You Can Have Your Cake and Eat it
Too - Kia Sorento Hybrid EX FWD
por Juan Robbin -
Sep 12, 2022
The Sorento is Kiaís
mid-sized, three-row SUV that looks great and offers a hybrid option
that makes this SUV miserly in fuel. We saw a satisfying 37 MPG during
our one week with the Sorento, which really says something about the
efficiency of a Hybrid system, especially on a larger vehicle such as
The Sorento is now in its
fourth generation and the current design was refreshed just over a year
ago and it looks current and modern. Without a doubt, Kia is on a roll,
and it shows in all of its vehicles. Even the corporate logo was given a
redesign within the last year. Kia is serious about making a statement
and at the same time, being the more upscale and designed-focused Korean
brand. Bravo Kia!
Once inside the Sorento,
you notice a lot of the current design language from the Kia line up.
There is a modern dash together with a large, 10.25Ē infotainment screen
in the center. Steering wheel is leather wrapped, giving the Sorento a
nice luxury touch. Seats are comfortable and well cushioned, which
really makes the difference. I notice a lot of cars that I have driven
over the last 18 months have front seats that feel flat and hard, not a
good thing if you plan on doing long distance driving. Cabin feels airy
and modern, even more so if you select a lighter interior color. Fit,
finish and switchgear are excellent throughout the cabin. We liked that
the interior designers have opted for a more conversative approach,
giving the Sorento several traditional knobs and buttons for functions
that others have embedded as part of the touch screen system. Itís nice
to see these features retained. The roomy second row offers captain
chairs which really make the second row a comfortable place to sit.
Third row is typical for a mid-sized SUV. Usable but tight and a bit of
an effort to access and egress. Consider the third row a kids-only area,
but useful for adults in a pinch. Cargo space is diminished quite a bit
with the third row of seats up. So, in most cases, if you donít need the
seating space, keep them folded down and take advantage of the expanded
The Hybrid model EX that
we drove had plenty of power, specially when you need to accelerate to
merge into traffic or simply move over when you need to change lanes.
Our Sorento had the six-speed automatic transmission, this made for a
more engaging driving experience as compared with the CVT (Continuously
Variable Transmission). One thing to note, is the hybrid power
transition and on the Sorento Hybrid, this was buttery smooth and almost
imperceptible. Steering feedback is good, and works well with the
suspension, soaking up typical street imperfections quite easily. Both
the brake and throttle pedals are easy to modulate, making stop and go
traffic easier to live with and your passengers will thank you as well.
Highway cruising at 65-70 MPH is smooth and quiet.
Kia does offer another
three-row SUV with the Telluride. It is larger than the Sorento,
offering more room but at a higher price point and consumes more fuel.
Would I own a Kia Sorento
Hybrid? Yes, I would. I like the combination it offers of smooth power
and high fuel efficiency, giving plenty of range, which translates to
less time filling up at gas stations.
The Kia Sorento EX Hybrid,
you can have your cake and eat it too!
MSRP: $35,990.00 MSRP (As Tested):
Fuel Economy (Observed): 37 MPG
Engine: 4 Cylinder, 1.6 liter, 227 HP & 258 Lb/Ft of Torque
Popular Options: Runway red Paint: ($445.00), Carpeted Floor Mats: