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2019 Kia Sorento

$25,990 — $46,490 MSRP
SUV
7 Seats
21-25 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Seating comfort
  • UVO multimedia system
  • Cargo room
  • Wireless phone charging added
  • Wide array of available convenience features
  • Quiet cabin

The Bad

  • Steering feel
  • Eco mode
  • Sport mode is very harsh
  • Turbo four-cylinder discontinued; diesel engine as-yet unavailable
2019 Kia Sorento exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Kia Sorento
  • 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

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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.

by Mike Hanley -

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.

Related: 2019 Kia Sorento Gains Standard Third Row, Diesel Model

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

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
55 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

High performance, quality drive and ride.

by Richard from Lakeland on November 11, 2018

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

(5.0)

Great Car

by Dee from Westland, Mi on November 11, 2018

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

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Kia Sorento currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2019 Kia Sorento 2.4L L

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

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
acceptable

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Headlights

Overall Rating
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

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and 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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