Let’s take a look inside the 2024 Kia Sorento
The Kia Sorento has been a staple of the brand’s crossover SUV lineup since 2003, across four generations of production. 2024 brings a redesigned version of the mid-sized family car, following in the design footsteps of the rest of the range.
Kia has added a new trim level to the Sorento in the X-Pro model, an off-road-ready version with increased towing capacity, 17-inch wheels, and all-terrain tires. The X-Pro model is spread across Kia’s lineup, just as other brands like Honda and Subaru have added similarly tight packaging to their SUVs.
The Sorento gets new body and cabin features and new standard technologies for the new year.
The Sorento comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder in LX and S models (191 hp, 181 lb-ft of torque) with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Upper trim levels get a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder (281 hp and 311 lb-ft of torque) mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT). Front-wheel drive (FWD) is standard, with AWD available and standard on X-Line and X-Pro models.
Let’s take a look inside the redesigned Sorento.
Sorento designers chose to focus on the horizontal features of the new dashboard, using air vents and controls to create a streamlined, modern look with an open feel. The optional panoramic curved display enhances this look, linking two 12.3-inch displays behind a single bezel to create an interesting graphical spectacle.
Features and technology
The Sorento is the first gasoline-powered Kia to get the brand’s next-generation Connected Car Navigation Cockpit (ccNC). Kia promises faster, high-precision handling and swipe controls (similar to operating a tablet or smartphone) for frequently used actions. The new Sorento can get over-the-air (OTA) updates for continuous iteration of its systems. All three rows have USB-C ports, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on all trim levels.
The Sorento leverages Kia’s next-generation Digital Key, so drivers can use an Apple or Samsung device or NFC-enabled smart card as a virtual key to get into the car, lock it and get on their way. This technology is now hands-free, so there is no need to hold the device.
Charging room and flexibility
Until this time, Kia has not revealed the detailed specifications of the 2024 Sorento, which it displayed at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show. But since this new SUV is what the industry calls a “mid-cycle refresh” and not a complete revamp, we assume cargo space will remain roughly the same as the 2023 model at 75.5 cubic feet behind the first row, and 38.5-45.0 behind the second row. and 12.6 cubic feet behind the third row.
The Sorento can seat up to seven passengers, but its 29.6 inches of third-row legroom (2023 measurement) suggests rear passengers will likely be children or small adults. Having a third row can make the difference between a successful carpooling experience and a two-car nightmare, so having a mid-size option in the lineup is a good thing.
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