2022 Sorento HEV

We recently reviewed the 2022 Kia Sorento X-Line SX Prestige and found it to be one of the best mid-line three-row compact crossovers on the market today. This week we’re taking a look at the Kia Sorento Hybrid (HEV not PHEV) offering and whether or not the Hybrid is a better value proposition for fuel economy than the standard Sorento.

2022 Sorento HEV Hybrid

The Hybrid version of the 2022 Kia Sorento looks pretty much the same as the other Sorento models in the lineup with the exception of Hybrid-specific 17-inch wheels, a unique lower front fascia with faux vents at each corner, and a rotary shifter dial versus a traditional shifter in the standard models.

The Sorento Hybrid is powered by a 1.6-liter hybrid system that produces 227-horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. While this is plenty of power, the hybrid doesn’t feel quite as quick on its feet as the standard gasoline Sorento. The Sorento Hybrid also feels less planted driving around town. Body roll is noticeably more present, and the high-profile tires are much softer in corners, contributing to the less confident feel. The result is a much less engaging driving experience in the Sorento Hybrid versus the normal Sorento when driving around town.

2022 Sorento HEV

While the Sorento Hybrid doesn’t offer a dedicated EV mode like the Sorento Plug-In Hybrid does, it does deliver on fuel efficiency. We managed 39 miles per gallon in mixed driving, which actually bests the 37 miles per gallon combined EPA rating. When compared to the gasoline-only FWD Sorento’s EPA numbers, the Hybrid bests it by 11 miles per gallon combined, 15 city, and 6 miles per gallon highway. That’s a significant improvement over the gasoline-only version of the Sorento!

The good news is that the Kia Sorento Hybrid isn’t a huge upcharge over the gasoline-only Sorento. The gasoline-only Sorento S starts at $32,390 before destination while the Sorento S Hybrid starts at $34,090 before destination. That’s a $1700 difference that will easily be made up over the length of ownership. The catch is that the Sorento Hybrid is a less satisfying driving experience than the gasoline-only version, but still a great vehicle.

2022 Sorento HEV Hybrid

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