2020 Kia Sorento

MSRP range: $26,990 - $41,890
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MSRP This is the retail price of the vehicle with typically equipped options.$28,530
Edmunds suggests you pay This is the price Edmunds suggests you pay based on hundreds of nearby sales up through July 19th.$27,302

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2020 Kia Sorento Review

  • 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
  • Lightly refreshed bumpers and exterior lighting
  • EX and SX Limited trims dropped
  • Part of the third Sorento generation introduced for 2015

Odds are, if you're in the market for a family-friendly SUV, one of the biggest decisions is whether to go with two or three rows of seats. There is a small subclass between the two, with the 2020 Kia Sorento claiming the top spot. The Sorento straddles the line between compact crossover and midsize SUV and attempts to deliver the best of both worlds. In some ways it succeeds. In other ways, you may be better off picking a smaller or larger alternative.

The third-row seats in the Sorento are certainly handy when you need to transport more people, but space is limited back there. Small kids should be fine, but accommodating anyone larger may be problematic for more than a quick trip.

The Sorento's larger-than-compact footprint doesn't help its cause when it comes to power, performance and efficiency either. Fuel economy figures are far from impressive for the small-SUV class, and even with the available V6 engine, we consider performance merely adequate. To its credit, the Sorento gives you a lot of features for the money, and its generous warranty increases the value proposition.

But if you plan on carrying more than four passengers at a time, we suggest stepping up to the midsize SUV class. In particular, check out Kia's own Telluride, which is our favorite. Even better, there's a good price overlap between it and the Sorento.

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The Sorento bridges the gap between compact and midsize SUVs, coming with standard, though small, third-row seats. The V6 engine is our choice in the lineup, delivering performance that's adequate but not impressive. Overall, the Sorento earns strong scores as a competent family hauler, pushing it to the top of the compact three-row SUV class.
The Sorento hit 60 mph in 8.3 seconds, which is slower than the last test. The V6 feels soft at the low end, but it wakes up at 5,000 rpm and pulls well to redline. The brakes are easy to modulate and brought the SUV to a stop from 60 mph in 125 feet, a good result for a vehicle of this size.

As a vehicle without any real sporting intentions, the Sorento handles better than expected. Outside of Sport mode, the eight-speed transmission feels lazy at times. Downshifts take a moment too long when you're flooring the pedal, but shifts are otherwise executed smoothly. With ground clearance at a modest 7.3 inches, this is a winter-ready SUV but clearly not designed to be an off-roader.
Our model came with heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats. The padding is a good mix of firm and plush, and the front seats now feature an extendable lower bottom cushion. The nicely shaped second-row seats slide and recline, while the third-row bottom cushions sit low to the floor, with limited comfort. The Sorento may have one of the most refined rides of any non-luxury-brand crossover. While it won't silence every bump, it glides serenely over patchy pavement, giving it a distinctly premium feel.

The SX Limited's acoustic windshield and front window glass block out sound and help deliver luxury-grade quietness. Only mild amounts of road and wind noise penetrate the cabin.
The cabin is thoughtfully designed for the most part, faltering mainly in third-row access — inevitable perhaps given the Sorento's tweener class size. It's large for a compact, and the third row is best for kids but could fit adults in a pinch. Access to the first and second rows is easy, but third-row access is tight.

The 8-inch touchscreen is intuitive and easy to navigate, and it responds quickly. There are fancier systems out there, but few are easier to use and master. Visibility is pretty decent, with the rear view slightly obstructed with the third row up.
The upgraded Harman Kardon sound system works well but is nothing to write home about. The navigation system is typical Kia fare. It's easy to use but not especially advanced or more attractive than other systems on the market. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto provide seamless smartphone integration.

