I started searching over a year ago for the best 3 row SUV that was affordable, great looking, and gas worthy. I first liked the Rogue but quickly changed my mind on that. It has great gas mileage but the third row was ridiculous. The new Rogue has the second row raised as if you are sitting in a movie theatre. I hated that and it felt really strange being higher up than the front row. That was a deal breaker for me. The Murano is over priced and so is the Pathfinder. The Pathfinder was gorgeous but the base model doesn't have the basics like blue tooth and Sirius Radio. The next trim model that offered it was 6,000 more. The Pathfinder also received weak reviews for reliability. I drove the Mazda 9 and loved it but the extremely low gas mileage (combined) is only 16. That's unacceptable for a car like that. One would think Mazda would make a car with better gas mileage. I also drove the Highlander and it has a lot of room, but I felt it over priced and not very attractive. I do remember driving a 2014 Kia Sorento and was not impressed back then. However, I read the Sorento was getting a face lift so I went and checked it out. What a surprise. It is gorgeous and the fit and finish is great. I read all reviews on all SUVs and took the time to finally select the 2016 Kia Sorento. I love it. It feels like a luxury car and it is very quiet. Kia has come a long way with their line of cars and SUVs. I have one in Black with a black interior. I am a picky shopper and I am glad I purchased the new design.
Do your homework. The only things I miss in the technology area is a compass, the front passenger seat has no height adjustment, remote start is not standard equipment. There is a lot of stuff I will never use. We were looking for an SUV with lots of leg room in front and this has it, an impressive 44 inches. Way more than others, even Jeep. Another selling point was the 60,000 mile warranty. Mileage is outstanding. I drive mostly highway and am averaging 31-33 mpg combined in Eco Mode. On my way home from the dealership I was in Standard Mode and got 31.8 mpg for the 75 mile trip. Overall we love this vehicle. Comfortable and quiet. Winter in Iowa will be the real test! Update: It will soon be 2 years, we still love this Sorento. No issues whatsoever. I thought there was an issue with heater fan, took it in and the compartment was full of acorns! Simple fix! Darn ground squirrels! Will keep it for a long time.
Coming off of a Lexus RX, I was concerned that it wouldn't feel as luxurious. Although it's stiffer and less "designed", I fell in love with the Sorento immediately upon driving it off the lot. It's tough but not trucky, comfortable but not couch-like, and big but not cumbersome. It has great pick up and drives like a car, and I happen to think it looks pretty darn cute on the road. Having said this, the reason I'm writing this review is that I was in my first car accident in my 38 years just this week. I was T-boned, and before I knew what had happened I realized the car was flipping. SUV's by nature may be more likely to roll, and that may be a deterant to some, but in this instance I think it was a blessing. I believe the roll helped lessen the force of the hit, which struck my child's door. As I understand it, T-Bones can be very catastrophic, especially to the person in the receiving seat. Between the airbags, restraints, and general contour of the car, when the car came to rest we were completely unscathed. Completely. The moment I can, I will go get another Sorento and will feel safer than ever. And thank you to the designers of this car for helping me walk away with my son!
I disagree with the Reviewer's Cons: That the" 2.0 Turbo lacks punch from a standstill ". I have to feather the gas pedal at a stop light to avoid spinning the wheels! This engine has plenty of punch at any speed, I promise you-especially after the engine is broken in. I have about 13,000 miles now. Coast to coast from sea level to 9,000 feet in the mountains. The great thing about the Turbo is you don't loose power at higher elevations. The EX is so quiet and comfortable I can drive 800 miles and still go dancing! To date I have had zero problems with this car. I ditched my 2014 Honda CRV for this car as too noisy, slow, bad handling and uncomfortable for road trips.
Never would have thought I would have chosen a Kia, but after weeks of comparing, test driving all the options out there and comparing some more Kia was the clear choice. Not a small 4 cylinder econo box and not as big as a the full size 7 passenger SUVs, just right for usually 5 passengers with option to flip up to get 7 seats. Ride is quiet and comfortable. Visibility is good. Technology works well with clear displays and easily understood controls. The only minus is the steering. It is way too loose. We have to always select the sport option or the Kia wanders on the road. Overall a great buy.