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2015 Kia Sorento Review

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2015 Kia Sorento Expert Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.7

Kia gave the Sorento SUV a thorough makeover last year, enhancing its chassis, engines and interior. For 2015, the Sorento continues with only a few minor improvements designed to make it even more appealing to tech- and fashion-conscious buyers. The Sorento's 7-passenger flexibility makes it ideal for growing families, but Kia also offers a 5-passenger option that allows for more generous permanent cargo space. Although the Sorento scores big in the areas of power, safety and fuel economy, its biggest attraction is the amazing amount of features offered for the money. Because of its flexible seating, the Sorento can be cross-shopped with a number of popular models, including the Ford Edge, Dodge Journey, Toyota Highlander and Nissan Pathfinder.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a 7-passenger crossover SUV big on comfort, safety, style and in-cabin technology, the 2015 Kia Sorento ranks among the best in class.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you need an SUV that can tow heavy loads and fit two grown adults in its third-row seat, the Sorento probably won't work for you. A larger SUV, such as a Honda Pilot, Chevrolet Traverse or GMC Yukon, might make a better choice.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 7.7
  • 7.6
  • 7.2
  • 6.9
  • 8.2
  • N/A
How It Ranks

#19

out of 23

Fuel Economy

#2

out of 25

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

8.2 out of 10
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2015 Kia Sorento Low/wide front photo What's New for 2015

Changes to the Kia Sorento SUV for 2015 are mild and include minor alterations to the grille and front end, the addition of a navigation option without having to upgrade to UVO and the Infinity sound system, and a more fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engine.

Driving the Sorento
2015 Kia Sorento Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions While the Kia Sorento for 2015 may not have the vast interior space of some competitors, it gains advantages from its more maneuverable size and sporty chassis. Seven inches shorter...

... and with a smaller wheelbase than the Honda Pilot, the Sorento has no problem fitting into tight parking spaces and its tight turning radius makes it less ponderous when negotiating crowded parking structures. Get the Sorento out on the open road and the 290-horsepower V6 and seamless-shifting 6-speed automatic deliver smooth and responsive performance, yet return surprisingly good fuel economy figures. On our long-term test drive, we found the Sorento's seats to be comfortable and supportive and the driving experience very relaxing, with none of the fatigue that is sometimes a trait of larger, truck-like SUVs.

UVO eSERVICES
Kia's UVO voice-activated system allows for smartphone integration with the existing audio and navigation setup, allowing an owner to plot a trip from a home computer and then send that information to the car's navigation system. UVO can also automatically dial 911 in the event of an airbag deployment.

FLEXSTEER
Kia's driver-selectable steering system, dubbed FlexSteer, allows for three settings: Comfort, Normal and Sport. Each setting is designed to enhance the driving experience, depending upon driver preference, although we found the Comfort mode to be the least artificial and most enjoyable of the three.

2015 Kia Sorento Details
2015 Kia Sorento Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

Interior highlights from the well-equipped 2015 Kia Sorento models we've driven include small touches, such as a leather transmission selector boot, and unexpected features, including an LCD speedometer, retractable 2nd-row window shades and a huge panoramic sunroof. Combined with a next-gen level of refinement for Kia, you'll have a hard time finding a nicer interior for the money. The Sorento definitely gives up some passenger and cargo room to just about every other 3-row SUV worth considering, but a rear seat that slides, reclines and folds down in 40/20/40 sections adds valuable flexibility. The optional third row is best reserved for little ones.

