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Off Road Test: 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV on Everyman Driver

If the eight-passenger Kia Telluride is too big and the two-row Kia Sportage is too small, then the 2022 Kia Sorento might be just right. It offers seating for up to seven in a vehicle that’s not much larger than popular compact SUVs, such as the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. Like other Kias, it’s loaded with features, including forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and other safety tech as standard equipment.

For 2022, Kia adds a plug-in hybrid version (PHEV) of the Sorento to its top two trim levels, SX and SX Prestige. Otherwise, the model, which was all-new last year, carries forward with only minor changes.

The Sorento also comes with a wide variety of available engines, ranging from an economical base four-cylinder to a zippy turbocharged option with nearly 300 horsepower to a highly fuel-efficient hybrid and plug-in hybrid offerings. The latter two are somewhat rare in this category, providing buyers an alternative to more familiar hybrid choices, such as the Toyota Highlander. When outfitted in X-Line trim, which adds all-wheel drive and a host of outdoorsy upgrades, the Sorento gives the Subaru Outback a run for its money. Combine all of that with Kia’s best-in-class vehicle warranty, and it’s clear why the Sorento stands out in the competitive world of midsize SUVs.

After a complete redesign last year, the Kia Sorento remains a top pick among midsize SUVs. It combines room for seven, lots of powertrain choices, and a long list of standard and available features in an attractive — and attractively priced — package.

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