There are plenty of charging options for anything you or your passengers bring along, and the top trim comes with nearly every modern driving aid available. The systems work pretty well. Adaptive cruise can be a little jerky, but it operates down to a complete stop, and lane keeping assist keeps you from drifting out of your lane.
There's just 11.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, which is typical for compact three-row SUVs. That grows to 38 cubic feet with the third row folded. Straps and levers allow you to fold both second and third rows from the back, and the smart-unlocking power tailgate opens quickly without any hands or swinging legs.

There's a good number of cabin nooks for personal items, with a dedicated space for wireless charging. The door pockets and armrest bin are what you'd expect in this class, nothing especially clever. The 5,000-pound max towing capacity is very good for a compact SUV and on par with similarly outfitted midsizes.
The all-wheel-drive Sorento SX Limited V6 AWD is EPA-rated at 21 mpg combined (19 city/24 highway), and we achieved 21.6 mpg on our highway-heavy 115-mile driving loop. This is slightly lower than what we expected, but the Sorento performed about the same as most V6-equipped midsize SUVs.
Build quality and materials are class-competitive with abundant soft-touch surfaces. Still, there are a number of things shared with other Kia models costing half as much, which some may perceive as lower-quality. Kia's generous warranty coverage continues to lead the industry and boost scores here.
The Sorento acquits itself reasonably well considering three-row crossovers aren't really designed for speed. The saving grace for this particular category is the V6, even if it's not exactly fun. As well-rounded as the Sorento is, it doesn't conjure up emotion the way the Volkswagen Atlas, Honda Pilot or Mazda CX-9 does. It's kind of boring really. And as practical as buyers may be about an SUV purchase, there will always be an emotional factor.

Which Sorento does Edmunds recommend?

The base four-cylinder engine will likely struggle with the Sorento's weight, which is why we suggest stepping up to the V6. Go for the EX Sport trim that gets you the V6 plus extra niceties and advanced safety features.
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Kia Sorento models

The 2020 Kia Sorento is a seven-seat SUV that is available in five trim levels: L, LX, S, EX Sport and SX. The L and the LX are reasonably well equipped, while the S and the EX add more convenience features. The SX trims top the range with more luxury-oriented features.

The L and the LX come standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (185 horsepower, 178 lb-ft of torque) and a six-speed automatic. A 3.3-liter V6 (290 hp, 252 lb-ft) with an eight-speed automatic is standard on the S, EX Sport and SX. All but the L can be equipped with all-wheel drive.

Standard feature highlights for the base L include 17-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, cloth upholstery, manually adjustable front seats, 40/20/40-split folding second-row seats, 50/50-split folding third-row seats, Bluetooth, a 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, a USB port, and a six-speaker sound system.

The LX adds a noise-reducing windshield, a power-adjustable driver's seat, front seatback pockets, two additional USB ports, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. The LX's optional Convenience package brings forward collision mitigation, roof rails, rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

Going with the Sorento S gets you the V6 and the contents of the Convenience package. It also comes with 19-inch wheels, black exterior trim, keyless entry and ignition, and rear climate controls.

The EX Sport reverts to body-colored exterior accents and adds noise-reducing front door windows, a panoramic sunroof, a power liftgate, an upgraded instrument panel, leather upholstery, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, a drowsy driver monitor, and accident avoidance for blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alert systems.

The top-of-the-line SX trim comes with power-folding mirrors, front parking sensors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, a 14-way power driver's seat, an eight-way-adjustable front passenger seat, an 8-inch touchscreen, a surround-view monitor, a navigation system, a wireless charging pad, and a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system with satellite radio.

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Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 Kia Sorento.

Average user rating: 4.5 stars
22 total reviews
5 star reviews: 64%
4 star reviews: 27%
3 star reviews: 4%
2 star reviews: 5%
1 star reviews: 0%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

4/5 stars, Continues to get better. Simply really good.
Dino,
EX 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 8A)
I began leasing the Sorento back in 2014 out of simply wanting to find the best lease value I could in this size category of crossover. At the time it was honestly an unexpected surprise. Not just for the comparative lease deal but was an outright nice vehicle in looks, comfort, convenience, quality and performance. Well, being so happy with the vehicle that first time we continued with the next lease (a 2017) and again found that same very satisfactory feeling about everything. Fast forward and just now leased the 2020. I did seriously consider and also looked elsewhere this time around. In the end it again came down to what is simply a really nice vehicle and what your getting for your buck. Do not mistake that at all to mean I am settling for the Sorento. Because truth is, its simply a very well made, attractive (in and out) vehicle with a great ride comfort and performance. From one to the next lease Ive had (now 3) it has increased a bit with ride quality each the model years Ive had and this latest is the best yet. The V6 has always been and is still more than capable and that is being said from one (myself) who lives on the spirited side with my driving habits. Four grown adults and fully loaded with luggage and no issue at all passing and accelerating on mountainous highways. Certainly not the most powerful engine but extremely capable. The ride quality continues to improve. It was always real good in my opinion. But this latest year (2020) version is even quieter and smoother than the last two ive had. Turns real well with minimal roll and responsive steering in addition to the quietness. There is a definite high end feel to the overall comfort and ride while in a Sorento. It may not be the best nor excel greatly at any one thing over other given vehicles but it does really well everywhere and exceeds expectations. There is nothing at all negative. Its all good, very good.
4/5 stars, - 2020 sorento
Tony.d,
EX 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 8A)
this is my second kia sorento I had 2017, some reviews I have read seem that they are downgrading this vehicle a bit, kia has taken some standard equip. out of the ex trim (passenger pwr seat, cd player, rear sunshades etc) however they added a lot of safety features like lane keeper adaptive cruise 19" wheels, rear power liftgate 8-speed transmission and the ***** safety rating. my take on this vehicle is kia slid this car back a little you don't take out the passenger power seat and rear sunshades. I can get past the removal of the cd player everyone pretty much streams there music these days, however I am not impressed with the 8-speed transmission it affects the acceleration on this suv, they should have synchronize the gear shifts a little better. I still like this vehicle, the ride is very comfortable and handling is competent as is the interior comfort and safety features also decent mpg, this vehicle gives a lot for the money. I will have to see were the next three years of driving this vehicle and all the new safety equipment and its reliability works as it should... kia should not had swapped out good standard features then add more features and sell the ones you want on the higher trim. but I would still recommend it because what works on this vehicle is its the right size it will fit many familys
5/5 stars, Best small three row SUV
Jr,
L 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
First thing I want to say is that the 2.4L is quite fast. Soon as you take your foot of the brake and hit the gas, you’re already going with the flow of traffic. That’s how responsive the throttle is, and the transmission. My parents got this SUV yesterday because we needed a bigger SUV that can accommodate us. Now I really love that the car has apple CarPlay and android auto on a base level trim!!! The gas mileage is wonderful, we drove the car almost all day and still have a quarter to full still left in the tank (true gas saver). Now the 3rd row isn’t strictly for kids. I’m 5’5 and I can fit back there and had no complaints. You can always adjust the 2nd row seats to have more leg room.
5/5 stars, i couldn't ask for more -
mike jay,
SX 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 8A)
I started researching the sorento one year ago. many reviews faulted the sorento for being fuel thirsty, heavy and under powered. I purchased it on the spot and have not regretted it. the v6 has more power than I need. the rear most seats are there if and when I need them. it has more tech than I know what to do with. it rides and handles better than the competition and it is QUIET. I can drive all day and never get tired. what more can you ask for?

2020 Kia Sorento video

[MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER: Whether you call it an SUV, a crossover, a lifted a hatchback, or whatever, the modern SUV has to fill an extraordinary wide range of jobs from an inexpensive and fuel-efficient city commuter to a lumbering rig that can haul the family and a boat. There's a ton of diversity among SUVs which can make finding the right one for you a challenge. So in this video, we've broken down the major size and price categories for SUVs and we'll give you the recommendation for the best in each class for most buyers. Now, we're basing these recommendations on everything we've evaluated up to the point of the production of this video. Every vehicle listed here has gone through our extensive rating process where we perform a standardized road loop evaluation and performance testing, our rating process is one of the most thorough and regimented in the business. You can find more by clicking the links below to visit Edmunds.com. And you can also get a cash offer on your car by visiting Edmunds.com/sellmycar. Again, that's Edmunds.com/sellmycar. Extra small or subcompact SUVs are the smallest and least expensive crossovers-- as they're often called-- that you can buy. You get the benefits of an elevated driving position with the small exterior size for the feel of added maneuverability. Now, cost cutting is sometimes apparent. But top trim levels can feel surprisingly upscale. Our team's favorite is the Mazda CX-30. It looks sharp and has an abundance of standard technology and safety features that help offset its slightly higher starting price. On the downside, its fuel economy is a little behind the curve, but by such a small margin that it doesn't really matter. Also, total storage space trails others in this group. So why is it our pick? Well, for starters, our team really liked how it drives, from the feel of the steering to the comfortable ride. Then there's those features, from useful and standard advanced driver aids like adaptive cruise control to good phone integration all around. Lastly, the experience inside and out feels richer than the price would suggest, making it seem like you're getting a lot more for your money. Another option worth looking at is the Hyundai Kona. I point this out because on Edmunds it's nearly tied with the Mazda for first place. The Kona costs a bit less and that difference is attributable to the interior that doesn't look and feel as nice as the Mazda and a slightly more clunky drive train, in particular the shift from the optional turbo engine and transmission combo are particularly unrefined. Otherwise, it's similarly sized inside and the tech and features are also strong so it's worth a look. Extra small luxury SUV get you a prestigious badge at an affordable price. You always get luxury-grade comfort and performance-- remember that price thing-- but a few gems really stand out. Our favorite is the Mercedes Benz GLB. We think the boxy shape looks kind of cool. And it makes for a spacious interior for people and cargo. Better yet, it comes with our team's favorite entertainment system among luxury cars, if not all cars out there for sale right now. The NBUX entertainment system is really powerful so it can feel a little overwhelming at first. But its broad capabilities and voice recognition are unmatched outside of anything you'd find other than your phone. But hey, you can use that too. As far as other features go, well, it's a Mercedes, so there are a ton of options to choose from. I mean, you can even get massaging seats. But that also means the price can jump considerably as you tack those options on. So keep that in mind. Topping off the Benz is an above average fuel economy for the class, making the GLP a worthy pick for a subcompact luxury SUV. Small or compact SUV these are among the most popular out there because they balance an exterior and interior size really well. You get a lot of space without taking up much yourself. Now, these are essentially the new compact family sedans and it's easy to see why. The Honda CRV has long been our favorite in this group. We even bought one for our own long-term test and had about 50,000 miles on it before we sold it. The CRVs best attribute is not just its interior size but the cleverness of that space. It's massive. But it also has a number of useful configurations like an adjustable load floor in the rear and a really trick center armrest. It's the kind of stuff that a family can really find usable. All that being said, there are a few annoyances like the entertainment system and particularly aggressive warning alerts from some of the safety features. But the overall driving experience price and fuel economy make the CRV a really easy recommendation. We should also point out the Mazda CX5 because it's actually tied for first place in our rankings. It's not as usable as the CRV in terms of interior space. But it's a bit nicer to drive and it feels far more premium inside. So if you don't need the space and don't mind paying a touch more for a bit more luxury, the CX5 is definitely worth considering. Now let's talk about three-row SUV cars in this size category. They may seem like a good idea at first. But we have to warn you that the existence of a third row in a compact SUV can make for a really cramped experience. It takes up cargo volume itself, that third row. And the seat is usually pretty small. If it's all you can afford, well, here's what you should consider. We like the Kia Sorento because it straddles the exterior size and price between compact and midsize SUV. And it finds a sweet spot in the process. Our evaluators gave the Sorento high marks for ride quality, interior comfort, and an intuitive, though far from fancy, entertainment system. You also get decent storage, a third row row, obviously, and a lengthy warranty. It all makes a great pick for a three-row compact SUV. Here's where luxury SUVs come into their stride. There are a lot of options here with wide ranges and capability. Most anything you find here will have a comfortable ride, nice interior materials, and good performance too. Our favorite is the Mercedes Benz GLC, which delivers a luxury experience you'd expect regardless of the style you choose it in and what styles there are. There are four cylinder and hybrid versions if you care about fuel economy. And there are 500 horsepower turbo V8s if you simply want to go fast. And there's a bunch of stuff in between too. The available MBUX entertainment system is, again, among our team's favorites for its capability voice recognition and phone integration. And the right is comfortable and the interior is, of course, luxurious. Now, cargo capacity isn't as