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2019 Kia Sorento 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

CarsDirect Tip

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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