The Kia Sorento - New Options, More Style
The Kia Sorento has always been considered a good value, much like the rest of the automaker's offerings. However, the 2015 Kia Sorento has seen some rather significant changes that move it from "a good buy" to "wow!".
The Sorento debuted in 2002 and has remained a popular option from the automaker since that time. The vehicle has seen significant updates over the years. While it received a fresh exterior redesign for the 2011 model year, the Sorento hasn't changed much on the outside for the new year. But it's what's inside that counts.
What's New with the Sorento
Perhaps the most significant change for the Sorento is the addition of a new engine option. This is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder "GDI" or direct injection engine. Interestingly, this engine offers both more power (vs. the previous 4-cylinder engine) and better fuel economy. Of course, the 3.5-liter V6 engine is still available for those who need a bit more oomph on the road.
Other changes for the 2015 Kia Sorento can be found in the interior. This crossover SUV picked up a new driver's seat design, featuring ample ventilation for better airflow while driving. It also gained new stain-resistant upholstery. The Kia engineers also introduced an upgraded voice-activated control system, called "Uvo", which is based on Ford's SYNC system.
You'll find the 2015 Kia Sorento available in the standard range of models, including the base, LX, EX and SX. The base model is only available with a 4-cylinder engine and a manual transmission. To take advantage of the V6 engine and an automatic 6-speed transmission, you'll need to upgrade to at least the LX trim level. The EX and SX trim levels bring additional luxury options, such as an optional navigation system and a firmer sport-tuned suspension.
All trim levels on the 2015 Kia Sorento feature quality interior components. While the dash does feature hard plastics, they are higher quality than you might think. Cargo space is ample and roughly equivalent with other competitors, like the Honda CR-V.
Final Thoughts on the Sorento
The bottom line is that the 2015 Kia Sorento offers plenty of options, whether you want a barebones around-town vehicle or something with a bit more luxury, ideal for long family trips. The Sorento has power and performance to spare, and the revamped body style that debuted in 2011 remains eye-catching.