2023 Kia Sorento Preview: Hybrid, Interior, Changes, Features

After the last year’s redesign, we are pretty sure that Kia’s mid-size crossover is about to remain in the same form for a few more years. The 2023 Kia Sorento, which will represent the third production year of the generation, will also continue in that way. It should be a typical carryover model, with all the familiar design characteristics on the table. Still, there’s always plenty of room for small updates like new color options, more standard equipment and similar things. We wouldn’t exclude the possibility to see a new appearance package either.

Still, the overall layout will certainly remain the same. This means that you may count on a familiar design, which has a lot of good things to offer. The first thing that comes to mind is very generous powertrain offer, which includes a couple of gasoline and a couple of hybrid choices. Furthermore, the Sorento features one of the nicest cabins in the class, while the list of standard and available equipment is pretty long too.

Since there are no significant changes to come, we presume that the 2023 Kia Sorento will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of 2022.

2023 Kia Sorento

2023 Kia Sorento Design

As we’ve just mentioned, the 2023 Kia Sorento will be a typical carryover model. This means it will feature the same overall design as the initial 2021 model year. The new generation rides on a new platform and features a more refined suspension setup. As a result, the ride is smooth and comfortable. For those who are looking for more engaging handling, this crossover won’t be a disappointment either.

The same thing goes for styling. We are about to see a familiar look, which could be enhanced with a couple of new color options on the offer. Furthermore, we won’t exclude the possibility to see a new appearance package.

Interior

The inside of the 2023 Kia Sorento most likely won’t change. We expect to see a familiar cabin layout, which has a lot of great things to offer. The cabin looks very elegant, while the materials are impressive for this price range. All this is rounded with the fantastic build quality. Add to this a long list of tech features and you get one of the nicest cabins in the class.

2023 Kia Sorento Interior

Besides great interior quality, this crossover also works well as a family hauler. It’s slotted between the compact Sportage and mid-size Telluride. It offers three rows of seats and, although tight, the third row can be quite useful. Thanks to the pretty modest 110.8 inches in wheelbase, the vehicle remains maneuverable and pretty easy to drive.

The cargo area offers around 12.6 cubic feet behind the third row, 45 cubic feet behind the second and 75 cubic feet behind the first row of seats.

Features

Novelties in this aspect are always possible but even if they come, we presume that most of the things will remain the same. In other words, 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. Among options, we expect to find things like a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 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, 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.

The same thing goes for safety features. All models should come standard with goodies like a rearview camera, forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, driver attention monitoring etc.

2023 Kia Sorento Engines

Under the hood, the 2023 Kia Sorento will continue with four familiar powertrain options on the offer. Base modes will continue with a 2.5-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 191 horsepower. For those who are looking for something more capable, there is a peppy turbo-four, which features a max output of 281 horsepower.

Also, there are two hybrid versions on the offer. The first one is a classic hybrid, which is based on a 1.6-liter turbo-four and puts out around 227 horsepower. A plug-in hybrid is based on the same gasoline engine but comes with a more powerful electric motor. The combined output goes around 261 horsepower, while you may also count on 32 miles of the all-electric range.

2023 Kia Sorento Release Date

2023 Kia Sorento Release Date and Price

Since there are no significant changes to come, we presume that the 2023 Kia Sorento will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of 2022. When it comes to the price, base models should go around 34.000 dollars. Key competitors will be models like GMC Acadia, Toyota Venza, Subaru Ascent etc.

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