Hint: you're already looking at it.
The 2022 Kia Sorento and Sorento Hybrid have arrived and both are nearly identical to the 2021 models. Official pricing has just been announced and the lineup has expanded to include a new plug-in hybrid variant, an all-wheel drive option for the hybrid, and an expansion of the X-Line package to the EX and S trims due to high demand. There are no exterior design changes but there is one key difference: the South Korean automaker's redesigned logo, a slick new design that's replaced the somewhat bland-looking oval badge.
Inside, there's a new 10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation and telematics that's standard on all models beginning with the S trim. The fully-loaded SX-P trim now comes with 14-way power-adjustable memory seats with thigh extenders and rear heated captain's chairs.
Pricing-wise, Kia has increased things somewhat but certainly not enough to deter buyers. The 2022 Sorento now begins at $29,490 for the entry-level LX FWD trim, just $100 more than last year. Tacking on all-wheel drive is another $1,800. The X-Line AWD trim will cost you another $2,000. The X-Line EX AWD is $3,700 more than the EX FWD. Want to save money on gas?
The 2022 Sorento Hybrid starts off at $33,990 for the S FWD trim while the AWD version will set you back at least $35,790. Pricing for the new PHEV trims, available on the SX and SX Prestige only, will be announced at a later date and all of the above pricing does not include the $1,175 destination charge.
As a refresher, the base Sorento comes powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder rated at 191 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque, and paired to an eight-speed automatic. The optional gas engine is a turbocharged 2.5-liter with 281 hp and 311 lb-ft that's linked to an eight-speed dual-clutch. The hybrid features a 1.6-liter turbo and 44 kW electric motor for a combined output of 227 hp. The new PHEV utilizes the same engine but total power increases to 261 hp.
Fuel economy for the electrified versions is impressive with the FWD hybrid returning 39/35/37 mpg city/highway/combined. The AWD's estimated figures will be revealed shortly. The AWD-only PHEV delivers 35/33/34 mpg and 79 MPGe. Sales are due to get underway shortly.