The Kia Sorento SUV fits nicely into the mid-size crossover category, and comfortably seats 7 adults.
Many of the underpinnings of the vehicle are shared with the Hyundai Santa Fe SUV, but they are definitely different vehicles.
Consumers interested in purchasing the Sorento SUV have plenty of powertrain options to chooose from.
There is an option of choosing from 4- or 6-cylinder engines and front-wheel (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) systems.
Sorento Competitors & Rivals
The Sorento is in a SUV category that has a ton of competition, including the likes of the Ford Edge and Explorer, the Chevrolet Equinox and Traverse, the Nissan Murano and Pathifinder, and the Toyota Highlander.
It even has a couple of half siblings to contend with in the shape of the aforementioned Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport models.
The pricing for the Sorento is pretty much on a par with those competitors, and is in fact a little less in some cases.
The base model starts around $24,000 and goes over the $30,000 mark once you start loading it up with features.
Made in USA
The Sorento is American made, with all the models getting their start at the West Point plant in Georgia.
History: 1st generation
This is a vehicle that has been around for a while, with the first generation model rolling off the production lines in 2003.
That model hung around until 2010.
The 1st. generation Sorento was a traditional SUV rather than a crossover vehicle.
Since it was built, truck style, on a separate frame, it had incredible towing capacity and 4-wheel drive, which did little to help the ride and handling.
The 2nd- generation Kia Sorento
The mechanicals that went into this vehicle were many of the same that appeared in its cousin, the Hyundai Santa Fe.
Currently, all Sorento SUVs come with a nice list of standard features, such as cruise control, AC, and tilt/telescoping steering wheel.
The V6 models also have third-row seating as standard. Moving up to the EX model gets you 18-inch alloys, backup sensors, push-button start, leather seating, automatic headlights, and a power driver’s seat.
There are a number of options avalable which include an upgrade to the audio system, a sunroof, a DVD entertainment system, and the UVO eServices system.
The exterior styling didn’t really change much when the 2014 Sorento got a mid-cycle refresh.
The changes made included a re-engineered body structure, a new 3.3-liter V6 engine that cranks out 290-hp, an improvement to the all-wheel drve system, and a whole slew of new features.
Changes were made in front and back, while the infotainment system got a very nice upgrade. You will now find an 8-inhc screen that displays real-time traffic info and a host of eService information.
The 2014 version also received an SX model that is totally loaded (read the 2014 Sorento SX review at our Kia news blog).
Features include Nappa leather upholstery, wood trimmed steering wheel, heated rear seats, and stunning HID headlights. There are also sunshades in the second row, ventilated seats, and a power inverter.
3rd Generation Kia Sorento
The Paris Auto Show is where the new model will be debuted. It is expected in US showrooms as a 2016 model.
Impressive things about Kia Sorento SUV:
- Stylish exterior design
- Top-notch interior amenities
- high-tech features
- Overall comfort
- Optional third-row seat
- All-wheel-drive system
- Powerful V6 GDI engine
- Cargo capacity
- Best-value for money SUV
Trim Levels: Features, Specification and Options:
The 2015 Sorento is available in five different trim levels, including LX, LX-V6, EX, SX and SX-L (limited).
