The 2019 Kia Sorento Is a Competent and Upscale Crossover

Kia’s three-row SUV gets some subtle but welcome upgrades.

While you weren’t looking, Kia quietly has become a mass-market brand with decidedly premium aspirations. It now sells a whole range of vehicles that can cost more than $40,000, including the sporty Stinger, a BMW 3-series competitor; the cushy Cadenza, a bona fide rival to the Lexus ES; the indulgent K900, a rear-wheel-drive luxury barge; and the subject of this review, the Sorento, a mid-size SUV that can be optioned to near-luxury-spec levels.

Introduced for 2016, the third-generation Sorento benefits from a freshening for the 2019 model year. There are numerous surface-level updates such as revised styling at the front and rear and some interior appearance tweaks, and the powertrain lineup has changed a bit as well.

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