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The 2015 Kia Sorento gets a little better each year, and its combination of elegance, versatility, and value makes it a great pick for families. Read more »
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Like the smaller Sportage, the Sorento now looks decidedly more expensive than its competitors.


Nothing has changed in between the stem and stern, except for body-color cladding that replaces the thicker black plastic of previous years.


the Sorento’s furnishings have been upgraded across the board, including soft-touch materials, a redesigned instrument panel, new gauges including a digital speedo (optional), and a new center stack with an optional eight-inch touch screen

Car and Driver

It's a smoother and nicely updated look but not a substantial restyle, as the side profile is virtually unchanged
Pricing and Specifications by Style
$24,100 $41,700
MSRP $24,100
INVOICE $23,285
2WD 4-Door I4 LX
Gas Mileage 20 mpg City/27 mpg Hwy
Engine Regular Unleaded I-4, 2.4 L
EPA Class Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style Sport Utility
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8.2 out of 10

The Basics:

While some of Kia's other vehicles--like the Optima and Forte sedans--have been revamped in transformation ways, the trajectory has been different for the Kia Sorento mid-size crossover. Instead Kia's roomy, versatile family vehicle has been on a constant improvement plan, with incremental changes each year that altogether make this one of the best-updated models in its class.

Although the 2015 Kia Sorento has received another round of changes, it's not quite the extensive makeover inside and under the hood that the Sorento received last year, when this model got a much-upgraded interior, improved refinement, and new engines, with about 80 percent of the parts redesigned or new.

Inside, the classy cabin look and feel took a big step in an elegant new direction--one that's now been reiterated in the new Cadenza and K900 sedans. Although its sheetmetal looks essentially the same as it has for the past several years, the Sorento's interior feels fresh and contemporary. It's been relieved of most of the inexpensive-looking plastics that worked well enough for the past few years, and covered in finer, soft-touch materials, polished off with thin, spare metallic trim.

There are some exceptions on the outside. For 2015, the Sorento gets a somewhat different grille design, with either an anodized silver-metal or black mesh look; the lower valance also has been opened up and gets a cross-hatched look, while LED front lamps and projector headlamps have a new look and the available fog lamps have been pushed farther out to the corners.

Most 2015 Sorento models are powered by an all-aluminum 3.3-liter GDI V-6, making 290 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque. A 191-hp, 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder engine is standard, but likely to be rare--and rightly so, since the V-6 almost matches it on gas mileage, and far outpoints it in pure power. The Sorento delivers its power to the road with the help of a well-sorted six-speed automatic transmission; it's either configured with front-wheel drive or with an enhanced torque-vectoring version of the all-wheel-drive system. The Sorento gets speed-sensitive electric power steering that on some trims is driver-adjustable through a range of three modes (Comfort, Normal, and Sport), to nominal effect. With a more rigid body structure, a front strut-tower brace, and a new independent front suspension with an H-shaped sub-frame cradle--plus new bushings for the multi-link rear suspension--Kia made some major advances in ride quality and responsiveness with last year's revamp.

The 2015 Kia Sorento comes in four versions: LX, EX, SX, and SX-L. LX models are offered in four-cylinder or V-6 versions, while all LX, EX, SX, and SX-L models are equipped with the V-6. The fold-away third-row seat is optional on four-cylinder LX models but standard on the rest of the model line. All-wheel drive is on every model.

All versions get standard Bluetooth, satellite radio, and power features; a panoramic sunroof is a new option. The top Sorento SX Limited adds some of the top-lux features gained by the Optima SX this past year; it includes Nappa leather upholstery, heated rear seats, and a wood-trimmed heated steering wheel, plus a soft-touch headliner. On the outside it’s distinguished by its HID headlamps, red-painted brake calipers and special 19-inch chrome wheels.

Automatic climate control, a rearview camera, and UVO can all be had, bundled together, in the base LX. It's a smartphone-driven setup that can offer Google mapping and helpful functions like service scheduling and a parking-lot finder, all free of charge. For 2015 you no longer have to upgrade to Infinity audio and the enhanced UVO system in order to get navigation.



  • Handsome style bridges rugged and carlike
  • Elegant interior look and feel
  • Excellent UVO interface
  • Widely available blind-spot monitors and rear camera
  • Spacious first- and second-row seating


  • Tight third-row seat
  • Lackluster gas mileage
  • SX model goes for sporty look, not performance
  • Added top-line trims no longer have value advantage
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