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2019 2.4L L 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $26,290
2019 2.4L LX 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $27,650
2019 2.4L LX 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $29,450
2019 3.3L LX 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $31,290
2019 3.3L S 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $32,690
2019 3.3L LX 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $33,090
2019 3.3L S 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $34,490
2019 3.3L EX Sport 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $34,990
2019 3.3L EX 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $35,590
2019 3.3L EX Sport 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $36,790
2019 3.3L EX 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $37,390
2019 3.3L SX 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $39,990
2019 3.3L SX 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $41,790
2019 3.3L SXL 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $44,690
2019 3.3L SXL 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $46,490
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Overview

It’s not the most spacious SUV on the block, but the 2019 Kia Sorento still packs in lots of value. It also offers a full spectrum of customizability, which means plenty of buyers should find a suitable option.

What's New for 2019

For 2019, Kia added in more standard features in a variety of areas. Seating for seven is now standard across all trims, as is a seven-inch touchscreen with an updated infotainment system. A wireless charging pad is newly available and compatible with Android and Apple. The exterior sees revised front and rear fascia, plus new headlights and taillights.

A few options change as well. The nicer trims see updated cabin materials, lumbar support, and a new sound system. The base engine gets a revised six-speed transmission, while more powerful models get an eight-speed unit from the Kia Cadenza. The 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine from last year has been discontinued.

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Choosing Your Kia Sorento

Choosing a Sorento starts with the engine, which is one of two extremes. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder base engine produces 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque, which is a little anemic for this class. The other engine is a 3.3-liter V6 with a healthier 290 hp and 252 lb-ft. The smaller engine is the stingier of the two, with front-wheel drive models getting an estimated 22 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined. The larger engine drops to 19/26/22, and all-wheel drive will drop those figures another 1-2 mpg in either case. Where available, all-wheel drive is an $1,800 option.

All Sorentos will seat seven passengers, but rear rows aren’t as spacious as some others. The cargo capacity is slightly low as well, coming in at 11.3 cubic feet behind the third row and only 73 cubic feet with seats down. The second row splits 40/20/40, and the third 50/50.

In terms of features, the Sorento ranges from spartan to opulent. Five trims delineate the options: L, LX, EX, SX, and SXL.

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L

The most basic Sorento starts at $26,980 after a destination fee of at least $990. It rolls on 17-inch alloy rims and is light on features—cloth seats, a basic sound system, and no acoustic glass. It does have the seven-inch touchscreen, plus a few niceties like a rearview camera, a USB port, and keyless entry.

This is the only model on which all-wheel drive is not available. The smaller 2.4-liter engine is the only choice for this trim. Options are similarly limited. Other than basic mat and cargo accessories, the only real upgrades are an interior lighting kit for $450 and remote start for $425.

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LX

Starting at $28,480, the Sorento LX unlocks more customizability. All-wheel drive is an option for $1,800, and the V6 is available for $3,800 ($5,600 with all-wheel drive). The LX also gets extra safety features like blind-spot monitoring and rear traffic alerts. Two additional USB charge ports, front seatback pockets, and auto up/down windows are also standard.

Otherwise, options and features remain largely the same. The only big addition is a Convenience package for an even $2,000 ($2,100 if you have the V6). Included are roof rails, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, a power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support, dual-zone automatic climate control, the auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a rear parking sensor.

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EX

Starting at the EX trim, the 3.3-liter V6 is the standard engine. At $36,580 for a front-wheel-drive model, the EX adds some major upgrades like 18-inch alloy rims, fog lights, and acoustic glass in the front windows. The instrument display is a larger and fancier LCD unit, and the seats are leather. Heated front seats are standard, as are a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, navigation, and push-button start. The Sorento EX also gets a host of safety features: pedestrian detection, forward collision warning and avoidance, lane assist, lane departure warnings, adaptive cruise control, and inattention warnings. A programmable power liftgate and rear parking sensors round out the feature list.

The two available packages are a Touring package for $3,400 or a Premium package for $2,300. The former includes a panoramic sunroof, chrome roof rails, LED interior lighting, a heated steering wheel, an eight-inch touchscreen, a forward parking sensor, a Harman Kardon sound system, and shade curtains for the middle row. The Premium package adds just the forward parking sensor, larger display, sound system, and curtains. Standalone options (where not standard) remain the same as the lower trims.

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SX

Starting at $40,980, the Sorento SX is Kia’s luxury cruiser. The eight-inch touchscreen is standard, along with the Harman Kardon sound system, a power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory settings, and a wireless charging unit. The Sorento SX boasts 19-inch rims and sees a variety of exterior cosmetic upgrades. The interior gets a boost as well, with nicer trim and a perforated leather steering wheel and shifter. The sunroof, roof rails, and parking sensors are all standard, along with all the equipment on the EX.

The only available package is a Touring package for $2,500, which throws in LED headlamps and running lights, automatic high beams, dynamic low beams, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, rain sensing wipers, and power side mirrors.

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SXL

The “Limited” version of the SX trim adds some bling and an extra layer of extravagance for $47,480. All the features of the SX Touring package are standard, plus LED fog lights, heated cushions in the second row, and a variety of aesthetic tweaks like chrome accents and black brake calipers. The seats are also upgraded to softer Nappa leather.

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The Sorento EX is the sweet spot of the lineup. The V6 engine is the one to have, and the EX provides luxury features at a good value while still allowing for customization.

