The redesigned version of the Kia Sorento that made its debut this past year is quite different than previous models; here, the Korean automaker targeted German luxury crossovers, plus the Jeep Grand Cherokee for its on-road manners, and for the entire group's refinement and feel of solidity.
The mission was successful, as the Sorento emulates the look and feel of most of these vehicles, with a far more mature, refined ride and well-detailed interior.
Compared to the Sorento, the Toyota Highlander feels busier and less refined from inside, as well as somewhat less responsive, and its odd truck-like aesthetic (despite its carlike driving manners) can be off-putting.
The Honda Pilot was also completely new this past year and makes a little more use of its space, with three rows of seating and some awesome versatility for cargo and gear.
The Hyundai Santa Fe is a close cousin, sharing much of the Sorento’s underpinnings.
The Ford Edge sticks with a five-seat layout, with an emphasis on performance and technology.
The Nissan Murano is an almost polar opposite of the Sorento, as it appeals to empty-nester adults rather than families, with bigger, better contoured second-row seats and more of an emphasis on comfort as much for those in back as for the driver.
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