Sorentos are available with either five- or seven-passenger seating. In seven-passenger models, the second row slides and reclines to provide the best balance of passenger and cargo room. Third-row seating is standard with the V6, but unavailable on four-cylinder models. With all rows folded, the Sorento can handle up to 74 cubic feet of cargo.
Three engines are available under Sorento hoods. The roster starts with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 185 horsepower, standard in L and LX models. Standard in the EX edition is a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder that produces 240 horsepower. Top choice is a 3.3-liter V6 that achieves 290 horsepower. Standard in SX and SX Limited trim levels, the V6 is also optional for LX and EX Sorentos.
Each engine mates with a six-speed automatic transmission. All except the L model are available with all-wheel drive as an alternative to standard front-drive. Selectable driving modes (Sport, Normal, Eco) allow the driver to tweak transmission performance and steering effort. A properly-equipped V6 Sorento with all-wheel drive can tow up to 5,000 pounds.
Powered by the 2.4-liter engine, with five-passenger seating, the “entry-level” Sorento comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, remote keyless entry, Bluetooth wireless phone and audio, a rear spoiler, and satellite radio. Seats are upholstered in YES Essentials fabric.
The LX builds on the L, adding roof rails, an acoustic windshield, and a rearview camera. The optional Convenience package adds heated front seats with 10-way power for the driver, rear parking sensors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, Kia’s UVO telematics, and an auto-dimming mirror. Models so equipped are eligible for a third row. The LX V6 adds the V6 engine and third-row seating, along with automatic headlights.