strong as some others so if you need more space, you can look elsewhere. But as for everything else, it's hard to beat what the GLC delivers. Now, you can make an argument that the Tesla Model Y falls into this category. We're making broad recommendations here, so for the Tesla, I'll say this. If your local infrastructure supports your charging needs and you are interested in EVs, the Model Y is worth strong consideration. For more info, read our ownership report on the one we bought to see if it's right for you. As SUVs get larger, you get more interior m more capability, more m and also more options, we decided to split midsize SUVs into two categories, one for SUVs that have a third row standard and the other for SUVs that don't, or SUVs that have an optional third row. We do this because there are shoppers out there who don't want a third row even though they want an SUV of around this size. Now, for three-row SUVs, the gold standard of this group is the KIA Telluride. It really is the stand out. I mean, no buts about it. It has all the features space and capability but it also has a design and approach to materials that make it seem like a luxury vehicle. There are also some really thoughtful touches inside like the location of the USB ports on the seat-back sides for the rear passengers to access. And there are some really helpful technology items in there, too, like an extensive exterior camera system. As for the downsides, well, it can't tow as much as others like the Ford Explorer, for example. And as in the time of this recording, they're actually really hard to find on dealer lots. But on balance and for the money, there are few more appealing ways to move seven or eight people than the Kia Telluride. Now, if you only want two rows in your midsize SUV consider the Honda Passport. Our testing team found it to be highly versatile and with some athleticism, too, from its V6, but also a comfortable driving SUV with tons of passenger and cargo space, not to mention a welcome assortment of standard features too. We also ran one in our long term fleet for a year so check the links below to see more about what it was like to actually own one of these vehicles. If you want something more specialized like for towing or off-road, there are better options, of course. But the Passport is a solid all-a-rounder that like the smaller Honda CRV, makes for an easy recommendation to most shoppers. Midsize luxury SUVs generally take the qualities of a standard midsize SUV like towing space and room for cargo and passengers, but add to it the latest in technology, power, and, of course, high-end premium furnishings inside and out. You'll also see some of these SUVs available as coupes. Now, these generally are the same as the standard versions or the non-coupe versions. But they have more stylized roof lines that sacrifice some practicality for style. Of the two row SUVs, well, are you tired of Mercedes dominating the recommendations? Too bad. Our top pick in this category is the Mercedes GLE which was redesigned for 2020. Like this smaller GLC, the GLE comes in a wide variety of styles, and trim levels, and engines, frankly, too many to list here. But our highlights across all the versions are an extremely powerful entertainment system and an interior that's comfortable, spacious, functional, and quiet. Now, the GLS price can jump considerably when you start playing around the options. But, hey, these are luxury SUVs. And in the case of the Benz, our team truly believes that you get what you pay for. Now, if you want the standard, third-row, no options required, check out the Audi Q7. Obviously, it's going to come up a little bit short in terms of cargo space because of the existence of that third row. But the overall package is strong. Our team said the Audi's mix of performance, comfort, and technology, and value is hard to beat. And we also gave it high marks to the interior and the way the Q7 drives. Here we get the classic utility vehicle, the family trucksters, the Canyonero. These rigs have super-size capability and space. They can haul a big family, that family stuff, you know, the family's boat or the horse too. I don't know. If you need maximum versatility, this is what these big rigs deliver. Our current top pick is the Ford Expedition, which marries excellent design with a capable truck-based platform. It can seat up to eight and tow more than 9,000 pounds depending on the configuration, and inside, the Expedition can be outfitted with all the features and toys you'd expect from a luxury vehicle. If you need more space, the Expedition Max takes the standard expeditions strengths and adds to it nine inches of length. If you absolutely need the most space possible, here's your answer. Before finishing this recommendation, though, I have to point out that Chevy's just put out a new Suburban and Tahoe. We haven't performed a full evaluation on those vehicles yet. But keep up to date with our recommendations at Edmunds.com to see if the results here change. Now here's where things start to get a little silly when it comes to opulence. These SUVs have tremendous road presence due to a combination of size, design, and power. These behemoths are as functional as they are impressive. Not many vehicles out there offer quilted leather upholstery and massaging seats along with 7,000 pound tow ratings, and upwards of 600 horsepower, and seating for seven. But the Mercedes Benz GLS does. What can we say? This is a fancy people and gear hauler that takes all the luxury elements our team likes from Mercedes and adds to them a cushy ride, and remarkable performance, and a cavernous interior. It looks great too. You're paying a lot for this kind of SUV so your expectations should be mighty high. A good thing, our team says the GLS might just be one of the most well-rounded vehicles on sale today. That wraps up our SUV recommendations for 2020 and 2021. Be sure to click on the links below for more information and be sure to like, comment, and subscribe, and, of course, thank you for watching. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$26,990
MPG & Fuel
22 City / 29 Hwy / 25 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.8 gal. capacity
Seating
7 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 6-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 185 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 178 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Basic Warranty
5 yr./ 60000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 189.0 in. / Height: 66.3 in.
Overall Width with Mirrors: N/A
Overall Width without Mirrors: 74.4 in.
Curb Weight: 3810 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 11.3 cu.ft.

