2021 Kia Sorento vs 2020 Kia Sorento - Denver Area

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2021 Kia Sorento Overview

Consumers picking out a family-oriented SUV often have to choose between the convenience and cost of a two-row crossover and the utility of a larger three-row vehicle. But a third option is a vehicle like the Sorento from Kia. It strikes a compromise: three rows but not quite as large as the mid-size truck-based SUVs. In fact, this once-niche segment has been quite popular as of late, and when the 2020 Kia Sorento arrived, that generation was already six years old.

Denver CO - 2021 Kia Sorento's Overview

It was time for Kia to reimagine the Sorento from the perspective of the modern consumer. Enter the 2021 Kia Sorento, which is now available at Arapahoe Kia, your local Hyundai dealer serving Denver Littleton Aurora Centennial Longmont. Let us explore what sets the new model apart in our 2021 Kia Sorento vs 2020 Kia Sorento near Denver review.

Denver CO - 2021 Kia Sorento's Exterior

Exterior - Kia Dealer serving Denver CO

In terms of the fundamentals, Kia has made some slight changes from the 2020 Kia Sorento. It extended the wheelbase from 109.4 to 110.8 inches, but the overall length is actually a tad shorter: 188.9 vs 189.0 inches. Width and height are about the same, and minimum ground clearance has been lowered from 7.3 to 6.9 inches. The aesthetic has changed as well.

Denver CO - 2021 Kia Sorento's Interior

Whereas the previous generation could be described as curvy and soft, the current generation is boxier and more aggressive, which is the trend. Standard equipment includes keyless entry, 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, front and rear skid plates, power heated side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators and a rear spoiler. Stepping up to the S gets your sportier body styling and 18-inch wheels. The EX adds LED fog lamps and a smart power liftgate. The SX upgrades all of the exterior lighting to LED and adds 20-inch wheels.

Denver CO - 2021 Kia Sorento's Mechanical

Interior - 2021 Kia Sorento near Denver CO

When it comes to seating, our dealership serving Denver Littleton Aurora Centennial Longmont gives you the choice of either seven via a second-row bench or six via second-row captain's chairs. Front, second-row and third-row legroom are 41.4, 41.7 and 29.6 inches, respectively. The dedicated cargo area has been increased from 11.3 cubic feet to 12.6, and you now have access to 38.4 cubes with the third row folded and 75.5 cubes with both rows folded. Standard equipment includes an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, steering wheel-mounted controls, a noise-dampening windshield, six USB ports across all three rows, power accessories and a front and rear 12-volt power outlet.

Kia Sorento Mechanical specs

Mechanical is arguably one of the more interesting aspects of our 2021 Kia Sorento vs 2020 Kia Sorento near Denver comparison because it details some of the biggest changes. The Sorento is front-wheel drive standard, but available with all-wheel, including on the base model, which is a change from the 2020 Kia Sorento. The base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 191 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque. That is an improvement of 6 horses and 4 pound-feet, and Kia pairs it with an eight-speed rather than a six-speed automatic. Starting with the EX, you instead get a turbo 2.5-liter four and a dual-clutch eight-speed. This engine makes 281 hp and 311 lb.-ft. That is nearly 60 pound-feet of torque more than last year, and Kia asserts that the turbo engine is more fuel efficient too. You also have the option of a hybrid powertrain that makes 227 hp and plug-in hybrid that makes 261 hp.

Safety - 2021 Kia Sorento dealer

The new Sorento had not yet been tested by the IIHS or NHTSA as of this writing, but we are bullish about success. One reason for that is Kia greatly expanding the standard driver assistance features. The base model features an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen with a rearview camera system with parking guidance and all the bells and whistles modern consumers expect. You also get forward collision and pedestrian avoidance, driver attention monitoring, lane departure mitigation, lane following assist, automatic headlamps and high beams and a rear occupant alert system.

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If you are interested in the 2021 Kia Sorento, the team at Arapahoe Kia is here for you! You can visit our location serving Denver Littleton Aurora Centennial Longmont to test-drive, or you can call or contact us online for quotes and the latest details. You can also shop with us online through our website. Our site lists all Sorento trims and options, and we have customer service specialists available via live chat, email or text to answer questions, explore the current specials and even help with financing.

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