. Highway driving assist is introduced at the SX trim level. Only the SX-Prestige has a blind view monitor, forward parking distance warning (in addition to the reverse parking sensors), and reverse parking collision assist.

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