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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.

Road Test

The Kia Sorento is a "tweener," playing in the space between small crossovers such as the Honda CR-V and midsized vehicles like the Toyota Highlander. Splitting segments like that allows the Sorento to be city friendly while offering accommod...

Highs

  • Looks more upscale and appealing than many rivals
  • Very handy size: easy to maneuver yet roomy

Lows

  • Rear visibility is tight
  • Getting to the third-row seat from the driver's side is a pain

Best Version to Get

The mid-level EX V6 trim has a lot of features for the money, and the V6 is the best of the three engine choices. We'd get the EX Premium and Touring packages, not only for amenities like a power liftgate and panoramic moonroof, but also to get forward collision warning and automatic emergen...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 10 year/100,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/100,000 miles
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/60,000 miles
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (240 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 (185 hp)
  • 3.3-liter V6 (290 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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