of the 2019 Kia Sorento. Base trim shown.
From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- 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
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
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.
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Good value for your money
Good riding suv many safety features for the price only downside is tight entry to get to 3 rd row seat. And no one can explain how the forward collision feature works Read full review
woohoo what a great ride!!!!
i bought the car because of its comfy seats!! Its easy driving and lots of get up and go!!! the back seat has ample room for legs. Good vehicle!! Read full review
The 2019 Kia Sorento currently has 0 recalls
60 months / 60,000 miles
120 months / 100,000 miles
60 months / 60,000 miles
164-point inspection, Carfax vehicle history report, 10-year/unlimited mileage 24-hour roadside assistance including trip-interruption services and lockout assistance
10 years / 100,000 miles10-year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty; towing/rental/travel breakdown benefits; eligible for additional comprehensive mechanical failure. Comprehensive: 12 months/12,000 miles from date of purchase.
Under 5 years / 60,000 milesVehicles receive a 164 point inspection and reconditioning.