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2019 Kia Sorento Review

The 2019 Kia Sorento finishes near the top of our midsize SUV rankings. There are a lot of reasons to like the Sorento, including its upscale interior, comfortable seats, and good fuel economy ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • Upscale cabin with user-friendly infotainment system
  • First two rows of seats are comfortable
  • Smooth ride
  • Subpar cargo space for the class
  • Less athletic than most competitors

New for 2019

  • Updated styling
  • Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Front parking sensors, lane keep assist, and driver drowsiness monitoring became available
  • Two-row seating configuration and turbo-four engine dropped

Rankings & Awards

The 2019 Kia Sorento's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2019 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2019 Best 3-Row SUV for the Money award. Currently the Kia Sorento has a score of 8.5 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 37 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 9.9
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Is the 2019 Kia Sorento a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2019 Sorento is a good used midsize SUV. It has one of the most upscale interiors in the class, with supportive, comfortable seats and user-friendly technology. It delivers a cushioned ride and gets better gas mileage than many of its classmates. However, its cargo capacity is below average, and many rivals have more agile handling.

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We’ve researched 37 Kia Sorento reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability ratings and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much is the 2019 Kia Sorento?

Based on listings for the 2019 Kia Sorento, the average list price is $21,314. Prices range from $21,314 to $34,147 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Kia Sorento Cost to Own?

The 2019 Sorento’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $27,550, or $5,510 per year. That’s below average for the class.

2018 vs. 2019 Kia Sorento: What's the Difference?

There are a few noteworthy between the 2018 and 2019 Sorento. For 2019, Kia discontinued the turbocharged engine and the two-row version of this SUV, and smartphone integration became standard. Also, the 2019 model was the first to offer driver assistance features like front parking sensors, lane keep assist, and driver drowsiness monitoring.

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Here are the key changes for the Kia Sorento since it was redesigned for 2016:

  • 2016: completely redesigned with slightly more cargo space, nicer cabin materials, more second-row room, a longer features list, and an available turbo-four engine
  • 2017: Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and automatic emergency braking became available
  • 2018: no notable changes
  • 2019: the turbo-four engine and the two-row model discontinued, V6-equipped models gained an eight-speed automatic transmission, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto became standard, and several driver assistance features were made available

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 Sorento, 2017 Sorento, and 2018 Sorento reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Kia Sorento?

The 2019 Kia Sorento has an excellent predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five.

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2019 Kia Sorento Recalls

There are no major recalls for the 2019 Kia Sorento at this time.

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Which Used Kia Sorento Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Kia Sorento comes in six trims: L, LX, S, EX, SX, and SX Limited. There aren't any bad options in the lineup, but many buyers may want to step up to at least the Sorento S trim. The S is the lowest trim to come standard with the more potent V6 engine, and it also includes some enticing comfort features, such as heated front seats.

The 2019 Sorento is available with all-wheel drive in every trim except the base L. Although the L trim doesn’t offer any option packages, most of the higher trims do, so you may find models equipped with comfort, infotainment, or driver assistance features beyond what we list below.

  • Kia Sorento L: The Sorento L comes with a 185-horsepower four-cylinder engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. Standard features include the UVO infotainment system, a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a six-speaker audio system, and a rearview camera.
  • Kia Sorento LX: In addition to the L trim's features, the Sorento LX comes with two additional USB ports, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.
  • Kia Sorento S: The Sorento S features a 290-horsepower V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. It gains a power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, and rear parking sensors.
  • Kia Sorento EX: The Sorento EX adds leather upholstery, push-button start, a hands-free power liftgate, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and driver drowsiness monitoring.
  • Kia Sorento SX: The Sorento SX comes standard with a power-adjustable front passenger seat, a panoramic sunroof, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, wireless device charging, front parking sensors, and an upgraded UVO infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen and navigation.
  • Kia Sorento SX Limited: The Sorento SX Limited is the highest trim, and it comes with pretty much every feature you can get in the Sorento, including ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, and a surround-view parking camera system.

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What Does Kia's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Kia offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Kia’s certified pre-owned vehicles receive the balance of the original 10-year/100,000-mile new-car powertrain warranty as well as a one-year/12,000-mile comprehensive Platinum warranty on non-powertrain parts. Every CPO Kia must pass a 164-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Kia warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Kia has one of the best CPO programs among affordable car manufacturers.

