2015 Kia Sorento SX AWD Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2015 Kia Sorento - Road Test Specs

2015 Kia Sorento SUV

(3.3L V6 AWD 6-speed Automatic)


Year Make Model2015 Kia Sorento SX 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A)
Vehicle TypeAWD 4dr seven-passenger SUV
Base MSRP$39,195
As-tested MSRP$39,195
Assembly locationWest Point, Georgia
North American parts content (%)46


ConfigurationTransverse, front engine, all-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, direct-injected V6, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,342/204
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)11.5
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)290 @ 6,400
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)252 @ 5,200
Fuel typeRegular unleaded
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic with console shifter and manual-shift modes
Transmission ratios (x:1)I = 4.651; II = 2.831; III = 1.842; IV = 1.386; V = 1.000; VI = 0.772
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.041


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.9
Tire make and modelKumho 07 Crugen Premium
Tire typeAll-season, low-rolling resistance
Tire sizeP235/55R19 101H M+S front and rear
Wheel size19-by-7.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, front11.9-inch one-piece ventilated discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear11.9-inch one-piece solid discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.9
0-45 mph (sec.)5.0
0-60 mph (sec.)7.6
0-75 mph (sec.)11.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.8 @ 88.9
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.3
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.1
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)5.2
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)7.8
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)12.0
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)15.9 @ 88.0
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.5
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)131
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)59.3
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON59.1
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.75
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.74
Sound level @ idle (dB)41.2
@ Full throttle (dB)72.6
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)63.5
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)2,000

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThe engine doesn't feel very strong until it reaches about 4,000 rpm, at which point it really starts to come alive. This isn't really the best power delivery for an SUV, since it doesn't have much grunt at low rpm. Still, this is adequate acceleration for an SUV of this size.
Braking commentsSoft pedal response that only got softer with multiple stops. We experienced big pedal fade on stop number three, which resulted in 8 additional feet to stop. Subsequent runs suffered from longer distances as well. Overall, this is barely adequate performance. Stability during panic stops could be better, too, as there was a moderate amount of wander.
Handling commentsSlalom: Though it's not going to break any records through the slalom, the Sorento is easy to control and its stability control system aids are only marginally intrusive, unless the driver is erratic or overly aggressive. The steering is well weighted and offers decent feel. Skid pad: This is decent lateral grip for an SUV. The stability control system can't be fully disabled but it's not overly intrusive. When it does intervene, it cuts the amount of throttle according to how much steering lock you have. Overall it's pretty smooth about it.

Testing Conditions

Test date6/17/2014
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)75.0
Relative humidity (%)28.7
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)42.3
Wind (mph, direction)2.3, head/crosswind
Odometer (mi.)2,163
Fuel used for test87-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)33/33

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)20 combined (18 city/24 highway)
Edmunds observed (mpg)17.8 average/20.2 best/16.5 worst
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)17.4
Driving range (mi.)417.6

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionInfinity AM/FM/CD/MP3/satellite radio with 10 speakers
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard iPod via USB input and aux-in jack
Satellite radioStandard Sirius/XM with 3-month trial subscription
Rear seat video and entertainmentNot available
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard
Navigation systemStandard with 8-inch display screen
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Standard Uvo eServices
Parking aidsStandard rear parking sonar and back-up camera
Blind-spot detectionStandard
Adaptive cruise controlNot available
Lane-departure monitoringNot available
Collision warning/avoidanceNot available
Night VisionNot available
Driver coaching displayStandard

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,894
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,183
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)56/44
Length (in.)184.6
Width (in.)74.2
Height (in.)67.5
Wheelbase (in.)106.3
Track, front (in.)63.8
Track, rear (in.)63.7
Turning circle (ft.)35.8
Legroom, front (in.)41.3
Legroom, rear (in.)38.8
Legroom, 3rd row (in.)31.7
Headroom, front (in.)39.2
Headroom, rear (in.)39.2
Headroom, 3rd row (in.)35.7
Shoulder room, front (in.)59.3
Shoulder room, rear (in.)58.7
Shoulder room, 3rd row (in.)53.8
Seating capacity7
Step-in height, measured (in.)18.3
Trunk volume (cu-ft)9.1
Max cargo volume behind 1st row (cu-ft)72.5
behind 2nd row (cu-ft)36.9
behind 3rd row (cu-ft)9.1
Cargo loading height, measured (in.)30.6
GVWR (lbs.)5,468
Payload, mfr. max claim (lbs.)1,288
Tow capacity, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,500
Ground clearance (in.)7.3
Approach angle (degrees)18.9
Departure angle (degrees)22.2


Bumper-to-bumper5 years/60,000 miles
Powertrain10 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance5 years/60,000 miles

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