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The 2024 Kia Sorento: Choosing the Right SUV

A grey 2024 Kia Sorento Hybrid parked off-road in a forest.

Over the past few decades, Kia has earned a reputation as a brand that produces affordably priced vehicles and offers the best comfort, styling, sustainability, and warranty coverage in the industry. As SUV popularity has continued to skyrocket, Kia has focused on creating a fleet of SUV options that appeal to many drivers, including the midsize Kia Sorento.

Because an SUV can be outfitted for a wide range of applications, choosing the right one is half the battle. Selecting the ideal trim can be just as arduous. The 2024 Kia Sorento has various trims, powertrains, and available features, making it one of the best options for casual and family-oriented drivers. Join us today as we offer a buyer's guide to help you choose which version is ideal for you. That way, when you come to Victory Kia to look at a Kia Sorento for sale, you’ll have a better idea of what you want.

Despite subcompact and crossover SUVs having gained considerable popularity in recent years, there will always be many drivers who need three rows of seating and plenty of storage space. The Sorento is a capable midsize SUV that is much more affordable than some of its most noteworthy competitors, such as the Mazda CX-90 and the Toyota Grand Highlander. The 2024 Sorento offers seating for six or seven passengers and over 75 cu.ft. of available storage space for those days when the cargo room takes priority.

Choosing the Right Powertrain

The 2024 Kia Sorento has three variations: a traditional gasoline-fueled version, a hybrid, and a plug-in hybrid. Four different powertrains are available in total, and depending on your transportation needs, choosing the ideal one is essential to getting the most out of your purchase.

The Sorento's two traditional gasoline engines are a base 2.5L four-cylinder and a turbocharged counterpart. The former provides an adequate 191 hp, while its turbocharged equivalent raises the output to 281 hp. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Opting for either of these engines means having performance or economy at a reasonable price.

While the turbocharged four-cylinder offers a more performance-oriented driving experience and unlocks the Sorento’s maximum towing capacity of 4,500 lbs, the difference in fuel economy is something to be mindful of. The base four-cylinder achieves an EPA-estimated 23 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway, while the turbocharged version has an EPA-estimated rating of 20 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway. Choosing between these two engines depends on whether you’re looking for economy or capability.

Drivers looking to maximize fuel efficiency can do so, thanks to the Sorento hybrid and plug-in hybrid variations. Both setups utilize a 1.6L four-cylinder engine and electric motors. The PHEV produces 261 hp while the hybrid pushes out 227 hp. Both setups are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is exceptional for both versions, with the hybrid achieving 39 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the highway for a range of 655 miles on a full tank. The PHEV is even more efficient, offering 32 miles of electric-only driving before the gasoline engine kicks in, which is ideal for city driving.

A person opening the hatchback of a grey 2024 Kia Sorento Hybrid.

Top-Tier Technology and Features

When choosing their preferred mode of transportation, the modern driver looks for much more than just a capable powertrain. One of the most exciting aspects of choosing a Kia SUV is the amount of sophisticated technology that comes with it. Whether it’s entertainment or features that provide oversight and enhance your time behind the wheel, the 2024 Kia Sorento has much to offer.

Certain standard features on all trims include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian, Cyclist, and Junction Turning Detection, Lane Departure Warning, and Lane Keeping Assist. All of these are essential to providing oversight during travels. Moving from safety to entertainment, you will find that wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on all trims. Always known for giving drivers access to a sophisticated and safe drive, Kia also equipped the 2024 Sorento with a standard 12.3-inch infotainment screen that allows for an immersive and intuitive experience behind the wheel. The base LX trim has a stereo system with six speakers for ideal audio quality.

The S trim of the Sorento increases the technology offered on the LX, with features like Navigation-Based Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go––Curve and Highway Driving Assist. You’re also given access to a voice-activated navigation system that can function anywhere, as it doesn’t rely on a cell phone signal to pinpoint your location and destination. Moving up to the EX trim means getting second-row Captain’s Chairs, which enhances the overall comfort for passengers, and a smart power liftgate with auto-close to make loading and unloading easier.

To fully embrace the Kia Sorento's technological aspects, drivers might want to consider purchasing the SX Prestige trim. This top trim shows Kia is taking steps to compete with some of the high-end luxury brands offering SUVs. Regarding comfort, embossed and perforated leather upholstery adorns the seats, and lumbar support is in place to ensure an ergonomic commute. Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist-Reverse and Park Distance Warning-Side provide additional oversight that any driver will enjoy, and sound quality is perfected with the addition of a Bose stereo system with 12 speakers placed throughout the cabin.

Coverage You Can Count On

Aside from an abundance of available features and four unique powertrains that can appeal to many different types of drivers, there’s also the bonus of Kia’s extensive warranty coverage that exceeds many of its competitors. A limited warranty lasting for five years or 60,000 miles is far ahead of anything Ford or Chevy offers. Kia’s impressive powertrain warranty, which lasts ten years or 100,000 miles, is even better and will ensure your Sorento will keep running for many miles to come. This is coverage that you won’t find anywhere else and allows you to drive confidently, knowing you’re well protected.

A rear view of a green 2024 Kia Sorento X-Line parked by a lake.

A Final Verdict on a Remarkable Midsize Offering

Choosing the best method of transportation might at first seem difficult, especially with the vast amount of different makes and models available throughout the entire industry. However, the 2024 Kia Sorento is not only an exceptional vehicle that can benefit you for many years and facilitate safe travels; its multiple trims and powertrains allow you to have a car ideally situated for your needs. Having the best warranty coverage and a host of standard safety features also means you can always drive confidently, knowing that you made the best choice and have the peace of mind that comes from coverage you can always count on.

Speaking of things you can always rely on, the team at Victory Kia is here to assist you in getting behind the wheel of the 2024 Sorento. We want to put you in the driver’s seat and allow you to guide the selection process by telling us what you’re looking for in a vehicle and what applications you plan on utilizing the Sorento for. We’re also ready to help with financing if you need it, and our parts and service center is here to keep your Kia on the road and running at its very best. Visit us today and experience the difference Kia can make in your life.