In a world where the market is saturated with SUVs, how does the Kia Sorento compare? As sedans are becoming less and less popular, compact to mid-sized SUVs are on the rise. It’s hard to keep up with which models are worth purchasing or not. So, let’s check out the Kia Sorento to see if it should be on your list or not.
How The Kia Sorento Compares
At first glance, the Kia Sorento compares in price to compact SUVs such as the RAV4 and Honda CR-V. However, it lacks in fuel economy by only averaging 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
Kia Sorento Power
The Kia Sorento also comes with quite a bit of power and offers two different engine options. The base model comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with an output of 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet torque.
Upgraded trims such as the Kia Sorento S V6, EX, and SX utilize a 3.2-liter V6 engine with an output of 290 horsepower and 252 pound-foot torque. This creates a powerful mid-sized SUV that’s got ample acceleration.
Plus, Kia Sorento models are available in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive so you can choose the best option to suit your needs. While considering your options, be sure to check out towing capacities. This mid-sized SUV can tow between 2k to 5k lb.
Kia Sorento Off-Roading Specs
Does having enough power to tow smaller campers and trailers enable the Kia Sorento to get you where you need to go with these items? Maybe. The Kia Sorento doesn’t have four-wheel drive options, which would be better for off-roading.
However, the Kia Sorento does have a competitive 7.3” of ground clearance and sits on 17” inch alloy wheels. This tire size is pretty competitive for off-roading, but higher trim options have 19” alloy wheels available.
The Kia Sorento also has an approach angle of 16.9 degrees and a departure angle of 21.0 degrees. So, while this isn’t an off-roading beast like a Ranger or jacked truck, the Kia Sorento should be able to hold it’s own down dirt roads and in other challenging terrains.
If you do go off-roading in the Kia Sorento, you’ll be comfortable. The front suspension has MacPherson struts, coil springs, and a stabilizer bar to maintain a smooth ride over bumps. The rear suspension also includes a multi-link stabilizer bar and dual-flow dampers.
Kia Sorento Interior
You won’t feel crowded in the Kia Sorento. With the 3rd row seats, it can fit up to seven passengers comfortably. The entire family can ride along with enough space to avoid feeling crowded.
Plus, the second and third row of seats can fold down completely flat with the single touch of a button, providing up to 73 cubic feet of cargo space.
Use the 7” touchscreen display to connect your favorite devices and ride in style. Optional wireless charging is available along with 12-volt plugs. Also, in higher trim models, you can get plenty of fresh air with the panoramic sunroof.
At the end of the day, the Kia Sorento will provide a comfortable and capable ride. It’ has a tremendous towing compacity and the hardware necessary for adverse conditions. However, we would like to see upgraded interior tech.