2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid SUV

MSRP $28,000

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Updated on: April 26, 2021

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 The latest version is expected to give a completely fresh experience of the Sorento which is now bigger and better inside out. It is also planning to offer a plug-in model eventually. The all-new Kia Sorento Hybrid is to hold a price tag of $33,590 for the S trim, whereas the EX trim will be priced at $36,590. It will house a 1.6-liter engine along with an electric power unit.It is expected to generate 227 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, its electric unit plays a vital role in its power delivery.

The wheels are fed by a six-speed auto transmission and driven by the front wheels. The interiors are well done and lavish, just like any other Kia. The Exteriors bring about slight modifications as well. With its bold stance, the Kia Sorento Hybrid crosses lines with its sibling, the Hyundai Santa Fe. The Kia Sorento faces rivals such as the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, and the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

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Pros

Amazing in-car tech

Massively practical and responsive

Modern exterior design

Light but tough chassis

Cons

Average ride quality

Quite expensive in the sement

Hybrid available only in front wheel drive configuration

What's New?

All new model for 2021


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$28000

bodystyle

4dr SUV

engine type

displacement

97 cu.in.

horsepower

227 hp

torque

258 lb-ft

capacity

cargo volume

75.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

35/37/39 mpg

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos

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Trims

Base $28,000 onwards

227 hp | 1.6L | I4 |

  • 17 inch Wheel
  • 8" Diagonal Color Touchscreen Display
  • Cruise Control
  • LED Headlights
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Colors and Styles

2021 Kia Sorento hybrid SUV in Passion Red color 2021 Kia Sorento hybrid SUV in Ebony Black color 2021 Kia Sorento hybrid SUV in Gravity Grey color 2021 Kia Sorento hybrid SUV in Glacier White color
Passion Red

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

7.8

Fuel Economy

8.6

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.5

Safety

9.0

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

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"With the 2021 Sorento Hybrid, Kia delivers plenty of good reasons for us to choose its modest mid-size family crossover: a jaw-dropping 37-mpg EPA combined rating and a sub-$35,000 starting price, for a vehicle that seats six." - Green Car Report

The Kia Sorento Hybrid for the 2021 model year is priced at $33,590 and onwards for its offering of a 1.6L engine that is mated to an electric powerhead. The interiors are no doubt plush and fitted with most features. It comes in two trims, the S and EX trim, both fitted with the same powertrain. The difference between the two trims is the interior offerings and curb weight. The latter being heavier.

Kia has reimagined the Sorento from a minivan to a muscular mid-size crossover. The car gets compelling exterior details, refined performance, and plush interior space. The three-row SUV Kia Sorento Hybrid will offer gas and electric power units in the latest 2021 line-up. The interior space offers a complete digital experience with the latest infotainment setup and connectivity features. 

2021 Kia Sorento hybrid SUV front view
2021 Kia Sorento hybrid SUV rear view

8.0/10
Pricing and Features

7.8/10
Engine and Performance

8.6/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

7.5/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2021 Kia Sorento hybrid SUV Pricing and Features

8.0/10

"The Kia Sorento has always tried to go above and beyond as one of the few small crossover SUVs with a third row of seats — even if the back row was pretty cramped." - Edmunds

Kia has released the specs of the latest 2021 Sorento with a line-up comprising of six trim options. The all-new Hybrid powertrain is only available in S and EX trim levels and comes standard with the captain's chairs. The S trim will be priced at $33,590 and the EX trim will be priced at $36,590, plus the $1,170 destination fees. Sorento Hybrid pairs a 1.6-liter turbo inline-four with an electric motor for a total system output of 227 hp in the Hybrid S and Hybrid EX. Front-wheel drive is standard and sadly, you can't get an all-wheel drive.

All models of the 2021 Kia Sorento get upgraded interior space with a range of advanced tech and ample space for all occupants. The hybrid version called the Sorento PHEV offers intuitive technology, the lowest emissions, and a premium SUV experience.  The cabin of the Sorento equips the latest tech amenities and latest infotainment upgrades with a fully Digital experience along with a Connected Car feature. Ample space is offered in the more practical three-row seating layout. 

