The Kia Sorento is upgraded for 2019 with slightly revised styling and a new 8-speed transmission for V6-powered trims. The 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder has been discontinued.
The 2019 Kia Sorento offers two powerplants--a 2.4L 4-cylinder that makes 185 horsepower and a 3.3L V6 that makes a full 290 horsepower. The four is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, and the V6 is paired with an 8-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is an option across the entire lineup, save base L models. Kia says the Sorento V6 with all-wheel-drive returns 18 mpg in the city, while the 4-cylinder without all-wheel drive can achieve up to 29 mpg on the highway.
The Sorento comes in five trim levels: L, LX, EX, SX and SX Limited. All but the L model are available with the V6.
The L may be the lowest trim level for the Sorento, but it's far from just a basic people mover. The L still comes with plenty of features to please those who maybe don't want to splurge too much on their new car purchase. Standard equipment on the L includes 17-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, SiriusXM satellite radio, steering wheel mounted audio and cruise controls, a USB input jack, power windows and door locks, heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signals and keyless-remote entry.
LX models feature a UVO eServices infotainment system, a rear-mounted camera, additional USB charging ports, the option of adding third row seating, automatic headlights and a set of roof rails. Optional equipment for the LX includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, parking sensors, a powered driver's seat, leather steering wheel and dual-zone climate control.
Buyers opting for the EX get dual-zone climate control, heated, eight-way power adjustable front seats, a backup warning system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather seating trim, a gloss black grill, fog lamps, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The sporty SX trim rides on 19-inch wheels and several body-colored exterior additions give the SUV a more cohesive look. The SX trim also includes a panoramic sunroof, a power rear liftgate, an Infinity sound system, voice recognition, a blind-spot detection system with rear cross-traffic alert, a ThinFilm Technology (TFT) instrument cluster and rear seat sunshades.
The top-of-the-line SX Limited trim includes just about everything. Unique items include premium Napa leather seating surfaces, ventilated front seats, heated second row seats, a driver's seat memory system, a heated steering wheel, alloy pedals and LED fog lamps. It also includes all the equipment from the Advanced Technology Package, including forward collision mitigation, emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and adaptive headlights.