The 2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid is one of the most anticipated models in the midsize SUV segment. Besides being exceptionally fuel-efficient, this SUV also offers an engaging driving experience, a refined cabin, and generous features. This model year, it comes in a plug-in hybrid version to further elevate its appeal to fuel-conscious drivers. Let’s take a closer look at the 2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid Plug-In to see if it suits your needs and expectations.
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The all-new Kia Sorento Hybrid Plug-In is available in two trim levels: the SX and SX Prestige. The SX comes with a base manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $45,190, whereas the SX Prestige starts at $48,090. However, since it’s a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), this Kia model qualifies for a federal tax credit of $6,587.
Performance and Towing Capacity
Whether you choose the SX or SX Prestige, the 2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid Plug-In is equipped with a 1.6-liter turbo-four engine, electric motor, and a 13.8-kWh battery combined to produce 261 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This powertrain teams a six-speed automatic transmission to deliver power to all four wheels. With this setup, the SUV can handle most driving tasks easily, from running errands around town to passing on the highway.
If you enjoy outdoor adventures, you should be happy to know that the Kia Sorento Hybrid Plug-In can do some light towing. With a maximum towing capacity of 2,000 pounds, it can pull a wide array of weekend toys, such as two jet skis, two ATVs, a canoe, a small rowboat, a motorcycle, a utility trailer, or a small A-frame camper.
Few midsize SUVs handle better than the Kia Sorento Hybrid Plug-In. This Kia demonstrates impressive composure, whether traveling at highway speeds or tackling sharp corners or winding roads. In addition, it rides smoothly over most surfaces, including bumps and potholes. Although it’s a relatively large vehicle, it’s surprisingly easy to maneuver, making it a driving pleasure.
Fuel Economy and Range
When it’s running solely on electricity, the 2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid Plug-In has a driving range of 32 miles. That’s enough for daily commuting if you don’t live too far away from your workplace. This SUV is rated at 79 mpg-equivalent when driving on electric power and 34 mpg combined when using gas power.
The Kia Sorento Hybrid Plug-In makes a striking statement on the road with its imposing stance and sharp styling. The SUV appears bold and aggressive from the front with its wide “tiger nose” grille and squinting headlights. A strong character line along the sides contributes to a muscular profile, while a raked rear windshield and wraparound taillights add a sporty touch. Standard exterior features include LED projector-beam headlights, LED signature daytime running lights, power-adjustable and heated side mirrors, and 19-inch alloy wheels.
On the inside, the 2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid Plug-In boasts a modern and sophisticated design and outstanding fit and finish. The cabin has a generous amount of premium materials and minimal hard plastics, which gives it an upscale look and feel. Furthermore, it offers a quiet ride and good outward visibility in all directions.
The Sorento Hybrid Plug-In is a three-row SUV that can seat six people in its standard configuration. The seats in all three rows are spacious enough for adults and provide ample cushioning and support to keep you and your family comfortable even on long-distance trips.
The SX is fitted with synthetic leather upholstery, a 10-way power driver’s seat, an eight-way power front-passenger seat, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and a hands-free power lift-gate. The SX Premium adds genuine leather seats, a 14-way power driver’s seat with memory settings, a 10-way power front-passenger seat, a heated steering wheel, cooled front seats, heated middle-row seats, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
With all three rows of seats upright, the Kia Sorento Hybrid Plug-In offers 12.6 cubic feet of cargo space, enough for storing a few suitcases. However, if you need to carry more stuff, you can fold down the rearmost seats to create a cargo area of 38.5 to 45 cubic feet or drop the second-row seats to open up the maximum storage capacity of 75.5 cubic feet. When all its rear seats are folded, this Kia SUV has one of the largest cargo capacities in its segment.
The 2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid Plug-In comes with extensive infotainment features to provide a connected and enjoyable driving experience. If you opt for the SX, you’ll have access to a 10.25-inch touch-screen display, eight USB ports, a wireless device charger, a six-speaker sound system, voice recognition, navigation, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The SX Premium offers additional features such as a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system.
Active Safety Features
Active safety features can help reduce your accident risk by warning you of impending danger or assisting you in controlling your vehicle. The Kia Sorento Hybrid Plug-In has plenty of these features to keep you safe on the road, including:
- Forward-collision and lane-departure alerts.
- Pedestrian and cyclist monitoring.
- Forward automatic emergency braking.
- Driver-attention monitoring.
- Lane-keeping and lane-tracing assistance.
- Intersection-turning assistance.
- Adaptive cruise control and highway-driving assistance.
- Blind-spot detection.
- Speed-limit recognition.
- Automatic high-beam headlamps.
- Rearview camera.
- Rear cross-traffic warning.
- Electronic parking brake.
- Front and rear parking sensors.
- Rear-seat reminder.
- Safe-exit assistance.
- SX Premium exclusives: Reverse automatic emergency braking, blind-spot camera, surround-view parking camera system.
If you’re thinking of buying the 2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid Plug-In in McKinney, Texas, we invite you to stop by Huffines Kia McKinney to view it in person. You’ll find your ideal model at our dealership, no matter which trims level or paints color you want. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need more information about this Kia model or like to schedule a test drive.