The 2021 Kia Sorento may not be as popular as its bigger siblings, the Kia Telluride or the Kia Carnival, but unlike the latter two, the mid-size crossover SUV offers four engine options to choose from, including a hybrid (HEV) and a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) avatar, which makes it a compelling option for those looking for a fuel-efficient three-row, seven-seater SUV. If you’re curious about the fuel economy rating of the 2021 Kia Sorento range, keep reading this blog post by Airport Kia of Naples, FL.
2021 Kia Sorento Engine Options and MPG Ratings
The standard 2021 Kia Sorento comes in five different trims, namely LS, S, EX, SX, and SX Prestige. The Sorento LS and Sorento S trim levels are powered by a 2.5L 4-cylinder DOHC 16V GDI engine that produces 191 horses and 181 lb.-ft. of torque. On the other hand, the Sorento EX, SX, and SX Prestige trim levels come with a turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder DOHC 16V engine that cranks out 281 horses and 311 lb.-ft of torque.
In terms of fuel economy, the 2021 Sorento LS and Sorento S return a commendable EPA-estimated MPG rating of 24/29/26 MPG (City/Highway/Combined) in the standard FWD mode and 23/25/24 MPG (City/Highway/Combined) in AWD mode.
The turbo engine powered trims return 22/29/25 MPG (City/Highway/Combined) in FWD mode, and 21/28/24 MPG (City/Highway/Combined) when you switch to AWD driving mode.
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2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid
Unlike the 2021 Sorento, the 2021 Sorento Hybrid comes in just two trims, Sorento Hybrid S and Sorento Hybrid EX. Powering both the trims is a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder GDI 16V engine with Full Parallel Hybrid System and a 270 V Lithium-ion polymer battery, that delivers a combined horsepower of 227 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of combined torque.
And because it uses a fuel-efficient hybrid drivetrain, the Sorento Hybrid S and Sorento Hybrid EX return an impressive EPA-estimated MPG rating of 39/35/37 (City/Highway/Combined).
Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV)
There’s also a plug-in variant of the 2021 Sorento Hybrid which is powered by a 1.6-liter GDI 4-cylinder turbocharged Plug-in Hybrid Automatic All-Wheel-Drive powertrain with a 66.9 kW electric motor and 13.8 kWh Li-ion polymer battery. It uses a six-speed automatic transmission and churns out 261 horses and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. The Sorento PHEV returns an estimated up to 43 miles of all-electric drive range, provided you drive it on urban roads.
The 2021 Kia Sorento range is definitely one of the most fuel-efficient family SUVs out there and if you’re just as impressed by its MPG ratings as we are, then check out the Sorento at Airport Kia in Naples. FL and schedule a test drive today!