The 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV is stirring up the crossover party with its sporty plug-in-hybrid powertrain and three rows of seats. The latest Sorento PHEV is unlike any midsize crossover. When it arrives at U.S. dealerships this fall, the Sorento PHEV will be the only vehicle in its class to have standard three-row seating (the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is its closest competitor, but the Pacifica is a minivan, not an SUV).
Furthermore, the newest Sorento PHEV offers up to 32 miles of all-electric range. It’s not exactly a deal-breaker since the Toyota RAV4 Prime delivers 42 miles of electric range, but the Toyota only has two rows of seats.
Besides wearing new Kia badges, the 2022 Sorento PHEV is packing a plug-in-hybrid powertrain shared with the Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV. It has a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine pumping out 177 horsepower and 195 lb-ft. of torque. It also has a single electric motor churning out 84 horsepower and 224.2 lb-ft. of torque. The latter arrives from zero to 2,100 rpm, making Sorento PHEV a sprightly daily driver in all-electric mode. The motor draws power from a 13.8 kWh battery pack.
All told, Sorento PHEV has a combined 261 horsepower, more than enough for a midsize crossover. However, it’s not enough to run circles around the Toyota RAV4 Prime, which has 302 horsepower and can go from zero to 60 mph in under six seconds.
But since the fourth-gen Sorento has a 1.4-inch longer wheelbase and is 10 mm longer than its predecessor, the PHEV version now has more room to accommodate six passengers with standard captain’s chairs in the second row and a foldable third row. The Kia Sorento PHEV has up to 143.8 cubic feet (4,072 liters) of passenger space and 12.6 to 75.5 cubic feet of cargo room if you fold the third and second-row seats. Those are best-in-class numbers for a midsize crossover.
“The Sorento PHEV’s rare combination of drivability, efficiency, and spaciousness will make it a compelling choice for our customers,” said Sean Yoon, President & CEO, Kia North America and Kia America.
In addition, Sorento PHEV has a standard torque-vectoring all-wheel drivetrain with a center locking differential for better traction and grip during the winter or rainy season. The hybrid system sends power to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters.
Kia Sorento PHEV: Economy & Range
According to Kia and based on their testing, the Sorento PHEV is targeting a combined MPGe figure of 79, along with 34 mpg in hybrid mode, and a combined overall range of 460 miles. The numbers are slightly better than the Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV with the same hybrid powertrain. However, these are only Kia’s estimates. Official EPA figures are forthcoming.
Loaded With Tech
The 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV is brimming with advanced tech features. It has a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation and UVO link, Sirius XM, wireless charging, push-button start, eight USB charging ports, an available Bose audio system with up to 12 speakers, and a digital instrument cluster.
The Sorento PHEV comes standard with Kia Drive Wise on the safety front, including blind-spot collision avoidance assist, driver attention warning, lane following assist, smart cruise control, rear-cross traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, and a surround-view monitor, among many others.
2022 Kia Sorento PHEV Warranty
Every new Kia comes with a bumper-to-bumper warranty of five years, or 60,000 miles, along with a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Although the length of Kia’s warranty is one of the best on the market, there are certain situations where it might be a good idea to extend that warranty. See this helpful guide to Kia’s factory warranty before making any decisions.
2022 Kia Sorento PHEV: Pricing & Availability
The 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV is available in two trim versions: SX and SX-P. Production is at Kia’s Hwasung plant in South Korea. Pricing remains forthcoming, but the first deliveries will arrive at Kia dealerships this fall. Kia claims Sorento PHEV is eligible for up to $6,587 in federal tax credits and other state incentives.
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