Mar 12, 2021 - Economy

What we're driving: 2021 Kia Sorento X-Line

2021 Kia Sorento X-Line

2021 Kia Sorento X-Line. Photo: Kia

Kia's new mid-sized 2021 Sorento is one of the most affordable three-row SUVs on the market.

The big picture: The new Sorento is handsome inside and out, a solid family car that fits in between Kia's outstanding Telluride and compact Sportage.

  • It offers two very capable four-cylinder engine choices and a 37-mpg hybrid option. A plug-in hybrid, with 261 horsepower and 30 miles of gas-free driving in-town, will come later.

By the numbers: Prices for the Sorento start at $29,390 (before the $1,170 destination charge) and top out at $42,590 for the all-wheel-drive X-Line model I drove.

  • The Sorento Hybrid begins at $33,590.

Details: Standard tech features include an 8-inch touchscreen or an optional 10.3-inch touchscreen and a wireless charging pad for your phone.

  • Four cameras provide a 360-degree view around the vehicle to help in tight parking situations.
  • Cameras also project a live video of blind spots when turning.

Two fun things: A Kia app on your phone helps locate your car using the car's cameras to capture images of its surroundings.

  • The app can also provide "last mile" walking directions to the driver's final destination.
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