Sorentos are available with either five- or seven-passenger seating. In seven-passenger models, the second row slides and reclines to provide the best balance of passenger and cargo room. Third-row seating is standard with the V6, but unavailable on four-cylinder models. With all rows folded, the Sorento can handle up to 74 cubic feet of cargo.
Three engines are available under Sorento hoods. The roster starts with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 185 horsepower, standard in L and LX models. Standard in the EX edition is a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder that produces 240 horsepower. Top choice is a 3.3-liter V6 that achieves 290 horsepower. Standard in SX and SX Limited trim levels, the V6 is also optional for LX and EX Sorentos.
Each engine mates with a six-speed automatic transmission. All except the L model are available with all-wheel drive as an alternative to standard front-drive. Selectable driving modes (Sport, Normal, Eco) allow the driver to tweak transmission performance and steering effort. A properly-equipped V6 Sorento with all-wheel drive can tow up to 5,000 pounds.
Sorento engines and seating configurations are determined by the trim level:
Powered by the 2.4-liter engine, with five-passenger seating, the “entry-level” Sorento comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, remote keyless entry, Bluetooth wireless phone and audio, a rear spoiler, and satellite radio. Seats are upholstered in YES Essentials fabric.
Builds on the L, adding roof rails, an acoustic windshield, and a rearview camera. The optional Convenience package adds heated front seats with 10-way power for the driver, rear parking sensors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, Kia’s UVO telematics, and an auto-dimming mirror. Models so equipped are eligible for a third row. The LX V6 adds the V6 engine and third-row seating, along with automatic headlights.
Comes with the 2-liter turbo engine and the contents of the Convenience package as standard, plus leather seating for five passengers, dual-zone automatic climate control, acoustic front side glass, and 18-inch wheels. Kia's UVO infotainment and app interface is standard The EX V6 adds the V6 engine and third-row seating.
The available Premium package tacks on a hands-free power liftgate, power-folding mirrors, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. Models with the Premium package are also eligible for the Advanced Touring package, which adds a panoramic sunroof and power rear sunshade, as well as such safety features as forward collision and lane-departure warnings, adaptive cruise control, and autonomous emergency braking.
Gets the V6 and third-row seating plus contents of the Premium and Touring packages as standard. Also included are a driver’s memory, upgraded steering, 19-inch wheels, LED taillamps, additional exterior trim, and a fabric headliner.
SX Limited V6
For a hefty $45,700, the SX Limited V6 tops off the Sorento lineup with 19-inch chrome wheels, chrome accent side sills, upgraded Nappa leather upholstery, a heated woodgrain/leather-wrapped steering wheel, ventilated front seats, and heated second-row seats. Xenon HID headlights have automatic leveling. Exclusive to the SX Limited is a group of safety features, including a surround-view parking camera, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, forward collision alert, and an electronic parking brake.
There's a monstrous $20,000 spread between the base MSRP for a Sorento L model, versus an SX Limited V6. If you want space for seven and lively acceleration, we recommend compromising with an EX V6. Or, to keep costs down, an LX with either a four-cylinder engine or a V6 might suffice nicely.
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