Summary, Prices, Specs

By February 19, 2013


Substantially revised for 2014, Kia Sorento is among the largest of the compact crossover utility vehicles. Sorento boasts a roomy cabin, with lots of cargo capacity. We recommend Sorento as a five-passenger vehicle; it really isn't big enough for three rows of seats. Ride quality is smooth. We found the V6 smooth and quiet and recommend it over the four-cylinder because the Sorento is on the heavier side of the class. All-wheel drive is a smart option for wintry conditions. Hyundai and Kia have made huge strides with quality, and the Sorento has the feel of solid goods. Overall, Sorento offers a good value for buyers who can resist moving up the model line and adding options.

Tony Swan filed this report to after his test drive of the Kia Sorento SX.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Kia Sorento LX ($24,100), LX AWD ($25,800); LX V6 ($25,700), LX V6 AWD ($27,400); EX ($30,000), EX AWD ($31,700); SX ($35,000), SX AWD ($36,700); Limited ($38,000), Limited AWD ($39,700)
Engines:2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve inline four-cylinder, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection; 3.3-liter DOHC 24-valve V6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Transmissions:6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
Safety equipment (standard):front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, first and second row curtain airbags, rollover sensor, active front headrests; antilock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, stability control
Safety equipment (optional):blind spot detection system, back up warning system, rear view camera
Basic warranty:5 years/60,000 miles
Assembled in:West Point, Georgia
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Kia Sorento SX ($35,000)
Standard equipment:dual zone automatic climate control, leather-trim front and second-row seats, heated and ventilated power front seats, heated outboard second-row seats, navigation with 8-inch touch-screen monitor, power sunroof with power shade, power rear liftgate, UVO telematics and infotainment, Infinity 10-speaker premium audio, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, 115-volt power inverter, 12-volt power outlets, tilt/telescope steering column, driver-select Flex Steer power steering, leather-wrapped steering wheel with auxiliary control buttons, LCD instrumentation, keyless remote entry, pushbutton starting,19-inch aluminum alloy wheels, fog lamps, body color heated side lamps with turn signal repeaters, LED front running lamps, LED tail lamps, chromed tail pipe, body color side sill and wheel arch moldings, illuminated door handles, rear spoiler
Options as tested (MSPR):all-wheel drive ($1700); third-row seat package ($1000)
Destination charge:$850
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$37700
Layout:all-wheel drive
Engine:3.3-liter DOHC V6
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):290 @ 6400
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):252 @ 3200
Transmission:6-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:18/24 mpg
Wheelbase:106.3 in.
Length/width/height:184.6/74.2/66.9 in.
Track, f/r:63.8/63.7 in.
Turning circle:35.8 ft.
Seating Capacity:7
Head/hip/leg room, f:39.2/56.3/41.3 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:39.2/55.9/38.8 in.
Head/hip/leg room, r:35.7/44.4/31.7 in.
Cargo volume:72.5 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:3500 Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent, MacPherson struts, coil springs, antiroll bar
Suspension, r:multilink, dual flow dampers, coil springs, antiroll bar
Ground clearance:7.3 in.
Curb weigth:3894 lbs.
Brakes, f/r:11.9-inch vented discs/11.9-inch solid discs
Fuel capacity:17.4 gallons gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of February 19, 2013.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-333-4KIA -