All-new 2021 KIA Sorento looks pretty damn good, gets new exciting tech
Kia has unveiled its next boring SUV. Or maybe, just perhaps, this one is actually exciting.
Right, time to tackle the new Kia Sorento. In an article about SUV's, you can either RIP it too shreds, or be Captain Professional and become your college professor. But let's let this article be an exception. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, an actually interesting article about an SUV.
I'm sure we are all used to jokes about Kia's, and if I'm being honest, there are some great ones, like this: "What's the difference between a Kia and a shopping cart? A shopping cart is easier to push than a Kia." But even though some of us may be in bigger denial than Lori Loughlin, it's hard to dismiss how much better Kia has become over the past few years. Cars in the likes of the Telluride and the Stinger have proven to be pivotal cars for Kia, showing their newfound dedication to quality, and not making a rust-bucket special.
And the 2021 Sorento is just another car to help prove this point. There's no denying the obvious influence in design from the Telluride, especially in the rear. The front is reminiscent of the newest Ford Explorers, and the overall design is a huge upgrade from the outgoing Sorento.
One of the big changes from the outgoing Sorento to the 2021 Sorento is a new offroad emphasis. It has a higher ride height than the old Sorento, improved approach and departure angles, a better AWD system, a center locking differential, and downhill descent control.
Look, the Sorento isn't going to slay trails, nor is it going to conquer any sort of remotely rough terrain. And that's expected, because that's not the new Sorento's target demographic. Kia is targeting people who go camping and mountain biking on weekends. They target people with active lifestyles. Not Ford Bronco redneck enthusiasts who like to go mudding who then proceed to get stuck.
Jokes aside, I really do think Kia has built a solid car, not just for a Kia, but as a car in general. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better competitor to the next-gen Sorento. Quality-wise, I think the Mazda CX-9 is the next-gen Sorento's closest rival.
In the performance department, the Sorento isn't exactly weak. With the Sorento's best engine, the 2.5-liter GDI 4-cylinder Turbo , it'll produce 281 horsepower and 311 torques; not too shabby. You can also get the Sorento with various different plug-in hybrids and other sorts, which at its peak, helps to give the new Sorento up to 37 mpg combined .
In the technology department, it's an all-inclusive resort of all things you want and need. You have Apple Car Play so you can distract yourself while you're driving, you have a giant 10.25-inch touchscreen to distract yourself while you're driving, and a 12-speaker Bose sound system so you can blast whatever type of music people listen to. Besides technology that's there solely to distract you, there's some fairly innovative stuff in the new Sorento. You can pair two devices to Bluetooth simultaneously, wireless charging pads, a bootleg 360-degree camera system, and 8 USB ports spread throughout the car.
Wrap it up
So then, there's the new Kia Sorento. I'd argue that it's Kia's best SUV, better than the Telluride by a longshot. And if you plan on buying this, there's one more big perk: the warranty. Kia is known to have some of the best warranties in the auto industry, and there's no doubt that this car will also be available with one of these warranties. If you are shopping for an SUV, this for sure should be in your shopping list.