The 2024 Kia Sorento Facelift is expected to arrive next year. Meantime, Kia is testing prototypes.
The automaker introduced the current, fourth-generation Kia Sorento in early 2020. Now the company is working on updates.
This is fully justified: although the model is among the TOP 10 U.S. bestsellers of the brand along with the Sportage and Telluride SUVs, and, generally, it is a nice family vehicle, it wouldn’t hurt looking fresher and more up-to-date.
Ubiquitous spy photographers took the first photos of the upcoming 2024 Kia Sorento and came to the conclusion that the influence of the Kia Telluride could be traced.
The headlights of a recently-spotted Sorento prototype look like downscaled replicas of the Telluride’s headlamps. Well, expect some exterior styling elements to carry over from the ‘bigger brother’ to the smaller Sorrento. So, the new model should come with revised front and rear fascias.
Interior updates will likely include new upholstery options, the latest infotainment system, and a new steering wheel. Besides, Kia could upgrade the existing engine lineup to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions.
As a reminder: currently, the Kia Sorrento is available with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder base engine that produces 191 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque, a 2.5L Turbo making 282 hp and 311 pound-feet, as well as two hybrid variants. Transmission choices are an 8-speed AT or an 8-speed dual-clutch one.
What We Think of the Model
It is a solid, affordable family vehicle and a comfortable commuter that offers a decent list of standard features, responsive steering, a classy interior with an intuitive infotainment system, and fuel-efficient engines.
The base Sorento has the EPA-rated fuel economy of 24 mpg city/29 mpg highway.
The main drawback compared to rivals is the Kia Sorento’s poor cargo room and so-so third-row passenger space.
Plus its predicted reliability score is average. At times, acceleration can feel lackluster, and the ride becomes a little harsh on the imperfect pavement. After all, the Sorento is not an off-roader.