2019 Kia Sorento


Ranked #10 in Midsize Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$26,290 - $46,490

Key Spec of 2019 Kia Sorento
fuel economy


fuel type

Regular unleaded


185 hp @ 6000 rpm

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

2019 Kia Sorento Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Starting out its life as a body-on-frame compact SUV when it was launched way back in 2002, the Kia Sorento made its transition to a unibody mid-size crossover SUV construction during its shift to its 2ndgeneration of production since the 2011 model year. The 2019 model did get some significant changes from its previous model year, making the car more relevant to the market and stay competitive in the competition.

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ProsConsWhat's New

7-seater configuration makes it one of the most practical cars in the competition

The 3rd row could have been roomier; not very suitable for adults

Exterior design changes

Very well equipped for its price

Less cargo space than most of its competitors

Optional turbocharged four-cylinder has been discontinued

Stellar NVH levels

The performance prowess of both the engine fails to impress

Pop-up third row is now standard

Best-in-class warranty coverage

Handling prowess could have been better

Changes in the options and standard feature lists

Over All Rating


Out of 10

Pricing and Features6.00
Engine and Performance7.70
Fuel Economy8.00
Notable Rankings

#10 in Midsize Suv

#11 in Suv

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L$26,290 onwards

  • 17-Inch alloy wheels
  • 7-Inch touchscreen
  • Android Auto
  • Automatic headlights
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Manually adjustable front seats

LX$27,650 onwards

  • Blind-Spot monitoring
  • Dual-Zone climate control
  • Front seatback pockets
  • Noise-Reducing windshield
  • Two additional USB ports

S$32,690 onwards

  • Parking assist

EX Sport$34,990 onwards

  • 19-Inch wheels
  • 8-Inch infotainment display
  • Led interior lighting
  • Panoramic sunroof

EX$35,590 onwards

  • 18-Inch wheels
  • Foglights
  • Keyless ignition
  • Leather upholstery
  • Power-Adjustable front passenger seat
  • Rear air-conditioning controls

SX$39,990 onwards

  • Automatic wipers
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Red brake calipers
  • Wireless phone charger

SX Limited$44,690 onwards

  • Black brake calipers
  • Heated outboard second-row seats
  • Led foglights

Colors and Styles

2019 Kia Sorento in Blaze Blue color
Blaze Blue

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

Standard luxury features and amenities continue to be available across five base trim levels to choose from. But with a few different ways to spec the Kia Sorento with respect to the engine and drivetrain, it is actually available in seven different trims to choose from. Depending on the trim level and spec, its starting price ranges from $26,290 to $46,490. Speaking about competitors, its main rivals are Hyundai Santa Fe, Subaru Forester, Honda CR-V, and other similarly sized crossover SUVs in the market.


Broadly available in five different trim levels to choose from, the 2019 Kia Sorento can be had in seven different configurations, viz. L, LX, S, EX, EX Sport, SX, and SX Limited. While the base L and LX trims are decently well-equipped, especially for their price.The LX also comes with the same engine as standard, but it does have the option to upgrade to a more competent engine which significantly improves the driving experience of the car. 

The mid-range S and EX trim add most of the important convenience features like keyless ignition, inbuilt navigation, and rear parking sensors to make the car more daily drivable. If you want to get all out on the car, you have the top-of-the-range SX trims which focus more on the luxury aspect of the car with features like a heated steering wheel and memory settings for the driver’s seats.






EX Sport


SX Limited

















Key Features

17” alloy wheels

In addition to or replaces L trim features with:

In addition to or replaces LX trim features with:

In addition to or replaces S trim features with:

In addition to or replaces EX trim features with:

In addition to or replaces EX Sport trim features with:

In addition to or replaces SX trim features with:


Manually adjustable front seats

Noise-reducing windshield

Heated front seats

18” wheels

19” wheels

LED headlights and running lights

Ventilated front seats


Cloth upholstery

Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Power adjustable front passenger seat

Removes power-adjustable front passenger seat

Driver seat memory settings

Heated steering wheel


Automatic headlights

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Leather upholstery


Wireless phone charger

LED fog lights


Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration

Power adjustable driver’s seat

Inbuilt navigation

Fog Lights


Forward parking distance sensors

Chrome-clad wheels


CD player

Roof rails

Rear parking sensors

Keyless ignition


Retractable sunshades for the rear doors

Higher-grade leather upholstery


6-speaker sound system


Power liftgate


Panoramic sunroof

Heated outboard 2nd-row seats

Which trim should you buy?

