2020 Kia Sorento

MSRP $28,090 - $41,890

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2020 Kia Sorento Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Festering on the ideology of a compact exterior yet spacious interior, the 2020 Kia Sorento is here to give you the best value for your money. With revamped front and rear ends including both headlights and taillights, and also a reshuffled trim lineup, the 2020 Sorento starts from an MSRP of $26,990. It moreover comes with 5 different trim levels.

Coming to the powertrain front, the base trims of the Sorento come with a 185 hp 2.4L NA engine. Then there is also the option of a more potent 3.3L V6 unit that pushes out 290 hp. The 2020 Sorento is large on the inside and still easy to live within city limits - something that its rivals lack. Nevertheless, it has lost its stature as a boxy SUV and doesn't have much road presence now. But that's okay, as, with just a small compromise, the Sorento shines in other departments as well.

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Competitive pricing structure

Well insulated cabin

Segment-leading warranty


Third-row space is not good

Underpowered engine

What's New?

Reshuffled trim lineup

Updated front and rear fascia

EX now a separate trim


vehicle bio

base price



4dr SUV

passenger capacity


top speed

123 mph


front wheel drive

engine type


204 cu.in.


290 hp @ 6400 rpm


252 lb.-ft. @ 5200 rpm


6 speed manual w/OD


suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6/12.1 in.



109.4 in.


189 in.


74.4 in.


66.3 in.

curb weight

3968 lbs.

ground clearance

7.3 in.


passenger volume

154.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

73 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1525 lbs.


zero to 60 mph

9.9 sec.

zero to 100 mph

10.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17.2 sec.

fuel economy


19/22/26 mpg

highway range

488.8 mi.


basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

roadside assistance


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LX$28,090 onwards

  • Blind-Spot monitoring
  • Dual-Zone automatic climate control
  • Forward collision mitigation
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Power-Adjustable driver's seat
  • Rear parking sensors

S$33,190 onwards

  • 19-Inch wheels
  • Black exterior trim
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Rear climate controls

EX$35,490 onwards

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Drowsy driver monitor
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Leather upholstery
  • Power liftgate

SX$40,090 onwards

  • 14-way power driver's seat
  • 8-Inch touchscreen
  • Navigation system
  • Power-Folding mirrors
  • Universal Garage Door Opener
  • Wireless charging pad

Colors and Styles

2020 Kia Sorento in Blaze Blue color
Blaze Blue

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


Overall Rating

The 2020 Kia Sorento bridges the gap between the smaller Sportage and the humungous Telluride in terms of pricing. On a keen observation, you'll realize that it borrows a lot of styling cues from the two as well. Featuring two different powerhouses under the hood and over 5 trim levels, the Sorento is spread over a wide span of the price range. The Sorento has been christened with some segment-defining features that set it apart from the segment. Its top-notch build quality further adds more essence to its character. Let's move ahead and find out if the Kia Sorento still has what it needs to overpower the likes of some bigger rivals such as the Volkswagen Atlas, Honda Pilot, and Subaru Ascent.


Engine and Performance

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2020 Kia Sorento Features


The 2020 Kia Sorento is available in over five trim configurations, namely L, LX, S, EX, and SX. There are two engine options – L and LX trims have the 2.4L inline-four engine and 6-speed automatic transmission while the rest of the trims get a 3.3L V6 engine and 8-speed transmission. The pricing for the base L trim starts at $26,990. The LX trim brings in safety features like Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning and Blind Spot Monitoring to the mix. The top-spec SX V6 commands a price tag of $41,890 and puts the Sorento in the league of luxury crossovers.

Trims L LX S EX SX
MSRP (FWD) $26,990 $28,090 $33,190 $35,490 $40,090
MSRP (AWD) - $29,890 $34,990 $37,290 $41,890
Key Features 7" touch screen Includes or deletes features from L plus: Includes or deletes features from LX plus: Includes or deletes features from S plus: Includes or deletes features from EX plus:
  40/20/40 2nd-row sliding seat w/remote cargo release Acoustic sound-reducing glass (windshield) 8-way power-adjustable driver seat Acoustic sound-reducing glass (windshield, front side windows) Panoramic sunroof w/power sunshade
  Apple CarPlay & Android Auto Blind Spot Collision Warning w/Lane Change Assist Rear parking sensors Projection fog lights Wireless phone charger
  Projection headlights w/LED positioning lights Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning 19-inch alloys 8-way power-adjustable passenger seat with Heated front seats 19" tires w/alloy wheels
  Cloth seat trim Dual-zone automatic climate control Keyless ignition and Hands-free entry Smart Cruise Control w/Stop & GO Harman Kardon premium audio surround-sound system w/12 speakers

We Recommend

Unless budget is a major issue, we would recommend buyers to choose the LX trim. This trim costs $28,090 in FWD configuration but brings a decent list of safety features. And it also costs lesser than most mid-spec three-row crossovers. Nevertheless, we would suggest you opt for the Sorento LX AWD variant for $29,890.

