The well-proportioned 2014-2015 Sorento is sized between small and mid-sized SUVs, with plenty of interior space and easy maneuverability. It's also simple to climb in or out and it offers an optional, though tiny third-row seat to bring seating to seven.
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Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2007. ESC standard from 2007. Side and head protection air bags standard from 2011.
Road Test

The well-proportioned 2014-2015 Sorento is sized between small and mid-sized SUVs, with plenty of interior space and easy maneuverability. It's also simple to climb in or out and it offers an optional, though tiny third-row seat to bring seating to seven.

Even though this iteration of the Sorento looks like previous versions, the 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. Fuel economy averaged 20 mpg overall -- above average for a V6-powered SUV in this class.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (191 hp)
  • 3.3-liter V6 (290 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Kia Sorento owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Camera inoperable when purchased used; replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Kia Sorento EX 3.3-L V6)

"back up camera had intermittent failure. Replaced under warranty by dealership"

Herbert H., AB (2015 Kia Sorento Limited 3.3-L V6)

"unit quit and had to be replaced..froze up and would not display road"

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Kia Sorento SX 3.3-L V6)

"Froze and gave immovable warning in Korean. Occasionally could unfreeze by removing SD Card and reinserting, but not always. Kia replaced the unit"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Kia Sorento EX 3.3-L V6)

"part of the freezing and warning in Korean language sometimes additionally went completely blank"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Kia Sorento EX 3.3-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"On a multi-state road trip, the GPS screen showed an error message in Korean which I was unable to close, and it caused the screen to freeze making the navigation system useless. It lasted through two states, and then resumed working after a stop"

Rebecca Z., IL (2015 Kia Sorento SX 3.3-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"none"

John C., DE (2015 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"loud clunking sound could be heard when driving over bumps of any size. Ball joints replaced. Problem reoccurred 2 weeks later. Replaced link stabilizer, bearing strut and associated rubber bumper"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Kia Sorento SX 3.3-L V6)

"Blown front strut"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Kia Sorento SX 3.3-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"The car will not go straight! You could be going down thew straightest, flat road with no wind and the car will veer one way, then you correct and then it will veer the other way. It never goes straight!!!!! You have to constantly correct the dir"

Garrett S., MN (2015 Kia Sorento EX 3.3-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

"ABS sensor on rear wheel went bad,but I live 185 miles from nearest dealer,which was a inconvenient for us .That was a five week wait for atr there for us,meanwhile we had no anti lock brakes or AWD function.We also live in a snow area of the UP"

Richard S., MI (2015 Kia Sorento EX 3.3-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"front pads gone at 2600 miles"

James L., MA (2015 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"Calipers sticking, required reversing with immense braking to break them loose, multiple times"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"When the it has been parked for a day or more and the weather is damp, the front disk brakes grab and make a strange noise"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Kia Sorento SX 3.3-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Cruise control

"does not always work"

John C., DE (2015 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"I replace both headlight lamps (bulbs) every 8 to 12 months"

Angus M., KY (2015 Kia Sorento Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"Had warning lights for stability control,low tire, etc and had vehicle in shop 4 times before problem was solved. Twice had sensors replaced"

Anonymous, WI (2015 Kia Sorento EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"It was main problem but it reports everything else. KIA would not change it out and took the last 98 days to finial get it replaced after taking engine apart finding nothing. Tired countless time to blame me for oil, oil filter, air filter as they were K&N and not theirs. Computer can not tell them if it is the part that is defective"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Kia Sorento EX 3.3-L V6)

"Lost power"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Kia Sorento LX 3.3-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Oil drips on exhaust manifold"

Hugh S., NV (2015 Kia Sorento EX 3.3-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"The alternator went when we were driving to Florida. The car broke down on I75 in northern Florida. The towing service that came with the car was unavailable in that area. We paid for the tow and had it fixed where we could as it was a Sunday, The alternator went again 4 months later on the way home from Florida. We had it fixed at a Kia dealership and had to pay the bill. We have turned the receipts in to the Kia dealership in London, Ontario and are still waiting to see if we get reimbur"

Sharon W., ON (2015 Kia Sorento Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"The second day that we had the car, it developed a very bad miss. The Dealer came and picked the car up and took it to the shop, where they found a bad wire and coil, and replaced one spark plug. They returned the car after making repairs"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Kia Sorento EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"a rear bumper reflector was loose, the need to replace the entire upper/lower bumper assembly, under warranty"

Kenneth B., OR (2015 Kia Sorento EX 3.3-L V6)

"Side trim on drivers door was catching on the matching fender trim. The dealer installed a new clip, no charge"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Kia Sorento LX 3.3-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel injection system

"Engine unreliable in shop for at least 120 days in total. Longest 98 days. Ran on 5 cylinder on and off from 5000 km and on. Engine taken apart, all injectors changed and coils changed twice, various sensor and finial after 98 days main computer. Restore all,cyclinders. Dealer not convinced it is fixed yet"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Kia Sorento EX 3.3-L V6)

"Replace 3 fuel injectors"

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Kia Sorento EX 3.3-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Overheating

"Engine coolant had sudden, major leak; dealership took 2 days to figure out where it came from and where it went; leak caused sudden overheating"

Sandra S., ME (2015 Kia Sorento Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"AC did not work following delivery of vehicle"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Kia Sorento EX 3.3-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"door handle gets stuck on plastic trim"

James L., MA (2015 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"AWD coupler did not disengage and needed replacement"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Kia Sorento EX 3.3-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Intermittently fails to power on when starting car. When system fails to power, there is no backup camera, radio, or USB power. Dealer has ordered a new system to be installed under warranty"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Kia Sorento Unsure 3.3-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

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