2015 Kia Sorento SX V6
The Sorento is a vehicle that I do not see compared to many other SUVs. The Honda Pilot is always compared to the Toyota 4Runner and other more popular brands. For some reason Kia is mostly left out and I’d like to see it taken more seriously. We purchased this vehicle new in 2016 at a deep discount, if was my wife’s dream vehicle after she reviewed the 2013 and 2014 models. The SX trim is a well equipped SUV with good power, decent handling and can optionally carry 7 passengers.
The SX trim comes well equipped at the price point with 19″ wheels, fog lights, power rear lift gate, power folding mirrors and optional AWD. Inside there are even more goodies. Leather seats, heated and cooled seats, memory seats, automatic transmission, panoramic sunroof, UVO system, power everything, bluetooth phone and audio, backup camera with sensor and blind spot monitor. I really like the smart key entry system and push button start. Interior looks nice and seat are comfortable for long trips. I was mostly comfortable in the third row on short trips. Third row passengers get their own climate vents and can also control the fan speed. Rear seat passengers also get a charging outlet.
I would say the Sorento is not a slouch with the optional 3.3 liter V6 engine, it also handles decently but you can definitely feel the heaviness of the vehicle. With 290hp and 252 ft torque I am rather disappointed the max towing capacity is only 3,500lbs, I was expecting to tow 5,000lbs.
Being a Kia many question it’s reliability, but it’s sitting higher than Honda on reliability going by consumer reports. Although we’ve had some issues with ours it was nothing that left us stranded and most were just annoyances. The only issue that needs a dealer to look into is our AC quits working as well after it’s been on for awhile. If we turn off the AC for a little while then it starts working again. This was repaired under warranty, being the AC Control Valve.
When shifting in reverse the camera displays on the Nav screen, only after about 15 seconds does the sensor grid showup on the screen. I had to turn off the seat welcome in settings. When I turn off the car the seat would slide back and into my childs legs which is more of a middle row leg room problem. Also sometimes when cranking the car the seat would not move forward.
The v6 is nice and smooth, decently powerful. Seats are comfy for long trips too. With the Sorento being in between the size of compact and large SUVs it’s easier to maneuver in small spaces. We get 24mpg on trips and 19 in town.
What I Like
I like the exterior styling and interior. You get plenty of amenities for the price and feel like a luxury vehicle. The traction control and stability control can be turned off. I like the size, it’s not a compact or a full size SUV, smaller the Explorer an other SUVs in it’s class.
What I Don’t
It should tow more. Hard to find tires for 19″ rims. The middle row vents don’t seem to work well enough. Reliability and resale value are questionable still. The fit and finish are not as good as I’d expect.
What the Kids Like
They like the fan speed control in the third row. They also love the huge panoramic sunroof.
What the Kids Don’t
The middle row is a little cramped with car seats in them.
|2016 Kia Sorento SX||2016 Honda Pilot Elite||2017 Mazda CX-9 Sport||2016 Ford Explorer Limited|
|Front Leg Room||41.3||41.4||41||43.1|
|Rear Leg Room||37.6||38.5||39.4||39.8|