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 accommodations, storage, and features akin to larger vehicles. For some shoppers, this Goldilocks package lands in the sweet spot.
The sculpted looks are backed up by substance, manifested in a comfortable ride, quiet cabin, and reassuring handling -- not to mention the peace of mind that comes with driving an SUV deemed a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Advanced safety equipment, including forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, is standard or optional on most trim lines.
The base Sorento starts at $25,795, including destination charges, but it comes with just a 185-hp four-cylinder engine and only front-wheel-drive. If you want more power from either a turbo four cylinder or a V6, or if you want a third-row seat, it will cost you a few grand more.