If there’s one question I get more than any other it’s “what’s a really good 3-row crossover on the market I can actually afford?” Well, I’ve tested some really excellent models recently and now I’ve got another one to add to my list. This is the updated KIA Sorento.
The Sorento is KIA’s sales champ, on target to sell over 100,000 units this year in the U.S. alone.
It’s grown and matured in remarkable fashion since its humble body-on-frame days of the early 2000s. For example, this SX Limited trim is an image-busting vehicle for those who still perceive KIA as a less-than brand. Now, not all Sorentos are this well stocked but even the base Sorento L comes with a touchscreen and full smartphone integration for around $27,000. And all 6 trims now come standard in the 3-row, 7-passenger seating configuration. But if you want the V6, all-wheel drive, chrome wheels, LED fog lights, softer leather, 2nd row heated seats, upgraded cabin materials and Around View Monitor this SX Limited is your only stop. Pricing with a few nominal extras is $48,025.
If you think that sounds excessive for a Kia think again. It possesses the full pantry of luxury convenience items, delivers a library quiet cabin, and gives the driver a little something to remember it by – a 3.3-liter V6 producing 290 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque. From its hefty feeling doors to its hermetically sealed passenger compartment, the Sorento has a vault-like persona yet in actuality weighs considerably less than its Toyota rival. In fairness, it also offers considerably less cargo volume in all possible configurations. Though it shares identical passenger volume with the Highlander the Sorento skews in favor of more 3rd row legroom which includes separate climate controls. No puking!