2015 Kia Sorento Styling

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Last year, the Kia Sorento showed off some major change, with a classy new cabin that 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. Last year's changes included a somewhat reshaped instrument panel that makes room for a larger LCD screen; likewise, the gauges are recast so that an LCD screen will fit there, on more expensive models. Although the woodgrain trim you'll see on some trims still comes down on the inauthentic side, there's now a substantial feel to the interior that does match the way the Sorento has gradually creeped upward in market position (and price) the past several years.

The Sorento gets a refreshed look in front for 2015, to match the contemporary interior upgrade it received last year.

As for the exterior, it's only changed modestly in recent years. And overall, the Sorento's design impresses as simply drawn and minimally detailed, with some trim at the sills giving it a heftier look. The 2015 Sorento cuts a more rugged profile than most of the crossovers of its size, but it's met with some nice, refined details. For 2015, the Sorento gets a somewhat different new 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.

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