2021 Kia Telluride Review
Looks like: The Sorento answers the Telluride’s boxy, asperous attending with sleeker, added sculpted style
Competes with: Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid, Volkswagen Atlas
Powertrain: 191-horsepower, 2.Five-liter four-cylinder agent (gasoline); 281-hp, turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder (gasoline); 1.6-liter four-cylinder and electric motor for a absolute arrangement fulfillment of 227 hp (hybrid); six- or 8-speed computerized transmissions; front- or all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Late 2020
Kia’s new-for-2020 Telluride SUV wowed us so considerable that we wondered why the automaker was alike befitting its impede Sorento SUV around. The acknowledgment is a redesigned 2021 Sorento that provides amalgam and constituent amalgam powertrains to the calendar as capable-bodied as delivered ordinary warranty look and a asperous off-avenue model.
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The 2021 Sorento rides on a brand new SUV belvedere and receives a above management update. Where the Telluride is boxlike and rugged, the new Sorento takes a altered get admission to and gets sleeker and added sculpted for 2021, with a delivered version of the brand’s signature “tiger nose” grille as able-bodied as narrower, eyeliner-like daylight hours lively lighting fixtures.
Along with a brought able-bodied all-wheel-power device, the new off-avenue-orientated X-Line SX-Prestige trim has an brought ride acme to 8.Three-inches (an inch brought than the conventional experience height) as in a position-bodied as a trim-specific bonanza layout, roof arbor and 20-inch admixture wheels.
Although it nonetheless slots underneath the Telluride in Kia’s lineup, the new Sorento grows a little for 2021 and rides on a 1.4-inch-longer wheelbase than the approachable model.
The autogenous gets a tech adapt with the provision of Kia’s behemothic 10.25-inch touchscreen that currently is living in the Telluride advanced and centermost within the new Sorento; an 8-inch assemblage is fashionable. Other new look accommodate a rotary accessory selector, reachable wireless cellphone charging, up to eight USB charging ports and an available 12.Three-inch agenda barometer array — a aboriginal in a Kia SUV.
The multimedia association makes use of the modern-day model of Kia’s UVO software, and it has introduced articulation ascendancy capabilities that acquiesce for ascendancy of the weather, financial institution and guidance-wheel heating and audio gadget, as able-bodied as two new capabilities:
In agreement of room, the Sorento will afresh appear with 3 rows, and Kia says the first-class wheelbase translates to delivered addressee and burden allowance than the approachable model. Second-row captain’s chairs may be available, or you could get a bank bench that fits three; the third row has seats.
The 2021 Sorento will appear in LX, S, EX, SX, and SX-Prestige trims; all-wheel force is accessible beyond the lineup. Four powertrains are accessible this yr, and the higher account is the accession of a amalgam powertrain — a Sorento first.
The amalgam receives capacity from a adaptation of Kia’s 1.6-liter four-cylinder with an electric powered motor for a absolute arrangement success of 227 horsepower; it uses a six-speed computerized transmission. The automaker estimates the front-wheel-drive SUV gets 39/35/37 mpg city/toll road/blended. In assessment, a front-wheel-power Toyota Highlander is EPA rated 36/35/36 mpg.
A constituent amalgam that uses a adaptation of the 1.6-liter will barrage afterwards in 2021. Kia says it’ll be suited for 30 afar of all-electric ambit and acquire all-wheel drive.
Non-hybrid variations use one among 2.Five-liter 4-cylinder engines; the V-6 is long gone. Abject models use a 191-hp 2.Five-liter commutual with an eight-speed automated transmission. A 281-hp, turbocharged 2.Five-liter 4-cylinder mixture with the new Genesis GV80 SUV is additionally available and commutual with a brand new eight-pace dual-clutch computerized. Kia says it expects the non-faster fashions to gather a accumulated EPA appraisement of 27 mpg and turbo fashions a amassed appraisement of 25 mpg.
The new powertrains construe to bashful gasoline-financial system assets beyond the lineup. Four-cylinder abject fashions of the standard Sorento are EPA rated 22/29/25 mpg and V-6 variations at 26/19/22 mpg.
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More conventional guarantee look accumulate been delivered for 2021, as able-bodied as a few new options. Standards beyond the calendar accommodate computerized emergency braking with banal detection, a disciplinarian absorption admonishing machine, adaptive cruise ascendancy with stop-and-move, lane gather abetment and automated lane-centering.
One new regularly occurring is a rear bank energetic arrangement that makes use of increased sensors to ascertain adolescent or pet motion in the additional and 1/3 rows afterwards the doors gather been locked; if movement is detected, the arrangement sounds the horn and illuminates the chance lamps.
Available appearance accommodate darkish atom blow abstention help, dark look monitor, rear go-traffic blow abstention assist, navigation-based adaptive cruise control, and a bicycle owner basic of the superior blow admonishing association that facilitates confirm cyclists in advanced of the agent and automatically anchor to assume an coincidence.
Also handy is secure avenue abetment for the rear seats, which makes use of the SUV’s rear-going through alarm to envision advancing cartage and may count on a rear aperture from aperture if an abutting agent or motorcycle is detected.
Kia says the 2021 Sorento will go on auction later in 2020; appraisement could be seem afterpiece to its on-sale date.
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