Model

2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid

MSRP (FWD) 

$33,590

Key Features

Supreme practicality, high power, and low running costs

 

Connected car feature with UVO Connect telematics system

 

Wide range of Driver Assistance features 

 

Comfort technologies including plush seating 

 

12.3-inch fully Digital Instrument Cluster with 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen

 

Safety package including Blind-spot View monitor, Speed Limit Assist, Highway Driving Assist, Smart Cruise Control, and many more

 

12-speaker premium audio setup by Bose


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2021 Kia Sorento hybrid SUV Buying Advice

If you are looking for a modern family SUV with perks of sensational driving experience, athletic handling, low running costs, and unique design statements, the new 2021 Kia Sorento can be a good choice. The car is highly tech-savvy with the latest infotainment range and connectivity options. With dedicated three-row seating ample space is available for all passengers. It is the best deal you will find at $33,590. 


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2021 Kia Sorento hybrid SUV Engine and Performance

7.8/10

"This consists of a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder paired to a single electric motor for a total output of 227 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, and linked to a six-speed automatic." - Carbuzz

Kia has announced a Turbo-hybrid powertrain for the upcoming launch of the 2021 Sorento PHEV, it will be priced at an MSRP of $33,590. The car will house a 13.8 kWh battery pack, 66.9 kW electric motor, and a 1.6 Liter T-GDi engine clubbed with an efficient six-speed Automatic transmission system. The versatile powertrain can generate around 227 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The latest setup is claimed to be the most refined with the lowest CO2 emissions. An all-wheel-drive system is equipped for achieving high-speed stability and cornering agility.

2021 Kia Sorento hybrid SUV in action

The engine gets the latest Smartstream innovations that include Continuously Variable Valve Duration technology which improves overall power output. The powertrain is clubbed with a highly efficient six-speed Automatic transmission system and an AWD configuration to improve high-speed stability and cornering agility.

Models

2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

MSRP

$33,590

$36,295

$28,650

$35,345

Engine

1.6 Liter 4-Cylinder Full parallel hybrid

2.4 Liter Inline-4

2.5 Liter Inline-4 + dual-electric motors

2.0 Liter H-4

Drivetrain

FWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

Six-speed Automatic

CVT

CVT

CVT 

Power 

227 hp@ N/A

166 hp @ 6000 RPM

219 hp @ 5700 RPM

137 hp @ 5600 RPM

Torque 

258 lb-ft @ N/A

162 hp @ 4200 RPM

176 hp @ 3600 RPM

134 hp @ 4400 RPM

0-60 MPH 

NA

9.2 sec

7.4 sec

8.0 sec

Quarter Mile 

NA

17.2 sec

15.6 sec

16.4 sec

Top Speed 

NA

NA

120 MPH

124 MPH

60-0 MPH

NA

NA

143 ft.

118 ft.

Competitor cars including the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Toyota RAV4 Hybrid deliver staggering performance numbers and a robust powertrain configuration. The latest version of the Kia Sorento Hybrid is claimed to one of the most efficient hybrid SUVs with the least CO2 emissions. The package gets a high-performance braking setup with 4-wheel Disc brakes and 4-wheel ABS control. The Electronic Brakeforce Distribution system ensures optimum braking at all road conditions. 


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2021 Kia Sorento hybrid SUV Fuel Economy

8.6/10

"The big reason to opt for the hybrid powertrain is fuel economy." - Roadshow by Cnet

With one of the most beastly powertrain configurations which are high on power and low on emissions, the 2021 Kia Sorento hybrid also delivers the best-in-class fuel efficiency. The hybrid model of the new Sorento features a powerful 66.9 kW power electric motor along with a compact 1.6 Liter Turbo GDi engine which ensures optimum power delivery.

