The Hot New Kia Sorento

The 2019 Kia Sorento is a seven-passenger mid-size SUV, available in all-wheel and front-wheel drive. This vehicle comes in six trim packages, ranging from the basic L model to the luxury SX Limited model. US News and World Report rank the 2019 Kia Sorento #2 in their midsize SUV category. The magazine cites the Sorento's user-friendly entertainment and information system, its smooth ride, its comfortable first two rows of seats and its low starting price.


What engine options are available on the 2019 Kia Sorento?

The L and basic LX models include an I-4, 2.4-liter, 185 horsepower engine. The LX V6 and EX and SX models feature a V-6 3.3-liter, 290 horsepower engine.


What type of transmission does the Sorento have?

The basic Sorento models feature a six-speed, automatic transmission with an optional manual mode. The models with a V-6 engine include an eight-speed, automatic transmission.


What kind of gas mileage does the Kia Sorento get?

According to the EPA, you an expect to get 19-22 MPG in the city and 24-29 MPG on the highway when you drive the 2019 Kia Sorento (with the four-cylinder engine). The V-6 engine gets around 3 MPG less across the board.


What about safety features on the Kia Sorento?

One of the prime selling points of the Sorento is its many safety features. These include electronic stability control (ESC), electronic brake force distribution (EBFD), a rear view camera, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring and a body that is 53 percent reinforced steel. The 2019 Kia Sorento received a top safety pick five-star safety award from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, their highest rating.


What colors does it come in?

The Kia Sorento "L" model is available in titanium, silver or black. Other models are available also in red, white, blue, sangria and graphite. The "L" interior is black soft cloth. Interior choices for the other "L" models include stone beige soft cloth. The premium models feature leather interiors in black, stone beige, mahogany or light gray. The SX Limited edition features soft Nappa leather in terracotta or black.


What entertainment options does it offer?

Standard features on the Kia Sorento include Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, a six-speaker audio system and Kia's UVO infotainment system with a 7" touchscreen. Upgrades include a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, wireless phone charging, a navigation system, and an 8" touchscreen.


What are some of the specs?

The Sorento's basic "L" model has a 109.4" wheelbase and is 74.4" wide, 189" long and 66.3" high. It weighs 3,810 pounds and has a towing/trailering capacity of 5,000 pounds (which is enough to tow most boats or trailer).


What are some of the car's highlights?

Standard interior features on the latest Kia Sorento include cruise control, heated mirrors, anti-theft system, and an adjustable steering wheel. Options include remote engine start, universal garage door opener, and an interior cargo shade. Standard exterior and interior features on the SX model include a hands-free liftgate, fog lamps, and adaptive cruise control. An optional luggage rack is also available.


What are some of the exterior highlights?

Standard exterior features include a rear spoiler and rear defrost. Options include running board. The Sorento's more deluxe trim packages include a moonroof or a dual moon/sunroof.


How much does it cost?

The MSRP of the 2019 Kia Sorento starts at $25,990 for the "L" model and goes up to $46,490 for the SX Limited model. These vehicles are covered by a five-year, 60,000-mile warranty and a ten-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.


What's new or different on the 2019 Sorento?

For 2019, Kia redesigned the front grill on the Sorento as well as improved driver-assist features and refreshed the headlamps. Beginning with this model year, two-row seating is no longer available nor is the turbo-four engine offered.

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