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2024 Kia Sorento Debuts As Updated Ford Explorer Rival

Originally set to receive a mid-cycle refresh for the 2024 model year, the Ford Explorer is now in line to receive some updates in 2025, as Ford Authority exclusively reported in early September. In the meantime, that long-running model soldiers on into the 2024 model year largely unchanged, save for one major update – the elimination of the the 3.3L V6 Hybrid engine option. While we await the arrival of the refreshed Explorer, that particular model continues to face heavy competition from a number of automakers in the hugely-popular crossover space, and that list now includes the just-revealed 2024 Kia Sorrento, too.

Much like the 2025 Explorer, the 2024 Kia Sorrento is getting a refresh complete with revised front and rear end styling, a few updates for the interior, and the addition of some new options. At both ends, the crossover has been treated to a look that’s more in line with Kia’s current styling direction with slimmer, modern-looking lighting elements, along with a revised front grille, two new wheel designs, and two new exterior colors – Midnight Lake Blue and Dawning Red.

Inside the cabin, the 2024 Kia Sorrento features a 12.3-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, along with either a 4.3-inch display for lower trims or a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster screen for higher trim levels. The trim level lineup remains the same with LX, S, EX, SX, and SX-P offerings, but Kia has added the new X-Line as a more rugged appearance package of sorts, while the X-Pro gets actual, functional upgrades such as BFGoodrich all-terrain tires, skid plates, and a roof rack.

In terms of powertrains, nothing is changing with the 2024 Kia Sorrento, which carries over with the same base 2.5L I-4 churning out 191 horsepower for the LX and S trims, which is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Stepping up to the EX, SX, or SX-P nets one the turbocharged 2.5L I-4 making 281 horsepower, which is paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox, though in either case, front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is optional. Interestingly, the hybrid and PHEV versions of the Sorrento will carry over unchanged until 2025, while the non-electrified versions are set to go on sale in Q1 of 2024.

We’ll have more on everything Ford’s competition is up to soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford Explorer news and comprehensive Ford news updates.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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