For all those drivers who need three rows of seats but also want good maneuverability, the Sorento is a natural choice. This is an SUV that enters the doors of a three-row SUV segment and at the same time, it is relatively compact and easy to drive. It is also a pretty fresh vehicle, considering that the current generation has been around since 2021. So, the 2023 Kia Sorento will represent the third production year of the generation, which indicates no bigger changes.
This means you may count on familiar qualities, starting from a well-designed and pretty luxurious cabin. Furthermore, the list of standard equipment is pretty long, while the powertrain offer includes four options, including two hybrids. On the other hand, the biggest complaint goes to the small cargo area behind the third row.
As there are no bigger changes to come, we presume that the 2023 Kia Sorento will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2023 Kia Sorento Design
Design-wise, the 2023 Kia Sorento will continue in the same way. We are about to see the same layout, which has a lot of things in common with Hyundai Santa Fe and which has a lot of great things to offer. Visually, the new generation is radically different compared to its predecessor, with lots of sharp and bold lines. It still looks pretty fresh, so we have no doubt it will remain active for some more time. Still, updates like new color options are always possible.
The Sorento is easy to drive. Moreover, it offers quite engaging handling, while remaining comfortable. Thanks to this balance, it is a great choice for both families and drivers who still want a little bit of driving excitement.
This is arguably one of Sorento’s strongest points. The cabin simply looks great. It is characterized by an attractive dashboard design, which combines fine materials and advanced tech features is such a nice fashion. There is a lot of attention to detail and as a result, the cabin looks very premium. Furthermore, the sound insulation is really good, even at higher speeds.
As we already mentioned, this is a three-row SUV, with seven seats. However, it features a relatively modest wheelbase, which results in a quite tight third row. On the other hand, the front seats are spacious, massive and supportive, while it’s also very easy to find a perfect driving position. The second row also accommodates adults with ease.
For the same reason, the cargo area isn’t as spacious as in the case of most three-row crossovers. You may count on 12.6 cubic feet behind the third row, 45 cubic feet behind the second row and 75.5 cubic feet behind the first row of seats.
Novelties in this aspect are always possible, so we may expect some of them in the 2023 Kia Sorento as well. However, we have no doubt that most of the things are about to remain the same. Therefore, things like an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, a six-speaker stereo, HD Radio, and six USB ports should be on the list of standard equipment.
The list of upgrades should include goodies like a 10.25-inch touch screen, satellite radio, navigation, voice recognition, additional second-row USB ports, a rear-seat entertainment system, wireless device charging, a 12-speaker Bose premium stereo, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a universal garage door opener.
2023 Kia Sorento Engines
One of the best things about Sorento is that it’s available with various powertrain options. The 2023 Kia Sorento will continue in the same way, so you may count on four variants regarding powertrain. The base model comes with a good-old and proven 2.5-liter inline-four, which puts out around 191 horsepower. It won’t blow your mind with performances, but it is a great choice for daily commuting. For those who are looking for some peppiness, there is the turbo-four version, with 281 horsepower. This one offers excellent driving dynamics and also comes with a dual-clutch transmission, which has an additional impact on performance.
There are also two hybrid versions on the offer, both based on a small 1.6-liter turbo-four engine. The first one is a classic hybrid, with a max output of 226 horsepower and an average fuel economy of around 35 miles per gallon. YOu can also get a plug-in hybrid, which comes with a more powerful electric motor and larger battery, which results in a max output of 261 horsepower and 33 miles of the all-electric range.
2023 Kia Sorento Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 Kia Sorento will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year, with a starting price of around 30.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like VW Tiguan, Hyundai Santa Fe etc.