But the picture changes with the PHEV's available incentives.
It's been just a couple of weeks since more details regarding the 2022 Kia Sorento were revealed. Although it wears Kia's modernized logo, the more significant change is the addition of a plug-in hybrid powertrain. With a total output of 261 horsepower and a decent range of 32 miles on electric power alone, it's an intriguing addition to the Sorento range. What Kia had yet to officially share is the price of the Sorento PHEV, but we now know what the SUV will cost. Once all the available incentives are taken into account, the Sorento PHEV becomes particularly appealing.
Kia says the new Sorento PHEV will start at $46,165 including the destination charge of $1,175. That's for the all-wheel-drive SX derivative. By comparison, the gas-only Sorento SX 2.5T AWD is exactly $5,000 cheaper, although this only tells part of the story. The Sorento PHEV is eligible for a federal tax credit of $6,587 and a $1,317 Clean Fuel Reward in California. If it also qualifies for the $2,000 Clean Vehicle Rebate, the total cost drops to a much more enticing $36,261. That makes it even cheaper than the most affordable Sorento hybrid with AWD. The higher-spec SX-Prestige costs $49,065 including destination.
Of course, not everyone will qualify for all these incentives but if you do, the Sorento PHEV is well worth a look. It has a combined projected range of 460 miles and a 79 MPGe rating, making it similarly efficient to the Hyundai Tucson PHEV. The 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is paired with a 66.9-kW electric motor and the six-speed automatic transmission comes with paddle shifters. Kia also claims that it has the most second-row legroom of any PHEV SUV, while high-end equipment like a 12.3-inch digital meter cluster, a blind view monitor, and a 12-speaker Bose sound system are available. The Sorento PHEV starts arriving at dealerships now.