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2021 Kia Sorento X-Line: One of the best 3-row SUVs on the market?


How often do you go to a dealership and test drive the same car more than once, and in multiple trim lines? We’re guessing you’d only do this if you really liked the vehicle and you were considering purchasing one. Well, publisher Tim Esterdahl test drove a Kia Sorento earlier this year and he loved it so much that he wanted to drive it again in a different trim level. In this video, Esterdahl outlines what he loves about the 2021 Kia Sorento X-Line AWD and why the Sorento is one of his favorite three-row SUVs.

What makes the 2021 Kia Sorento X-Line special?

First, check out the Aruba Green exterior with its color matching door handles, black mirrors and accents and the 20-inch matte gray wheels. The Sorento is already a beautifully designed car with great lines and movement. Add a few special touches and it really stands out.

The roof rails are also a part of the X-line package. And on the inside, you’ll find aluminum pedals, beautiful woodgrain textured accents on a black interior paired with quilted rust-colored leather seats which are both heated and ventilated for a super comfortable ride.

Keeping the family happy

When you’re on a road trip, or just going about your daily errands and school pick-up, you want everyone to be happy and comfortable. The 2021 Kia Sorento X-Line has plenty of drink holders and USB charging options in every single row. There are also interesting and highly adjustable air vents that allow each passenger to get just the right airflow for their individual comfort level. Bose speakers provide quality sound throughout so your favorite road trip music can be enjoyed by all.

Maybe not for tall passengers?

Esterdahl notes the headroom in the second row may be a little tight for taller adults, but he does like that the seating position is high enough to have a really good view out the front window which makes the whole car seem roomier.

The nitty-gritty

This Sorento has a 2.5-liter turbo engine and an 8-speed transmission. It comes with a great pair of warranties, wireless charging, an all-digital dash and multiple drive modes. The auto start/stop is easy to disable and the navigation and infotainment system is lightning fast and easy to use. Esterdahl was impressed with the intuitive design and technology in the 2021 Kia Sorento X-Line. The Sorento has a fuel economy rating of 24 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway.

My personal favorite of the features Esterdahl pointed out is the blind spot monitoring system, which uses cameras and displays the views in the driver’s display when the turn signals are activated so you can actually see what is in your blind spot!

The 2021 Kia Sorento starts at $29,390 and the X-Line Tim drove totaled $44,285 thanks to a host of additional features. Check out the video below for even more things to love about this SUV.

Erica Mueller

Erica Mueller is a Texan, which means she believes that trucks are family vehicles and giant SUVs make good second cars. As part-time auto journalist for almost a decade, Erica enjoys driving all kinds of vehicles and sharing her experiences with others. Erica is the secretary of the board for the Texas Auto Writers Association as well as a contributor at A Girls Guide to Cars.

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