South Korean automaker Kia recently announced the 2023 Kia Sorento midsize SUV with improvements across each trim. Kia increased the price $400 of the base Sorento LX trim and it now has a starting price of $31,285.
The base LX trim uses Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) which has added rear cross-traffic collision avoidance, safe exit assist, and blind spot collision-avoidance. Both LX and X have a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine powering 191 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque - the EX and SX have a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine powering 281 hp and 311 lb-ft of torque.
Every other trim will have added convenience features that were previously offered as optional - a wireless smartphone charger is added to the S, the EX has an 8-way power front passenger seat, and the SX now has power-folding exterior mirrors and a 12.3-inch color digital instrument panel.
The 2023 Kia Sorento SX Prestige is the best trim available, featuring a glossy black exterior, all-wheel drive, and an onboard 115-volt power inverter. Although other trims didn't receive much of a price increase, this one is $2,200 more expensive - now starting at $44,685 - but the older SX Prestige was four-wheel drive (FWD).
The power inverter lets owners charge household electronics if needed, such as laptops, which is a feature that more future EVs begin to implement.
The X-Line package offers a different bumper and unique exterior details, 20-inch alloy wheels and an added bridge-type roof rack.
Full pricing of the different trims:
- LX: $29,990
- S: $32,490
- EX: $35,890
- SX: $38,790
- LX AWD: $31,790
- X-Line S AWD: $34,490
- X-Line EX AWD: $39,590
- SX AWD: $40,590
- SX-P AWD: $43,390
- X-Line SX-P AWD: $43,590
It will be interesting to see what drivers think of the car, as Kelley Blue Book continues to rank it fairly well in its list of "Best 3-Row SUVs."