We compared several mid sized SUV's by test driving and pricing them out with similar features/packages and the Kia was the best value that we found. We were also very impressed with the ride and the safety features (autonomous braking, lane monitoring, blind spot monitoring and a great back up camera). The basics of the vehicle are great as well - a smooth and surprisingly quiet ride and solid acceleration with the 3.3 V6.
I did a lot of homework before my purchase. By far the Sorento has the best quality, interior, and technology. The navigation and blue tooth are very user friendly. In addition, the vehicle is so so quiet, it is hard to believe as there are extra insulation and acoustic glass. Kia engineers hit a home run on the build quality. The more I drive this vehicle the more I really enjoy it and can appreciate such great quality. Even the electric steering has great road feel, since Kia placed the motor on the steering rack. This is the first Kia I have owned and I never thought I would buy a Kia, but I am sold now. Kia hired an engineer from Audi and he has really upped the quality. I would put this crossover up against Lexus any day of the week. The front seats are very comfortable and supportive so you do not get driver fatigue. You will not be disappointed and you must include this vehicle on your short list if you are in the market.
Assembled here with US engine and US transmission. Best warranty in the market that I have seen. Rides and handles well. Slightly underpowered accelerating onto highway smoothly with 4 cylinder standard engine. Smallish rear window.
My 2014 EX was a big jump up from my 2011 EX. My 2017 is an even bigger jump!! Great looking in and out! Drive is smooth and (mostly) quiet. Mostly everything has been improved over my 2014 (which I loved) except a couple of things. First, my 2014 was 100% free of squeaks, rattles, vibrations...noise. My 2017 has a couple of rattles on bumpy roads that can get a bit annoying. I get rattles with the sunroof but on very bumpy roads the rattles become vibrations and then it's very disappointing...like various sections of the roof get loud vibrations...kind of kills the ride. I also get a little bit of rattle coming from around where the center console meets the dash board. I took everything out of the car like coins, phone/GPS wires, other stuff to make sure it was not any of my loose stuff. Although not consistent...I did get rattles from that section on bumpy roads. So that "noise" is also disappointing and kind of ruins the ride...when it occurs. Everything else is fantastic with this car. I thought the 2014 was a little small (aesthetically) for my 6'4" tall frame...a little girly is how I put it. But, this 2017 which is only a few inches longer feels like it fits me much better and I feel great (cool) driving such a nice car that also seems manly for me to drive...while still being very stylish. This car looks great from all angles inside and out...very proud to drive it and be seen driving it. Except for the rattles...all other fit-and-finish seems high quality! Materials are all good. Everything is like you'd find on a more expensive model/brand....dear I say mid-entry level Mercedes. The only thing knocking this car down a peg or two is the rattles and vibrations...which is a big deal to me...especially since my 2014 had none. I also noticed that my cargo area doesn't seem to be as wide as my 2014. I would get my mountain bike and my dog crate side-by-side easily into my 2014. My 2017 those two items are squeezed right up next to each other...seems a few inches narrower than my 2014. On the other hand, it seems the cargo is a little deeper so that helps. Also, even though the 2017 V6 drives great (better than '14)...I do think that since it is heavier than the '14...Kia should seriously think about upping the V6 power by about 25hp and maybe get a 7 or 8 speed automatic like the competitors are doing. I do think my back up camera parking assist guides are not calibrated like my '14 was. I could drive my '14 backwards all over town just by looking at my dash video...the guides were very accurate. I knew if my guide lines were touching anything on my camera then I knew my car wasn't going to hit anything. It was excellent for parking backwards in tight spots and getting out of tight spots...I relied on it a lot...TRUSTED it! My '17 guideline seem off so I really have to rely on my mirrors to see the parking lines and be extra careful. If I just followed my camera I'd likely side-swipe cars parked next to me. The camera lines don't match up with the real parking lines...so that isn't cool. Might have to ask my dealer about that. So, overall, I'd give my 2017 a 4.5 stars and not a 5 because of the occasional rattles/vibrations (Kia should have ironed out for the 2017) and the backup camera guides aren't calibrated well...not as easy to park or get out of tight spaces as my '14. Otherwise...I LOVE my 2017 EX V6 Sorento!!
Leased this SUV for 3 years this past week. I choose the snow white pearl with merlot leather interior. I traded 2 other vehicles in for this one as my wife and I didn't need 2 since we are retired. I have leased over 20 vehicles in the past 20 years including BMW, Mercedes, Audi and Lexus. The Sorento is one of the best vehicles I have ever leased. I have the SX with Advanced Technology package which includes Lane Departure Warning, Advanced smart cruise control, Forward Collision Warning Autonomous Emergency Warning and Electronic Parking Brake. I added remote start and Home link rear view mirror. The build quality is exceptional, doors close with a solid thud like the German cars, and interior quality is as good or better than Lexus RX350. Interior noise levels are exceptionally low with no tire hiss being heard in the rain which makes listening to the very good 10 speaker Infinity sound system even better. Heated and ventilated front seats are great along with the heated steering wheel. The 3rd row isn't that roomy but I will probably not use it that much but cargo room behind the second row is very good. If you will use the 3rd row often this may not be your best choice. Reliability isn't known yet since I only have 650 miles on the SUV. I hope this helps anyone looking to purchase an suv.