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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Sorento safety features:

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
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.

NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover15%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good



Kia Sorento vs. the competition

2020 Kia Sorento

2020 Kia Sorento

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

Kia Sorento vs. Volkswagen Tiguan

In the small three-row crossover segment, the Tiguan comes in a very close second place to the Sorento. They both squeeze a third row of seats into a compact-SUV footprint, with similar limiting results. Neither has a particularly powerful engine or strong fuel economy figures, but their generous warranties offer some enticement.

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Kia Sorento vs. Kia Telluride

The Telluride is a step up in size but not so much in price. If you plan on using the third-row seats, even occasionally, the larger Telluride is a better choice. As our favorite midsize SUV, it has plentiful power, strong towing abilities and tons of features. And it provides high levels of all-day comfort.

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Kia Sorento vs. Hyundai Palisade

The Hyundai Palisade and the Kia Telluride share a platform and are understandably similar. They both benefit from powerful V6 engines, lots of interior space and a long list of features for the money. Compared side by side, the Palisade trails just barely because it doesn't feel quite as special as the Telluride.

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FAQ

Is the Kia Sorento a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Sorento both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.6 out of 10. You probably care about Kia Sorento fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Sorento gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg to 25 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Sorento has 11.3 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Kia Sorento. Learn more

What's new in the 2020 Kia Sorento?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Kia Sorento:

  • Lightly refreshed bumpers and exterior lighting
  • EX and SX Limited trims dropped
  • Part of the third Sorento generation introduced for 2015
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Is the Kia Sorento reliable?

To determine whether the Kia Sorento is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Sorento. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Sorento's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2020 Kia Sorento a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Kia Sorento is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 Sorento and gave it a 7.6 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Sorento is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2020 Kia Sorento?

