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2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid SUV Review: Korean Dynamite

With the famous SUV now entering its fourth generation in the USA, the first-ever Kia Sorento Hybrid arrived last year. The normal hybrid is powered by the a 1.6L turbo inline 4-cylinder engine and electric motor combination for a combined total of 227 horsepower. This year, a plug-in derivative joins the lineup, offering over 30 miles of all-electric range and 261 hp. Kia's Sorento is now marketed as a luxury six-seater midsize SUV, which is another unique selling point in the segment. Traditional rivals like the Chevrolet Blazer, Nissan Murano, and Ford Edge only have two rows. Kia also claims best-in-class horsepower and combined gas mileage and offers the Sorento with impressive driver assistance features across the two-model hybrid range.

2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid Changes: ๐Ÿš™Whatโ€™s the difference vs 2021 Sorento Hybrid?

This year, Kia adds the new Sorento plug-in hybrid to the lineup. It pairs a 66.3-kWh electric motor with a 1.6-liter turbo-four engine for a combined 261 horsepower. It also returns 79 MPGe combined and has an impressive all-electric range of 32 miles.

After being introduced last year, the regular Kia Sorento Hybrid now comes with the option of an all-wheel-drive system. The Sorento Hybrid also comes with a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen as standard for 2022, replacing the eight-inch display used previously.

Pros and Cons

  • Sporty design
  • Powerful engine
  • Impressive fuel economy
  • Lots of safety features as standard
  • Roomy cabin
  • Not a real off-roader
  • Cargo space is limited with the third-row up
  • Third row is only suitable for small kids

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2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Hybrid S
1.6L Turbo Inline-4 Hybrid
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$34,090
Hybrid EX
1.6L Turbo Inline-4 Hybrid
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$36,090
Plug-in Hybrid SX
1.6L Turbo Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
6-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$45,190
Plug-in Hybrid SX Prestige
1.6L Turbo Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
6-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$48,090

Sorento Hybrid Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 189.4 in
  • Wheelbase 110.8 in
  • Height 66.7 in
  • Max Width 74.8 in
  • Front Width 65.0 in
  • Rear Width 65.4 in
  • Curb Weight 4,065.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Runway Red +$445
  • Snow White Pearl +$445
  • Silky Silver
  • Aurora Black
  • Platinum Graphite
  • Gravity Blue
  • Steel Gray

Sorento Hybrid Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    1.6L Turbo Inline-4 Hybrid, 1.6L Turbo Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
  • Transmission
    6-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

Sorento Hybrid Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Front Leg Room 41.4 in
  • Front Head Room 40.3 in
  • Rear Leg Room 40.7 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.1 in

Sorento Hybrid Trunk and Cargo Space

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Warranty

  • Basic:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    10 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components:
    8 Years \ 80,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles

Verdict: ๐ŸIs the 2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid a good SUV?

The current Sorento owes its existence to the superb Telluride, which offered large SUV shoppers more than they bargained for. A review of the new Kia Sorento Hybrid returns similar glowing recommendations, especially since it provides the added benefit of six seats on those odd occasions you need them. Sure, they're small, and there are better three-row options in the US, but none of the Sorento's direct rivals offer this feature. Kia also took great care to use only high-quality materials and the latest technology to keep passengers both safe and comfortable. We're also big fans of the car-like driving experience, and the compliant ride. From a powertrain point of view, it's hard to ignore the EPA-estimated consumption of 39/35/37 mpg city/highway/combined cycles for FWD models. The new plug-in hybrid is excellent, too, with its 32-mile all-electric range. The long list of standard features and driver assists deserves a mention too, as even the base model comes with forward collision avoidance, pedestrian detection, driver attention warning, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert, to name just a few.

๐Ÿš˜What's the Price of the 2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid SUV?

Between the Sorento Hybrid and Sorento Plug-In Hybrid, there are four total trims. The regular hybrid starts things off in S guise at $34,090, followed by the EX at $36,090. The S can be upgraded with AWD for an extra $1,800, an option that costs $2,300 on the EX but that automatically includes 19-inch alloys.

The PHEV lineup comes with AWD as standard, beginning with the SX at $45,190. The range is topped by the SX Prestige which carries an MSRP of $48,090. The price of the Kia Sorento Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid excludes a destination charge of $1,255. The PHEVs additionally qualify for a federal tax credit of $6,587.

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