The highly efficient 6-speed Automatic transmission and AWD configuration further improves driving performance and hence fuel economy. The latest model of the Sorento Hybrid SUV is expected to deliver around 39 MPG in the city and 37 MPG on high roads. Eventually, the automaker has announced to launch the hybrid all-electric model next year which will deliver a much better economy and an all-electric driving range of about 30 miles.

Model

2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

MPG (City)

39

NA

41

31

MPG (Highway)

35

NA

38

40

MPG (Combined)

37

NA

40

35

Fuel Capacity 

18.8 gallons

NA

14.5 gallons

13.2 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 

733/658/695 miles

43 miles(all-electric)

594.5/551/580 miles

409.2/ 528.0/ 462.0

The latest version of the Kia Sorento Hybrid is expected to deliver one of the best-in-segment mileage. Competitor SUVs like the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV are expected to deliver an all-electric driving range of over 43 miles and the Toyota RAV4 Prime Hybrid to mark a range of over 590 miles.


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2021 Kia Sorento hybrid SUV Interior

8.0/10

"There are lots of little cubbies for storage and the electronic gear selector frees up space in the center console, too." - Roadshow by Cnet

The interior space of the car is loaded with creature comforts, ample space and versatility, and the latest infotainment range. Generous space is offered for a seven-passenger seating layout. With the introduction of the fourth-generation Sorento, new innovative design and high practicality maximize space and utility support. Priced at $33,590 and onwards, this is the best deal available.

2021 Kia Sorento hybrid SUV cockpit area

With the battery pack beneath the floor of the cabin, interior space is not at all hindered. The seats are wrapped in premium leather and get extended supports for long-lasting comfort. Heating and Ventilating features are also added as premium features.

2021 Kia Sorento hybrid SUV front seats

Multiple small-item storage spaces are also available for easy accessibility throughout the cabin. The latest Kia Sorento Hybrid gets a spacious cabin with a seating layout of seven. The boot space offered in the latest electrified model is around 75.5 cubic feet.

Model

2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

Seating Capacity

7

7

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.5/59.1/44.1

40.6/56.4/40.9

39.5/57.8/41

39.8/56.7/43.1

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.3/58.0/39.4

38.4/56.0/37.3

39.5/56.4/37.8

37.6/55.6/36.7

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

36.3/52.8/31.7

35.7/50.4/28.2

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The cabin gets a massive 12.3-inch fully-digital instrument cluster which is redesigned. Graphic updates and new dials display the powertrain’s status in real-time. A 10.25-inch touchscreen display is mounted in the center which is quite interactive and gets a navigation feature.

2021 Kia Sorento hybrid's new 10.25-inch infotainment screen!

The latest connectivity features including Smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and Bluetooth wireless are also added. Music lovers get answered with the powerful 12-speaker Surround Sound system by Bose. Premium features like Mood Lighting with 64 color options are added in the latest Sorento Hybrid SUV. Notable infotainment features in the 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid include:

  • Enhanced UVO voice assist feature 
  • Engine Idle Notification and Automatic Engine Shut Off
  • Rear Occupancy Alert 
  • Bose Premium sound system, available with 12 high-performance speakers
  • the wireless smartphone charging pad 
  • Available 12.3-in. full digital meter cluster
  • 360-degree surround view

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2021 Kia Sorento hybrid SUV Exterior

7.5/10

"The new shape wears metallic fender flags, an electric-razor grille, and batwing-style vents in a cabin with a big central touchscreen." - The Car Connection

Kia Sorento has undergone an exterior update with a more muscular design and sleek sides. The model looks much more futuristic with a modern LED lighting system and premium chrome finish. Being a mid-size crossover, the sporty element of the car remains intact from a redesigned bumper, massive alloy wheels, and bold front grille. 

2021 Kia Sorento hybrid SUV

With a greater emphasis on high-speed stability and performance, the design gets a more dynamic approach and sleek side body. The wider wheelbase and track of the car offer impressive cornering agility and high-speed stability.

