2022 Kia Sorento vs. Its Competition

2022 Kia Sorento
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Sorento nibbles out a distinct niche with its three-row seating and available hybrid.

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.

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 plug-in hybrid model.

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.

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Quick Specs
6.7
The 2022 Kia Sorento throws wild styling pitches, but swings for the efficiency fences with a plug-in hybrid version.
6.2
A tech infusion upgrades the 2022 Tiguan, while maintaining the compact crossover’s spacious cabin.
7.0
The 2021 Ford Explorer is recognizable, but new. It should be on every family SUV shopper’s list.
7.2
The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe makes premium gains with hybrid and turbo-4 power and a Palisade-like interior.
6.5
The 2021 Lexus RX stays strong in an increasingly crowded class with styling that stands out and powertrains that don’t.
6.2
The 2021 Nissan Murano’s windswept shape still looks good and safety is strong, but it’s showing its age.
MSRP From     
$29,490$25,995$32,925$27,000$45,220$32,810
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Small SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDStandard SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 2WDMidsize Station Wagons
Style Name     
LX FWD2.0T S FWDBase RWDSE AWDRX 350 FWDFWD S
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
777555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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