Consumer Reports Take On 2019 Kia Sorento Is That It Offers Plenty Bang For Your Buck

Kia wants to appeal to your typical mid-size SUV buyer with the facelifted Sorento. It was presented at the end of 2017, during the Los Angeles Auto Show, and half a year later, it went on sale in the United States.

For the base L grade, customers have to pay at least $25,290. In return, they’ll get standard 7-inch infotainment with smartphone integration, reversing camera and seating for up to 7 occupants. The third row, which can only be accessed on the passenger side, is cramped for adults, ConsumerReports noted in their review.

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Besides the poor rear visibility, there aren’t many downsides to owning the latest Sorento, apparently. That’s if we don’t take into consideration the fact that its platform-sharing sibling, the Hyundai Santa Fe, is already in its fourth generation and looks better than ever. But that’s a different topic, so let’s see what its strong points are, according to the reviewer: good driving position, secure handling and well-weighted steering.

Also, there’s sufficient power, even with the base engine, the 185 horsepower (188 PS / 138 kW) 2.4-liter inline-four, which replaces the turbo’d 2.0. Nonetheless, the 3.3-liter V6 GDI is the better choice, with its 290 hp (294 PS / 216 kW) and smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission.

Despite the generous size, the 2019 Sorento’s turning circle is good. This means that parking and doing a three-point turn doesn’t require much effort.

The standard safety features are a praised touch. The carmaker’s website reveals that even the most basic model features Vehicle Stability Management, Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake-Force Distribution, Brake Assist, Hill Start Assist and Tire Pressure Monitoring.

 

  • charlotteharry57

    Next door neighbors have a 2016, purchased in July 2015. It’s already approaching 100K miles because Mommy can’t sit still and grovels over the kids endlessly (another GenX parent, ahem). It was around $25K (an LX) when new. But at $28K now, is it the same value? Hardly. Theirs has been in the shop quite a bit, but nothing that major. Build quality is fantastic – closing the doors sounds like a Mercedes.

    • bd0007

      Added tech/amenities has caused price-creep across the industry.

      The base SE trim for the Ford Edge costs $29,995 as opposed to the $27,650 for the Sorento in LX trim, the L trim starts at $26,290).

      Granted, the base Edge has 250 HP as opposed to 185 HP, but that’s not worth a $2.5-3k spread, esp. as the Sorento has the nicer interior.

  • danno

    Owned my 2016 Sorento SX V6 AWD for 2 years now.
    Awesome build, great SUV

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