Exterior
2015 Kia Sorento photo

Subtle changes for the 2015 Sorento include a choice of anodized silver metal or black mesh grille and a wider crosshatch lower air intake. The Sorento's headlights offer an LED design element, the exterior mirrors will fold in at the push of a button and the exterior door pockets light up to welcome you back at night. Stepping all the way up to the SX Limited nets xenon HID headlights, unique 19-inch wheels and red brake calipers, but even the base models have a finished look that includes 17-inch aluminum wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A base model 2015 Kia Sorento LX comes with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive and two rows of cloth seats. Standard-feature highlights include Bluetooth and USB phone/audio connectivity, air conditioning, cruise control and steering wheel-mounted controls. Outside, alloy wheels, body-color side mirrors and LED taillights help the entry-priced Sorento present about as well as the pricier trim levels. The full complement of electronic and inflatable safety equipment is also standard.

Optional Equipment

A 2015 Kia Sorento SX has all of Kia's best features on display, including a powerful V6 engine and all-wheel drive, leather seats (heated and cooled in front), three rows of seating, a panoramic moonroof, keyless entry and touch-start, blind-spot monitoring and the full UVO eServices infotainment setup, including an 8-inch touch-screen display, navigation and a 10-speaker Infinity audio system. For an additional $3,000 you can step up to the SX Limited, with softer Nappa leather, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats and a handful of exterior touches.

Under the Hood
2015 Kia Sorento Engine photo

Because the 4-cylinder engine isn't markedly cheaper or more efficient than the V6, and because the V6's 290 horsepower is a lot to feed through only the front wheels, we recommend the 2015 Kia Sorento with its new V6 engine and all-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive system features a locking center differential for especially difficult conditions and incorporates a new Torque Vectoring Cornering Control system that further enhances drivability. All Sorento configurations offer the same 6-speed, manually-selectable automatic transmission.

2.4-liter 4-cylinder
191 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
181 lb-ft of torque @ 4,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/27 mpg (front-wheel drive), 19/25 mpg (all-wheel drive)

3.3-liter V6
290 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
252 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 mpg (front-wheel drive), 18/24 mpg (all-wheel drive)

The 2015 Kia Sorento starts at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $24,995 and climbs to just shy of $42,600 for the Nappa-leather-clad SX Limited specialty trim. That upper end sounds like a lot of money for a Kia, but the 2015 Sorento is a lot of car, both in features and refinement. Kia's dramatically improved resale values only bolster the Sorento's already-impressive value proposition. To make your best deal, be sure to check out our Fair Purchase Price that shows what others in your area are paying for a Sorento.

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2015 Kia Sorento Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 262 Ratings for the 2011 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

great vehicle with excellent company warrenty

By on Thursday, February 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"great pricing for options that would cost much more on other brands, I have the V6 engine which tows my camper and my boat easily."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Good except......

By on Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,500

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "power, looks, sound system."

Cons: "suspenion is inferior"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"This car replaced a Ford Edge which we were really unhappy with. We like the way it looks, the interior and features. What we don't like is the suspension. On a bump or pothole the car suffers a bone rattling jolt that goes through the entire car. I have been un able to find anything other than the factory struts which are unable to handle the job. Cure this problem and it would be a fine car."

32 people out of 54 found this review helpful

The KIA SORENTO IS THE BEST SUV YET !

By on Monday, February 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,482

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "VERY GREAT PRICE & TRADE & DRIVES & HANDLES GREAT!"

Cons: "LOVE TO HAVE A BACK UP CAMERA & HEATED MIRRORS !"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've had 5 new Hondas and tried to trade with them again and I couldn't, so I went to Kia dealer and we test drove the Kia and it was by far a better riding, more room, more power, great gas mileage, and for the Honda I had to trade in, the Kia dealer gave me $15,000.00 for my car and the Honda dealer would only give me $8,990.00 !!! WE LOVE OUR KIA AND HAVE NOT HAD ANY TROUBLE WITH THE KIA AT ALL !! I KEEP IT UP AND HAVE ALL PAPERWORK WITH IT !!! If you're looking to buy an SUV, PLEASE TRY A KIA SORENTO before you buy any other type of car !! It's actually a lot cheaper than the type of Honda I was going to get by $12,450.00 !! BEST SUV I've EVER OWNED !!!"

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

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