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A spacious three-row SUV with comfort to match.

Kia Sorento Review | CarMax

Seeking a versatile midsize SUV with standard three-row seating for your growing family? The 2019 Kia Sorento has a cabin design that you'll love. Offering room for seven, you're unlikely to fall short on space when loading up passengers and their belongings, especially with this vehicle's cavernous cargo volume.

With strong engine options and available all-wheel drive, you can also choose the powertrain that suits your lifestyle. Plus, you'll have your pick from seven well-equipped trims providing the comfort and convenience features that matter to you most. When it comes to three-row SUVs, the Sorento is a prime contender!

Here's what you'll learn in this 2019 Kia Sorento review:

Key Specs & Features

  • L trims run on a 2.4L four-cylinder and a six-speed automatic transmission, delivering 185 hp and 178 lb.-ft. of torque. This model gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined (22 city/29 highway) when equipped with front-wheel drive.1
  • The 3.3L V6 AWD offers powerful hauling capabilities with an estimated 5,000 lb. tow rating when properly equipped.2
  • All trims feature Smart Shift and Drive, which automatically activates three drive modes—Eco, Sport, or Smart—for your optimal driving style.
  • Three rows come as standard, making this a great family vehicle.

Rankings

  • 3rd - Best Midsize SUV (2019)
  • 8th - Best SUVs with 3 Rows (2019)
  • 8th - Best Crossover SUVs (2019)

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Sophisticated Exterior Looks

The 2019 Kia Sorento receives a subtle facelift, featuring a detailed radiator grille, a new headlamp configuration and a freshly sculpted bumper design for a sharper appearance. The SUV's ice-cube-style fog lamps have also been enhanced with projection bulbs on EX, EX-Sport, and SX trims, while the SX-Limited trim enjoys LED fog lights. Around back, a new bumper design and sleeker tail lamps accent the Sorento, along with a sportier muffler tip. Three new wheel designs (ranging from 17- to 19-inches) add to its good looks.

2. Powerful Powertrains

For 2019, the Sorento offers two spirited powertrains: A 2.4L four-cylinder with a six-speed automatic transmission, delivering 185 hp and 178 lb.-ft. of torque, and a 3.3L V6 and eight-speed automatic transmission with 290 hp and 252 lb.-ft. of torque.

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The four-cylinder comes standard on L and LX trims, while the V6 is optional on the LX or standard on the S, EX, EX Sport, SX, and SX-Limited. If you need a three-row midsize SUV to tackle slippery conditions, all trims (except L) offer optional all-wheel drive for enhanced traction. You can even pull your boat or trailer since the AWD Kia Sorento's towing capacity is an estimated 5,000 lbs. with the 3.3L V6 when properly equipped.2

3. Enriched Cabin Design

Kia Sorento Review: Front Seats | CarMax

The 2019 Kia Sorento's interior caters to families seeking comfort. LX and higher trims include acoustic windshield glass as well as acoustic front door windows on EX and higher trims to block out unwanted noise. Standard dual-zone climate controls (LX and higher trims), which include rear heater ducts on all models and rear air conditioning controls (S trims and above), ensure everyone's comfort. For added luxury, heated and ventilated front seats anoint the SX-Limited, plus supple Nappa leather upholstery is featured as a premium touch. Getting your seating position just right is easy with the SX and SX-Limited's 10-way power-adjustable driver seat, which includes four-way power lumbar support and a thigh extension.

Kia Sorento Review: Backseats | CarMax

4. Cavernous Capacity

Kia Sorento Review: Trunk Cargo | CarMax

With its standard three-row configuration, the 2019 Sorento accommodates seven passengers with 11.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row. For more room, pull on the 50/50-split third row's easy-folding lever to expand the trunk space to 38 cubic feet or fold the 40/20/40-split second row to enjoy a maximum of 73 cubic feet. EX, SX, and SX-Limited trims also come standard with a programmable power liftgate to easily load groceries and luggage.

5. Premium Technology

Kia Sorento Review: Tech Dash | CarMax

SX and SX-Limited trims come loaded with an eight-inch navigation system and a 10-speaker Harman Kardon® audio system that delivers incredible sound. These trims also come standard with a wireless charging tray for compatible devices. All Sorento models provide seamless smartphone integration with Android Auto™and Apple CarPlay®, plus there is a seven-inch touchscreen with a rearview camera on L to EX trims. SX and SX-Limited trims enjoy a larger eight-inch display, while the SX-Limited includes a standard Around View Monitor and a Surround View Monitor for greater visibility.


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What You Need to Know

2019 Kia Sorento Trims

L – 17-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, cloth upholstery, seven-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, six-speaker sound system with satellite radio and USB, and more.

LX – Acoustic sound-reducing windshield glass, two additional USB ports, power windows with passenger and second-row auto up/down, Blind Spot Collision Warning with Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning, and more.

S – Gloss-black 19-inch alloy wheels, gloss-black roof rails and outside mirrors, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, rear parking sensors, and more.

EX – 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, projection fog lights and LED taillights, eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat with two-way lumbar support, a power liftgate, and more.

EX Sport – 19-inch alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof with power shade, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Driver Attention Warning, and more.

SX – Red brake calipers, reverse outside rearview mirrors, 10-way power-adjustable driver seat with four-way power lumbar support and seat extension, driver seat and outside mirror memory settings, 10-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, and more.

SX Limited – Chrome 19-inch alloy wheels, black brake calipers, stainless steel pedals, Nappa leather upholstery, ventilated front seats and heated outboard second-row seats, and more.

2019 Kia Sorento Interior

The 2019 Kia Sorento is a three-row SUV with seating for seven. The second-row features 40/20/40 split-folding seats, while the third-row boasts 50/50 split-folding seats for great versatility.

2019 Kia Sorento Colors

The 2019 Kia Sorento exterior paint colors include:

  • Blaze Blue (LX, EX, SX)
  • Dragon Brown (LX, EX, SX, SXL)
  • Ebony Black (L, LX, EX, SX, SXL)
  • Passion Red (LX, EX, SX)
  • Platinum Graphite (LX, EX, SX, SXL)
  • Sangria (LX, EX, SX)
  • Snow White Pearl (LX, EX, SX, SXL)
  • Sparkling Silver (L, LX, EX)
  • Titanium Silver (L, LX, EX, SX, SXL)

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Toyota Highlander

Need room for more passengers and prefer a hybrid powertrain? The 2019 Toyota Highlander checks both boxes. The interior of the Highlander boasts standard seating for eight and 13.8 cubic feet of cargo room behind the third-row. The Highlander also features an available hybrid powertrain that earns an EPA-estimated 28 mpg combined (29 city/29 highway) when equipped with all-wheel drive.1

Hyundai Santa Fe

The 2019 Hyundai Sante Fe XL is a versatile, family-friendly option with a spacious interior and strong hauling power. When properly equipped, this three-row SUV offers an estimated 5,000 lb. tow rating with the 3.3L V6 engine—perfect if you want to hitch up a trailer and explore.Inside the cabin, the reclining second-row seats slide forward and back, allowing your passengers to customize their headroom and legroom. Your third-row passengers can also stretch out with 30.9 inches of legroom, while the trunk offers up to 13.5 cubic feet of stowage with all seats in place.

The Bottom Line

The Kia Sorento is an excellent midsize SUV offering standard three-row seating to meet the needs of your busy family. From daily errands to weekend getaways, you'll love how spacious, quiet, and comfortable this vehicle is. With its robust powertrain options and trim configurations, you're sure to find a Sorento model to suit your active lifestyle.

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
2Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
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