2015 Kia Sorento review

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Kia Sorento highlights

Customer rating


  • Optional V6 offers impressive power
  • Long list of standard features
  • Optional third row adds to versatility
  • Smooth ride and sure-footed handling


  • Base engine's performance is mediocre
  • Poor rear visibility

Mileage (EPA estimate)

18 city, 24 highway, 20 combined

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2015 Kia Sorento: this family SUV keeps it sporty

Larger than most compact SUVs but smaller than midsize ones, the 2015 Kia Sorento is a bit of an in-betweener. It comes as a two-row SUV but offers an optional third row, which is a rarity among small SUVs. It also offers a choice between a base four-cylinder engine and a more powerful optional six-cylinder engine. Thanks to its relatively small size, the Sorento can navigate tight spots pretty well, and with the V6 engine, it's fun to drive.

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What is new for the 2015 Kia Sorento?

  • Sorento trims have been upgraded with Third Row Seat, Fold-Away Third Row, Tow Hitch, and Full Roof Rack as standard equipment this year.
  • DVD Video System features are now available as options on select trims.

2015 Kia Sorento trims

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  • Includes USB/auxiliary input jacks, Bluetooth wireless technology, power windows with driver's one-touch auto-up and down, and more.

  • View all Kia Sorento LXs in stock


  • Adds 3.3L gasoline direct injection V6 engine and 50/50 split-folding third-row seats.


  • Adds front fog lights, UVO eServices infotainment system, rear-camera display, backup warning system, push-button start with Smart Key, and more.


  • Adds power-folding side mirrors, Infinity® surround-sound audio with 10 speakers and HD Radio, ventilated front seats, and more.

  • View all Kia Sorento SXs in stock


  • Unlocks Nappa leather seat trim, leather and wood-style trim, heated steering wheel and leather gearshift knob, second-row heated seat cushions, and more.

  • View all Kia Sorento Limiteds in stock

5 reasons to buy the 2015 Kia Sorento

1. Two engine options

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The 2015 Kia Sorento offers two versatile engine options. The base inline four-cylinder has 191 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque and can tow an estimated 1,650 lbs, when properly equipped.

The V6 has 290 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque and can tow an estimated 3,500 lbs, when properly equipped.
The base LX trim is the only model that offers the four-cylinder powerplant. With the V6 engine, you can tow your jet skis for a trip to the lake or a pop-up trailer for a weekend getaway.

2. Plenty of tech

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Check out the tech on the 2015 Sorento—an impressive UVO infotainment system with voice-command navigation is available on the top three trims, Bluetooth® audio connection is standard across all trims, and the optional parking minder (available on trims with the UVO system) can help you find your car by recording your location. Advanced features like a backup camera, backup warning, and blind-spot detection are available on the top three trims. Plus, a tire pressure monitoring system is standard across the board.

3. Seating for seven

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All trims but the base 2015 Sorento come standard with a third-row 50/50 split-bench seat that folds flat. This extra row adds functionality for busy families, business owners, or single friends bringing the crew along on weekend adventures. When the third row is not in use, the cargo space the Sorento offers can accommodate even more gear or road-trip luggage for the whole family.

4. Luxury features

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The top Limited trim of the 2015 Sorento has Nappa leather with heated and ventilated seats, a panoramic sunroof with sunshade, power liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, and many more luxurious features for a premium ride. The acoustic windshield glass on the top three trims keeps the interior quieter, reducing road noise and providing a pleasant experience for all your passengers.

5. Available all-wheel drive

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Buying an SUV often means wanting to tow or go off-road, whether for a weekend camping trip or a mountain vacation where conditions are unpredictable. With the 2015 Sorento's available all-wheel drive on all trims, you can enjoy more confident driving in a variety of conditions.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2015 Kia Sorento is a family car that is spacious and has a good safety rating. Customers like the car because it is comfortable and has a good gas mileage.
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Kia Sorento an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Kia Sorento 12th out of 29 among Compact SUVs.

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Kia Sorento features and specs

EX 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leather Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Third Row Seat
  • Traction Control
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Infinity Sound System
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Running Boards
  • SiriusXM Trial Available
  • Third Row Seat
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 41.3"/M 38.8"/R 31.7"

Head room

F 39.2"/M 39.2"/R 35.7"

Front tires


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Max towing capacity

350/3500 lbs.



2015 Kia Sorento FAQ

More about the 2015 Kia Sorento

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Exterior colors:

  • Bright Silver

  • Dark Cherry

  • Ebony Black

  • Metal Bronze

  • Remington Red

  • Sage Green (EX trim only)

  • Satin Metal

  • Snow White Pearl

  • Titanium Silver

  • Wave Blue (LX and EX trims)

Interior colors:

  • Beige (LX and EX trims)

  • Black

  • Gray (LX, SX, and Limited trims)

Interior details

The interior of the 2015 Kia Sorento is ready for just about anything. Whether you opt for the five-seat or eight-seat model, getting in and out is easy. In addition, there's ample cargo space for luggage, sports gear, and DIY project materials, with up to 72.5 cubic feet if the second and third rows are folded. On the upper trims, you'll find sunshades, Nappa leather, and more.

Child seat details

The 2015 Kia Sorento can fit up to two car seats in the second row with two lower LATCH anchors and three tether anchors. This includes LATCH car seats, infant car seats, rear-facing convertible car seats, forward-facing convertible car seats, and booster car seats. Note there are no anchors or LATCH connectors on the optional third row.

Thanks to its easy-to-locate top tether anchors and stable seat belt buckle bases, the 2015 Kia Sorento can make it easier to buckle in small children.


The base engine of the 2015 Kia Sorento is a 2.4L inline four-cylinder with 191 hp and 181 lb-ft torque, getting an EPA-estimated 23 mpg combined (FWD) or an EPA-estimated 21 mpg combined (AWD).

Moving up to the 3.3L V6 engine, the FWD model has 290 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque, with an EPA-estimated 21 mpg combined.
At the top of the line, the AWD 3.3L V6 has 290 hp, 252 lb-ft of torque, and an EPA-estimated 20 mpg combined.


According to EPA estimates, the 2015 Kia Sorento's tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions with FWD and the 2.4L engine are 390 grams per mile. With the same engine and AWD, that number increases to an EPA-estimated 409 grams per mile. When equipped with the 3.3L powerplant, the EPA-estimated tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions are 427 grams per mile with FWD and 449 grams per mile with AWD.

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