While the base L trim is pretty decently well-equipped for its price, it is best avoided due to the standard engine which is unacceptably underpowered. While the LX gives you the option to upgrade to a more powerful engine, the EX trim hits the sweet spot for the 2019 Kia Sorento in terms of the best value for money proposition. 

Engine and Performance

The 2019 Kia Sorento offers two different engine and transmission configurations to choose from, depending on the trim level you choose. The standard engine is a 2.4L Inline-4 motor producing 185 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque, paired with a 6-speed automatic gearbox, which comes as standard on the L and LX trims. Only the LX trim can be upgraded with a more powerful 3.3L V6 under the hood producing 290 HP and 252 lb-ft of torque, and paired with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The latter is standard on the rest of the trims in the lineup. While FWD is standard on all the trims, all but the base L trim can be equipped with an AWD system.

The standard 4-pot motor is unacceptably underpowered, especially for a car of its size and mass. It makes overtaking very difficult, especially on the highway. Good thing most of the trims in the lineup come with the more powerful V6 engine under the hood or have the option to upgrade to one. Its power figures are relevant to its class, and make the car more competitive in the competition. People who don’t think much about the performance of a car, and rather save a few bucks in their gas bills, as the standard 4-pot motor is relatively more fuel-efficient than the V6, and that too by a considerable margin as well.


2019 Kia Sorento

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

2019 Subaru Forester

2019 Honda CR-V







2.4L Inline Four-Cylinder

2.4L Inline Four-Cylinder

2.5L Flat-Four

2.4L Inline Four-Cylinder







6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic




185 hp @ 6,000 RPM

185 hp @ 6,000 RPM

182 hp @ 5,800 RPM

184 hp @ 6,400 RPM


178 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

178 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

176 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

180 lb-ft @ 3,900 RPM

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Quarter-Mile (seconds)





Top-Speed (MPH)





With a 0 to 60 MPH time of 9.1 seconds, the standard engine in the Sorento is barely suited for the car. But the bigger more powerful V6 is there to the rescue. It has a better 0 to 60 MPG time of 7.2 seconds and a standing quarter-mile time of 15.5 seconds.All other cars in the segment are marginally more affordable and yet offer superior acceleration. The Honda CR-V is the quickest of the lot with the Subaru Forester half a second behind, while the Hyundai Santa Fe is right at its tail. 

How well does the 2019 Kia Sorento handle?

While the handling prowess of the Sorento is better than what you would expect by looking at the SUV, it is still not as agile as many of the rivals in the class. That being said, the Strut suspension with coil springs set up at the front, and a multi-link suspension with coil springs at the back handles the movement of the car pretty well, and the fairly accurate steering wheel makes maneuvering through tight spaces pretty confidence-inspiring. 

It is better to opt for the AWD trim level, which provides better stability while cornering at high speeds, and it especially comes in handy during rain or snow when the road surface becomes slippery. Body roll is noticeable around the corners but is pretty acceptable for a car of its size and weight. In short, while the handling prowess of the Kia Sorento is pretty decent, there is still a lot of room for improvement.

2019 Kia Sorento Braking Performance

The 2019 Kia Sorento is a bit of a miss in this regard, especially when there are far better rivals in the class in terms of braking performance. While the brakes have a smooth modulating feel to them and are intuitive to use as well, the 12.6-inch front and 12-inch rear lack in terms of punchiness. Taking 125 feet from 60 MPH to a standstill during emergency braking, it underperforms than most of its competitors. It is not very confidence-inspiring in that regard as well, which is a bit of a surprise considering the fact that the Sorento features larger brakes in the competition. 


