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in Affordable Midsize SUVs

MSRP: $24,300 - $41,700
Invoice: $23,474 - $39,233
MPG: 20 City / 27 Hwy
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Kia Sorento Interior

The 2015 Kia Sorento draws mixed reviews for its cabin quality. Some critics are pleased with the look and feel of the dashboard, but others comment that materials are a bit hard and that the available leather upholstery has a low-rent feel. Although its cargo space falls short of most three-row rivals’, some reviewers still find the overall space useful. Most agree that the Sorento’s third row is better suited for extra seating in a pinch rather than regular use, as it isn’t especially spacious.

  • "Interior highlights from the well-equipped 2015 Kia Sorento models we've driven include small touches, such as a leather transmission selector boot, and unexpected features, including an LCD speedometer, retractable 2nd-row window shades and a huge panoramic sunroof. Combined with a next-gen level of refinement for Kia, you'll have a hard time finding a nicer interior for the money." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Even though Kia has been continually improving the Sorento, it still isn't as refined as rivals like the Honda CR-V in terms of ride quality or interior materials." -- Edmunds
  • "Some of the trim pieces didn't line up, and the leather felt rough across the seats." -- AutoWeek (2014)
  • "We found a nicely textured covering over a hard dashboard area, but were disappointed by a lack of soft-touch materials." -- Left Lane News (2014)
  • "The plastics still look and feel cheap for a vehicle that in most trims costs more than $30,000, and the standard leather still feels more like vinyl (the top-of-the-line SX-L features higher-grade Nappa leather)." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)

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Seating

The base Sorento LX seats five, while all other trims come with a third row of seats that boosts seating capacity to seven. Leather seats, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats and heated second-row seats are available. Auto journalists report that the front seats offer ample comfort and support. Some note that the second row may be cramped for taller passengers, and most agree that the third row is not particularly spacious. They say it's fine to be used in a pinch, but recommend that SUV shoppers who plan to use the third row on a regular basis consider a larger vehicle.

  • "On our long-term test drive, we found the Sorento's seats to be comfortable and supportive and the driving experience very relaxing, with none of the fatigue that is sometimes a trait of larger, truck-like SUVs." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "As in most vehicles its size, the third row is pretty cramped. With the seat positioned directly on the floor, your knees will feel like they're right up into your chest. If you plan on carting adults around back there on any kind of a regular basis, you're going to need a bigger SUV." -- Edmunds
  • "The Sorento wisely still offers an optional third row, a rarity among mid-size crossovers. The new platform yields slightly more room back there, but we still consider the third row just-in-case or just-for-kids seating, especially since it takes up most of the cargo bay." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)
  • "The 2014 Sorento's specifications seem great on paper, with increases in second-row legroom and third-row headroom. The results aren't evident when sitting in the second row, however. The second row now slides, reclines and folds in a 40/20/40 configuration, but at 6 feet tall and slender, I found the space tight even with the seat positioned fully rearward." -- Cars.com (2014)

Interior Features

Standard features on the 2015 Sorento include Bluetooth, satellite radio and a USB port. A rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, Kia’s UVO infotainment system, navigation, blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, a panoramic sunroof and a 10-speaker Infinity audio system are optional.

According to reviewers, the Sorento’s climate and audio controls are intuitive, and most agree that the infotainment system responds quickly and features a menu structure that is easy to sift through.

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  • "All 2015 Sorentos come with an 8-inch touchscreen with large buttons and a sensible menu structure. The dual-zone climate control in the SX model has simple-to-use controls, and there are vents for both the second and third rows." -- Edmunds
  • "The dash's standard-issue 8-inch LCD centerpiece commands Kia's latest Google-powered UVO infotainment and telemetrics system which is highly useful, responsive, and a breeze to navigate." -- Motor Trend (2014)
  • "Two easy-to-use dials control the audio system and two more are there to adjust the climate control. Perhaps we're Luddites, but sometimes simplicity is best." -- Popular Mechanics (2014)
  • "Inside, there's a new center control panel design and available 7-inch LCD gauge cluster with a smoothly operating digital speedometer with an analog appearance that's not jerky like some digital readouts. It's not a flawless execution, though, because the speedometer appeared dull even at its brightest setting." -- Cars.com (2014)

Cargo

The 2015 Sorento has 36.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, which expands to 72.5 cubic feet when the back seats are folded. There is 9.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, which is standard on all but the base trim. The Sorento has comparable cargo space with many two-row midsize SUVs but less overall cargo space than many three-row competitors in the class. Some critics note that the space behind the third row isn’t large enough to be particularly useful, but others are pleased with the space. Test drivers praise the usefulness of the power liftgate and like its programmable opening height, which can help shorter people reach the button that closes the liftgate.

  • "The unchanged and scant 9.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the optional third row provides little room for groceries, or much of anything." -- Cars.com (2014)
  • "Kia's first-ever power liftgate made grocery runs, road trips, and daily cargo hauls easier during our two-week loan. Its opening height can be programed to accommodate for vertically challenged users." -- Motor Trend (2014)
  • "Fold the seats flat with the pull of a cord, and the Sorento's rear hold opens up to an impressive 36.9 cubic feet of cargo volume (it increases to 72.5 with the second row folded)." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)
  • "Cargo space is on the generous side, with 36.9 cubic feet available behind the middle row of seats. Folding those away expands that space to 72.5 cubes." -- Edmunds (2014)
Review Last Updated: 8/8/14

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