2019 Kia Sorento SX Limited Review: Midsize Surprise

Verdict 6.3 / 10

As its best-selling model in 2018, the Kia Sorento is arguably the most important vehicle the Korean brand sells in the United States. No surprise, then, that Kia blesses the Sorento with a thorough refresh for the 2019 model year.

With revised headlights and taillights, improved front and rear fascias, and interior upgrades such as a new steering wheel, standard third-row seating, and a touchscreen infotainment system that’s compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on all models, the 2019 Kia Sorento smoothes out the sharper edges of last year’s model without abandoning the midsize crossover’s best qualities.

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Pricing 5/10

Although the entry-level Sorento L starts at a reasonable $26,290, the SX Limited trim wears a base price of $46,490. Our tester sports an as-tested price of $48,820. That figure includes $1,045 in destination charges, as well as a $1,800 all-wheel-drive system, $450 in red-colored interior accent lighting, a $395 coat of Snow White Pearl paint, $240 for puddle lights, a $150 cargo cover, and a $50 cargo net.

Save for the all-wheel-drive and cargo cover, we see no reason to check the boxes for this test vehicle's other options. That’s because the top-of-the-line Sorento SX Limited comes equipped with just a...