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My wife and I are shopping for a new midsize crossover SUV, and we can’t come to agreement on what to buy. I want the efficient and sensible Subaru Outback. She wants the roomy and luxurious Acura MDX. Both meet our criteria in terms of a safe family vehicle, but one costs far more than the other. I figured that the 2017 Kia Sorento would be an excellent compromise, one giving her the upscale styling and interior amenities she wants while keeping costs in check. Kias are terrific vehicles, stylishly rendered and made with quality and care. Wholly undeserving of whatever residual negativity might be associated with the Kia badge, they, and you, would be surprised by just how good modern Kias are.

Sized on the small side of the scale, the Sorento’s interior cannot match most competitors when it comes to passenger room and cargo volume. This, more than anything, is a good reason to skip this Kia in favor of a larger midsize crossover SUV. But choosing a Kia Sorento can help you to conserve money that will be better spent living your life instead of working as a slave to it. Read more on CarGurus:

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    • Kevin Harris Sr
      Kevin Harris Sr

      50 k for a kia. Aint happening.

      about 5 hours ago
    • Honda Davis
      Honda Davis

      Awesome 😀 😀 2017 Kia Sorento review .

      about 7 months ago
    • Ian Alexander
      Ian Alexander

      Looks good

      about 11 months ago
    • Abby Hunker
      Abby Hunker

      I have the 2017 kia sorento ex n I love it

      about 1 year ago
    • Abby Hunker
      Abby Hunker

      I just got the 2017 Kia Sorento ex turbo I really like it

      about 1 year ago
    • Jimmy Y
      Jimmy Y

      Arguable the the best looking SUV in the market.

      about 1 year ago
    • lorraine

      I love my KIA Serento! Its a ROCKET!!!it fly's, its goes where you command it to go and very easy to handle too. i didn't think that i would ever be interested in owning one but once i test drove it a few times and looked into the engineering specs plus looked at all the bells and whistles i that i can get for 1/2 the price of my Range!! I went for it,,,fully loaded, thats the only way to go for me and yes, with everything added, about $45,000 no kidding, but its worth it, in my opinion. i cant wait to get the 2020 model. GO KIA! PS> DON'T LET THE KIA EMBLEM MAKE YOU FEEL THAT ITS LESS OF A VALUE, BECAUSE ITS NOT!

      about 1 year ago
    • Jeff Fairchild
      Jeff Fairchild In reply to lorraine

      I can't wait to get the 2030 model

      about 1 year ago
    • Stephen Hendricks
      Stephen Hendricks

      Recently replaced a loaded 2012 Sorento with the 2018 SXL. Have to say that I tried to find an alternative to what was my first KIA but only the Ford Edge Sport came close. The turbo V6 in the Ford was tempting, especially for me, and we very seldom need a third row of seats. Nevertheless, on those rare occasions when more than five passengers is required that emergency third row is a blessing. And since my wife is the primary driver, her affection for the 2012 Sorento carried a lot of weight in the decision. And when her list of complaints about the 2012 model were literally all eliminated in the 2018 version, it was an easy choice.

      We also considered the Mazda CX9, having owned four Mazda's over the years. But from a utility standpoint the only clear advantage was the slightly better gas mileage of the Turbo4. The CX9 is much, much larger on the outside with virtually no greater interior space. Not an advantage from our point of view. Mazdas do handle well, but having a vehicle almost a foot longer than the Sorento with 250 lbs more weight and a less powerful engine just doesn't make sense, at least to me.

      The VW Atlas was another contender. (I drive a GTI.) But again, in addition to being larger than we need or want, the Atlas was at least $8,000 more than we paid for the Sorento and did not include navigation on any but the most expensive trim level. Adding insult to injury, that trim level was not available within 500 miles of our home. The new Tiguan might have been a contender but the only available engine is utterly gutless and in a 7 passenger version suitable only for Black Forest gnomes.

