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$14,900 - $31,464
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2020 2.4L L 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $26,990
2020 2.4L LX 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $28,090
2020 2.4L LX 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $29,890
2020 3.3L LX 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $30,590
2020 3.3L LX 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $32,390
2020 3.3L S 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $33,190
2020 3.3L S 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $34,990
2020 3.3L EX 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $35,490
2020 3.3L EX 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $37,290
2020 3.3L SX 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $40,090
2020 3.3L SX 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $41,890
Expert Rating
3.3 (Good)

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: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Overview

What's New

The 2020 Kia Sorento is back with revised front and rear bumpers, headlights, fog lights, and taillights for a more sculpted look. A new S trim joins the lineup, while some feature availability has been shuffled.

The Sorento provides three-row capability without the large size of its Kia Telluride sibling, but the Sorento’s age is most notable when parked next to that all-new and high-style model.

Choosing Your Kia Sorento

The Kia Sorento is available in five trim levels: L, LX, S, EX, and SX. Pricing starts $27,735 including destination for the L and climbs to $41,035 for the SX.

Engine Choices

There are two engines available on the Sorento. The L and LX are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder, while the S, EX, and SX get a 3.3-liter V6.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
2.4L 4-Cylinder185 hp178 lb-ft25 mpg
3.3L V6290 hp252 lb-ft22 mpg

The four-cylinder engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, while the V6 uses an eight-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available on all but the L for $1,800.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Sorento can seat seven passengers and carry 11.3 cubic feet behind the third row. Cargo capacity expands to 38.0 cubic feet with the third row out of the picture, or 73.0 with both back rows out of the way.

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Safety Features

Kia offers driver-assist technology starting on the Sorento LX, which unfortunately means the base L is skipped over. The LX gets standard blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, while the available Convenience Package ($2,000) includes automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and rear parking sensors.

Those three features become standard starting on the S trim, while the EX and SX additionally get adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, lane change assist, rear automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and a driver attention warning system.

Connectivity

The Sorento comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The SX receives an 8-inch unit with navigation, and also gets a wireless phone charger.

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L - From $27,735

The Sorento L gets 17-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals, remote keyless entry, and a matte black grille. Some nice features inside include fabric seat coverings that are treated with a stain-resistant coating and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel.

LX - From $29,044

The LX includes a few additional features, including blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, more USB ports, sound-absorbing windshield glass, and front seatback pockets.

The LX Convenience Package ($2,000) bundles heated front seats, a 10-way power driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, dual-zone climate control, roof rails, and the aforementioned safety features.

S - From $34,035

The S trim includes all of the equipment from the LX Convenience Package plus gloss black 19-inch wheels, mirrors, and roof rails. Push button start, heated side mirrors, and third-row air-conditioning controls are practical standard features in this new trim.

EX - From $36,332

The EX trim distinguishes itself with silver roof rails, bumper trim, and fog lights. A hands-free tailgate, panoramic sunroof, and acoustic front windshield are also included, while the interior gains leather seating, a 7-inch LCD driver information display, and LED interior lighting.

SX - From $41,035

The SX trim receives body-colored lower body cladding and wheel arch trims, unique 19-inch wheels, a dark metallic grille, and LED rear lights. The interior gains enticing features such as a 14-way power driver’s seat with position memory, a surround-view camera system, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and a perforated steering wheel.

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CarsDirect Tip

The 2020 Kia Sorento is better oriented to the occasional use of its full seating capacity. The EX trim treats the driver with a higher level of safety and luxury while still maintaining the value proposition.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Sharp looks
  • Comfortable ride
  • Excellent value
  • Feels more expensive than it is
Cons
  • Disappointing base engine
  • Middling efficiency
  • There's a Telluride across the showroom
Expert Rating
3.3 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Overshadowed but not forgotten. This is a big year for Kia, but not necessarily because of the 2020 Kia Sorento. The brand just released its largest vehicle, the new Kia Telluride, which supplants the venerable Sorento as the brand's flagship.

While the latest attention might go to the new big brother, the Sorento was updated last year and still compares well. The exterior isn’t as glamorous as the Telluride’s, but the Sorento is handsome and understated in a way many will appreciate.

It’s impressively polished inside as well. A bright infotainment display decorates the dash, and the trim comes in warmer tones but looks fine in black. The Sorento looks as comfortable in the mountains as it does in town, which is no easy feat.

Best with a V6. The Sorento starts with a naturally-aspirated 2.4-cylinder four-cylinder engine, but we’d recommend skipping it if possible. It’s down on power and comes attached to an older six-speed automatic transmission.

It doesn’t cost too much extra to unlock a V6 powertrain, which is much better. With 290 horsepower and an eight-speed automatic, it has plenty of grunt but remains refined. The V6 Sorento can tow up to 5,000 pounds when equipped with all-wheel drive, matching many larger vehicles.

The drawback is efficiency. The Sorento manages only an EPA-estimated 22 miles per gallon combined with the V6, or 20 mpg with all-wheel drive. Numbers like that were once common for an SUV, but with the Toyota Highlander available as a hybrid, eco-minded buyers will be shopping elsewhere.


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Solid features (mostly). Just like its powertrain, the Sorento’s trim is best in the middle of the lineup. Base models do get the Sorento’s solid infotainment system, and the LX trim comes with standard blind-spot monitoring.

But the best bargain is the Sorento S V6, which comes with three-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and automatic emergency braking. All that (plus the better engine) for well under $35,000 makes it a nice balance of equipment and price.

To round things out, every Sorento gets Kia’s excellent five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.

We have a few minor complaints about the features, though. One is the third row, which is an addition best left to the larger Telluride. Even the second row is a little disappointing thanks to low and shapeless cushions.

A larger quibble is safety tech. Kia isn’t generous in this department, reserving automatic emergency braking for the top three trims and adaptive cruise control for only the top two. Many competitors offer these features standard. Sorentos with these features get excellent safety scores, but you’ll need to pay the price of entry.

It costs how much? In general, however, the Sorento’s trim belies its price. It feels like an upmarket vehicle inside and out.

It rides like one, too – a comfortable ride is among the Sorento’s primary virtues. Kia may have its roots as a budget brand, but the Sorento can happily play the role of a comfortable cruiser.

It also plays an unusual role in the crossover hierarchy. The Sorento is smaller than most mid-size crossovers, but it's larger than most compacts. That puts it in competition with other in-betweeners like the Ford Edge, which costs substantially more.

The result is strong value, even if we wish Kia would improve availability on some features. For an all-around performer, the Sorento does a good deal right.

Final thoughts. The 2020 Kia Sorento may be the quieter member of the family, but it’s still a competent and likable car. It brings good features and a premium feel at an approachable price.

It's not without its flaws, however, namely when it comes to the base engine and the lackluster efficiency. But as long as you’re willing to shop carefully, the Sorento is unlikely to disappoint.

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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 Stereo, Clock, Seek-scan / Clock
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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