2021 Kia Sorento Trim Level Comparison

Blue 2021 Kia Sorento SX

The highly anticipated 2021 Kia Sorento is nearly here and its six-trim lineup is causing a buzz throughout the automotive community. Packed with four different powertrains – two gasoline-powered and two hybrid-powered options – and 16 available driver-assistance features, the 2021 Kia Sorento is bringing it all right out of the gates.

Shoppers looking to get behind the wheel of a new Sorento when it joins the lineup here at Friendly Kia may be stuck on which model option is right for them. This guide to the 2021 Kia Sorento trim levels will cover some of the differences and similarities found between each available Sorento model. Keep reading to find which model offers the perfect mix of options for you so that you’re ready the second these models hit the Friendly Kia lot.



Trim Level

Sorento LX

Sorento S

Sorento EX

Sorento SX

Sorento SX Prestige

Sorento SX Prestige X-Line

Engine and Transmission

2.5L 4-cylinder GDI engine with 8-Speed Automatic Transmission 2.5L 4-cylinder GDI engine with 8-Speed Automatic Transmission 2.5L 4-cylinder turbocharged GDI engine with 8-Speed DCT 2.5L 4-cylinder turbocharged GDI engine with 8-Speed DCT 2.5L 4-cylinder turbocharged GDI engine with 8-Speed DCT 2.5L 4-cylinder turbocharged GDI engine with 8-Speed DCT
Power Specs 191 Horsepower | 181 pound-feet of torque 191 Horsepower | 181 pound-feet of torque 281 Horsepower | 311 pound-feet of torque 281 Horsepower | 311 pound-feet of torque 281 Horsepower | 311 pound-feet of torque 281 Horsepower | 311 pound-feet of torque
Passengers 7 7 6 6 6 6
Seating Cloth seats SynTex seats SynTex seats SynTex seats Perforated leather Perforated leather
Heated Front Seats -- Standard Standard Standard Standard Standard
Ventilated Front Seats -- -- -- -- Standard Standard
Dashboard Meter Cluster 4.2-inch color TFT LCD 4.2-inch color TFT LCD 4.2-inch color TFT LCD 4.2-inch color TFT LCD 12.3-inch color TFT LCD 12.3-inch color TFT LCD
Infotainment Center 8-inch touchscreen 8-inch touchscreen 8-inch touchscreen 10.25-inch touchscreen 10.25-inch touchscreen 10.25-inch touchscreen
Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ Wireless Wireless Wireless Wired Wired Wired
Bose surround sound audio system -- -- -- -- Standard Standard
Roof Rack Roof Rails Roof Rails Roof Rails Roof Rails Roof Rails Bridge-type Roof Rails
Ride height 7.3-inches 7.3-inches 7.3-inches 7.3-inches 7.3-inches 8.3-inches

2021 Kia Sorento Offers Perfection in Every Trim

The gas-powered 2021 Kia Sorento models are offered with two different engine options and transmissions as shown in the chart above. All six Sorento models come equipped with added features that will amplify the experience of drivers on the road. Standard Idle Stop and Go helps the Sorento optimize its fuel consumption and go longer between fill-ups and Drive Mode Select offers Comfort, Sport, Eco, and Smart Modes to allow the Sorento to adapt to any driving conditions for an optimal performance. The Sorento S model and up offer the convenience of push-button start and remote engine start.

A few key exterior details set the looks of each Sorento model apart from each other. The Sorento LX is fitted with a black tiger-nose grille with black radiator grille mesh on its front end and wears rugged matte black bumpers with black and chrome lower door garnishes. The Sorento S, EX, SX, and SX-Prestige share an array of exterior features, all wearing a gloss black tiger-nose grille with gloss black radiator mesh, GT-Line bumpers with gloss black detailing, and gloss black and chrome lower door garnishes. The top-of-the-line Sorento SX Prestige X-Line brings in Dark Hyper Silver detailing in its radiator grille mesh and wears rugged bumpers with Hyper Silver molded-in skid plates.

Shoppers will find an array of differences between the comfort features found in the six available Sorento models, some of which we’ve covered in the chart above. Each Sorento model is fitted with a 50/50 split-folding bench seat in the third row, making room for two passengers. The 7-passenger LX and S models are equipped with a three-passenger second-row 60/40 bench seat, while the rest of the lineup makes room for 6 passengers total with the two second-row captain’s chairs.