      So there it is. Taking into account the almost universal praise for the current generation of the Sorento and our own excellent experience over nearly 80K miles on our 2012 (virtually NO problems. Period), we went back to the KIA. And frankly, we love it.

      about 1 year ago
    • Ira Gershwin
      Ira Gershwin

      What are the height and width dimensions of the rear opening? Not the inside cubic cargo volume, but the length and width of the actual opening?

      about 1 year ago
    • Cameron Dont
      Cameron Dont

      What’s wrong it’s you people okay fine go get a luxury vehicle who cares. Just because it has the “Kia badge” it has to be cheap. Who came up with making us humans think kias have to be cheap I mean cmon,so I guess sense it’s a Kia I’d rather get a 50,000 dollar suv, that suv is a Kia. So you’d pay that much for a Mercedes Benz even though you want a Sorento the Sorento so much even though you get a car that’s way more then the Sorento what so ever.

      about 1 year ago
    • John -N-COLO
      John -N-COLO

      does anyone know if the sorento offers a tow pkg and if so, what comes with it. looking for a 2016 but don't know if i need it to find one with a factory pkg or if i can add one later. thanks

      about 1 year ago
    • ChrisM

      Pretty damn hard to beat Kia and Hyundai at this point across all segments. What you are getting for the money beats everything else.

      about 1 year ago
    • Jehovah Hitler
      Jehovah Hitler


      about 1 year ago
    • Simple Life
      Simple Life

      He lost me at 47k

      about 1 year ago
    • Bruno TaTa
      Bruno TaTa

      Sounds like your wife needs to learn about what's important in life.

      about 1 year ago
    • Ron Billing
      Ron Billing

      awful review have no idea what you reviewed no information here.

      about 1 year ago
    • Neil Stewart
      Neil Stewart

      Bought an SX with Advanced Technology package last Thursday. Got a superior deal plus almost retail for my trade. Already 200+ miles and just impressed as can be with this car.

      about 1 year ago
    • raul suazo
      raul suazo

      Nice vehicle but for 46,000? I rather buy a mazda cx9. Much better in every way and not a kia badge.

      about 2 years ago
    • jomcy jose
      jomcy jose

      If there was 360 degree camera and auto parking would better ....!!

      about 2 years ago
    • Quentin Scott
      Quentin Scott In reply to jomcy jose

      jomcy jose there is a 360 camera

      about 1 year ago
    • Bob Keilitz
      Bob Keilitz

      A neighbor just bought a new Sorento, and at first, I thought it was a new Pilot. My wife thought it was a new Highlander. In any case, it is a very nice looking vehicle. I have always liked the Sorento, and seeing this new one made me start to think about it seriously for my next vehicle. Like Chris' wife, mine has a hard time warming up to either Kia or Hyundai, but I really like them. I will be looking in the used car market for mine, but glad to see that Kia has done such a good job with this vehicle. Good review, Chris.

      about 2 years ago
    • Rath K
      Rath K

      why do car reviewers always use the fully loaded trims for their review. when people think Kia they are not spending $45k on it

      about 2 years ago
    • Whatever Reviews
      Whatever Reviews In reply to Rath K

      I somewhat agree with you however most of the time if you add up all the features they offer on those high trim level vehicles to a luxury brand name the price will be significantly higher. I agree with you, Kia's audience not familiar with that kind of luxury and thus pricing. Is this a good thing? I think it is as long as they keep offering lower trims.

      about 10 months ago
    • lorraine
      lorraine In reply to Rath K

      your so right i went on presidents Day and got the top of the line with incentives , all the bells and Whistles for $47.500, I mean, everything!!!i very,very happy that i did, because, who wants a SUV that Rolls with No Its Beautiful! and i'm still Rolling in lux and style.

      about 1 year ago
    • lorraine
      lorraine In reply to Rath K

      i think your properly right, at some point, KIA was just a car, nothing special...some ppl just want a chassis, motor ,wheels, just the basic stuff.get in, start it up and extras..that has changed greatly! .but I love my KIA Serento! It BEAUTIFUL!Its a ROCKET!!!it fly's, its goes where you command it to go and very easy to handle too. i didn't think that i would ever be interested in owning one but once i test drove it a few times and looked into the engineering specs plus looked at all the bells and whistles i that i can get for 1/2 the price of my Range!! I went for it,,,fully loaded, thats the only way to go for me and yes, with everything added, about $45,000 it could go as high as 50,000 no kidding, but its worth it, in my opinion. i cant wait to get the 2020 model. GO KIA! PS> DON'T LET THE KIA EMBLEM MAKE YOU FEEL THAT ITS LESS OF A VALUE, BECAUSE ITS NOT!

