Driving the refined, rugged and roomy Kia leaves no questions as to why this is Kia’s best-selling SUV. It remains as capable as ever, touting a number of visual and feature enhancements, inside and out. The cabin is now decidedly more upscale and integrates newly-added technology, including available Driver Attention Warning, Lane Keep Assist and QuantumLogic Surround Sound. Sorento now pairs its available 3.3-liter V6 with a newly available 8-speed automatic transmission for an even smoother and more seamless driving experience. It drives well, is comfortable, with lots of room and power.
“In the highly-competitive SUV category, the Sorento is a clear example of how world-class design and craftsmanship are executed,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, KMA. “Our popular utility now ups its game even further with enhancements in styling, packaging and content, making it even more attractive to shoppers seeking a premium level 3-row SUV.” Standard luxury features and amenities are available across five trim levels – L, LX, EX, SX and SXL.
Sorento retains its refined and rugged exterior look. Inside, the cabin is spacious and sophisticated, maintaining a premium look and feel thanks to an array of upgrades and enhancements. It’s also loaded with technology, including an upgraded AVN 5.0 navigation system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay offered with higher level trims.
On the Road, the spirited front or available all-wheel drive experience is brought to life with a choice of two proven engines, including a 2.4-liter inline-4 GDI or a 3.3-liter V6 GDI. The carryover 2.4-liter engine is mated to a revised and more efficient electronically controlled six-speed automatic gearbox featuring Sportmatic shifting and delivers a capable 185 horsepower. The Sorento’s familiar V6 brings with it a stampede of 290 horses while connecting to a newly available 8-speed automatic transmission shared with the brand’s Cadenza premium sedan. The result is a noticeably smoother and more seamless interaction between engine and transmission. This pairing also helps Sorento deliver a towing capacity of up to 5,000 lbs. when equipped with AWD.
To achieve a more intuitive driving experience, Sorento replaces the former Drive Mode Select setup with the new Smart Shift & Drive feature across all trim levels. This enhancement automatically activates the optimum drive mode – Eco, Sport or Smart – based on driving style or may be set by driver preference.
Kia’s suite of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) is now standard on Sorento EX trims and higher. In addition, all Sorento models continue to offer standard active safety features such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), Brake Assist System (BAS), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Antilock Braking System (ABS).
The core of the 2019 Sorento remains its rigid structure, with 53 percent of the unit-body consisting of advanced high-strength steel. Sorento continues to offer an available advanced AWD system designed to automatically route power to the wheel with the most traction.
Overall, the Sorento is a high-value package that combines content and features found in more expensive rivals. It’s fun to drive, and gets the job done, with power and room to spare. For more information, see your local Kia dealer, or visit Kia.com