The least-expensive 2020 Kia Sorento is the 2020 Kia Sorento L 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $26,990.

Other versions include:

  • LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $28,090
  • LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $29,890
  • EX 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $35,490
  • S 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $33,190
  • EX 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $37,290
  • L 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $26,990
  • S 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $34,990
  • SX 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $41,890
  • SX 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $40,090
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What are the different models of Kia Sorento?

If you're interested in the Kia Sorento, the next question is, which Sorento model is right for you? Sorento variants include LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A), LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A), EX 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 8A), and S 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 8A). For a full list of Sorento models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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2020 Kia Sorento Overview

The 2020 Kia Sorento is offered in the following submodels: Sorento SUV. Available styles include LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A), LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A), EX 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 8A), S 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 8A), EX 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 8A), L 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A), S 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 8A), SX 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 8A), and SX 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 8A). Kia Sorento models are available with a 2.4 L-liter gas engine or a 3.3 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 290 hp, depending on engine type. The 2020 Kia Sorento comes with front wheel drive, and all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed shiftable automatic, 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2020 Kia Sorento comes with a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 10 yr./ 100000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2020 Kia Sorento?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Kia Sorento and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Sorento 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 Sorento.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Kia Sorento and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 Sorento featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2020 Kia Sorento?

2020 Kia Sorento L 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

The 2020 Kia Sorento L 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $28,530. The average price paid for a new 2020 Kia Sorento L 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is trending $1,228 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,228 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $27,302.

The average savings for the 2020 Kia Sorento L 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is 4.3% below the MSRP.

2020 Kia Sorento LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

The 2020 Kia Sorento LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,320. The average price paid for a new 2020 Kia Sorento LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is trending $1,305 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,305 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $29,015.

The average savings for the 2020 Kia Sorento LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is 4.3% below the MSRP.

2020 Kia Sorento S 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 8A)

The 2020 Kia Sorento S 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,820. The average price paid for a new 2020 Kia Sorento S 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 8A) is trending $1,402 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,402 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $33,418.

The average savings for the 2020 Kia Sorento S 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 8A) is 4% below the MSRP.

2020 Kia Sorento EX 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 8A)

The 2020 Kia Sorento EX 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $37,155. The average price paid for a new 2020 Kia Sorento EX 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 8A) is trending $1,553 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,553 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $35,602.

The average savings for the 2020 Kia Sorento EX 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 8A) is 4.2% below the MSRP.

2020 Kia Sorento SX 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 8A)

The 2020 Kia Sorento SX 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $43,745. The average price paid for a new 2020 Kia Sorento SX 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 8A) is trending $1,964 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,964 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $41,781.

The average savings for the 2020 Kia Sorento SX 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 8A) is 4.5% below the MSRP.

Which 2020 Kia Sorentos are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2020 Kia Sorento for sale near. There are currently 241 new 2020 Sorentos listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $27,930 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2020 Kia Sorento.

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Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including rich, trim-level features and specs information like: MSRP, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, heated seating, cooled seating, cruise control, parking assistance, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats ,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, wheel tire, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, engine torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy (city, highway, combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (length, width, seating capacity, cargo space), car safety, true cost to own. Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, fuel economy, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds rating, and color.

What is the MPG of a 2020 Kia Sorento?

2020 Kia Sorento LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded
25 compined MPG,
22 city MPG/29 highway MPG

2020 Kia Sorento LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded
23 compined MPG,
21 city MPG/26 highway MPG

2020 Kia Sorento EX 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded
22 compined MPG,
19 city MPG/26 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG25
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Displacement2.4 L
Passenger Volume154.2 cu.ft.
Wheelbase109.4 in.
Length189.0 in.
WidthN/A
Height66.3 in.
Curb Weight3810 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2020 Kia Sorento?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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