2019 Kia Sorento
- Seating comfort
- UVO multimedia system
- Cargo room
- Wireless phone charging added
- Wide array of available convenience features
- Quiet cabin
- Steering feel
- Eco mode
- Sport mode is very harsh
- Turbo four-cylinder discontinued; diesel engine as-yet unavailable
Lightly restyled for 2019
Third row, seating for seven now standard
New wheel designs
Advanced safety features now standard on EX and higher
Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard
360-degree camera system optional
Kia's Sorento has received a lot of updates for 2019, and we got a chance to check it out last week at the 2017 L.A. Auto Show.
The Sorento is Kia's largest SUV, and the Korean brand has freshened it for the 2019 model year with updates large and small. One of the more significant changes is a new eight-speed automatic transmission that pairs with the optional 3.3-liter V-6 engine. We recently had the chance to take the updated 2019 Sorento for a quick spin, and though the SUV is quiet on the road, easy to drive and has a premium feel in SXL form, the new transmission and V-6 are an underwhelming pair.
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It's not that the Sorento's V-6 drivetrain isn't smooth and refined — it is — but rather that it doesn't move this three-row SUV swiftly. And with 290 horsepower, 252 pounds-feet of torque and eight forward gears to choose from, that's surprising — I expected more. That said, the new transmission shifts smoothly and kickdowns happen readily.
The updated V-6 drivetrain gets better gas mileage as both front- and all-wheel-drive models see their combined EPA estimates jump 2 mpg over the 2018 models to reach 22 mpg for front-wheel-drive Sorentos and 21 mpg for all-wheel-drive versions. Both the V-6 and the standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder use regular gas.
Once you've reached cruising speeds, the Sorento driving experience improves. Ride quality is firm and controlled, the cabin is hushed, and the SUV steers and brakes easily. The SXL model feels upscale (and with a starting price of $45,680 ... Read More
High performance, quality drive and ride.
Rode noise is non-existent in the car, very quiet. Controls are easy to use and well designed. Overall handling is superior to any vehicle I have ever owned. Read full review
This car drives smoothly and has a sleek interior. Impressed with all the bells and whistles. Never owned a foreign car before, but I am happy I bought a Kia. Read full review
The 2019 Kia Sorento currently has 0 recalls
Crash and Rollover Test Ratings
New Car Program Benefits
60 months / 60,000 miles
120 months / 100,000 miles
60 months / 60,000 miles