SUV shoppers looking for a midsize rig should put the 2022on their list because, well, it's a darn good vehicle, as our editors have experienced. On Friday, we received updated prices for the vehicle that show Kia has jacked prices up a tad across the board, however.
The cheapest 2022 Sorento remains the LX trim, which costs $30,665 after a $1,175 destination charge. It's just $100 more expensive than last year, and the same goes for the LX all-wheel drive trim, which costs $32,465. No, $100 won't break the bank in the grand scheme of a new car purchase, but there are loftier increases as you climb the SUV's trim hierarchy.
Moving into the volume model, the Sorento's S trim, prices jump to $33,465, which is a $400 bump from last year. Really, if you want the most bang for your buck, the new X-Line S trim is where it's at. Last year, the X-Line was an optional package for the EX trim, but Kia bundled its goods and expanded the AWD trim. It cost $2,100 extra last year, but the 2022 Sorento X-Line S trim only costs $600 more compared to last year's S AWD model. Plus, the fancier 10.25-inch touchscreen is now standard for all Sorento trims aside from the base LX model.
Kicking the tires on an EX trim drops the 2.5-liter turbo-four engine under the hood, replacing the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter mill. Prices climb $400 for the front-wheel drive model but jump a whopping $2,300 for the EX AWD model. Rounding things out, the SX trims grow $200 more expensive and the range-topping SX Prestige trim gets a new name. Now called SX-P, these SUVs are $500 more expensive for 2022. They also receive standard memory seats, 14-way power adjustments and thigh extenders.
For those looking for a more frugal option, theremains at its $35,165 starting price. The cost puts you in an S trim, but you can climb into a hybrid model in EX trimmings for $37,165 to start. AWD is a $1,800 option for the S model and $2,300 option for the EX model.
The biggest addition is the new, though we don't have prices for it yet. Kia did say it'll only be available in SX and SX-P trims, so don't expect anything super-duper affordable, noting the SX trim already starts at nearly $40,000 without the PHEV gear.