Matthew Pilgrim
Automotive Editor - November 21, 2019

2020 Kia Sorento 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.

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.


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.

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.

Compare Sorento Trims Side-By-Side

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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