Kia's refreshed 2024 Sorento sees its base price jump to $33,365.
That's a $1600 increase over the 2023 model.
Only the strictly gas-powered Sorento gets updated for 2024. Gas-electric hybrid and PHEV models will receive the facelift for 2025.
Plastic surgery isn't cheap, and Kia is passing the cost of the 2024 Sorento's facelift on to consumers by way of a $1600 bump to its base price. The base LX now starts at $33,365, and the new X-Pro off-road trim level tops off the lineup at $48,765.
What does the Sorento's update include? Well, a far more handsome mug and a revised interior, not to mention a couple of new trims. That's for gas models, at least. Gasoline-electric Sorento hybrid and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models retain last year's looks for 2024, though those variants will adopt the new duds come 2025. We don't yet have pricing details for the forthcoming updated hybrid versions.
Under the skin, this is largely the same Sorento we've developed a love-hate relationship with, as evidenced by our long-term test of a 2022 Kia Sorento SX. The current generation of Sorento offers plenty to love on paper: a comfortable ride, enjoyable driving dynamics, an ergonomic cabin that employs high-quality materials, a versatile cargo hold, and comfortable seats for those in the first two rows (the third row even offers passable space given the Sorento's size).
So what's not to love? Well, that pesky eight-speed dual-clutch automated transmission that pairs with the available 281-hp 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Whereas Kia cut the dual-clutch gearbox from the recently updated Seltos and replaced it with a traditional eight-speed automatic with planetary gears and a torque converter, the Korean brand does no such thing for the Sorento. This powertrain combination comes standard on Sorento trims EX ($39,365) and up.
As we learned during our long-term stint, the dual-clutch transmission is a fine partner when the stars align. Unfortunately, the stars are prone to getting out of place, something that ultimately led to our Sorento needing a new transmission midway through its stay. We'd recommend the Sorento's standard naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four that mates to a traditional eight-speed automatic, but that engine's 191 horsepower struggle to move this three-row SUV with verve at higher speeds. It comes standard on only the lowest two trims, the base LX and the $35,765 S.
Those willing to roll the dice on the turbocharged 2024 Sorento (a risk that may be worth taking thanks to Kia's lengthy warranty) or tolerate the lackadaisical naturally aspirated 2.5-liter (be sure to drive it with a few adult passengers before making up your mind) will surely appreciate the updates that Kia has made to the Sorento.
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