In the world of three-row crossovers, the Sorento represents a reasonable choice, which offers a great balance between price and functionality. The current generation has been around since 2021 and it has brought significant improvements compared to the previous versions. Therefore, we are pretty sure that the 2023 Kia Sorento will be a typical carryover model, which will bring no notable changes. We count on a familiar design and features, though minor updates are always possible.
You may count on a crossover that has a lot of great things to offer. We really like the wide engine offer, which includes two gasoline and two hybrid options. Furthermore, most of these units offer good fuel economy and peppy acceleration. Furthermore, the interior quality is pretty impressive, while the infotainment system is easy to use. Finally, we shouldn’t neglect the model’s high predicted reliability rating.
Since there are no notable updates 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
As we’ve just mentioned, the current generation of Kia’s three-row crossover has been around for about two years and therefore, we don’t expect anything particular from the 2023 Kia Sorento. It will bring a familiar design, which brings a pretty attractive exterior, characterized by sharp lines and a much bolder appearance compare to the previous generation. The next year’s model might bring things like new color options but anything more than that would be a real surprise.
The same thing goes for mechanics. The Sorento offers a pretty nice suspension setup, which is balanced and brings balance between agile handling and comfort. Still, it can be a little bit harsh over bigger bumps, though the overall impressions on the comfort are good.
This is arguably one of the strongest points of this SUV. The 2023 Kia Sorento will continue in the same way, with a super-nice cabin that doesn’t just look attractive, but also offers great quality. The materials are really fine, while there is also a lot of attention to detail. Finally, there are numerous tech features, which make this cabin look even more impressive.
When it comes to the interior space, keep in mind that we are talking about a model that slots between compact and mid-size segments. The front seats are massive and supportive, with plenty of leg- and headroom. Also, the driving position is pretty good. The second row also accommodates adults with ease. On the other hand, the relatively short wheelbase limits the third-row legroom, which is pretty tight and works only for kids.
For the same reason, the cargo area doesn’t impress. You may count on 12.6 cubic feet behind the third row, while there are around 45 cubic feet behind the second row. The total volume goes around 75 cubic feet, which is an OK rating for the segment.
A couple of novelties could come but we are pretty sure that most of the things will remain the same as in the current model. Therefore, all models should come standard with goodies like an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, a six-speaker stereo, HD Radio, and six USB ports. You may count on lots of upgrades, starting from things 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, proximity 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
The 2023 Kia Sorento will continue with four familiar powertrain options on the offer. Base versions will continue with a proven 2.5-liter inline-four, which puts out around 191 horsepower and feels decent for daily commuting. On the other hand, the optional turbo-four is a way better performer, with a max output of 281 horsepower. It is significantly quicker and also comes with a dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The rest of the lineup will be reserved for hybrids. The first one is a classic hybrid, based on a small 1.6-liter turbo-four engine that comes in a combination with a 44-kW electric motor. The total output goes around 227 horsepower, while the average fuel economy is at 34 miles per gallon. The plug-in hybrid version uses the same turbo-four engine but comes with a more powerful electric motor. The combined output is 261 horsepower, while you may also count on 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 late in the year, with a starting price of around 31.000 dollars. Key competitors will be models like Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota Venza etc.