2021 Kia Sorento
Kia Motors is not just becoming an all-electric automaker, but also a leading automaker in alternative fuel vehicles. Aiming to have a large market share of all electric vehicles in the coming years, more vehicles are getting electric or hybrid options. For 2021, the Kia Sorento Hybrid is one of many to soon have more powertrain variations go into production.
1.6L Turbocharged Parallel Hybrid
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With only two trims making up this lineup, S and EX, only one powertrain option is available. Powering this hybrid is a 1.6-liter turbocharged I4 combined with an AC synchronous permanent magnet motor and a lithium-ion polymer battery. Together, they produce 227 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. It’s a good start for a hybrid SUV.
Both engines are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and come with front-wheel drive (FWD). This makes things easy for the fuel economy. Both trims get 39 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. With an electric motor offering more torque, this SUV is capable of towing 2000 pounds on the S trim and 3500 on the EX trim – tow hitch available add-on option.
Only two trims also mean many shared features. These include heated exterior mirrors with LED turn signal indicators, solar control glass, privacy glass, a sound-absorbing front windshield, LED headlights, automatic headlamps, LED signature lights, a rear spoiler, and a rear windshield wiper. To separate itself, the EX also comes with a Smart Power tailgate, panoramic sunroof with power sunshade, and front fog LED lights. Both vehicles ride on 17-inch wheels.
SynTex upholstery is standard on both lineups, along with a 10-way power adjustable seat with 2-way power lumbar support, a 4-way adjustable passenger seat, heated front seats, dual zone automatic temperature control, rear air conditioning, 6-passenger seating with second-row Captain’s Chair,s a 50/50 split-folding second row, reclining an split-folding 50/50 third-row, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob, a day/night rearview mirror, Drive Mode Select, and Smart Key with remote start, push button start, and an engine immobilizer. Jeez that’s a lot! The main difference is LED interior and map lighting in the EX and LED illuminated vanity mirrors.
Both trims come with UVO link with remote connectivity on an 8-inch screen. This setup comes with SiriusXM satellite radio, wireless Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth wireless hands-free phone and audio streaming, voice recognition, and a six-speaker sound system. All of this can be controlled with steering wheel-mounted audio, hands-free phone, and cruise control buttons.
Safety Features and Warranty
What hybrid SUV would be complete without a suite of safety features? All the basic features are standard of course, including dual front advanced airbags, dual front seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, a rollover sensor, an anti-lock brake system, stability and traction control systems, a rear occupant alert system, and LATCH child-seat ready anchors. All trims also come with many advanced safety features, such as blind spot collision avoidance with parallel exist assist, lane keeping and following assist, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic collision avoidance assist, a driver attention warning system with vehicle departure, and a rearview monitor with dynamic parking guidelines. Forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection is on the S, and the EX trim comes with forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection plus cyclists and junction turning. A parking distance warning (PDW) rear can be found on the S trim, whereas a parking distance warning (PDW) front and rear system can be found on the EX trim.
Kia has a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty program. The Kia 10-year/100,000 mile warranty program consists of 10-year/1000,000 mile limited powertrain warranty, 5-year/60,000 mile limited basic warranty, 5-year/100,000 mile limited anti-perforation warranty, and 5-year/60,000 mile roadside assistance plan.