TodayApril 15, 2022

2022 Kia Sorento hybrid review pricing

Kia has another home run with a plug-in-hybrid model that joins the Sorento lineup for the 2022 model year. The 2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid is a small SUV with three rows of seating that can carry up to six passengers. 

What’s New for 2022? 

  • All-wheel drive option with center-locking differential & Drive Mode Select w/ Snow Mode that includes 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard 10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation and telematics
2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid console

The 2022 Kia Sorento EX hybrid I drove was a front-wheel-drive with a runway red exterior and gray interior. The starting MSRP is $35,990 with only additional costs of the red paint, floor mats, and destination for a total price of a very reasonable $37,820. 

A hybrid contains an internal combustion engine and a lithium-ion polymer battery. The EX comes with a 1.6L 4-cylinder turbocharged Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) Hybrid engine that makes 177.2 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm and 195.4 lb.-ft. @1,500-4,500 rpm. The 1.5 kWh, 270 Volt battery power is 64 kW (discharge) / 49 kW (charge) and makes 59.3 horsepower @ 1,600-2,000 rpm and 194.7 lb.-ft. @0-1,600 rpm. The total for the hybrid is 227 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. 

If you haven’t driven a PHEV and are wondering, there is no warp speed jolt in the transition between the electric propulsion and gas. The hybrid quickly from a stop, and power comes on strong when you merge or pass at higher speeds or go up a hill. Can we thank the instant torque from the lithium-ion battery? Yes, we can. 

The Sorento is smoother than some well-known gasoline engines, even though it is a continuously variable automatic transmission that employs a traditional six-speed automatic. Combine that with the fuel efficiency that I got of 44 mpg combined, instead of 25 mpg for the gasoline version, and you can see the pros outweigh the cons. 

2022 Kia Sorento hybrid – I got 44.4 mpg combined

The Kia Sorento has won many accolades for car of the year. It will continue to do so.

Standard Sorento Hybrid safety features: 

  • Forward collision warning
  • Forward automatic emergency braking
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Driver attention monitoring
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Lane tracing assist
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Safe exit assist
  • Speed limit recognition
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Rearview camera 
  • Rear-seat reminder

Kia Sorento hybrid versus competitors: 

Volkswagen Tiguan

Ford Explorer

Hyundai Santa Fe

Lexus RX

Nissan Murano

Honda Pilot

Toyota Highlander

Nissan Pathfinder

Dodge Durango

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Volkswagen Atlas

Mazda CX-9

2022 Kia Sorento hybrid cargo room

Kia Sorento Hybrid Trim Levels and Pricing :

Kia Sorento Hybrid (HEV) S FWD $33,990

Kia Sorento Hybrid (HEV) S AWD $35,790

Kia Sorento Hybrid (HEV) EX FWD $35,990

Kia Sorento Hybrid (HEV) EX AWD $38,290

(excludes $1,175 destination)

2.5-liter GDI 4-cylinder 

Gasoline version:

191 hp and 181 lb.-ft. torque; 8-speed automatic transmission

2.5-liter GDI 4-cyl. Turbo

281 hp and 311 lb-ft torque; 8-speed wet dual-clutch automatic transmission

Hybrid version: 


1.6-liter GDI 4-cyl. Turbo Hybrid/44kW motor

2022 Kia Sorento hybrid engine

227 hp; 6-speed automatic transmission

1.6-liter GDI-cyl. Turbo Plug-in Hybrid/66.9kW motor

261 hp; 6-speed automatic transmission

Fuel Economy – EPA-est. MPG

Gasoline version

2.5-liter GDI 4-cyl.

24 city/29 highway/26 combined (FWD)

23 city/25 highway/24 combined (AWD) 

2.5-liter GDI 4-cyl. Turbo

22 city/29 highway/25 combined (FWD)

22 city/27 highway/24 combined (AWD)

Hybrid version: 

1.6-liter GDI 4-cyl. Turbo Hybrid/44kW motor

39 city/35 highway/37 combined (FWD)


1.6-liter GDI-cyl. Turbo Plug-in Hybrid/66.9kW motor

35 city/33highway/34 combined/79 MPGe3 (AWD)

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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