With its sophisticated ride and classy, spacious cabin, the used Kia Sorento seems pricier than it actually is.
Third Generation: 2016-Current
Why buy the third-generation used Kia Sorento?
Depending on whether your used model has the optional third-row seat, these mid-size crossover SUVs can haul up to five or seven passengers. This modern generation is especially notable for a refined take on family hauling, including a stylish cabin and smooth, sophisticated ride.
Inside, instead of hard plastics, you'll find soft-touch surfaces that give the cabin an air of exclusivity. Some used Sorentos even feature an attractive two-tone color scheme for extra on-road style. Upper trims give you all-out luxury, with heated front seats and leather upholstery. Their rear-seat air conditioning vents ensure extra comfort on family road trips.
In action, the used Kia Sorento supplies ample power for a swift liftoff. Both the base four-cylinder and optional V6 give you plenty of oomph for merging and passing action. To tow the family boat, look for a Sorento with the V6 engine. Properly equipped, these crossovers can tow up to 5,000 pounds. No matter which powertrain you prefer, however, the Sorento's capable handling will get you in and out of a tight spot, no problem.
How have these models changed from model year to model year?
Thus far, there haven't been any major changes to these Sorentos.
Second Generation: 2011-2015
Why buy the second-generation used Kia Sorento?
These models get two thumbs up for their roomy cabins and comfortable seating. Some used models will feature the Sorento's optional third-row bench seat, giving big families an affordable way to travel in style. You can also count on the second-generation Sorento to deliver secure handling, inspiring confidence in tight corners and twisty roads. These mid-size SUVs are also strong in the road-trip department, giving you a smooth, quiet ride to go along with that spacious cabin.
How have these models changed over the years?
Different model years offer different powertrain options. Before 2014, the Sorento came standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine rated for 175 horsepower and 169 pound-feet of torque. This powertrain was dropped for 2014. The new base engine - a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with direct injection - increases speed and responsiveness with 185 horses and 178 pound-feet of torque.
If you prefer V6 power, skip the used Kia Sorento from 2011. The 3.5-liter V6 debuted for 2012, bringing drivers up to speed with 191 horses and 181 pound-feet of torque. The 2014 Sorento replaced this optional V6 with an even sportier 3.3-liter V6 rated for 290 horses and 252 pound-feet of torque.