2020 Kia Sorento

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2020 MODEL
$26,990 - $41,890
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2020 Kia Sorento Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 15, 2020
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Krishna Choubey

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Favorite of the masses, the Kia Sorento has an identity of its own in the crowded SUV market. It's trying to be SUV royalty, and thus because of that very reason, it does have a price-tag to match its royalty. Its comfortable ride, premium interiors, and utilitarian character have enticed buyers right from its launch. Sadly though, it's been more than five years now since the Sorento received a major overhaul. Although the newer generation has a more muscular exterior silhouette than the one it replaced. Now with this 2020 Kia Sorento, what remains to be seen is that if it further boosts an already impressive portfolio of Kia SUVs.

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The widely anticipated 2020 Kia Sorento

The 2020 Kia Sorento is based on its third generation, unveiled in 2015. However, this family-friendly crossover has undergone some minor tweaks over the past few years. It's nothing ground-breaking, although it couples serious performance figures with great sumptuous interiors. With a starting price-tag of $26,990, it remains the most powerful iteration of the Sorento to date.

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Pros

Modern and silent interior

Extensive warranty

Aptly loaded with tech and safety features

Brilliant ride quality

Cons

Low sitting second bench

Mediocre acceleration

Compromised cargo space

Unresponsive steering

What's New?

Mildly updated exterior lighting and bumpers

SX trim discontinued

S trim added


2020 Kia Sorento Latest Update

Features

vehicle bio

base price

$26990

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

123 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

144 cu.in.

horsepower

185 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

178 lbs.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6/12.6

dimensions

wheelbase

109.4 in.

length

189 in.

width

74.4 in.

height

66.3 in.

curb weight

3810 lbs.

ground clearance

7.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

154.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

73 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

1525 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.9 sec.

zero to 100 mph

10.5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

17.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/29/25 mpg

highway range

545.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. /100000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.


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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

7.5

Fuel Economy

8.5

Interior

9.0

Exterior

7.5

Safety

9.9

Competition

7.0

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Kia Sorento L

L

power
185 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$26,990


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
L 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $26,990 MSRP (22/25/29) 185 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 7

2020 Kia Sorento LX

LX

power
185 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$28,090 - $29,890


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $28,090 MSRP (22/25/29) 185 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 7
LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $29,890 MSRP (22/25/29) 185 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7

2020 Kia Sorento S

S

power
290 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$33,190 - $34,990


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $33,190 MSRP (22/25/29) 290 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.3 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 7
S 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $34,990 MSRP (22/25/29) 290 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.3 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7

2020 Kia Sorento EX

EX

power
290 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$35,490 - $37,290


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $35,490 MSRP (22/25/29) 290 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.3 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 7
EX 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $37,290 MSRP (22/25/29) 290 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.3 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7

2020 Kia Sorento SX

SX

power
290 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$40,090 - $41,890


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SX 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $40,090 MSRP (22/25/29) 290 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.3 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 7
SX 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $41,890 MSRP (22/25/29) 290 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.3 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7

Expert Review

8.1

Overall Rating


Among its several other highlights, the Sorento strikes the chord best with its roomy cabin that has three-row of seats despite having a 2-row compact crossover like body. Despite a larger footprint, the Sorento doesn't seem to be compromising on any front. Its powertrain feels punchy enough, handles decently, and has a good fuel economy as well.

The Sorento further polished its state of equilibrium with its third generation line-up that added a bunch of extra tech and safety goodies to its already delightful presentation. However, survival in this ever-growing crossover segment is not an easy task. The Sorento too faces some stiff competition in its segment from the likes of Hyundai Santa Fe, Chevrolet Blazer, and the Japanese brute- Nissan Rogue.

2020 Kia Sorento SUV Front View
2020 Kia Sorento SUV Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 

7.5/10
Engine and Performance

 

8.5/10
Fuel Economy

 

9.0/10
Interior

 

7.5/10
Exterior

 

9.9/10
Safety

 

7.0/10
Competition

 
 

2020 Kia Sorento Features

8.0/10

With the addition of the S trim, the 2020 Kia Sorento can be had in five trim levels. Kia Sorento's price for the year 2020 starts at $26,690 for the base ‘L’ and goes all the way up to $40,090 for the top-spec ‘SX’. The base variant is available as a front-wheel-drive only model, while the other trims can be had with an all-wheel-drive system for an extra $1800. 2020 Kia Sorento's configurations and features are as follows-

Trims

L

LX

S

EX Sport

SX

MSRP (FWD)

$26,990

$28,090

$33,190

$35,490

$40,090

MSRP (AWD) - $29,890 $34,990 $37,290 $41,890
Engine  2.4 L  Inline-4 2.4 L  Inline-4 3.3 L  V6 3.3 L V6 3.3 L V6

Key Features

Stability control

Adds/Upgrades to L trim -

Adds/Upgrades to LX trim -

Adds/Upgrades to S trim -

Adds/Upgrades to EX trim -

 

Post-collision safety system

Blindspot warning accident avoidance system

Pre-collision safety system

Lane departure warning

Reverse tilt dual mirrors

 

Front, rear and 3rd-row cupholders

Heated front seats with front seatback storage

8-way power-adjustable driver seat with power-adjustable lumbar support

Adaptive cruise control

Universal remote transmitter

 

Multifunction steering wheel

4 one-touch power windows

Keyless ignition and Hands-free entry

Front fog/driving lights

Front, side, and rearview camera

 

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control

Leather steering wheel

Leather upholstery

Mahogany leather upholstery

 

Cruise control

 

Rear parking sensors

Gloss Black Front Grille

Front and rear parking sensors

 

Heated mirrors with Turn signals

 

19-inch alloys

Panoramic Sunroof w/ Power Sunshade

10-speaker Harman/Kardon Premium Audio System with Satellite radio

 

Rearview camera

 

Interior air filtration and Rear ventilation ducts with fan control

 

10-way power driver seat and 8-way power passengers seat

 

Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers

 

 

 

Passenger seat with power adjustable lumbar support

 

4-way adjustable manual front seats

 

 

 

 

 

Reclining rear seats

 

 

 

 

What would we recommend?

We suggest picking up the mid-range ‘S’ trim. It comes with a much bigger powerhouse and since the Sorento scales the boundaries of opulence, the ‘S’ trim packs in the majority of the things that you would need from your modest family daily driver, especially at the price point it is offered at.

2020 Kia Sorento Engine and Performance

7.5/10

Like its outgoing model, the 2020 Kia Sorento still retains its twin-powerplants hooked with different trim levels. The lower two trims get the average 2.4 liter inline-4 that pumps up 185 horses and is hooked up to a 6-speed automatic transmission which transfers power to the front wheels. But if you are one of those performance hungry purist in the body of a family man, we'd recommend you to skip the L and the LX trim and go directly for the 3.3-liter V6 engine found in the S trim and above that makes 290hp and 255 lb-ft of torque with the AWD setup.

Models

Kia Sorento L

Hyundai Santa Fe SE

Chevrolet Blazer L

Nissan Rogue S

MSRP

$26,990

$25,900

$28,800

$25,300

Engine

2.4L  Inline-4

2.4L Turbo Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

2.5L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

Drivetrain FWD FWD FWD FWD

Transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic with SHIFTRONIC

9-speed shiftable automatic

CVT

Power (hp @ rpm)

185@6,000

185@6,000

193@6,300

170@6,000

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

178@4,000

178@4,000

188@4,400

175@4,400

The smaller inline-4 unit has ample pulling power to move the Sorento comfortably around town, but the V6 adds some vigorous drama to the party. The V6 engine feels very strong with an amazing burst of power and all of this power is handled very smoothly and beautifully by the 8-speed automatic transmission and puts it on the wheels in an equally charismatic way. Power lag is a thing of the past as you always have ample power available on the tap of your foot whenever you want it.

2020 Kia Sorento's comes with an option of 2 powertrains- 2.4L I-4 and 3.3L V6

Thanks to the Blazer’s compact proportions and enhanced aerodynamics backed by ample power from a rather small engine, the Blazer offers a comparatively better driving thrust when floored harder.

How fast is the Kia Sorento?

Trying some rapid sprints with the inline-4 powered Sorento is not a very noble idea, however, the V6 model does promise stronger propelling power. With the 2.4L I-4, the Sorento takes 9.6 seconds to complete the 0-60 run which is not surprising considering that the power-to-weight ratio is pretty low. However, retrofit the ride with the 3.3L V6, and it accomplishes the same task in just 7.6 seconds despite the addition of the weight of the AWD system.

The Kia Sorento takes 9.6 seconds to go from 0-60 MPH with the 2.4L engine.

Let loose the higher V6 engine, (since the other competitors also come with bigger engine options) and the numbers speak for themselves. The heavyweight Kia Sorento makes full use of that power and torque initially, but by the time you reach the 3-digit higher speeds, the engine feels saturated. As a result, the Sorento takes 17.0 seconds to complete the quarter-mile.

Models

Kia Sorento L

Hyundai Santa Fe SE

Chevrolet Blazer L

Nissan Rogue S

0-60 MPH (sec)

9.6 

8.9 

7.9 

10.1 

Quarter Mile (sec)

17.0 

16.7 

16.1 

17.0 

Top Speed (MPH) 123 N/A 120 122

Engine

2.4L Inline-4

2.4L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

The Hyundai Santa Fe and Chevy Blazer are quicker than the Sorento, even with their similarly powered base engines. Lightweight structure and better aerodynamics are the key aspects in the other two which clearly seem to be lacking in the Kia. The Nissan Rogue S, with the most disappointing timings here, stays out of the conversation.

How well does Kia Sorento handle?