- 17-in alloy wheels (LX, LX-V6)
- 18-in alloy wheels (EX)
- 19-in alloy wheels – machine finish (SX)
- 19-in alloy wheels – chrome finish (SX-L)
DImensions: Length X Width X Height (in):
- 184.4 X 74.2 X 68.3 (LX, LX-V6, EX)
- 184.6 X 74.2 X 67.5 (SX, SX-L)
Ground Clearance (inches): 7.3
Size of tires:
- 235/65R17 (LX, LX-V6)
- 235/60R18 (EX)
- 235/55R19 (SX, SX-L)
Wheelbase (in): 106.3
Track (Front X Rear – in):
- 64.0 X 63.9 (LX, LX-V6, EX)
- 63.8 X 63.7 (EX, SX)
- SiriusXM audio system (LX, LX-V6, EX, SX, SX-L)
- UVO eServices infotainment system (LX/LX-V6: optional, EX)
- Infinity surround sound audio system with 10-speakers (EX: optional, SX, SX-L)
- Voice-command navigation (EX: optional, SX, SX-L)
- Bluetooth connectivity (LX, LX-V6, EX, SX, SX-L)
- Steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise control buttons (LX, LX-V6, EX, SX, SX-L)
- Trip computer (LX, LX-V6, EX, SX, SX-L)
- Ecominder fuel-efficiency indicator (LX, LX-V6, EX, SX, SX-L)
- Tilt and telescopic steering column (LX, LX-V6, EX, SX, SX-L)
- Flexsteer driver-selectable steering assist (EX, SX, SX-L)
- Power door locks (LX, LX-V6, EX, SX, SX-L)
- Remote keyless entry (LX, LX-V6)
- Push button start with smart key and immobilizer (EX, SX, SX-L)
- Air conditioning (LX, LX-V6)
- Dual-zone automatic climate control (EX, SX, SX-L)
- Interior lighting with delay (LX, LX-V6, EX, SX, SX-L)
- Integrated 2nd-row window sunshades (LX/LX-V6: optional, EX, SX, SX-L)
- Power liftgate with programmable height adjustment (EX: optional, SX, SX-L)
- Under-rear-cargo-floor storage compartment (LX-V6/EX: optional, LX)
- 115-volt power inverter (LX-V6: optional, EX, SX, SX-L)
- Tricot fabric seats (LX, LX-V6)
- Leather seat trim (EX, SX, SX-L)
- Premium Nappa leather seat trim (SX-L)
- 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support (LX-V6: optional, EX, SX, SX-L)
- 4-way power front passenger seat (EX, SX, SX-L)
- Heated front seats (LX, LX-V6: optional, EX, SX, SX-L)
- Heated 2nd row seats (SX-L)
- Heated steering wheel (SX-L)
- Head Room (Front/2nd/3rd Row – in): 39.2/39.2/35.7
- Shoulder Room (Front/2nd/3rd Row – in): 59.3/58.7/53.8
- Leg Room (Front/2nd/3rd Row – in): 41.3/38.8/31.7
- Hip Room (Front/2nd/3rd Row – in): 56.3/55.9/44.4
- Passenger Volume – 5passenger/7 passenger (cu ft): 144.1/151.4
- Cargo Volume: all row down/3rd row down/behind 3rd row (cu ft): 72.5/36.9/9.1
- Engine & Transmission:
- 2.4L, GDI, 4-cylinder, 6-speed automatic (LX)
- 3.3L, GDI, V6, 6-speed automatic (LX-V6, EX, SX, SX-L)
- Full-time AWD with Torque Vectoring Cornering Control (TVVC) and locking center differential (transmission type: optional w/each engine type)
- 191hp @ 6,300 rpm (LX)
- 290 hp @ 6,400 rpm (LX-V6, EX, SX, SX-L)
- 181lb-ft @ 4,250 rpm (LX)
- 252lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm (LX-V6, EX, SX, SX-L)
- Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):
- 20/27/23 (LX)
- 18/25/21(LX-V6, EX, SX, SX-L)
- 19/25/22 (LX, w/ AWD)
- 18/24/20 (LX-V6, EX, SX, SX-L, w/ AWD)
- Fuel Tank Capacity (Gal): 17.4
- Color: Kia Sorento offers a range of exciting colors to choose from.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the U.S.A. has awarded the highest possible safety rating to 2014 Sorento.
Kia has ensured to maintain the top-level safety measures with its 2015 model as well. Some of these include:
- Dual front advanced airbags (standard)
- Dual front seat mounted side airbags (standard)
- Full-length side curtain airbags (standard)
- Rollover sensor (standard)
- Front active headrests (standard)
- 3-point seat belts for all seating positions (standard)
- Front seat-belt pretensioners (standard)
- 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS (standard)
- Electronic stability control (ESC) (standard)
- Traction control system (TCS) (standard)
- Electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) (standard)
- Brake assist system (BAS) (standard)
- Hill start assist control (HAC) (standard)
- Tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS) (standard)
- Side-impact door beams (standard)
- Front and rear crumple zones (standard)
- Lower anchors and tethers for children (LATCH) (standard)
- Rear child-safety door locks (standard)
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