All 2019 Kia Sorentos Get Third Row, Higher Prices

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CARS.COM — Kia gave a light once-over for 2019 to its successful Sorento SUV, and we now know that the entry price has been bumped up $90 to $26,980, including destination. But that price for the base L trim level now includes a standard third row, a seven-seat configuration not available with the 2018 L version. Kia has slipped in some substantially higher price increases for midrange trim level SUVs, however, ranging up to $1,690 for Kia’s V-6 model of the next-higher Sorento LX, which already had a standard third-row passenger seating in 2018.

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The third row rear seating was formerly an expensive special option on the Kia Sorento’s LX trim level, with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive; that model now is priced $290 higher. But it also was standard equipment on 2018 Sorento EX models with the 3.3-liter V-6, which is priced $1,390 higher for 2019, and on the V-6-only SX and SXL top Kia Sorento trim levels, which get more modest price increases ($790 and $190, respectively).

The 2019 Kia Sorento gets new front and rear bumpers, a tweaked interior and seats, some upgraded special tech options and a new eight-speed automatic transmission with the V-6. Also, the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder offered on the 2018 Kia Sorento EX mid-level trim is axed from the powertrain lineup and the EX is V-6-only for 2019. Kia has said a diesel option Kia Sorento may be added down the road.

The 2019 Kia Sorento SUV otherwise carries over the formula that’s made it a popular Kia — unless, of course, you have no need for seven seats and would prefer underfloor storage in the cargo area. But, apparently, not many people want that, and few mid-size SUVs still offer a two-row seating version.

Torque-vectoring all-wheel drive with a 50-50 locking rear differential is optional on all of this new Kia’s trim levels except the base L. Among newly available tech for the Kia are a driver attention warning, lane-keeping assist, Harman Kardon premium audio and a 7-inch display for the base L.

Starting prices for this Kia include a $990 destination charge for front-wheel-drive Sorento models beyond the base trim level (with the change from 2018 prices; add $1,800 for an all-wheel drive Sorento SUV):

  • 2019 Sorento LX with the 2.4-liter four and additional standard equipment features starts at $28,480 (up $290 and adding the standard third row seating); an LX with the 3.3-liter V-6 starts $32,280 (up $1,690).
  • The Kia Sorento EX, now V-6-only, starts at $36,580 (up $1,390). It adds to the LX V-6 standard projection foglights, driver attention warning and lane keep assist. Special options include a forward parking warning, a driver navigation system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, and Harman Kardon audio.
  • The Sorento SX starts $40,980 (up $790). Additional standard features are wireless phone charging, along with the forward parking warning, navigation system and premium audio. LED headlights with high-beam assist are optional.
  • The Kia Sorento SXL starts at $45,680 (up $190). The fully loaded SXL builds on the SX with some fancier trim, makes the LED headlights standard equipment and adds LED foglights.’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

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