2015 Kia Sorento

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2015 Kia Sorento
2015 Kia Sorento

New for 2015

After significant revisions for the 2014 model year, the Sorento remains largely unchanged for 2015. The crossover gets redesigned for the 2016 model year.

Vehicle Overview

The Kia Sorento is a three-row crossover that fits above the Sportage and below the Sedona in the automaker’s lineup.


The 2015 Kia Sorento is a front- or all-wheel-drive three-row crossover that pairs a six-speed automatic with either of two available engines. The base engine is a 2.4-liter I-4 that sports direct injection, makes 191 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque, and is good for an EPA-estimated 20/27 mpg city/highway in FWD trim, or 19/25 mpg in AWD. We called it barely sufficient for the heavy crossover. Stepping up to the more capable 3.3-liter V-6, which makes 290 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque, nets an EPA-estimated 18/25 mpg FWD, or just 18/24 mpg in AWD trim. With the minimal penalty for AWD on V-6 equipped models, get it if you might use it.
Some of the most notable available features include an available 7-inch TFT LCD instrument panel, an 8-inch infotainment screen, a power rear liftgate, heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row seats, and the latest UVO system.
The 2015 Kia Sorento received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and in IIHS testing was considered a Top Safety Pick for 2013, but because of a rating of poor in the new – more difficult – small front overlap test did not meet the tougher criteria for 2014.

What We Think

The 2015 Kia Sorento is in between the new and the old: while revised heavily in 2014 (the model was given a new platform and revised exterior styling) an all-new model has already been announced for 2016.
The 2014/2015 Sorento continues by making an already popular crossover (Kia’s #2 seller) and making it better, but only in an evolutionary way, nothing revolutionary despite the heavy changes. The third row is still short-trip/kid-only but folds flat easily and provides 36.9 cubic feet of storage space. The steering is par for the course with the crossover competition, but its electric nature makes it feel artificial and doesn’t communicate what the front tires are actually doing.
The Sorento both looks and drives a bit better and has a few more features on the options list. We'll have to wait a few more years for the full redesign, when we hope to see a more significantly improved interior and -- we can dream -- more engaging steering and handling. In the meantime, the Sorento should continue to stand out in its segment for its above-average style and value.
You’ll Like
  • Seating for up-to seven
  • SXL features Nappa leather
  • Bold styling
You Won’t Like
  • Uncommunicative steering
  • Fuel economy isn’t class leading
  • Cheap interior materials
Key Competitors
  • Honda Pilot
  • Toyota Highlander
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Chevrolet Traverse


2016 Kia Sorento European Spec Front Three Quarter
Kia has rapidly introduced quality and modern style into its lineup over the last few years, and those efforts will soon bleed over into the popular Sorento crossover. The 2016 Kia Sorento increases in size and aims to grow its premium appeal in its latest iteration, positioning itself as a viable competitor to other three-row crossovers like the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, and Chevrolet Traverse.
2016 Kia Sorento Interior Teaser Sketch
Following a previous teaser of the resigned 2016 Kia Sorento exterior, the Korean automaker released a teaser sketch of the interior ahead of the car’s debut late this month. As we saw with the thoroughly updated outer design, the 2016 Kia Sorento will get an overhauled and modernized interior design that will bring it closer in line with Kia’s higher-quality direction.

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2015 Kia Sorento Specifications

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2.4L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
20 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
27 MPG
191 hp @ 6300rpm
181 ft lb of torque @ 4250rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
60,000 miles / 60 months
100,000 miles / 120 months
100,000 miles / 60 months
60,000 miles / 60 months
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IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash
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IIHS Roof Strength
IIHS Front Small Overlap

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