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The 2019 Kia Sorento is a midsize crossover that's a solid contender in the space with room for seven, optional all-wheel drive, a wide array of available features, and a five-year, 60,000-mile warranty. The Sorento can suit tastes across a wide array of budgets with the five trim levels that range from basic to luxurious. In all, the Sorento makes for a suitable minivan replacement for those who live in fear of becoming their parents.

Best Value

The best value across the Sorento's line up easily lies with the mid-range EX trim level. The EX comes standard with the larger 3.3-liter V6, which is a far better powerplant for a vehicle of the Sorento's mass compared to the anemic 2.4-liter inline four cylinder. The EX also comes very well equipped with desirable standard features like leather upholstery, heated front seats, acoustic glass, and a host of active safety features. All this can be had for a starting price of $36,580, which is pretty competitive when compared many other vehicles in the Sorento's segment.

We'd skip the AWD option, and instead go for the EX Touring package to make this into a great family road tripper. The package is expensive, but it adds a bunch of goodies to help achieve this goal, like a panoramic sunroof, an upgraded Harmon/Kardon sound system, a 110V outlet for charging of a wide variety of devices, and second row sunshades.

  • Model: 2018 Kia Sorento EX
  • Engine: 3.3-liter inline four-cylinder
  • Output: 292 hp/ 252 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Eight-speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • Fuel Economy: 19 City / 22 Hwy
  • Options: EX Touring Package ($3,400, panoramic sunroof, voice command navigation with 8-inch touchscreen, Harmon/Kardon 10-speaker sound system, second-row sunshades, 110 V outlet, front park distance warning, roof rails, heated steering wheel, LED overhead lighting), Panoramic Roof Cross Bars ($225, required with selection of EX Touring Package)
  • Base Price: $36,580 (including a $990 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $40,205

Performance

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The Kia Sorento has two engine choices that live on opposite ends of the spectrum. The base engine that equips the lesser trim levels is a 2.4-liter four cylinder that makes a yawn inducing 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. That may be enough in a small sedan or hatchback, but it's woefully inadequate in the large Sorento. The larger 3.3-liter V6 offers 290 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque, which is plenty of power but it gets much worse gas mileage than the smaller engine. What the Sorento really needs is an motor to bridge the gap between the two, striking a balance between power and efficiency. It had one last year, but Kia has decided to stop offering it for 2019.

The Sorento is able to handle corners surprisingly well, especially in higher trim levels. The steering is direct and feels connected to the road, and the suspension has been updated to allow for both confidence in changing direction as well as comfort on well traveled roads. All-wheel drive is available as an option, providing a little extra traction when the conditions call for it, although it won't get you far off road due to the Sorento's 7.9 inches of ground clearance.

Interior and Exterior

The Sorento is a handsome crossover that manages to avoid today's cardinal sin of overstyling. Some may call it boring, but the Sorento doesn't try to pretend it's something that it's not, which is a noble pursuit in today's wacky world of car design. The roofline is sweeping but not in a way that encroaches on interior space, and there aren't any fake vents or edges that make it look busy. All in all, the Sorento is a good looking crossover.

The interior of the Sorento is filled with high quality looking materials and the layout has been well thought out. The front seats are supportive and higher trimmed models offer surprising amounts of adjustability for the driver. Cloth is standard at the base trims, while the EX gets leather, and the top of the line SXL trim gets soft nappa leather. The second row of seats isn't as comfortable as the front seats and strangely low to the floor, but three adults can fit across the bench. The standard third row fits another two, but it will be a tight squeeze for adults. Cargo space behind the third row is pretty minimal for the class, reminiscent of early minivans, but both rear rows fold flat.

The Best and Worst Things

One of the coolest things about the Kia Sorento is its use of acoustic glass and sound deadening. It helps make the Sorento feel much more expensive than it actually is by minimizing road and wind noise. That noise can get exhausting over longer car trips, and you generally don't see it used on non-luxury vehicles.

The biggest downside to the Sorento is the interior space. It's a bit cramped and there's less cargo space available compared to other mid-sized crossovers owing to the Sorento's shorter-than-average length.

Right For? Wrong For?

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The Kia Sorento is a great family hauler, capable of taking over for the minivans that preceded it but in a much more trendy crossover body. The Sorento particularly shines as a road tripper for a family of four, when the back seats can be folded down and the space used for luggage. At the same time, the seating for seven is perfect for carpool duty, making it good for around-the-town usage as well.

The Sorento is not a good vehicle for those without kids however, unless you're an Uber XL driver. Instead, buy a smaller crossover or SUV if that's the style that suits you, or a pick up truck if you need to haul cargo.

The Bottom Line

The Kia Sorento is a competent mid-sized crossover that is great for families that don't want a minivan. It offers good value at all trim levels with a laundry list of both standard and optional features, giving its competitors a run for their money.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.4L I-4 / 185 HP / 178 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd Sportmatic w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
22 / 29 / 25 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
7
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.4L I-4 / 185 HP / 178 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
22 / 29 / 25 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
18.8 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$72
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
73.0 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
154 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
189.0 "
Exterior Width
74.4 "
Exterior Height
66.3 "
Front Headroom
39.5 "
Rear Headroom
39.3 "
Front Legroom
44.1 "
Rear Legroom
39.4 "
Front Shoulder Room
59.1 "
Rear Shoulder Room
58.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,810 Lbs.
Wheel Base
109 "
Turning Radius
18.6 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
7
Seat Trim
Yes Essentials Premium Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
8-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
8-way
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
4
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles

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