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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