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Kia Sorento
2017
Kia Sorento 2017 4-door SUV Trim Shown: 2017 EX 4-door SUV AWD Automatic

This SUV is among our top-scoring midsized SUVs. The Sorento is functional and refined, and its wide price range makes it an alternative to small and midsized SUVs. Three engines are available: the base 185-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder; a 240-hp, 2.0-liter turbo four; and the smooth and quiet 290-hp, 3.3-liter V6. All are mated to a six-speed automatic. The cabin is quiet, and the ride is comfortable and composed. Handling is responsive and secure. Supportive seats and simple controls help make the Sorento easy to live with. Available safety gear includes forward-collision warning, blind-spot detection, and rear cross-traffic alert, as well as a surround-view monitor. Good crash-test results are a plus. Reliability has been above average.

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2016
2016 Redesign Year
Kia Sorento 2016 Trim Shown: 2016 SXL/Limited/SX+

The first Sorento was a body-on frame SUV good for towing but not so great as an everyday driver. Larger than most small SUVs, it was initially powered by a 3.5-liter V6, upgraded to a 262-hp 3.8-liter for 2007. Acceleration with both was quite spirited. Low-range gearing made it competent off-road but the stiff ride was fatiguing and handling was clumsy. A 3.3-liter V6, added in 2008, returned an adequate 17 mpg overall. The 2011 redesign gave it responsive handling, comfortable seats, and lots of features for the money. Both the four- and six-cylinders returned 20-mpg overall in our test. The optional third-row seat extends seating to seven. The ride is a little stiff but overall the Sorento is still a good choice. The vastly improved 2015 redesign brought a quieter cabin, strong engines, a comfortable ride, and responsive handling.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2016 $20,375 - $30,025 $17,585 - $26,960
2014-2015
2014 Redesign Year
Kia Sorento 2015 Trim Shown: 2015 Others

The vastly improved 2015 redesign made the Sorento feel substantially more premium on every level. The optional third row seat brings passenger capacity to seven. With its quiet cabin, comfortable, absorbent ride, responsive and secure handling and high levels of interior fit and finish, it feels almost like a luxury SUV. The cabin benefits from supportive seats, easy to use controls, and comprehensive connectivity through Bluetooth and compatible apps. A large sunroof is offered in the high end models.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2015 $17,775 - $31,075 $15,030 - $27,955
2014 $16,275 - $28,575 $13,580 - $25,505
2011-2013
2011 Redesign Year
Kia Sorento 2013 Trim Shown: 2013 Others

The Sorento's 2011 redesign brought it into the modern era. The Kia became a car-based SUV with an optional third-row seat. It also gained responsive handling and a steady, albeit stiff ride. The interior benefitted from comfortable seats, easy to use controls, Bluetooth connectivity and lots of features for the money. High-end versions came with a large sunroof. Both the base four cylinder and the optional V6 returned 20-mpg overall in our tests. The pick of the range is an EX V6, which has a nicer interior and benefits from a slick V6 offering the same fuel economy as the four-cylinder. Overall, the Sorento is a good used car choice that's just as functional as larger three-row SUVs, but without the bulk.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2013 $14,000 - $22,250 $11,350 - $19,300
2012 $11,775 - $18,900 $9,170 - $15,970
2011 $9,200 - $16,025 $6,690 - $13,090
2003-2010
2003 Redesign Year
Kia Sorento 2009 Trim Shown: 2009 Sport Utility

The original Sorento was an old-school, body-on frame SUV. Unless you need an enclosed pickup truck, skip this model. It was good for towing, but a rough and tumble nature make this version an unpleasant choice as an everyday driver. The harsh ride is brutal, with bumps and ruts slamming into the cabin. Handling is also clumsy, although ultimately secure. The Sorento was initially powered by a 3.5-liter V6, which was upgraded to a 262-hp 3.8-liter for 2007. Either way, acceleration was quite spirited. But at 17 mpg overall, expect to pay at the pump. Low-range gearing makes it competent off-road, but it only has a part-time four-wheel drive system, which requires engaging and disengaging 4WD. This can be inconvenient, as you have to stop to make the change.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2010 N/A N/A
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2009 $5,850 - $10,000 $3,450 - $7,330
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2008 $4,950 - $8,400 $2,550 - $5,800
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2007 $4,250 - $6,750 $1,925 - $4,225
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2006 $4,000 - $5,950 $1,720 - $3,470
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2005 $3,600 - $5,250 $1,385 - $2,785
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2004 $3,275 - $4,875 $1,135 - $2,435
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2003 $2,900 - $4,125 $830 - $1,805
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