      about 1 year ago
    • Cameron Dont
      Cameron Dont In reply to Rath K

      Rath K I’m spending as much money as I want on my suv honey boo boo child

      about 1 year ago
    • - JPL -
      - JPL - In reply to Rath K

      Kia sells tons of these in SX and SX-L trim. And Kia's get much more expensive than $45K.

      about 1 year ago
    • harryt622

      I bought a 2017 Sorento EX AWD V6. and the engine died in less than a month and only 485 miles. Kia replaced it with a 2016 re-manufactured engine. Now I am the proud owner of $35,000 SUV that is worth next to nothing after one month.

      about 2 years ago
    • Jimmy Y
      Jimmy Y In reply to harryt622

      I don't know about others. But I do not think engine replacement is a bad thing for used car shoppers. I wouldn't talk the price down for that for sure.

      about 1 year ago
    • harryt622
      harryt622 In reply to harryt622

      @tom jones...That was my first question, why a reman? They said according to the warranty they do not have to give me a "new" engine. They said the reman will carry the same warranty. I don't care what they say because the carfax will show that the engine was replaced so I've lost a great deal of value.

      about 2 years ago
    • Min
      Min In reply to harryt622

      Nobody believes you troll...

      about 2 years ago
    • tom jones
      tom jones In reply to harryt622

      Why didnt Kia replace it with a new engine.

      about 2 years ago
    • swizzler68

      I bought a used 2.2 diesel version of the sorento - 2011 model here in the UK. The car as standard is 194 bhp, I have had it remapped up to 215 bhp in turn raising the torque to - 342 lb/ft. This helps with overtaking and the fuel economy ( a little) seems to be averaging 30 mpg, this goes up ever so slightly in the warmer months. I disagree with the comments about the 3rd row seating, we hav had 6 adults and 1 child in our car with 2 adults in the 3rd row. Although its not huge there is room on shorter journeys. Overall, great family car and once you are moving has quite a lot of pulling power.

      about 2 years ago
    • LooxGood

      My father just bought SX. We didn't expect much but it really was nice surprise to see the quality and drivability. Also, in my father's opinion, it was far better choice than Acura RDX or Lexus NX or Toyota Highlander.

      about 2 years ago
    • dsblack6

      Does the Kia Sorento come with only 5 passenger seating? I do not want a 7 passenger.

      about 2 years ago
    • CarGurus
      CarGurus In reply to dsblack6

      @dsblack6 Yes - the EX, EX AWD, and L trims only seat 5 passengers.

      about 2 years ago
    • Richard Morse
      Richard Morse

      As usual another very informative car review. I liked the size of the 2015 version, this one is 6 inches longer. What do you think of residual value after 5 years versus the Highlander? That's always in the back of my mind. Thank You!

      about 2 years ago
    • Jim Jernigan
      Jim Jernigan In reply to Richard Morse

      Residual value, Highlander by a mile

      about 1 year ago
    • Danny Nguyen
      Danny Nguyen

      I have a Kia Sorento 2012 and it is the best car to date. I have owned many cars.

      about 2 years ago
    • cypher dious
      cypher dious

      I am still waiting to pick up my Sorento. I went with the Diesel 2.2 Turbo. Good low end torgue and it pulls really well.

      about 2 years ago
    • Brian Leupold
      Brian Leupold

      awresome review...this guy knows his cars

      about 2 years ago
    • Troy Klassen
      Troy Klassen

      I took your recommendation and test drove one and was blown away at what a excellent vehicle it is . I picked up a SXL with white leather and graphite exterior coloring. The wife is hard to please and she even loves it so a win win for sure. Thanks a lot for your concise reviews keep it up. We got rid of a 08 MB GL that she did not want to part with which tells you how great the Kia is.

      about 2 years ago