2019 Kia Sorento Review
Pros & Cons
- Convenient size should fit many families
- Ample feature content for the money
- Stylish and quiet interior
- Extra-long warranty coverage
- Less cargo space than other three-row models
- Third-row seat is strictly for kids
- Lackluster acceleration, even from the V6 engine
List Price Range
$20,988 - $37,898
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Which Sorento does Edmunds recommend?
Starting off, we recommend avoiding the L and the LX because their base four-cylinder engine is underpowered. Next up is the EX, which happens to be the Sorento's sweet spot. It comes standard with some appealing features such as heated front seats and an array of active safety and driver assistance technology. And if you want more, the EX gives you some flexibility to opt for the luxury and tech add-ons from the higher trim levels.
Edmunds' Expert Review
The V6 engine is unchanged, but a more fuel-efficient eight-speed supplants the old six-speed transmission. The new gearbox shifts smoothly but lacks kickdown response in certain modes and could be the reason the Sorento's pace has slowed a bit. Steering, handling and braking all remain agreeable.
The Sorento is one comfortable crossover all around, featuring an impressively quiet cabin, seats with almost all the fixings, and a smooth yet well-controlled ride that's among the segment's best. The standard third-row seat is intended for kids but could fit adults in a pinch.
The cabin is thoughtfully designed for the most part, faltering mainly in third-row access — inevitable, perhaps, given the Sorento's tweener class size. The touchscreen infotainment system is highly functional even if it isn't fancy, and there are a ton of great parking aids at this trim level.
Among other compact three-row SUVs, the Sorento is pretty comparable in terms of cargo capacity but trails the midsize three-rows at the upper end of its price range. In the cabin, storage meets expectations, but the touchless power tailgate and easy-folding seats are big pluses.
The Sorento provides plenty of charging options for anything you or your passengers bring along. And the top SX Limited trim comes packed with nearly every modern driving aid available. The sound and nav systems may not be fancy, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto provide seamless smartphone integration.
|Overall||7.5 / 10|
Most helpful consumer reviews
EX 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 8A)
Great car and ride but around 3500 miles developed what many reviews and discussion forum posts have noted-a "missing" or jerking feeling on acceleration as well as running, hard to tell if it is the engine or the transmission. Two visits to dealer, they say they don't notice it, I've been driving long enough to know when an engine is running rough. Some say it is a software issue, it seems Kia itself does not know how to solve it. To some it might not be noticeable or annoying. Update: 8,000 miles. Still love the car. It still jerks on acceleration but you learn to live with it. That's just the way it is. Brakes are VERY touchy, even other drivers notice it, especially at low speeds, you have to be very careful on the brake pedal. The radio controls are maddening. Scrolling through the touch screen it's easy to "select" a station instead of scrolling past it.
LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
My mom recently bought a 2019 Kia Sorento LX and immediately fell in love. Sadly, the Sorento came to a very sudden, sad death, when a truck pulled out in front of us causing us to t bone it. Totaling both vehicles. I’m giving this Sorento 5 stars on safety because if it wasn’t for its AMAZING safety features we possibly wouldn’t have been alive today. Thank you Kia.
SX 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 8A)
This car gets a lot of complements. We do the high school teen car pools, and one thought it was a Mercedes until she got out and saw it was a Kia. No joke. We got the SX model, which is similar to the loaded EX model with the large sunroof. Truly excellent. It's a little slow compared to my Infiniti sports car but my wife doesn't notice. Not sure about the transmission posts but those are probably fake as it's seemingly perfect. There are five drive modes, I usually pick "Sport" but my wife picks "Comfort." Also, we got this after my daughter totaled our Honda Pilot and I wanted the safest vehicle so she would be safe. This comes with every safety feature possible, which even the Volvo we were looking at didn't have many of the safety options. Anyhow, we get a ton of complements on it when people are inside. Outside, well, it's a Kia, which is fine by us.
Mrs. Eileen Dover,08/27/2018
SX Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 8A)
We buy a new car every 10 years & wanted all the new safety features which this has. The computer screens were very user friendly unlike the Honda and Toyota, which made a difference. The Nappa leather seats are softer than the standard leather. The driver's seat also has a seat extender if needed (may not be in all trims?) The pick up is fine and all the safety features are easy to set, understand and get accustomed to. The size is nice, it's smaller than the Highlander & Pilot (so it is easier to park) and bigger than the CRV & Rav 4. No CD player on the SXL trim so I ripped 75 of mine onto a 8 GB flash drive and use it all the time. The 10 year warranty gives piece of mind. Until the self driving cars come out, this will be one of our main modes of transportation.
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Sorento models:
- Forward Collision Avoidance
- Warns the driver when an imminent front collision is detected. Can automatically brake if needed. Standard on the EX and above.
- Lane Departure Warning
- Alerts you when the system detects that you're drifting out of your lane. Standard on the EX and above.
- Uvo eServices
- Includes automatic 911 calling when an airbag deploys, plus speed and location alerts for secondary drivers.