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Trims, Powertrain, and Fuel Economy

Kia’s innovative 2023 Sorento Hybrid is offered in a simple two-trim lineup of the EX and SX Prestige. Their turbocharged 1.6-liter full parallel hybrid engine produces 227 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. It pairs up with a six-speed automatic transmission. Buyers of the EX can get either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, but the SX Prestige is only made with AWD. According to the EPA’s official fuel economy estimates, the FWD versions achieve a commendable 39 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, while the AWD ones fulfill 36 city/33 highway. The maximum towing capacity for both trims is 2,000 pounds.

Exterior and Interior Amenities

The ’23 Sorento has quite a stable of high-end features. The most noteworthy exterior components of the base EX are its power liftgate, roof rails, heated side mirrors with LED turn signals, rear privacy glass, LED headlights and fog lights, and Smart Key proximity entry. Inside, there’s a wireless phone charger, push-button ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, illuminated vanity mirrors, synthetic-leather upholstery, heated front seats (power-adjustable), a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and second-row captain’s chairs. What’s more, the EX comes with a generous supply of USB ports (eight in total), plus two 12-volt power outlets. The all-new SX Prestige ramps things up with power-folding side mirrors, LED daytime running lights and taillights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a 115-volt power outlet, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, leather upholstery, a driver’s seat with a power thigh extender, ventilated front seats, and heated second-row seats. A panoramic sunroof and LED interior lights are optional for both trims.

Active Safety Features

The 2023 Sorento provides peace of mind around every corner thanks to its breadth of advanced driving aids. The EX is outfitted with forward collision-avoidance assist (includes pedestrian, cyclist, and junction turning detection), blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, adaptive cruise control, highway driving assist, intelligent speed limit assist, driver attention warning, front and rear parking sensors, rear occupant alert, and safe exit assist. The SX Prestige adds to that with a blind-spot view monitor, a surround-view camera, and reverse parking collision-avoidance assist.

Modern Multimedia

In addition to all of its other strengths, the ’23 Sorento has a compelling infotainment system. Both the EX and SX Prestige receive a 10.25-inch touchscreen with integrated navigation, voice recognition, SiriusXM satellite radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming. While the EX gets a six-speaker audio system, the SX Prestige is graced with a high-end 12-speaker Bose.


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