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2015 Kia Sorento

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$10,119 — $23,499 USED
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Sport Utility
5-7 Seats
20-23 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2015 Kia Sorento exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2015 Kia Sorento
  • Seats five or seven
  • Four-cylinder or direct-injection V-6 engine
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Six-speed automatic standard

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Our Take

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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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2015 Kia Sorento Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Kia Sorento is a car-based crossover with seating for up to seven people in three rows. Four-cylinder or V-6 power is a... Read More

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
118 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Its got it all for lower $ than other similar SUVs

by ksdp from Williamsburg, VA on November 17, 2018

Nothing fancy about it, just all around great practical car - good size(plenty of room), lots of features & good lower KIA price, saves sum Buck$ ! Read full review

(5.0)

Reliable, comfortable, affordable, 5 stars!

by MomOf3k from Fort Worth, Tx on November 15, 2018

Drove my 2011 Kia to over 200k miles then gave it to my daughter and bought myself a 2015. It is super comfortable, has enough room for all the kids and you can fold seats down to help someone move. ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2015 Kia Sorento currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 Kia Sorento LX

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
acceptable
Lower leg/foot
poor
Overall evaluation
poor
Retraints and dummy kinematics
marginal
Structure and safety cage
poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Kia

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Sorento received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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