In 2014, Kia introduced a Sorento that was “80 percent new.” It boasted a new chassis, a more explosive V-6 engine, updated interior features and materials, and new infotainment options. While it wasn’t an “overhaul,” the updated Sorento boasted bold changes that made it one of the top-selling SUVs in the country.
It came standard with powerful acceleration, a six-speed automatic transmission and 20 miles per gallon in the city, 26 on the highway. The 2014 Sorento had a comfortable interior with plenty of room for cargo. Its straightforward audio and climate controls were intuitive and simple to use. And it was available with all the creature comforts drivers have come to expect – heated second-row seats, a panoramic sunroof, on-board navigation, a blind spot warning system, key-less entry and a push-button start.
Yes, it’s easy to see why the 2014 Kia Sorento is hailed as an amazingly good value. It’s also easy to see why Kia decided to limit the number of changes it made to the top-selling SUV for the 2015 model – when an SUV gets it right, and drivers and reviews shower it with Kudos, there’s really no need to make dramatic changes.
But that doesn’t mean an SUV – even one with the long list of accolades like the Kia Sorento – can’t be honed and refined.
The 2015 Kia Sorento maintains the momentum built by its previous-year predecessor. The wheelbase remains the same. It boasts the same four and six-cylinder engine, a comfortable interior from the two front seats to the second row to the fold-down third row, and the full array of safety features – a plethora of airbags, a blind spot warning system precision handling.
No, Kia knew it didn’t have to reinvent the wheel when it came to the Sorento, so the company decided instead to make a few subtle but effective changes to enhance the SUV’s look and the driving experience.
First, Kia reconfigured and mildly revised the front and rear fascias, modestly changing the SUV’s look. In addition, the track has been widened a little, giving the Sorento a more “action-ready,” masculine look. Second, Kia popped open the hood and gave the Sorento a little more pop and power. The 175-horsepower, 2.4-liter engine in the 2014 model has been replaced by a 191-horsepower, 2.4-liter engine. Once again, the Sorento is available in both the V4 and V6, with both delivering highly competitive gas mileage in the city as well as on the highway. Finally, the Sorento’s infotainment and audio systems have been upgraded, delivering booming sound, better navigation and best-in-class connectivity.
What’s different about the 2015 Kia Sorento? Not a lot – and in the case of this superior SUV, that’s a very good thing for drivers. New or used, the Kia delivers an exceptional SUV in the Sorento.