2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid Preview- Expected Release Date, MPG, Price, Features, Performance, And Photo

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November 21, 2020 at 06:44 AM

The 2021 Kia Sorento is a completely redesigned mid-size SUV that comes standard with three-row of seats. This time, apart from its many changes, it also comes with an all-new HEV variant. The 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid is powered by a 227 hp 1.6L Turbo Hybrid motor and can offer a fuel economy of 37 mpg combined. Its prices and specs are not yet fully known but the 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid will be made available for sale in the USA sometime during the date on which the gas-only 2021 Sorento gets released.

2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid Latest Updates:

We've always appreciated the Kia Sorento for what it is - a well-thought-out, smartly-packaged, and value-loaded three-row crossover SUV. Now, Kia has announced its fourth-generation for the 2021 model year in the USA and elsewhere. The 2021 Kia Sorento hopes to add a little bit of character to a fairly mundane market segment with its boldly redesigned appearance. It further introduces an all-new Hybrid variant, and by doing so the Sorento brings the heat on its well-known hybrid competitors like the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Lexus RX 450h, and Acura MDX Hybrid.

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2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid is the biggest hybrid in Kia's lineup

This also helps it stand out, and in essence, not jeopardize the sales of its platform-sharing siblings, i.e., the Kia  Telluride and Hyundai Palisade that miss out on the benefits of a hybrid powertrain. Prices of the 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid are not yet known. As for the non-hybrid model, it will cost close to $30,000 when it is available for sale sometime towards the end of 2020. According to the specs sheet put up by Kia, the Sorento Hybrid will offer a combined mpg of 37 and last for an estimated 620 miles in totality.

2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid

Model Specs

Price Range


Release Date

Late 2020


1.6L Turbo Hybrid


6-speed Automatic






  • Aruba Green
  • Sparkling Silver
  • Ebony Black
  • Glacial White Pearl
  • Crystal Beige


  • All-new model for 2021

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What Engine powers the 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid?

As the Kia Sorento is inching towards a greener tomorrow, folks at Kia have supplied it with a rather intriguing set of engine options. Of them, Sorento's hybrid powertrain makes it most exclusive. The 2021 Sorento Hybrid gets a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 with a 44 kW electric motor. If there comes a PHEV variant, it would get the same internal combustion unit but favored by a larger more capable 66.9 kW motor.

The 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid is powered by a 1.6 Turbo combined with a 44 kW electric motor

Power is sent to the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission. With the introduction of the Hybrid model of this full-size SUV, Kia plans to punch above its weight with the Sorento. It provides its customers with tonnes of equipment and practicality at a significantly lower price tag than some of the more premium offerings in the segment. 


2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid (Expected)

2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2021 Lexus RX 450h

2020 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid







1.6L Turbocharged Hybrid Inline-4 

2.5L Inline-4

3.5L Premium V6

3.0L Premium V6







6-speed automatic














It should be noted that Kia is the cheapest of the lot. In that regard, it’s fair to bash it for the relatively low power figures. The most expensive Acura MDX Hybrid turns out to be better in terms of power and torque numbers, It is followed by Lexus and Toyota. Furthermore, the difference between the Highlander Hybrid and the Sorento Hybrid is not much, given the Toyota demands significantly more money.

How quickly will the 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid Accelerate from 0-60 MPH?

Kia hasn't made any official statement regarding the 0-60 or quarter-mile acceleration times of the 2021 Sorento. What we do know is that Its corporate sibling, the Hyundai Santa Fe, equipped with the same 191 hp 2.5L motor sprints from 0-60 MPH in 7.0 seconds.


2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid (Expected)

2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2021 Lexus RX 450h

2020 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

0-60 MPH


6.6 sec

6.1 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile


14.9 sec

14.6 sec

Top Speed N/A N/A N/A 143 MPH

Considering, how Kia's offerings are slightly more lightweight and more eager off the line, the 2021 Sorento should be a tad bit quicker. As for the debuting 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid, we'll have to wait for its real-world tests to find out about its levels of performance and the kind of performance it will return.

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What kind of MPG will the 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid offer?

In terms of efficiency, the Sorento Hybrid, according to Kia, manages an impressive 39 mpg in the city and gets a combined efficiency of 37 mpg. Thanks to the 5 kWh battery onboard the Sorento Hybrid, achieving these figures was a sinch. Moreover, the inclusion of several eco-driving aids coupled with the excellent battery management system further aids the efficiency of the offer.


2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid (Expected)

2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2021 Lexus RX 450h

2020 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

MPG (City)





MPG (Highway)





MPG (Combined)





Fuel Capacity

18.8 gallons

17.2 gallons

19.4 gallons

17.2 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

733/658/695 miles

636/567/575 miles

504/524/524 miles

533/482/516 miles

The Sorento PHEV, on the other hand, would get an even larger 8 KWh battery and Kia claims a 30-mile all-electric range for the midsize SUV. Undoubtedly, the Kia Sorento HEV soldiers on to become the most fuel-efficient of the bunch. With a range of over 700 miles, the Sorento takes the win here. Second, in line would be the Toyota Highlander Hybrid offering over 600 miles of range.

