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2024 Kia Sorento X-Pro Is Movin' On Up

2024 kia sorento x pro
2024 Kia Sorento X-Pro Is Movin' On UpKia

Rugged is in, and at this point, just about every automaker has an off-road-oriented trim, all with names that are trying to give off a suitably tough vibe. At Kia, the variant is the X-Pro, and the Sorento is the third Kia to get the treatment, after the Telluride and Sportage. As hockey great Wayne Gretzky famously said, "You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take." So we can't fault Kia for adding the off-road treatment to yet another model.

The X-Pro trim is a highlight of the 2024 Sorento's mid-cycle refresh, which also earned the mid-size SUV redesigned front and rear ends, plus revised tech inside. Little has changed for the Sorento mechanically, however. Whereas Kia's other three-row SUVs, the Telluride and the EV9, are each offered with one powertrain, the Sorento—like the Beatles or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—has a quartet. Base models are equipped with a 191-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder with front- or all-wheel drive, and they feel woefully slow. A pair of hybrids mate a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor to produce a far more acceptable 227 horsepower in the standard hybrid and 261 horsepower in the plug-in hybrid. Those two launch later in 2024 as 2025 models, while the rest of the lineup is on sale now.

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The Sorento X-Pro is available as a $1000 option on the top $47,765 SX-Prestige trim and comes only with the turbocharged 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder that churns out 281 ponies and is paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. We don't have official test results on the updated Sorento, but previous versions with this powertrain have accelerated to 60 mph in as quick as 6.0 seconds and never felt underpowered. A larger radiator fan increases the X-Pro's towing capacity by 1000 pounds to 4500, putting it nearly level with the base Telluride's 5000-pound maximum. New for 2024, the more powerful unit comes standard on all but the base LX and S trims. Unlike the lesser ones, the off-road-inspired X-Line and X-Pro trims come standard with all-wheel drive.

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Upgrading to the X-Pro increases the Sorento's ride height to improve ground clearance from 6.9 to 8.2 inches, and it swaps the standard 20-inch alloys for a smaller set of 17-inch wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich Trail-Terrain T/A all-terrain tires. On paved roads, the extra cushion provided by the all-terrain's taller sidewall made for a comfortable ride, perfectly suited for eating up highway miles on a family road trip or jogging around town completing errands. Ditching the pavement for the dirt roads surrounding the Rocky Mountains, the X-Pro made its case. The Sorento performed well in the slush and mud—especially in Snow mode, which sends more of the engine's power rearward.

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