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2015 Kia Sorento

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/24/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Kia Sorento adds the ability to decouple the UVO system from the navigation unit.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Kia Sorento is a crossover with seating for up to seven passengers and sold in four grades. Front- or all-wheel-drive are available in all grades. A redesigned model will go on sale for the 2016 model year.


Two engines are available in the 2015 Sorento: a 2.4-liter I-4 with 191 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque and a 3.3-liter V-6 with 290 hp and 252 lb-ft. Both are paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The four-cylinder is only available in the LX trim while the V-6 is offered on all grades. Fuel economy is on par with the competition at 18/25 mpg city/highway for front-drive V-6 variants and 18/24 mpg with all-wheel drive. Opting for the I-4 doesn't bring much benefit with front-drive models rated at 20/27 mpg and 19/25 mpg all-wheel drive.

Extensive revisions made to the crossover for its 2014 model year refresh has improved the 2015 Sorento's ride, and driving dynamics, making it more pleasant to drive. Acceleration is good with "ample power throughout the V-6's entire rev range." Handling is better than the pre-refresh model, with better cornering due to the more rigid suspension.

Cabin refinement is also another strong point since "exterior noise barely penetrates the passenger space" while the suspension does a good job at keeping road imperfections out of the interior. Build quality is also excellent on the higher trims with high-grade plastics and soft leather. The UVO infotainment system, which is powered by Google, is also superb with user-friendly controls that are responsive and "a breeze to navigate."

The 2015 Kia Sorento has a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars).

What We Think

A great all-around vehicle, the 2015 Kia Sorento offers good performance, a well-built cabin with user-friendly controls and a comfortable ride. In a 2014 First Test, we said that the improvements made to the chassis made it better to drive with its improved handling and powerful V-6 engine. Steering feel, however, remains lacking even with the FlexSteer system in sport mode. Additionally, it is also more refined than before with a quiet cabin made of high-quality materials complemented by an easy-to-use infotainment system. New features such as a power liftgate with height adjustment make it more flexible and convenient for hauling cargo and doing grocery runs.

You'll Like

  • Available V-6 engine
  • Well-built cabin with an upscale feel
  • User-friendly infotainment system

You Won't Like

  • Numb steering feel even with FlexSteer in sport mode
  • I-4 engine fuel economy isn't much better than the V-6

Key Competitors

  • Toyota Highlander
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Ford Explorer
  • Chevrolet Traverse
  • Dodge Journey


4 star


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