2020 Kia Sorento Engine and Performance

The new gearbox shifts smoothly but lacks kickdown response in certain modes and could be the reason the Sorento's pace has slowed a bit - Edmunds

The 2020 Kia Sorento is powered by a 3.3L V6 engine for the top-end trims. This engine is rated at 290 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque. This figure puts the Sorento along with the segment leaders. The base four-cylinder engine on offer underperforms for a three-row vehicle, as it only produces 185 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque. The transmission duties on the V6 powered Sorento are taken care of by an 8-speed transmission. The newly introduced 8-speed takes gear shifting to ultra-smooth levels and also improves fuel efficiency by a margin of 1 MPG.

When it comes to daily driving, the combination of the V6 engine and 8-speed transmission works well in urban conditions. On the highway, the powertrain has exceptionally low noise vibrations. This combination makes for a capable machine for longer journeys. The 2020 Kia Sorento does the 0-60 MPH run in just 7.6 seconds and the quarter-mile is achieved in 15.7 seconds. There is enough power on tap for daily driving scenarios. Merging with traffic wouldn’t be an issue with the V6 engine.

The Kia Sorento offers good all-around visibility and a well-implemented driving position. The 2020 Sorento doesn’t take well to sharp inputs from the driver. The Sorento follows well-laid driving dynamics for a midsize three-row crossover. The steering is light to use but it is devoid of good feedback from the front wheels. If you seek to maximize the Sorento’s reaction time then select the Sport mode. The transmission holds the gears longer and the steering weighs up decently. Having said that, don’t mistake the Sorento for a sporty crossover. If you enter the corners aggressively, prepare for a considerable amount of body roll accompanied by screeching from the tires.


2020 Kia Sorento

2020 Volkswagen Atlas

2020 Mazda CX-9

2020 Honda Pilot







3.3L NA V6

2.0L TFSI Inline-4

2.5L turbocharged Inline-4

3.5L NA V6


8-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

6-speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic


290 hp @ 6,400 RPM

235 hp @ 4,500 RPM

227 hp @ 5,000 RPM

280hp @ 6000 RPM


252 lb-ft @ 5300 RPM

258 lb-ft @ 1,600 RPM

310 lb-ft @ 2,000 RPM

262 lb.-ft. @ 4700 RPM

0-60 MPH 7.6 secs 7.2 secs 6.5 secs 6.6 secs
Quarter Mile 15.7 secs 14.9 secs 15.2 secs 14.5 secs

The Sorento is exceptionally good at providing a comfortable ride. The suspension has been tuned for comfort and there is good insulation from exterior noise. Sorento will easily level out the shock from road undulations and only the worst of the impacts would be filtered into the cabin. Kia Sorento performs averagely for its size, as it comes to halt from 60 mph in 125 feet. It is equipped with four-wheel antilock disc brakes but the stopping power is not up to the mark. Kia Sorento, when equipped with the V6 engine, can tow 3500 lbs. in FWD configuration and 5000 lbs. in AWD configuration.

2020 Kia Sorento Fuel Economy


The 2020 Kia Sorento, when powered with the 2.4L NA Inline-4 engine is EPA-rated at 22 MPG in the city and 29 miles to the gallon out on the highway. With the AWD setup, these numbers drop down by 1 MPG on the whole. Opt for the 3.3L V6 engine, and those MPG figures drop down to 19 MPG in the city and 26 miles to the gallon out on the highway, whereas with the AWD setup, the Sorento returns 18 and 24 MPG in the city and highway respectively.


2020 Kia Sorento

2020 Volkswagen Atlas

2020 Mazda CX-9

2020 Honda Pilot

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Fuel Capacity 18.8 gallons 18.6 gallons 19.0 gallons 19.5 gallons

The 2020 Sorento also has a decent 18.8-gallon fuel tank. Considering the V6 engine’s 290 hp output, these figures aren’t bad. With the 18.8-gallon fuel tank, the 2020 Sorento is able to stretch out to 489 miles on the go, between stops.

2020 Kia Sorento Interior

Premium materials line most surfaces, especially in higher trims, creating an upscale feel that few rivals can match - Cars.USnews

Kia has equipped the 2020 Sorento crossover to take on the larger competition. The Sorento offers a passenger volume of 154.2 cu-ft. The features have been distributed well across the trim levels. The quality levels of the interior are on the premium side. Kia has used soft-touch materials across the cabin. The prominent spaces like the upper dashboard, door handles, and center console have been finished in a premium material.

The center stack is sorted and Kia has followed separate layouts for the infotainment and climate control. The cabin has ample storage space(s) for your miscellaneous items. The doors close with a strong thud, exhibiting a superior build quality. Dimensionally, the Kia Sorento is smaller than most three-row crossovers in the market. The first and second rows have decent room for the passengers and the third row is better suited for kids.

Kia Sorento offers the lowest in segment rear cargo capacity of 11.3 cu-ft. Sorento sacrifices rear cargo space for bringing in the third row. With the third row folded, it offers 38 cu-ft. of space and with all the rows folded, the cargo capacity increases to 73 cu-ft. When it comes to the infotainment system, the Kia UVO system is one of the best in the business. The icons are large and the system is user-friendly. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard across all trims. The lower trims come with a 7-inch screen while the top-most trims come with an 8-inch screen with Harmon Kardon's premium sound system.


