It remains a value-for-money proposition.
The Kia Sorento is one of the best-value midsize SUVs available on the American market, and the South Korean brand has just released details on the 2023 model that include more standard features across the range. The same is true of the Sorento Hybrid, which made its debut a few days ago.
The base LX trim gains blind-spot collision avoidance, rear cross-traffic collision avoidance, and safe exit assist. This is in addition to the carry-over safety items from the previous model year, including lane following assist, lane-keep assist, rear occupant alert, and driver attention warning.
Every trim above the LX and S (EX and upward) also comes standard with forward collision avoidance assist with junction turning, highway driving assist, and navigation based on smart cruise control.
Every model above the base LX gets features that were previously only available as options. The S now ships standard with a wireless smartphone charger, while the EX gets an eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat and frameless rearview mirror. The SX gets a 12.3-inch color digital instrument panel, power-folding exterior mirrors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
The SX Prestige remains the range-topper and comes standard with all-wheel-drive. Other luxuries include a 115-volt power inverter, Homelink, and retractable rear door shades.
The top-selling X-Line package remains the same and adds an off-road look to the Sorento via a model-specific bumper and exterior accents, 20-inch alloy wheels, and a bridge-type roof rack.
The two existing ICE engines are carried over. The LX, LX AWD, and S are powered by a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter engine producing 191 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque.
EX trim and above are equipped with a silky-smooth turbocharged version of the same engine. It produces 281 hp and 311 lb-ft. The naturally aspirated motor sends the power to the wheels via a standard torque-converter eight-speed automatic, while the turbocharged engine uses a dual-clutch transmission.
The entire range still comes in at less than $45k, which is less than the current average price of a new car in the USA.
The LX is just $10 shy of $30,000. An S will cost you $34,490, while the EX with the lovely turbocharged engine starts at $35,890. A top-spec SX Prestige costs just $43,390. Adding AWD to all models that don't have it as standard costs an additional $1,800.