2019 Kia Sorento Introduction

The Kia Sorento three-row crossover gets significant changes for 2019. Its optional turbo-4 engine has been discontinued, while a new 8-speed automatic now comes with the V-6. Kia has made changes in the steering and suspension that sharpen the handling and firm up the ride. New bumpers put the final touches on the exterior tweaks, while two models get optional earth-tone interiors.

The two engines are night and day: a base 4-cylinder or a lively V-6. The base 2.4-liter makes a modest 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque, on the L and LX models with a 6-speed automatic. The 3.3-liter V-6 making 290 hp and 252 lb-ft is a more appropriate engine for this family crossover, especially since it comes with the new 8-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional.

With all-wheel drive and the V-6, the Sorento can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

At 189 inches in overall length, the Sorento is smaller than some vehicles with three rows of seats, but larger than many two-row crossovers.

The base engine with front-wheel drive is EPA-rated at 22/29/25 mpg, while all-wheel drive brings 21/26/23 mpg. The V-6 gets 19/26/22 mpg with FWD and 19/24/21 with AWD.

The NHTSA gives the Sorento five stars overall for crash safety, and the IIHS gives it its highest ranking, Top Safety Pick+, in EX and higher models, which have standard automatic emergency braking.

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