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2021 Kia Sorento Sets a New SUV Benchmark

Posted by: Jennifer Morand

While the Sorento nameplate is pushing 20 years of U.S. history, this midsize crossover is completely redesigned for 2021 offering more capability, more safety features, heightened performance and a bolder design. The all-new Sorento is now hitting dealerships nationwide. 
According to Kia, the 2021 Sorento features an “emotionally expressive” design and rides the all-new N3 platform, enabling the vehicle to be lighter. Picking up styling cues from big brother Telluride, the Sorento slots between the three-row Telluride SUV and the compact Sportage. The exterior is more angular and muscular while the interior incorporates bolder and more horizontal angular lines. Another interior bonus is the newly added captains chairs. 
In terms of technology, the all-new Sorento comes with an 8-inch standard touchscreen display or an available10.25-inch HD touchscreen (which is shared with the Telluride).
The new Sorento is packed with the latest and greatest safety tech from Kia, including:
  • Forward collision-avoidance assist
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Lane following assist
  • Driver attention warning and lead car departure warning
  • Rear occupant alert with ultrasonic sensors
  • Blind-spot collision-avoidance assist and parallel exit
  • Rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist
  • Smart Cruise with Stop & Go
  • Forward collision-avoidance assist
  • Safe exit assist 
According to Kia, there’s a “Sorento for everyone” as the SUV will be offered in five different trim levels: LX, S, EX, SX and SX-Prestige and available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
For the first time, three new distinct Sorento models will be offered: 
X-Line: All-new for Sorento, the new X-Line appearance package (that some may consider a “trail” version) features 1-inch higher ground clearance, improved approach/departure angles, more advanced AWD with snow-mode and a more robust roof rack than the outgoing model.
SX-Prestige: Offered in a sapphire blue with gloss black accents. According to the brand, its hero model is the SX-Prestige AWD with X-Line appearance package, a variant that further demonstrates the transformation of the Sorento into a more premium and tech-oriented SUV. The X-Line SX-Prestige AWD trim includes:
  • Standard torque-on-demand AWD with center locking differential and downhill descent control
  • Increased ride height to 8.3-inch (a 1-inch increase over standard ride height)
  • Exclusive bumper and exterior details, such as unique 20-inch alloy wheels and bridge-type roof rack
Hybrid (notable as this is Kia’s first-ever hybrid SUV)
Plug-in Hybrid variant is forthcoming in 2021
Four all-new powertrains are also offered on the 2021 Sorento including: 2.5-liter, 2.5-liter turbo, HEV and PHEV (coming next year).
Pricing for the 2021 Sorento starts just below $30,000 ($29,390 to be exact) for the LX front-wheel drive and climbs to $42,590 for the top-level X-Line SX-Prestige AWD trim. 
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