The 2015 Kia Sorento is mid-pack with respect to fuel economy, where its numbers are about on par compared with those of other mid-size crossovers.
That said, its powertrain changes last year phased in better mileage than this model had in the first half of its life cycle, with six-cylinder versions faring as well as other three-row crossovers.
Base four-cylinder models with front-wheel drive are rated at 20 miles per gallon on the EPA's city cycle, 27 miles per gallon highway, or 23 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.
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.
The all-wheel-drive Sorento is rated by the EPA at 19/25 mpg, or 22 mpg combined as a four-cylinder, and 18/24 mpg, or 20 mpg combined, as a six-cylinder.