The all-new 2019 Kia Sorento is two or three-row crossover that comes with great comfort and the best warranty in its segment. Available with seating for either five or seven, Sorento offers two engine options, a well equipped interior and sharp looking exterior. On top of that, Sorento is smaller than its competitors like Toyota Highlander, Nissan Pathfinder, Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot. As a result, the third-row is smaller and cargo space could’ve been better. However, its compactness makes Sorento easy to maneuver and parking is not a big deal.
Compared to an outgoing model, the 2019 Sorento comes with slight adjustments and numerous trim levels. All models will benefit from the improved lighting system and additional interior amenities.
2019 Kia Sorento Design and Trims
Fresh Kia Sorento is a compact crossover, but from some angles, it does look bulky and bigger then it actually is. The overall exterior looks handsome and sophisticated. The tiger-nose grille is giving Sorento an upscale appearance. Many of experts agree that Kia Sorento is the best-looking crossover on the market, and new trim levels will add to that look a bit more.
The base L trim will now come with automatic headlamps, while power-folding side-view mirrors and power rear liftgate are available on EX models. The SX trim offers rain-sensing windshield wipers as standard. Back to the base model, where LED headlights are added, and the wheels are 17-inch alloys. Higher models feature 19-inch alloy wheels.
2019 Kia Sorento Interior
The interior of 2019 Kia Sorento is nicely utilized, and the comfort is perhaps the strongest point of this crossover. The third row is limited, but first two rows offer generous legroom. The headrest is additionally revised in order to improve comfort level. The new Cool & Connected package adds dual-zone climate control to the LX and EX-models, and EX model is now available with auto-dimming rearview mirror. Standard Sorento model could have been slightly better equipped.
However, LX trim brings leather seats, additional USB ports and even Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. If you opt for a three-row model, climate controls are installed in the back seats.
2019 Kia Sorento Engine Options
The 3.3-liter V6 that can burst 290 HP is a default drivetrain of newly 2019 Kia Sorento. This engine is standard for the most trim levels. However, the six-speed automatic gearbox is the only option. The fuel economy in city/highway is 18/25 mpg and 17/23 mpg for the models AWD SX and Limited.
The second engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder powertrain with 240 HP and so far has struggled to keep pace with other rivals.
This one will give 20/27 mpg (FWD) and 19/25 mpg (AWD). The last one is 2.4-liter inline-4 that makes 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. It comes with 22/28 mpg (FWD) and 21/25 mpg (AWD).
2019 Kia Sorento Towing Capacity
With the V6 engine and all-wheel-drive system, Sorento can tow up to 5000 pounds. The four-cylinder engine with the front-wheel drive can tow only 3500 pounds.
2019 Kia Sorento Price and Release Date
The base model of the 2019 Kia Sorento starts at $27,500. However, Sorento LX model cost slightly higher, and adding third-row seating will cost $3,000.
The base price is lower than Honda Pilot or Nissan Pathfinder, but V6 engine could make you pay around $35,000. The top-range SX Limited trim will cost $47,500. While there is no official information provided by Kia, we can expect that Sorento will become available somewhere around New Year.