The Sorento, which soldiers on for 2009, is part of a seemingly dying class of trucklike mid-size sport-utility vehicles.
The Ford Explorer used to be the best seller in the class, but its popularity is fading and it’s slated to soon be replaced with a more carlike vehicle.
The Mercury Mountaineer is nearly identical to the Explorer; both offer three rows of seating and optional V-8 engines.
The GMC Envoy and its Chevrolet TrailBlazer twin are both very outdated and will soon be discontinued.
The Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen are similar vehicles that offer V-8 engines and four-wheel drive.
However there’s a wild card: Kia’s own Borrego, which is even burlier and more trucklike than the Sorento, yet brings better standards of refinement.
However, the Borrego’s (lower) fuel economy and (larger) size are likely a step in the opposite direction for those who might consider the Sorento.
|2009 Kia SorentoBrowse Used Listings||2009 GMC EnvoyBrowse Used Listings||2009 Kia BorregoBrowse Used Listings||2008 Chrysler AspenBrowse Used Listings||2008 Dodge DurangoBrowse Used Listings||2008 Ford ExplorerBrowse Used Listings|
|15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas I6||Gas V6||Gas V8||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||N/A||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||N/A|
|2WD 4-Door LX Base||2WD 4-Door SLE||2WD 4-Door V6 LX||RWD 4-Door Limited||2WD 4-Door SXT||RWD 4-Door V6 XLT|
|2 Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||2 Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door||4 Door||4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door||4 Door|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic w/OD|