When the midsize Kia Sorento first appeared, it featured a traditional, trucklike body-on-frame design that provided a level of ruggedness not typically found on crossover SUVs. Blessed with above-average off-roading and towing abilities, the V6-powered first-generation Sorento won our respect for its practical nature. It also boasted impressive value, offering the dimensions of a midsize SUV at a compact-crossover price point.
But the original Sorento was clearly out of sync with the crossover craze. Most consumers want carlike unibody construction in their SUVs these days, so Kia decided to provide precisely that with its second- and third-generation Sorento models. These newer Sorentos are one of the best picks available for a small or midsize crossover SUV thanks to their choice of four-cylinder or V6 power, roomy interiors, available third-row seat and Kia's extensive warranty package.
Current Kia Sorento
The Kia Sorento enters its third generation with an all-new model for 2014. It features a new chassis, a redesigned cabin and new engines. Kia says the new, stiffer chassis improves handling, while a revised front suspension design is claimed to improve ride comfort.
The Sorento's revamped base 2.4-liter four-cylinder generates 191 horsepower (about a 10 percent increase from the current engine) and 181 pound-feet of torque. The new 3.3-liter V6, meanwhile, makes 290 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque. Both engines join a six-speed automatic transmission in standard front-wheel-drive configuration or optional all-wheel drive.
A redesigned cabin offers an optional navigation system with 8-inch touchscreen that also interfaces with UVO eServices, Kia's name for its suite of smartphone-enabled apps. A premium Infinity audio system is available, as are a power liftgate with customizable height adjustment, a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats and a blind-spot monitoring system, the first such system available on any Kia model. Trim levels include LX, EX, SX and SXL.
The new Kia Sorento goes on sale this spring, Check back for a full review of the Sorento, including specs, driving impressions and buying advice as it becomes available.
Read the most recent 2015 Kia Sorento review.
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