2024 Kia Sorento First Look: Midsize SUV Gains Telluride Looks

Kia's revamped three-row crossover SUV gets fresh tech, too.

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The midsize Kia Sorento will look a lot like its hot-selling Kia Telluride sibling for 2024. The updated Sorento sees new styling outside, big tweaks inside, and far more screenage spread across its revamped dashboard.

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2024 Kia Sorento Adopts Telluride-Inspired Styling

The Sorento trades last year's look for a new front end with a wide grille flanked by vertical headlights. The look is intentionally similar to Kia's bigger Telluride. That popular model outsold the Sorento through the first 10 months of 2023, even though it costs more and has been hard to find on dealer lots. Kia even grabbed two new paint colors from the Telluride lineup for its redesigned Sorento.

A new X-Pro trim level joins the lineup, too, with blacked-out styling and slightly more rugged BFGoodrich tires. While no rock crawler, the Sorento X-Pro nonetheless has a tougher look than before.

Inside, the dash has been freshened up in a way that seems to blend last year's model with the bigger Telluride. Higher-trim versions have dual 12.3-inch screens in a single panel; the left display serves as a configurable instrument cluster, while the right display handles infotainment functions. The Telluride boasts the same look in costlier trims.

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Kia Sorento Goes Gas Only for 2024, but Hybrids Return for 2025

The Sorento's base 2.5-liter inline-four making 191 horsepower and optional 281-hp 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder remain on offer for 2024 with no major changes. They stick with standard front-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive, and each powertrain uses an eight-speed automatic transmission.

If you're after a Sorento hybrid or plug-in hybrid, you'll have to wait. Kia says both versions will return later in 2024 as 2025 model-year vehicles, but the automaker has yet to specify whether there will be any changes.

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More Interior and Safety Tech for the 2024 Kia Sorento

One place where the 2024 Sorento will have a leg up over the 2024 Telluride is in its infotainment system. Kia looked to the EV9 electric vehicle for new hardware and software with over-the-air updates. All versions have wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility plus USB-C ports.

Users of select Apple and Samsung mobile devices can also tap their phones for locking, unlocking, and engine starting via near-field communication on so-equipped 2024 Sorento models.

The 2024 Sorento's available adaptive cruise control system now adapts to the way the driver accelerates and brakes to better mimic real-life driving.

You can expect for the 2024 Sorento to land in dealer lots by early 2024.

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Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz has had cars in his blood ever since he gnawed the paint off of a diecast model as a toddler. After growing up in Dallas, Texas, he earned a journalism degree, worked in public relations for two manufacturers, and served as an editor for a luxury-lifestyle print publication and several well-known automotive websites. In his free time, Andrew loves exploring the Rocky Mountains' best back roads—when he’s not browsing ads for his next car purchase.