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How Safe Is the Sorento?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Sorento an overall safety rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover evaluation.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 Sorento the highest rating of Good in all six crash tests and named it a Top Safety Pick. Depending on the trim, the Sorento's headlights earned a rating of Good or the lowest rating of Poor for how well they illuminate the road ahead.

The IIHS has a different scale for grading collision avoidance features. The Sorento earned the highest rating of Superior for its optional vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, while the available vehicle-to-pedestrian system received the second-highest rating of Advanced.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Surround-view parking camera system
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Driver drowsiness monitoring

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2019 Kia Sorento Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Kia Sorento or 2019 Toyota Highlander?

The 2019 Toyota Highlander joins the Sorento near the top of our midsize SUV rankings, and it's tough to say one is better than the other. The Highlander is available with either a four-cylinder or a V6 engine, its cabin is well-built, and it rides smoothly. Of course, the Sorento has all of the same things going for it.

The Toyota provides more cargo space and comes standard with many driver assistance features that are optional in the Sorento. Meanwhile, the Kia gets better gas mileage with its base engine and comes standard with smartphone tech like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which aren't available in the Highlander.

Which Is Better: 2019 Kia Sorento or 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe?

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe may edge the Sorento out by a hair, but these are both good SUVs. The Santa Fe is available with two or three rows of seats, and its features list is similar to that of the Sorento. Like the Kia, the Hyundai offers multiple engine options, and both vehicles have well-built interiors. However, the three-row Santa Fe has a bit more cargo space than the Sorento, and the two-row version comes standard with many more active safety features.

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2019 Sorento Performance

How Does the 2019 Kia Sorento Drive?

This Kia's base engine provides adequate power for most driving situations, though if you have a lot of people or cargo, it can feel a bit strained. The available V6 has no such issues and moves the Sorento easily in just about all driving situations.

Though it can't keep up with sportier crossovers when it comes to agility, the Sorento feels stable and composed around turns, and it delivers a cushioned ride.

  • Base engine: 185-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder
  • Available engine: 290-horsepower 3.3-liter V6
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: six-speed automatic with the base engine; eight-speed automatic with the V6
Does the 2019 Kia Sorento Get Good Gas Mileage?

With its base engine and front-wheel drive, the Sorento earns better fuel economy ratings than many of its peers. Ratings drop off a bit if you upgrade to all-wheel drive and/or the V6 engine.

  • Four-cylinder, FWD: 22/29 mpg city/highway
  • Four-cylinder, AWD: 21/26 mpg
  • V6, FWD: 19/26 mpg
  • V6, AWD: 19/24 mpg
2019 Kia Sorento Towing Capacity

The Sorento can tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.

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2019 Sorento Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 Sorento Seat?

The 2019 Sorento seats seven people in three rows. The cabin is handsome and inviting, and the abundance of top-notch materials exudes an upscale feel. The first two rows of seats provide plenty of head- and legroom. They're also comfortable and remain supportive on long drives. The third-row seats are too small for most adults to ride comfortably. Rivals like the Honda Pilot have more third-row space.

Standard seating features:

  • Stain-resistant cloth upholstery

Available seating features:

  • Leather or Nappa leather upholstery
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Kia Sorento?

The 2019 Sorento has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats and an upper tether for the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use because the tether anchors can be confused for other hardware.

2019 Kia Sorento Features

Kia's UVO infotainment system is intuitive and user-friendly. The Sorento's touch screen has crisp graphics, and it responds quickly to inputs. There are also physical controls for some functions, and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto make it easy to sync your smartphone with the vehicle.

  • Standard infotainment features: the UVO infotainment system, a 7-inch touch screen, a USB port, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a six-speaker audio system, and Bluetooth
  • Available infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, wireless device charging, two additional USB ports, and navigation
  • Other available features: push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a panoramic sunroof

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2019 Kia Sorento Dimensions

Kia Sorento Cargo Space

The Sorento’s cargo capacity comes up short compared to the rest of the midsize SUV class, but it still provides decent room for your stuff. You get 11.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 38 cubic feet with the third row folded down, and 73 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded down.

2019 Kia Sorento Length and Weight
  • Length: 15 feet, 9 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,810 to 4,343 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 5,335 to 5,622 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Kia Sorento Built?

Kia built the 2019 Sorento in Georgia.


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