2019 Kia Sorento Review

Written by Anqoinette Crosby

The Kia Sorento has undergone a subtle, yet sophisticated redesign for 2019. So subtle in fact you may have to squint to see some of the upgrades. However, if you’re not in the mood to play the “what’s changed?” guessing game, we have a cheat sheet of the tweaks you’ll see on the new Sorento.

 

For starters, the front fascia is more sculpted, giving it a bolder, more aggressive look. I was equally impressed by the sleek LED tail lights and chic rear bumper . The seven seater SUV also stands regally on 19-inch alloy wheels.

Also appealing about the Kia is how easily you can reconfigure the seating to fit your lifestyle. I chuckled to myself as I compared it to rearranging my sofa and chairs to better accommodate family and friends during a visit. This living room on wheels, with its glorious panoramic sunroof, provides for ample flexibility to comfortably transport both people and cargo. Second-row sliding seats give rear passengers easier access to the third-row. On the downside though, the third row is a kids-only seating space. It’s too cramped for most adults.

A convenience that always comes in handy is the hands-free power liftgate. Caught in a rainstorm, with an armful of groceries and no hand to spare, the power liftgate automatically sensed the smart key and opened.  You can adjust the opening height so the liftgate doesn’t hit a low garage ceiling.

 

For carrying cargo, Kia keeps things simple. The standard remote release lets you easily fold the second row while standing at the rear of the Sorento to give you 73 cubic feet of cargo space.

Helpful safety advancements for the driver, include attention warning and lane keeping assist on higher trimmed versions of the Sorento. The navigation system has also been upgraded, there’s wireless charging now along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. My favorite feature is the 360-degree video monitoring system, which uses multiple cameras to give you a clear view of everything around you.

Kia also made mechanical improvements, including a new eight-speed automatic transmission for the optional V6 engine, which I noticed resulted in faster and smoother shifting. You can also just stick with the base four-cylinder engine. Our SXL tester was outfitted with the V6, which we recommend, and comes standard with front wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional. The shift and drive feature allows you to change drive modes to suit your needs and preferences. With the V6, I saw 19 mpg in the city, 24 on the highway  and 21 overall.

Pricing for the 2019 Kia Sorento starts $25,900.

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