2019 Kia Sorento Getting Value-Oriented S, EX Sport Trims

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, Senior Pricing Analyst - May 17, 2019

Kia is hoping to boost the appeal of the 2019 Sorento with some mid-year changes to the lineup. According to a letter sent to dealers, the automaker will soon introduce a pair of repackaged trims called the S and EX Sport aimed at offering desirable features at lower price points.

Both trims will be positioned between the current LX and EX. At $33,735 including destination, the new Sorento S will be offered in a V6-only configuration and will feature 19-inch black alloy wheels, black roof rails, and matching mirror caps. At that price, the trim will be $1,400 more expensive than the Sorento LX ($32,335).

However, we think it's worth noting that roof rails currently aren't available without adding the $2,100 LX Convenience Package. Even then, 19-inch wheels don't become available until you step up to the over-$41,000 Sorento SX. Here, the S could be a way to get sharper looks for a much lower price.

Kia SorentoThe new EX Sport, priced from $36,035, will sit between the S and EX. Offered with the same 3.3-liter V6, it will feature "SX-style" 19-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic roof, and chrome roof rails. While on paper that'll only be $600 cheaper than the EX, we think it could be a compelling choice.

Buyers who want the panoramic roof currently have to spend over $40,000 for an EX with the optional Touring Package. But there are tradeoffs. Unlike the EX, the EX Sport deletes enhanced UVO telematics, an auto-dimming mirror with HomeLink, LED taillights, and a power passenger seat.

If you can get past how confusing it can get when choosing between 7 different Sorento trims, 2 engine choices, and multiple package options, the new S and EX Sport could add just the right amount of upscale features to help differentiate them from the current lineup.

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Editor's Note: Current Sorento pictured

, Senior Pricing Analyst

As CarsDirect’s resident pricing analyst, Alex offers must-know analysis of pricing & incentives to those looking to buy or lease a car. His consumer-oriented coverage of the latest trends and breaking news has been featured in publications such as Car and Driver, Motor Trend, Automobile Magazine and Autoblog.

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