The Kia Sorento crossover SUV is a practical, mid-sized SUV that can be used to move large items and multiple people. The Sorento was first introduced by Kia in 2003. The third generation of the Sorento was launched in 2003. It received an update in 2019 and is now in its third generation.
If you are looking for a crossover with plenty of space for five, the Kia Sorento would be a great choice. The Sorento is a highly-rated choice in this segment due to its large content, updated styling and strong value.
Pricing and Trims
The Sorento is available in four trims from Kia: L, LX and EX. The SUV can be ordered with seating for up to seven people. However, the turbo-powered L models and the LX models can only accommodate five or seven people.
The L comes standard with LED running lights, 17 inch alloy wheels, cruise control, air conditioning and tilt steering wheel, fabric upholstery that resists staining, 40/20/40 split-folding 2nd-row seats, Bluetooth connectivity and CD player. There is also an auxiliary audio input jack, satellite broadcast, and a USB plug.
An LX model includes automatic headlights and a sound-insulating windshield. It also features a rearview camera, roof rails and a 4.3-inch touchscreen. Uvo eServices is also available. Dual rapid-charge USB plugs are also included. The Convenience package adds heated front seats, rear parking sensors, power adjustments for driver, leather-wrapped steering wheels, and an automatic dimming of the rearview mirror.
EX models include everything in the Convenience Package, sound-insulating side glasses, 18-inch wheels and leather upholstery. The Premium package includes keyless ignition and entry as well as power-folding mirrors, sunshades, rear cross-traffic alert, blind area monitoring and power-folding mirrors. The Premium can also be upgraded to include a Touring package that includes an 8-inch touchscreen, a panoramic sunroof and navigation, traffic reports, a larger display for the rearview cam, and Infinity sound system with ten speakers. The SX model comes with all the EX’s options, as well as the two optional packages. It also includes 19-inch wheels, an upgraded steering system and LED taillights.
The SX Limited adds on to all of the above with leather upholstery, 19 inch chrome wheels, heated second-row seats, ventilated front seats, and heated outboard seats. The optional Technology Package adds a multi-angle parking camera and xenon headlights to the vehicle. It also includes adaptive cruise control, electronic park brake, forward-collision warning, lane departure warning, and lane departure warning.
The MSRP for a Sorento is approximately $28,000. The MSRP of a Sorento is approximately $28,000 with an LX trim and $1,000 with the EX. The MSRP is increased by approximately $2,000. You can save money by becoming a member and going to your Certified Dealer.
Performance and Engine
The Sorento’s standard engine is available in the L and LX trims. It is a 2.4-liter four cylinder with 185 horsepower and 175 lb.ft. of torque. Standard equipment includes a six-speed automatic transmission with front-wheel drive and a front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is also available. The fuel economy is 25 mpg, 22 mpg in the city, and 29 highway. Maximum towing weight is 2,000 pounds. The 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine in the EX and SX models produces 240 horsepower and 265 lb.ft. of torque. This engine has the same transmission and drive options. The fuel economy is 23 mpg combined, 21 mpg city and 27 mpg on the highway. Towing capacity is 3,500 lbs.
The 3.3-liter V-6 engine in the SX produces 290 horsepower and 252 pounds of torque. You can add the engine to either the EX or SX. The engine comes with the same transmission as the other drive options. It is expected to get 21 mpg combined, 18 in the city and 26 on the highway. The V-6 engine can tow 3,500 pounds when equipped in front-wheel drive and 5,000 with all-wheel.
The interior colors available to buyers include cream or black, and the latter can be ordered in a two-tone configuration. The cabin is made from high quality materials that are soft to touch. Upgrades to trim levels can result in better interior trim materials. The interior layout is modern and attractive, with easy-to-use controls. It is extremely easy to use the infotainment system.
The interior space is great, with ample room for adults who are larger. The second row has more legroom and can be slid forward and back as well as folded flat. Although the third row is larger than you might imagine, it is best for children and adults who are shorter. The cargo space is 11 cubic feet with the third row up. However, you can expand this quickly by folding the rear seats down.