The Kia Sorento is an old vehicle--at least, by Kia standards. With a slew of redesigned cars and crossovers in its lineup, Kia has penned new entries in nearly every class of car since it introduced the Sorento in 2011. The big ute gets at least some of the credit for bringing new buyers to the brand's showrooms--it's a handsome vehicle, with none of the thickness or frumpy lines of its predecessor. It's more balanced in all, with a front end that bears the new signature front end of most of Kia's vehicles, one with a grille integrated tightly with wide headlamps. Trim down its sides, with a smooth urban-shuttle theme, the Sorento ties all its angles together well with a glassy greenhouse and a full-stop rear end that brings all the themes to a succinct end.
The cockpit has a common look and feel, simple without looking plain. The dash is capped in serviceable-looking plastics, and punctuated by big gauges laid out clearly, and etched with large, clear fonts. The center stack is topped by a big LCD screen, which is itself flanked by large air vents and sits atop knobby climate controls--the big, round kind that are easy to operate without staring at the controls instead of the road. The simple look only is dulled by lots of hard plastic. Most of it looks good, even the woodgrain trim that bisects the dash horizontally, but there's very little of the soft-touch plastic we've grown more used to, even in less expensive vehicles.