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.
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.
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.
I've got about 1500 miles on my new Sorento so far, and there are SO many things that I love about it. It seems to be a great value, a very comfortable car for the money. There are some items that make me scratch my head: The so-called third seat...REALLY? That is crazy in every SUV I have been in. Give it up, people. If you want a third row, get a mini-van. For the Sorento, getting that third row not only gives you a couple of seats that only an 8-year old could sit in, it also loses you some handy storage bins! How stupid! Another poorly designed feature is the power rear hatch. The Sorento has a great feature that allows the hatch to raise just by approaching the car...that is cool. What is NOT cool is that the hatch will open up while you are in the garage and then bang your hatch into your garage door. If that happens (say, your fob button gets pressed by your other keys), then you go out to the garage and open your garage door, causing hundreds of dollars of damage! This is not a problem with only the Sorento, but I never thought of it until I owned an SUV. Beware! A feature that I am having trouble with is the Automatic Forward Braking system. It's supposed to monitor traffic ahead and warn you or apply the brakes if needed to lessen a collision. A great safety feature...that turns off dozens of times each trip...about once every four miles! Accompanied by a "ding ding!" I feel like it's going to be Christmas all year round! It's going back to the shop tomorrow, so we'll see if they fix it or not. My next whine is the leather seat warmers. Why would the switch have to be engaged every time I start my car?? And why have a switch that requires multiple taps to cycle through the options, instead of a two-or-three position switch? My other cars with this feature have an Off-Low-High toggle switch, and when you a running errands the heater comes on to the last setting. But the Sorento has to be turned on each time, and then you have to push the button repeatedly to go from high to medium to low heat. Now, after that list of complaints, I still LOVE how it drives. A powerful engine (a little too touchy on the gas pedal), smooth tranny and ride, tight turning radius, great visibility. I am happy, but I do wish those things on my list were not so puzzling. Another oddity about KIA is that accessories cost twice as much if you wait to get them after the sale. Seems to me that a posted price for an accessory should be the same whether the item is installed at the dealer or at the port.
And another thing??? Hire someone who actually knows English to write your owner's manuals!
UPDATE: The Forward Braking problem is already a service advisory from KIA. So the good news is they are on top of it. The bad news is the fact that it was not done properly to begin with, and now the part is on order. I'll update this again as the repair process proceeds.