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.
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Kia Sorento 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 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 city speed automatic emergency braking, is standard or optional on most trim lines.

The base Sorento 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.

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 city speed automatic em...
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