2015 Kia Sorento

MSRP $24,300 - $41,700

Ranked #8 in Suv

7.7

Overall Rating

2015 Kia Sorento Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 20, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2015 Kia Sorento is a carryover model with minor nips and tucks to the exterior and some shuffling in the features list. As standard, you get a naturally aspirated inline-4 engine with FWD, while a more powerful V6 and AWD are also available in the lineup. The inline-4 should be skipped in favor of comparably better fuel economy and performance offered by the V6.

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Pros

Long-list of standard safety features

Punchy performance from V6

Feature-rich infotainment

Comfortable cabin

Cons

Subpar performance from base engine

Budget-grade material inside cabin

Mediocre fuel economy

What's New?

2015 Kia Sorento is a carry-over model


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24300

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

120 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

144 cu.in.

horsepower

191 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

181 lb.-ft. @ 4250 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

184.4 in.

width

74.2 in.

height

66.9 in.

curb weight

3594 lbs.

ground clearance

7.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

107.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

72.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

1650 lbs.

payload capacity

1213 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/23/27 mpg

highway range

469.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

LX$24,300 onwards

LX 3.3$26,700 onwards

EX$31,700 onwards

SX$36,700 onwards

Limited$39,900 onwards

Colors and Styles

2015 Kia Sorento in Bright Silver color
Bright Silver

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Features

9.5

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

7.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


On the inside, the cabin is loaded with many feel-good features, but the hard-touch plastics at prominent places can be irksome in a crossover SUV that starts at $24,300. As for the rivals, the 2015 Kia Sorento locks its horns with the likes of Subaru Forester and Honda CR-V. Continue with the article to know more about how Kis Sorento performs in front of other giants in the segment.


9.5/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2015 Kia Sorento Features

9.5/10

The 2015 Kia Sorento is available in as many as four major trims that include LX, EX, SX, and SX Limited. The LX trim splits into two: one with the base four-pot engine and the one with the V6 engine as standard. The prices for the base trims start at $24,300 with the FWD configuration, while the AWD configuration sees a price of $26,100. The topmost trim starts at $39,900 and goes up to $41,700 for the AWD configuration. The best thing about Sorento’s features list is that most of the safety features are standard except for blindspot monitoring and a rearview camera.

Trims

LX

LX V6

EX

SX

SX-L

MSRP (FWD)

$24,300

$26,700

$31,700

$36,700

$39,900

MSRP (AWD)

$26,100

$28,500

$33,500

$38,500

$41,700

Key Features

191 hp, 2.4-liter inline-4 engine

Adds or upgrades ‘LX’

Adds or upgrades ‘LX V6’

Adds or upgrades ‘EX’

Adds or upgrades ‘SX’

 

17-inch alloy wheels

290 hp, 3.3-liter V6

18-inch alloy wheels

19-inch alloy wheels

Heated rear seats

 

Fog Lights

Stainless steel exhaust tip

Power folding side mirrors

Panoramic sunroof

Nappa leather-trimmed seats

 

Roof rails

Trailer package

Rear spoiler

Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights

 

 

Hill assist control

Leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob

Rearview camera

Blindspot detection

 

 

Automatic headlights

10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat w/ lumbar support

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Power tailgate

 

 

Remote keyless entry

 

UVO infotainment system

Premium Infinity sound system

 

 

Heated front seats

 

Heated steering wheel

8" touchscreen infotainment w/ navigation

 

 

 

 

Leather-trimmed seats

Auto-dimming rearview mirror w/ Homelink

 

 

 

 

Heated rear seats

Ventilated front seats

 

 

 

 

Driver's seat memory function

Ambient interior lights

 

We Recommend

We suggest going for the EX trim, as at the price of slightly over thirty grand, you get a decent set of features and the more powerful V6 engine over the base trim’s underwhelming four-pot engine. Not only this, for the six grand premium over the base trim, you also add a ton of creature comfort features like dual-zone automatic climate control, driver’s seat memory function, heated steering wheel, better infotainment, etc.

2015 Kia Sorento Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The 2015 Kia Sorento offers two engine choices; the standard one being a 2.4-liter inline-4 engine that puts out 191 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque while the other one is the more powerful 3.3-liter V6 engine that puts out a respectable 290 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque. Both the engine comes with FWD and a six-speed automatic transmission as standard, while the AWD drivetrain along with torque vectoring cornering control and locking center differential is available. The Kia Sorento in the base configuration goes from 0-60 mph in 9.1 seconds and covers a quarter-mile in 16.9 seconds. The V6, on the other hand, shaves off 2 seconds from 0-60 mph and 1.2 seconds from the quarter-mile timings.

Models

2015 Kia Sorento

2015 Subaru Forester

2015 Honda CR-V

MSRP

$24,300

$24,595

$25,545

Engine

2.4-liter inline-4

2.5-liter Flat-4

2.4-liter inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

AWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

CVT

CVT

Power (hp @ rpm)

191 hp @ 6300 rpm

170 hp @ 5800 rpm

185 hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

181 lb-ft @ 4250 rpm

174 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm

181 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

9.1 sec

8.8 sec

7.5 sec

Quarter Mile (sec)

16.9 sec

16.8 sec

15.9 sec

Top Speed (mph)

120 MPH

117 MPH

112 MPH

Both the rivals come with a similar four-pot engine, but both of them put out lesser power and torque figures compared to the Sorento. Although when you compare the 0-60 mph and quarter-mile timings, the scene flips in the favor of the rivals. The Honda CR-V clocks the fastest 0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds and covers a quarter-mile in 15.9 seconds.

