The Kia Sorento delivers better gas mileage for 2014 than it did in the first half of its life cycle, with six-cylinder versions faring as well as other three-row crossovers.
The front-wheel-drive Sorento is rated at 20 miles per gallon on the EPA's city cycle, 26 miles per gallon highway, or 22 mpg combined when fitted with the four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission. The numbers drop to 18/25 mpg, or 21 mpg combined in the six-cylinder Sorento with the automatic transmission.
The all-wheel-drive Sorento is rated by the EPA at 19/24 mpg, or 21 mpg combined as a four-cylinder, and 18/24 mpg, or 20 mpg combined, as a six-cylinder.
Compared to vehicles like the Toyota Highlander or the new Nissan Pathfinder, the Sorento's combined figures are in line, when it's outfitted with the six-cylinder engine. As a four-cylinder five-seater, the Sorento's simply pitted against more efficient and sometimes smaller-displacement offerings. Ford's Edge, for example, offers a turbocharged four-cylinder rated at up to 28 mpg highway; the Toyota Venza isn't far off that mark.