The 2019 Kia Sorento is not the largest SUV you can get, neither is it the most powerful. However, this mid-size SUV from the South Korean manufacturer, Kia, has slipped under the radar to becoming something of a stir in auto circles. That’s because, for a rather attractive entry price, it is one of the safest SUVs you can drive. It has excellent gas mileage, has three rows of seating, and boasts a comfy interior. Beyond the plaudits the car has received from the automotive media, its versatility makes it a safe pick for family-focused buyers.
What’s New in 2019
Kia has made changes to the Sorento over the years. While the Sorento was introduced in 2002, it has undergone several changes since then. The 2019 model is the most powerful and off-road capable Kia Sorento release yet. It now features a selection between a 2.4 L 4-cylinder engine with 185 hp, and a 3.3L V6 engine with 290 hp. All models except the base trim can be upgraded to full-time AWD.
Among SUVs with three rows of seats, the Sorento stands out for a plush and comfy interior. While the Kia Sorento was previously available in a version with two rows of seats, with the third row on select trims, that changed in 2019. Now, it only comes in the three-row configuration. In this format, the Sorento’s seats feature soft cushioning, with comfortable room for seven passengers.
On some trims, such as the SX Limited, the seats are covered in leather. The front seats are heated and cooled. Depending on the trim, this applies to second and third-row seats as well. This makes the Sorento a comfortable ride.
Driving the 2019 Kia Sorento
Driving the 2019 Kia Sorento is a pleasurable experience, thanks to its standout driving dynamics. With the V6 engine on supported trims, the Sorento enjoys a surge of power, which gives it up to 5,000 lbs of towing capability. Trims like the SV6 and the high end SX Limited feature 19 inch alloy wheels. The Sorento has 7.3 inches of clearance, which, coupled with its optional AWD system, ensures a good off road experience.
How Much Does it Cost
The base trim of the 2019 Kia Sorento is affordably priced. However, there is a considerable spread in pricing for the seven trims of the car, as follows:
L - $26,290
- LX - $27,650
- LX V6 - $31,290
- S V6 - $32,690
- EX V6 - $35,590
- SX - $39,990
- SX Limited - $44,690
Besides cost alone, there are additional reasons for family buyers to go with the Kia Sorento. Most important for families is that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Kia Sorento a perfect 5-star rating.
To Consider Before Your Purchase
Competition for the Sorento comes in the form of the Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander. While both offer equal or more passenger room than the Sorento, they cost a bit more. The Sorento’s high predictability and ease of maintenance could sway the balance.
- Fuel efficiency: 19-22mpg city, 24-29mpg highway
- Safety features: Trims higher than the L have blind spot monitoring as well as rear cross traffic alerts, with more available on premium trims
- Cargo space: 73 cubic ft with all rear seats folded
What Do They Say on Other Sites
“This car is simply amazing! Tons of room and very comfortable. The leather is super soft and all the features are impressive. Wish the trunk area had more room when the 3rd row is being used but I knew that when I bought it. Overall this is definitely the best car I have owned.” (Jashendric on Cars.com)
“I may be the only one who has a problem with my 2019 Sorento. My car chugs during accelerating until I get up to speed. I have had it back to KIA several times and each time they reprogram the computer which helps for about a day. I took the tech with me and he to felt the jerky motion. It is not a smooth ride. (Howard. K on Cars.com)
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