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Kia Sorento

2019
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
The Sorento is refined and a strong competitor among midsized SUVs. All versions come standard with seating for seven passengers, though the third row is best for kids. There are two powertrains available: a 185-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a smooth, quiet 290-hp, 3.3-liter V6 that is paired with a new eight-speed automatic for 2019. Our tested V6 Sorento got 22 mpg overall, which is average for a three-row SUV. The cabin is quiet, the first- and second-row seats are comfortable and supportive, and the ride is composed. We found the handling responsive in everyday driving. The controls are straightforward to use, and among the easiest to use in the industry. Forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and blind-spot warning are standard on the EX V6 trim and above.
All Ratings & Reliability
2016-2018
2016 Redesign Year
Kia Sorento 2018
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
2018 N/A N/A
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2017 N/A N/A
2016 $16,450 - $28,500 $13,725 - $26,015
2011-2015
2011 Redesign Year
Kia Sorento 2015
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 benefited 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.2014 update brought a lively and refined new V6, a new electric power steering system, revisions to the suspension and interior upgrades. The new instrument panel and control layout are easy to manage. Comprehensive infotainment and in-car communications are available too and work well. 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
2015 $14,975 - $24,450 $12,250 - $21,960
2014 $12,800 - $21,075 $10,140 - $18,600
2013 $10,625 - $15,800 $7,995 - $12,890
2012 $9,400 - $12,575 $6,780 - $9,795
2011 $7,700 - $10,625 $5,150 - $7,925
2003-2009
2003 Redesign Year
Kia Sorento 2009
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
2009 $4,400 - $7,350 $1,985 - $4,720
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2008 $4,100 - $6,175 $1,750 - $3,620
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2007 $3,525 - $5,050 $1,275 - $2,570
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2006 $3,425 - $4,700 $1,190 - $2,215
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2005 $3,150 - $4,225 $955 - $1,830
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2004 $2,700 - $3,775 $605 - $1,455
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2003 $2,775 - $3,825 $645 - $1,505
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