How accommodating is the Interior of the 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid?

The interiors of the 2021 Kia Sorento to receive a drastic makeover. The interior designers instilled the cabin with premium materials to cast a striking effect, including. The center stack has received new vertical air vents which are rather pleasing to the eye. Bright satin finishes adorn the interior with metal textured inlays (or, open-pore wood) further increasing the upscale nature of the cabin.

2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid gets a practical and luxurious cabin

Leather seats are offered with embossed quilting to emphasize the richness on offer and to give these interiors a flagship look and feel. Also, Kia’s new platform for the 2021 Sorento means that you have more space inside to accommodate people comfortably. The standard features on the inside include power seats, rear AC controls, and adaptive cruise control to name a few.


2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid (Expected)

2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2021 Lexus RX 450h

2020 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

Seating Capacity





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





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





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





Cargo Capacity


16.0 cu.ft.

15.0 cu.ft.

18.0 cu.ft.

You can also opt for packages like the EX Sport package and the EX Touring package which add to the list a 10-speaker Harman Kardon sound system and a convenient 110V power socket. Kia refrains to mention how much the Sorento can hold in terms of cargo but given the new platform, it’s going to see a bump from the old 11.3 cu.ft. of boot space.

2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid gets a 10.25-inch infotainment setup

The infotainment unit inside the Kia Sorento has seen a significant upgrade for the 2021 model year. Gone is the 7-inch unit in favor of a new and improved 8-inch unit which can be further upgraded to a 10.25-inch unit housing all the latest tech you’d expect. Furthermore, the 12.3-inch driver’s display makes way to the Sorento which is a first for any Kia SUV. Some of the highlight features of the infotainment unit 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
  • 8 USB charging ports 
  • 8-inch or available 10.25-inch high-resolution color touchscreen display6
  • Split-screen functionality
  • Available SiriusXM satellite radio
  • Haptic feedback buttons
  • New multi-connection Bluetooth wireless connectivity

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How attractive is the Exterior styling of the 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid?

The most noticeable changes happened in the exterior of the Sorento for the model year 2021. Prominent changes start with the updated front fascia with Kia’s ‘tiger-nose’ grille surrounded by new LED headlamps that come as an integral part of the Sorento’s appeal. Furthermore, the hood edge wraps around the body side and integrates into the rear shoulder line, enhancing length and width.

The Kia Sorento gets completely redesigned for 2021

The Sorento’s design inspiration is the brand’s Telluride, which is not a bad idea, to begin with. Unlike the Telluride which follows a more traditional SUV design with its straight pannels and butch and wide stance that's further accentuated by its squared-out wheel arches, the new 2021 Sorento Hybrid goes for a sharper and more modern look, in order to appeal to customers from the opposite end of the spectrum who want something less traditional and more modern.


2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid (Expected)

2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2021 Lexus RX 450h

2020 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

Curb Weight

3849 lbs

4595 lbs

4471 lbs

4740 lbs
















Ground Clearance










Since the new chassis is versatile to accommodate various drivetrain setups including Hybrid and PHEV, the car begins more solid than ever. The wheelbase has gone up by 1.4 inches while the weight has gone down by 119 pounds. Kia claims the new Sorento boasts 4% more tensile strength when compared to its previous generation. The adoption of a new architecture has enabled the Sorento in reducing the NVH levels significantly.

What advanced Safety features are offered in the 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid?

The current generation Sorento has received several accolades to its name in terms of safety ratings from the IIHS and the NHTSA. Expect the same if not better in the new 2021 Sorento. In terms of safety features onboard, the Sorento is packed with all the latest active and passive tech common to the industry. Some of these features include:

  • Pre-collision safety system
  • Driver Attention Warning 
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist
  • Highway Driving Assist
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
  • Electronic Stability control
  • Blindspot assist 
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Front, second-row, and third-row head airbags
  • Emergency braking assist

Is the 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid worth Buying?

You cannot resist the futuristic cabin of the 2021 Kia Sorento. Nor can you ignore the sophistication involved in terms of powertrain and the overall engineering. The Kia can comfortably seat up to 7 passengers and is a good performer both on and off-road. The updated exterior styling gives it a strong and bold personality akin to the bigger Telluride. Kia has enough market experience in making capable vehicles and the 2021 Kia Sorento is certainly no exception.

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2021 Kia Sorento FAQs

Does the 2021 Kia Sorento has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?

Yes, the 2021 Kia Sorento gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard features. 

When will the 2021 Kia Sorento be launched?

The 2021 Kia Sorento will go on sale later in the year 2020 and the pricing will also be revealed at that time.

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