2019 Kia Sorento

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

2019 Subaru Forester

2019 Honda CR-V

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)





Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)





Curb Weight (lbs)





60-0 MPH (feet)





In terms of rotor dimensions, the Kia Sorento does take the cake. But the fact that it is significantly heavier than most of its competitors makes it the underperformer in this regard. Although the Honda CR-V has the smallest brakes here, it is also the lightest and hence has the shortest braking distances in this comparison. The Santa Fe and Forester weigh similar to each other and have similar stopping distances as well, which although is shorter than the Sorento. 

Fuel Economy

As mentioned earlier, the 2019 Sorento comes with two engine options depending on the trim level. The standard 2.4L Inline-4 engine provides a fuel economy figure of 25 mpg combined while the bigger and more powerful 3.3L V6 engine on the other hand comes in at 19, 24, and 21 MPG in the city/highway/combined. Both the engines are pretty underwhelming in this regard, especially when there are far economical competitors available in the market. 


2019 Kia Sorento

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

2019 Subaru Forester

2019 Honda CR-V

MPG (City)





MPG (Highway)





MPG (Combined)





Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons)





Range (City / Highway / Combined) (miles)

414 / 545 / 470

414 / 545 / 470

432 / 548 / 481

364 / 448 / 392

If fuel economy is one of your main priorities, the Kia Sorento is probably not the car for you and so is its Korean cousin, the Hyundai Santa Fe. In this regard, the Subaru Forester takes the cake while the Honda CR-V has marginally lower fuel efficiency. With impressive fuel economy figures, the Forester also has a pretty decent-sized fuel tank, which makes it one of the better choices for long-distance cruising.


The interior of the 2019 Kia Sorento is pretty stylish and is decently laid out in terms of ergonomics. There is nothing much to complain about the car in terms of build quality and quality of materials used, except for the fact that getting in and out of the 3rdrow is a bit of a challenge, especially for tall adults. 

But the fact that it provides a 3-row seat gives the Sorento a huge edge in the competition. But due to the 3-row seat, the Kia Sorento sacrifices quite a bit in terms of truck space when all the seats are in their position. Fold-down both the 2ndand 3rd-row seats and you get a pretty similar maximum cargo space. 


2019 Kia Sorento

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

2019 Subaru Forester

2019 Honda CR-V

Seating Capacity





Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)





Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)





Third Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)





Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

11.3 – 73.0

35.9 – 71.3

35.4 – 76.1

39.2 – 75.8

In terms of cabin space, the Kia Sorento and its competitors are more or less in a similar ballpark for the most part. The Kia Sorento provides an extra row of seats, which might not be particularly suitable for adults. But it is there when you need it. Or you can just fold it to accommodate more stuff at the back, whichever you want. Some of the standout interior features are as follows:

  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated outboard second-row seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • High-grade leather upholstery
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • LED interior lighting

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The L trim of the 2019 Kia Sorento gets things started with a standard 7” touchscreen infotainment display, equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. The Convenience package, optional on the LX, and standard on the S, and EX gets an upgraded version of the 7” infotainment interface that also has navigation. The optional Touring package on the EX upgrades it further to a larger 8” display, which is standard on the SX and SX Limited trims.

As for listening to music, the base trim starts off with a generic 6-speaker setup with satellite radio and a CD player. The EX’s Touring package upgrades that to a more premium 10-speaker unit from Harman Kardon, which goes all the way up to the top-spec SX Limited trim. To eliminate the need for a charging cord, there’s now an available wireless chargingtray for compatible Android and Apple devices. Some of the highlights of the infotainment system are as follows:

  • 7”/8” touchscreen infotainment display
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • USB connectivity
  • AUX connectivity
  • 6-speaker/10-speaker music system
  • Inbuilt navigation
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration
  • Wireless smartphone charging

Although looks could be pretty subjective, the Kia Sorento is a pretty attractive-looking SUV from every angle. The subtle facelift for the 2019 model gives the Sorento a tighter, sharper appearance. The revised front-end is headlined by a more artfully detailed radiator grille flanked by a new headlamp configuration. The rear fascia of the crossover has also been enhanced with a new bumper design, sleeker taillamps, revised liftgate, and a sportier muffler tip. Moreover, wheel size ranges from 17 to 19 inches, depending on trim level.


