2015 Kia Sorento

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$24,300

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

SUV

Body style

23

Combined MPG

5

Seating capacity

184.4” x 66.9”

Dimensions

Front-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

  • Ride quality
  • V-6 engine refinement
  • Many available luxury features

The bad:

  • Rear visibility
  • Cargo room with third row
  • Curtain airbags don't cover optional third row

4 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Notable features

  • Seats five or seven
  • Four-cylinder or direct-injection V-6 engine
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Six-speed automatic standard

2015 Kia Sorento review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2015 Kia Sorento?

The 2015 Kia Sorento is a three-row SUV with seating for five or seven people. It's offered in five trims: LX, LX V6, EX V6, SX V6 and Limited V6. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is optional for all trims. Competitors include the Dodge Journey and Ford Edge.

What's New on the 2015 Kia Sorento?

The Kia Sorento was redesigned in 2014, so changes are minor. For 2015, the Sorento gets a restyled grille, and its four-cylinder engine earns 1 additional mpg on the highway.

How Does the 2015 Kia Sorento Compare to Other Mid-Size SUVs?

Unlike the Honda CR-V or Hyundai Santa Fe, the Sorento doesn't fit the bill of a compact or large SUV. It's somewhere in the middle. The result is gas mileage and interior space that may be acceptable but not always preferable. The Sorento's 2014 redesign introduced plenty of changes and features, but despite Kia's claims, the cabin doesn't feel any more spacious.

What Features in the 2015 Kia Sorento Are Most Important?

The Sorento is powered by a 191-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Drivers desiring more engine power can upgrade to an optional 290-hp, 3.3-liter V-6. Available all-wheel drive uses Torque Vectoring Cornering Control, which directs additional power to certain wheels during cornering to aid handling. You can also opt for available driver-adjustable power-steering assistance.

Significant standard features include 17-inch wheels, side mirrors with integrated turn signals, headlights with LED accents, fabric upholstery, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and Bluetooth connectivity. Available options include 18- or 19-inch wheels, fog lights, power-folding side mirrors, xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights, a panoramic moonroof, a programmable power liftgate, third-row seating, UVO multimedia system, Infinity premium stereo, navigation with an 8-inch screen, a heated steering wheel, heated front- and second-row seats and ventilated front seats.

As required in all new vehicles from this year, the 2015 Kia Sorento gets standard front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system. Front-seat side-impact airbags, first- and second-row side curtain airbags and front-seat active head restraints are also standard. Optional driver assists include a blind spot warning system and a backup camera.

Should I Buy the 2015 Kia Sorento?

With the available V-6 engine, the Kia Sorento delivers refined performance. Ride quality is controlled, although you can expect some road noise, especially with the available 19-inch wheels. There are plenty of luxury features and two- or three-row seating, but with the third row in use, cargo room dwindles considerably. Curtain airbags also don't extend to the third row.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior 4.6
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value 4.5
  • Exterior 4.6
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews

4.0

Great car - but head gasket fails

Performs nicely, cleanly, simply, low maintenance, good gas mileage, looks good, but at 157K miles I'm on an interstate highway going 70-75 mph 400 miles from home and the coolant temp suddenly shoots up. Checking it out it has a blown head gasket and is sending coolant into a combustion chamber. Bardahl head gasket fixer nor anything else won't fix it. Estimates to replace 3.3L engine are $10K US. Now I find out it is common for this to happen at 80K - 160K miles.

1.0

Sucks to have this vehicle

The worst vehicle I have ever rode in, and drove. It’s very uncomfortable and not to mention you can’t see to drive it at night. The head lights is ridiculous. I have almost wrecked multiple times due to the awful headlights.

5.0

Safety First!

I just bought a 2015 Sorento SX v6 after I was t-boned in my 2013 Sorento LX v6. I loved my 2013. It was my first black SUV which I’ve wanted since I was a kid. My children and I walked away from our accident relatively unharmed after all side airbags deployed and my car was clearly totaled. When shopping for a replacement, it wasn’t a question of what vehicle I wanted to buy after the accident. I trust the Sorento to keep my family safe and I’ll never buy another brand of SUV. It may not be flashy or overly powerful, but it is solid and one of the safest SUVs on the road. I’d recommend this vehicle to anyone and everyone.

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Safety

Based on the 2015 Kia Sorento base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
5
Combined side rating rear seat
5
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
5
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
5
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
5
Overall rating
5
Overall side crash rating
5
Risk of rollover
16.4%
Rollover rating
4
Side barrier rating
5
Side barrier rating driver
5
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
5
Side pole rating driver front seat
5

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
60 months/60,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/100,000 miles
Powertrain
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years or newer/less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles
Powertrain
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
165-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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