2020 Kia Sorento

2020 Volkswagen Atlas

2020 Mazda CX-9

2020 Honda Pilot

Passenger capacity





Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)


41.3/ 61.5/ 41.5


40.1/ 62/40.9

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)


40.4/ 60.8/ 37.6

38.5/ 58.1/39.4


Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)


38.3/ 54.9/ 33.7



Cargo Capacity 11.3 cu. ft 20.6 cu. ft 14.4 cu. ft 16.5 cu. ft

Kia Sorento has a decent list of interior features. Some of these features have been mentioned below:

  • Front Bucket Seats with 8-way manual driver’s seat
  • 4-Way Passenger Seat with Manual Recline and Fore with Aft Movement
  • 40-20-40 Folding Split-Bench seats
  • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
  • Premium Cloth Upholstery
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter
  • Illuminated Entry and Panic Button

2020 Kia Sorento Exterior

This year, the Sorento’s styling has been updated—but so subtly that it hardly renders the outgoing version yesterday’s news - TheCarConnection

The 2020 Kia Sorento has received minor exterior design changes. The Sorento’s mature design blends into the crossover SUV segment. The 2020 model represents the third generation, it has standard LED headlights across all the trim levels. Kia has used a considerable amount of chrome in the front fascia. The changes make the Sorento look more premium.

Sorento carves out a niche category, Kia has strategically placed the Sorento between two-row and three-row crossovers. The smaller dimensions bring help to make the Sorento more maneuverable than its competition. When it comes to dimensions, the Sorento doesn’t score well in comparison to the other three crossovers like Volkswagen Atlas and Honda Pilot.


2020 Kia Sorento

2020 Volkswagen Atlas

2020 Mazda CX-9

2020 Honda Pilot

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Some of the exterior features on offer are-

  • LED DRLs
  • Dusk sensing LED headlamps
  • Dual-pane panoramic sunroof
  • Hands-free entry
  • Aluminum rear scuff-plate
  • Puddle Lights
  • LED tail lamps
  • Sidestep bars

2020 Kia Sorento Safety


Kia equips its offerings with the latest in terms of active and passive safety features, and the perks of the same are enjoyed by the 2020 Sorento as well. Having said that, the base trims of the 2020 Sorento might miss out on some of the advanced safety tech. Coming to the crash test scores, NHTSA awards the Sorento with a complete 5 on 5-star rating, while the IIHS honors it with the "Top Safety Pick" award.

Some of the standard safety features included in the 2020 Sorento are-

  • Electronic Stability Control and Roll Stability Control
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Blind-spot monitoring system
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Frontal-collision warning

2020 Kia Sorento Competition


2020 Kia Sorento vs 2020 Volkswagen Atlas

Volkswagen has entered the three-row crossover market with a good product. The Atlas is immensely spacious inside with a third row that’s easily amongst the most spacious in the segment. On top of that, the cabin is impressively quiet even at high speeds and rides of supple suspension. The 2020 VW Atlas isn’t impressive when it comes to the powertrain department. The V6 does not pack enough punch and is not particularly efficient either. Also, the base 2.0L TSI engine is unavailable with AWD.

2020 Kia Sorento vs 2020 Mazda CX-9

The Mazda offers a well-built class-leading interior, plush ride, and a well-engineered inline-four engine that puts the CX-9’s among the better driving crossovers in the market. Like the Sorento, the CX-9 lacks a bit when we talk about third-row space. The Mazda CX-9 is one of those crossovers that will have you grinning ear to ear every time you get behind the wheel.

2020 Kia Sorento Final Verdict

The 2020 Kia Sorento benefits from highly competitive pricing. Even mid-spec models undercut the competition by thousands of dollars. If you need to seat 7 adult passengers on a regular basis, then the Sorento isn’t equipped to handle the task. It doesn’t score high on utility due to a third-row seating that is suitable for kids. The Sorento is a dedicated commuting vehicle and it doesn’t score high on driving dynamics. Sorento should be on top of your list if you are looking for a pleasant driving vehicle with high reliability and a relatively inexpensive price tag than the competition. To make things even better, the Sorento comes with a segment-leading powertrain warranty of 10 years/100,000 miles.

2020 Kia Sorento FAQs

What are the exterior shades offered with the 2020 Kia Sorento?

The 2020 Kia Sorento is offered in about 9 colors, namely Ebony Black, Dragon Brown, Passion Red, Sparkling Silver, Gravity Gray, Imperial Blue, Everlasting Silver, Sangria, Snow White Pearl.

How fast is the 2020 Kia Sorento from 0-60 MPH?

The 2020 Kia Sorento, with the 2.4L Inline-4 unit, is able to sprint from 0-60 MPH in just 9.1 seconds, whereas with the 3.3L V6 engine, the time goes down by 7.6 seconds.

Does the 2020 Kia Sorento get both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay?

Yes, the 2020 Kia Sorento, even in its base version, gets both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard, with the 7-inch touchscreen system.

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