Model

2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

Curb Weight (in pounds)

3968

4222

3690

3717

Length (inches)

189.4

184.8

180.9

175.8

Width (inches)

74.4"

70.9

73

71

Height (inches)

66.3

67.3

67

62.8

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.3

7.3

8.1

8.7

Wheelbase (inches)

110.8

105.1

105.9

104.9

The exact exterior dimension has not been released by the automaker for the new Sorento Hybrid but we can expect a muscular structure and modern detailing. The new 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the lightest in the segment.


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2021 Kia Sorento hybrid SUV Safety

9.0/10

"The new Sorento also carries additional standard and optional features, such as a surround-view camera system, power-adjustable second-row seats, and several advanced-safety items." - The Car Connection

The latest version of the Sorento Hybrid is packed with advanced safety systems and driver assistance features. The same comprehensive range of safety technology is added to the 2021 package. The Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) include Blind-spot Monitoring, Surround View Monitor, Intelligent Speed Limit Assistance, Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go feature, Rear Cross-Traffic collision avoidance assist, and many more.

2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid Back View

The body structure is robust and built with an exclusive selection of materials. Kia has ensured no compromise in the quality of the car throughout all verticals. However, the 2021 Kia Sorento has not been tested by authorities such as the NHTSA, but it has four complaints registered against it. On the other hand, IIHS has awarded the 2021 Kia Sorento with a "Good" rating for its safety offering, it also received the "2021 Top Safety Pick" from the IIHS. Some of the safety features offered are:

  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Traction Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Lane Departure Warning

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2021 Kia Sorento hybrid SUV Competition

Kia Sorento Hybrid vs Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

In terms of performance, the 2021 Sorento gets a superior position with a robust powertrain configuration. The 2021 Outlander gets a refined powertrain along with an efficient drivetrain and an AWD system. The exterior design of both cars is similar to the bold front and sleek sides. The interior space of the 2021 Kia Sorento gets an upgrade with a fully digital experience and ample space. Advanced safety packages and driver aids are added for absolute passenger comfort at all times.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 

Kia Sorento Hybrid vs Toyota RAV4 Prime Hybrid

The best-in-segment range is delivered by the Toyota RAV4. The seating capacity of the car is five compared to Sorento’s seven-passenger layout. The Interior space of both cars is tech-savvy with the latest connectivity options and premium audio system. The warranty offered by the Kia Sorento is better than the offering of the 2021 Toyota RAV4.

Toyota RAV4 Prime Hybrid 

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2021 Kia Sorento hybrid SUV Final Verdict

The new 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid SUV can be a good choice if you are looking for electric performance and plush interiors at an MSRP of $33,590. You can experience the latest hybrid powertrain which delivers more power and low emissions than the conventional models. Also, a modern vibe is reflected from every corner of the Hybrid version with an LED lighting system, bold front grille, and sleeker shoulder lines. The 2021 package also includes a wide range of advanced safety features and Driver Assistance to ensure absolute passenger comfort and safety.

2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid Side View

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2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid FAQs

How can I find a used Kia Sorento near me?

You can simply check out the Car Indigo Used Cars Inventory and save up to $5,000. Find a used Kia Sorento at a starting price as low as $6,000.

Does the 2021 Kia Sorento come in Hybrid?

Yes, Kia has introduced a new hybrid 1.6L Turbocharged four-cylinder in two states of tune based on the battery pack coupled.

How reliable is the new 2021 Kia Sorento?

Kia has an outstanding image for producing some of the most reliable cars on the planet and the new Sorento is no exception. The Kia Sorento scored an astonishing 4.5 out of 5 points in terms of reliability, which is a statement in itself.

What is the range of the 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid?

The 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid has an EPA Combined range of 37mpg.

How is the warranty offering of the 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid?

The Kia 10-year/100,000-mile warranty program* consists of:

  • 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty
  • 5-year/60,000-mile limited basic warranty
  • 5-year/100,000-mile limited anti-perforation warranty
  • 5-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance plan 
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