2015 Kia Sorento Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The fuel economy figures from the four-pot-powered Sorento aren’t that great. The EPA estimates suggest that you can expect a fuel economy of 20/27/23 mpg in city/highway/combined respectively, and with the AWD, there is a dip of 1 mpg in the city and 2 mpg on the highway fuel economy. The V6 powered Sorento, on the other hand, returns 18/25 mpg in city/highway respectively, while the AWD configuration sees a dip of 1 mpg on the highway. As standard, the Sorento gets a 17.4-gallon fuel tank.

Models

2015 Kia Sorento

2015 Subaru Forester

2015 Honda CR-V

MPG (City)

20

24

27

MPG (Highway)

27

32

34

MPG (Combined)

23

27

29

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

17.4

15.9

15.3

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

348/ 470/ 400

382/ 509/ 429

413/ 520/ 444

The rivals outpace the Sorento by a margin, and between the Forester and CR-V, the CR-V puts out the highest 27/34/29 mpg of fuel economy in city/highway/combined, respectively. These figures are better than the Sorento’s by 7 mpg in both the city and on the highway. When comparing the overall range, here too CR-V takes the least against the rivals by offering the class-leading range of 444 miles combined.

2015 Kia Sorento Interior

6.0/10

For its asking price, the 2015 Kia Sorento packs in a decent cabin with some segment-first features like 2nd-row retractable window shades, LCD speedo, etc. The overall cabin has a lot of hard-touch plastics, yet everything is well-sorted and thoughtfully incorporated. The seats are big and comfortable with a great view of what’s ahead. As standard, the Sorento offers two-row seating, while the optional third-row adds cramped third-row seats which are also cumbersome to access. The first two rows offer sufficient headroom and legroom for even taller adults. With 36.9 cubic feet of boot space, the Sorento leads the segment here.

Models

2015 Kia Sorento

2015 Subaru Forester

2015 Honda CR-V

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.2/ 59.3/ 41.3

40.0/ 57.0/ 43.0

39.9/ 58.6/ 41.3

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.2/ 58.7/ 37.6

37.5/ 56.5/ 38.0

38.6/ 56.4/ 38.3

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

36.9

31.5

35.2

As for rivals, the Subaru Forester offers better legroom in both rows but lacks both shoulder room and headroom compared to the Sorento. The cargo space of 35.2 cubic feet on offer in the CR-V remains the second-best in this comparison. Subaru stands at the very end with a cargo space of just 31.5 cubic feet. Key interior features include:

  • Heated front seats
  • Rear window sunshades
  • Fabric-trimmed seats
  • Available power-adjustable front seats
  • Available dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Available leather-trimmed seats
  • Available memory function for driver’s seat
  • Available auto-dimming rearview mirror w/ HomeLink

How intuitive is Kia Sorento’s infotainment unit?

As standard, the Sorento gets a six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo system. The available system includes 8-inch infotainment with navigation or a UVO infotainment system. The SX trim features a 10-speaker premium Infinity stereo, while a six-speaker setup remains standard. Other notable features that you get include SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth, USB, and AUX input ports, etc. Key infotainment features include:

  • AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo system
  • SiriusXM w/ 3-month trial
  • Bluetooth
  • Six-speaker stereo
  • Available Infinity premium stereo
  • Available 8-inch screen w/ navigation

2015 Kia Sorento Exterior

9.0/10

The Kia Sorento has a tamed approach towards exterior styling. The front has the famous tiger-nose grille and a one of its kind four-point LED fog lights. The headlights are standard halogen units that get upgraded to Xenon HIDs on the top trim. From the side, the Sorento has a van-like silhouette. The rear portion has its own share of quirkiness. As standard, you get 17-inch rims, heated mirrors, black molding on the sides, rear wipers, etc.

Models

2015 Kia Sorento

2015 Subaru Forester

2015 Honda CR-V

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,594

3,391

3,358

Length (inches)

184.4

180.9

179.4

Width (inches)

74.2

70.7

71.6

Height (inches)

66.9

68.2

64.7

Ground Clearance (inches)

7.3

8.7

N/A

Wheelbase (inches)

106.3

103.9

103.1

Dimensionally, the Kia Sorento is the biggest among all, but it falls short in front of Subaru Forester’s massive 8.7-inches ground clearance. That said, the Sorento has the longest wheelbase measuring 106.3-inches and the highest curb weight of 3,594 lbs. The other two rivals in the segment offer a curb weight of under 3400+ lbs, making them comparatively lighter than Sorento. Key exterior features include:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • LED front positioning lights
  • Fog lights
  • Power heated side mirrors
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Available panoramic sunroof
  • Available power-folding side mirrors
  • Available 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Available xenon HID headlights

2015 Kia Sorento Safety

8.0/10

The 2015 Kia Sorento comes with a host of safety features right from the base trim, and that has ensured that the Sorento will score well in both the agencies’ crash tests. The NHTSA rated the Sorento with a perfect five out of five-star rating, while the IIHS gave the Sorento a rating of ‘Good’ in four out of five tests. The front overlap test was rated with the lowest rating of ‘Poor,’ and the ease of use of LATCH was rated with the second-best rating of ‘Acceptable’ by the IIHS. Key safety features include:

  • Roll-over mitigation
  • Hill-start assist
  • Automatic headlights
  • Available Blindspot detection system
  • Available rearview camera

2015 Kia Sorento Final Verdict

The 2015 Kia Sorento is a jack of all trades. It has a spacious cabin, mature ride and handling, and sufficient performance from the V6 to carry a load of a family with full luggage without breaking a sweat. The base engine is underwhelming in both performance and gas mileage, so we suggest skipping it. Having said that, the Sorento packs in the biggest dimensions and has one of the most accommodating boots in the segment. So if you are a family person and want to try something new, the Kia Sorento is just the right crossover SUV for you.

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