The 2021 Kia Sorento nibbles out a distinct niche with its three-row seating and available hybrid.
Its main rival might be the Ford Explorer, which comes in gas-electric and gas models and has available three-row seating—but the Sorento shares a platform with the five-seat Hyundai Santa Fe, which also gets a new look and a hybrid version in 2021.
The VW Tiguan has a third-row seat on some models and a Spartan appeal, while the Nissan Murano’s comely look is well overdue for a refresh.
We think of the Sorento as we do of the Lexus RX: There’s intrigue in its looks, and hybrid models on tap, but a good round of styling clean-up and work on refinement would do wonders for both.
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|2021 Kia Sorento||2021 Ford Explorer||2021 Hyundai Santa Fe||2021 Lexus RX||2021 Nissan Murano||2021 Volkswagen Tiguan|
|21 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded V-6||Regular Unleaded V-6||Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Small SUV 4WD||Standard SUV 2WD||Small SUV 4WD||Small SUV 2WD||Midsize Station Wagons||Small SUV 2WD|
|LX AWD||Base RWD||SE AWD||RX 350 FWD||FWD S||2.0T S FWD|
|All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||CVT w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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