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.
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.
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.
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. We have owned this crossover for a year now and still love it. No issues and every time we drive it, we more and more appreciate the great build quality.
My new Sorento SX is loaded with goodies and I love it. The goodies are better designed and easier to operate than my Wife's new Lexus LS460. The nav. is much more "Americanized". The ONLY PROBLEM that I have is, I'm a big guy and the driver's seat if very uncomfortable due to the very hard bolsters. They are very hard and gives me hip pain when I sit in the seat. After much searching, I found a cushion that makes it much more comfortable to drive. It takes a little more effort to get seated as I have to try to adjust the cushion when I get in. I guess they design these seats for small Korean folks with small butts. If you have a large rear end, ya better be careful before buying this car.