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.
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.
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.