2022 Kia Sorento

2022 Kia Sorento
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2022 Kia Sorento Review: Bigger On The Inside

Entering the new year with just a few updates, the 2022 Kia Sorento continues on as one of the most capable midsize SUVs on the US market. Just like its larger sibling, the Telluride, it tries to squeeze in three rows of seating. While this sets it apart from direct competitors like the Chevrolet Blazer, Ford Edge, or Hyundai Santa Fe, there is a reason most midsize cars don't try to squeeze in seven seats - the third row simply often isn't comfortable for adults. Still, there are plenty of shoppers who desire the occasional bump in practicality, especially if it comes at a much lower cost than a full-size model. In the Sorento, the base four-pot engine is a little underpowered if you are hauling seven, but the turbo, with 281 horsepower, makes the Sorento feel quite lively. There are also two different hybrid models and a host of trims across the range, giving buyers an almost unparalleled choice in the segment.

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2022 Kia Sorento Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2021 Sorento?

Though it was only introduced as a new model last year, the Sorento has already received a number of updates to ensure its competitiveness. The base model is the same as always, but from the S upwards, a 10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation is standard, while the SX Prestige gets 14-way power front seats with memory and a thigh extender. The rear captains' chairs are heated on the top trim, too.

There are a few new trims like the X-Line S, which slaps the X-Line features onto the S trim with AWD. These include unique bumpers, a bridge-type roof rack, matte exterior trim, and badging. The same is true of the X-Line EX. Wolf Gray is a new color choice on X-Line models, too.

A plug-in hybrid model with 261 hp and 258 lb-ft is new for 2022.

Pros and Cons

  • The turbo engine is a real hoot
  • Hybrids offer great fuel economy
  • Athletic K5-inspired aesthetic
  • Seating for up to seven passengers
  • Comprehensive safety suite
  • Base engine is uninspiring
  • Subpar cargo capacity with all seats up
  • Third row is cramped
  • It's not a Telluride

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2022 Kia Sorento Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.5L Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
2.5L Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
Hybrid S
1.6L Turbo Inline-4 Hybrid
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
X-Line S
2.5L Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
2.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
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2022 Sorento Exterior

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  • Length 189.0 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 3,794.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Runway Red +$445
  • Snow White Pearl +$445
  • Glacial White Pearl +$445
  • Passion Red Tintcoat +$445
  • Sapphire Blue +$445
  • Wolf Gray +$445
  • Silky Silver
  • Aurora Black
  • Platinum Graphite
  • Gravity Blue
  • Steel Gray
  • Aruba Green
  • Everlasting Silver
  • Sparkling Silver
  • Gravity Grey
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2022 Sorento Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    1.6L Turbo Inline-4 Hybrid, 1.6L Turbo Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid, 2.5L Inline-4 Gas, 2.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmissions
    6-Speed Automatic, 8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

The Kia Sorento handles more like a sedan than a big SUV. Steering is tight and responsive, allowing it to maneuver nimbly around town. Punch the Sport mode switch and the chassis tightens up nicely to maintain its balance and poise when playing with corners. Other modes include Comfort, Eco, and Smart, with the latter combining many of the features from other modes. In fact, it allows the Sorento to adapt to your particular driving style. All-wheel-drive models gain an additional Snow mode.

The X-Line trims with AWD are quite a bit pricier, but the Sorento delivers a driving experience of a much more expensive vehicle. However, it's worth the extra investment to avoid the FWD models. They aren't bad, but the AWDs are better able to put down the greater power and torque of more potent models. The extra weight of the AWD setup necessitates the need for the turbocharged engine if you want to get the most out of driving the Sorento, though.

When it comes to comfort, the midsize Kia gives little to complain about. It is compliant and composed, with the suspension soaking up most bumps in the road. The surprisingly plush cabin doesn't hurt, either. If we were to niggle at something, it would be the lack of proper sound dampening. The engine is a torquey beast and the thrum when pushed to accelerate becomes rather tiresome.

2022 Sorento Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 41.4 in
  • Front Head Room 40.3 in
  • Rear Leg Room 41.7 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.1 in

2022 Sorento Trunk and Cargo Space

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2022 Sorento Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    10 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

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Verdict: Is the 2022 Kia Sorento A Good SUV?

Kia's Telluride is one the most popular vehicles in the USA, but its size and price can be off-putting to many. This is why the automaker designed the smaller Sorento, hoping to entice shoppers with the same desirable offering in smaller packaging. For the most part, it succeeded. Naturally, being smaller means that the Sorento cannot deliver quite the same levels of practicality, but its versatility sets it firmly apart from its direct competitors. It has a usable, if not comfortable, third row of seats. It functions better as a five-seater, though, with more cargo space to make daily errands possible.

A variety of capable engines make sure it never feels underpowered, while the hybrids ensure excellent fuel economy returns. Along with this, it has sporty and modern styling, as well as a comfortable cabin. The infotainment features are nice, especially above the entry-level model, but it's the safety tech that will ultimately get many to sign on the dotted line. The Kia Sorento tries to be something for everyone, and it largely succeeds. There is little to complain about and nothing to dislike.

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2022 Kia Sorento Comparisons

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Hyundai Santa Fe
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Kia Sorento281 hp22/29 mpg$31,990
Kia Telluride 291 hp20/26 mpg$36,190
Hyundai Santa Fe 191 hp25/28 mpg$28,750

2022 Kia Sorento vs Kia Telluride

In a comparison of these two siblings, what it all comes down to is whether or not you need a full-time three-row SUV. The Telluride is specifically designed for this purpose, so its 3rd row is extremely spacious and easy to live with. Meanwhile, the Sorento is more of a crunch-time 7-seater. The rear-most seats are technically useable, but they aren't comfortable. Also, it supplies subpar cargo capacity when these seats aren't folded down. However, it is smaller and more enjoyable to drive, and it doesn't have the polarizing chunky aesthetic of the Telluride. Naturally, the smaller Kia wins the fuel economy war, and both are on par when it comes to tech and safety. So, if you regularly need to move an entire basketball team, it's obvious which SUV wins, but if you only need the extra seating now and then, you may be better off with the Sorento.

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2022 Kia Sorento vs Hyundai Santa Fe

As a corporate cousin to the Sorento, the Hyundai Santa Fe shares many of its underpinnings. However, it focuses on competing with other midsize SUVs without the third row of seats. This has some disadvantages in terms of practicality, but it does mean that the second row is very spacious and that there is plenty of standard cargo capacity. Their tech is almost identical, and so too is their pricing. Therefore, it can be rather difficult to pick a clear winner. That said, we do feel that the Santa Fe feels a bit lighter on its feet when driving, and the cabin is slightly more upscale. If we were just comparing five-seaters, it would be the clear winner. But, for buyers who occasionally need to move a few extra people, it's hard to ignore the versatility that the Sorento brings to the table.

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