2019 Kia Sorento

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

2019 Subaru Forester

2019 Honda CR-V

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Ground Clearance (inches)





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In terms of exterior dimensions, the midsize Kia Sorento is a bit longer than most of its competitors that are mostly compact crossover SUVs. The Kia Sorento just crosses the barrier to be a mid-size crossover SUV. Those extra inches in length allow it to have the 3rd-row seats without compromising much in terms of its basic cargo capacity. The Forester offers the best ground clearance while the Korean twins ride much lower to the ground. Some of the standout exterior features are as follows:

  • Full-LED lighting on upper trims – SX (optional) and SXL
  • Noise-reducing windshield and front door windows
  • Red or black brake calipers depending on the trim
  • Hands-free power tailgate

The 3rdgen Sorento shares a platform with the 3rdgen Kia Carnival. The core of the 2019 Sorento remains its rigid structure, with 53 percent of the unibody consisting of advanced high-strength steel. This provides a safe haven to the occupants which are proven with the 5-star overall rating from the NHTSA and the “Top Safety Pick+” accolade received by the Sorento for the 2019 model year.

Additional technologies such as roll-over mitigation (ROM) and cornering brake control (CBC) on AWD models are standard equipment designed to help improve dynamic control. On top of generic safety features like airbags to keep the occupants safe during a crash, the Sorento also comes with Kia’s suite of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), which is now standard on Sorento EX trims and higher. Some of the standout safety features are as follows:

  • Forward collision warning system (FCWS)
  • Smart cruise control (SCC)
  • Blind-spot collision warning (BCW)
  • Rear cross-traffic collision warning
  • Lane-keeping assist (LKA)
  • Driver attention warning (DAW)

2019 Kia Sorento vs 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

The Kia Sorento and the Hyundai Santa Fe are actually corporate cousins, which explains the similar powertrains and fuel economy figures. Where the Kia Sorento focuses more on practicality which resulted in the 3rd-row seat, the Hyundai is more of a feature-packed offering with an impressive standard suite of driver-assist safety features.

2019 Kia Sorento vs 2019 Subaru Forester

In a class where the SUVs actually feel more at home on-road, the Subaru Forester might just be one of the most off-road ready vehicles in the competition. For this reason, the Subaru has a relatively high ground clearance of 8.7”, along with a standard AWD across the trim levels. The Forester also has superior acceleration and braking performance with a fuel economy that is far more than the Sorento in spite of the standard AWD system. 

2019 Kia Sorento vs 2019 Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is considered among the benchmark vehicles in its class, and that too for good reasons. It has a comfortable ride quality, and while it might not look like it, the Honda CR-V is decently athletic around the corners. But if you want the practicality of 3rd-row seats in a relatively compact car, you don’t have many options. It's either the Kia Sorento or the much larger SUVs in the midsize crossover SUV class.

Final Verdict

Kia took a different approach for the Sorento in the three-row mid-size crossovers. While it has three rows of seats, its size is more in tune with the compact crossover with two rows of seats. It is perfect for those who have a large family and want a practical car but do not want to invest in a minivan with awkward styling and boat-like handling.

It is for those who need a 7-seater SUV but do not want an overly sized impractical three-row mid-size SUV. The compact dimensions of the Kia Sorento make it relatively easier to park, drive in tight city traffic, and overall slightly easier to live with compared to all the other larger three-row mid-size crossover SUVs in the market.


vehicle bio
base price


body style

4dr SUV

engine type

144 cu in

horse power

185 hp @ 6000 rpm


178 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm


6-Speed Shiftable Automatic


189 in


109 in


74 in

curb weight

3810 lbs


66 in

Ground Clearance

7 lbs

passenger volume

37.1 cu ft

cargo volume

73 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy

22/25/29 mpg

highway range

545.2 mi

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

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Kia Sorento 5 year Cost To Own

Cash Price(MSRP)
5 Year Cost To Own
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $44,638
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Financing Interest$1,481$1,191$882$552$199$4,305
Taxes and Fees$2,521$219$206$193$178$3,317
Total Cost-To-Own$12,266$7,746$7,303$7,960$9,363$44,638
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