Pop the 2020 Kia Sorento out onto the streets and its ‘best of both worlds’ composition bewilder you to a large extent. With its finely balanced suspension, the Sorento remains calm and composed under most conditions. Though this rosy picture changes when you encounter sharp turns since sudden body movements get quite audible. Thankfully the car does not make you break a sweat and does its best to stay planted on the road. Bumps and road imperfections are handled with ease and smoothened out at the wheel level itself. Although every once in a while you might feel the vibrations of these imperfection seeping through to the cabin.
Apart from the base versions, all the other trims can be equipped with an all-wheel-drive setup, but even then, it isn't enough to take it through unchartered adventure-heavy courses.

2020 Kia Sorento SUV handles like a charm

The steering wheel does not feel as direct as the one in a Blazer, but is surprisingly precise and allows maneuvering the Sorento around tight parking spaces with ease. Also available are three different drive modes, Normal, Eco, and Sport, which ‘supposedly’, optimize the overall mechanics for a more desired driveability. However, even while skimming through these modes, there's barely any noticeable change in the Sorento’s composure. That being said, whichever mode you are in, the ride maintains its comfortable stance and gives you a calm and serene environment inside which is quite what it is built for. 

Are the brakes on the Kia Sorento good enough?

If it's a Kia, you barely need to worry about the braking mechanism and the Sorento is no exception as well. Keeping in mind its family-moving character, all Sorento models get 4-wheel ABS along with ventilated discs at the front and solids at the rear.

The brake feedback in the Kia Sorento is firm and strong with instantaneous responses without any signs of brake fade. Even with its heavy mass, the brakes are good enough to bring the Sorento to a complete stop from 60-0 mph, in just 125 feet.

Models

Kia Sorento L

Hyundai Santa Fe SE

Chevrolet Blazer L

Nissan Rogue S

Brake Rotors Front (in)

12.6

12.6

12.6

11.7

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

12.0

12.0

12.4

11.5

Curb Weight (lbs)

3810

3591

3782

3463

60-0 MPH (ft)

125

130

126

124

The Sorento’s braking performance is surely not the best in class but is fairly adequate in line with its class-average. It's the agile and swift Rogue S that tops the braking charts with its 124 feet of braking distance, which is marginally better than the Sorento. It achieves this through an intelligent AWD system and engine braking system. Both of these help the car in maintaining proper traction even in panic stop situations. While the Blazer and Santa Fe were great at rushing off the line, braking is clearly one of their less stronger suits. 

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What are the specs and configurations of the 2020 Kia Sorento?

2020 Kia Sorento Fuel Economy

8.5/10

An aspect where the Kia Sorento surprises the most is its acceptable fuel economy, despite its diverse character. Offering an MPG figure of 22 in the city, 29 on the highway and 25 combined, it is certainly not winning any accolades but is sure one of the good things about it.

Models

Kia Sorento L

Hyundai Santa Fe SE

Chevrolet Blazer L

Nissan Rogue S

MPG (City)

22

22

21

26

MPG (Highway)

29

29

27

33

MPG (Combined)

25

25

23

29

Fuel Capacity (Gallons) 18.8 18.8 19.4 14.5
Range (City/hwy/Combined) (mi) 414/545/470 414/545/470 407/524/446 377/479/420

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

7.1

7.1

7.7

6.1

The MPG figures of the Kia Sorento are exactly the same as its sibling, Hyundai Santa Fe, because of the use of the same powertrain. The most lightweight contender in the battle, the Nissan Rogue takes the pole position with the best-in-class MPG figures. Its Xtronic CVT transmission is responsible to get the most out of the revs as you ride along. The Chevrolet Blazer is a true American gas-guzzler. Even with the 2.5L inline-4, it doesn't fare much better than most other SUVs in the same price range.

 

2020 Kia Sorento Interior

9.0/10

On the inside, the Sorento keeps things pretty clean and simple. It is certainly not as on-point like the Blazer or the Santa Fe but is rather plusher and slightly elaborate, in a good way though. The 2020 Kia Sorento has a spacious interior with loads of room to seat 6-7 people comfortably. It also uses a lot of high-end technological gizmos, that allow it to justify its starting price. Outward visibility is very good and a dual-panel panoramic sunroof allows plenty of light inside the cabin.

2020 Kia Sorento's interiors have a nice and luxurious feel to it whilst being comfortable

The Sorento comes in a three-row seating configuration, however, the third row is more suited for kids as compared to adults since they would not face a tough time squeezing into the smaller space. Depending on the trim level, you will either get subtle cloth upholstery or Mahogany colored leather upholstery that looks sublime and is also quite comfortable. The front seats are power-adjustable while the rear rows are manually adjustable. As you go up the trim levels, power-adjustable seats become available for both the front seats and rear rows. 

Models

Kia Sorento L

Hyundai Santa Fe SE

Chevrolet Blazer L

Nissan Rogue S

Seating Capacity 7 5 5 5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.5/59.1/44.1

41.2/59.1/44.1

39.8/59.1/41.0

41.6/56.6/43.0

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.3/58.0/39.4

39.2/58.3/40.9

38.6/58.6/39.6

38.5/55.9/37.9

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in) 36.3/52.8/31.7 N/A N/A N/A

Since Kia has tried to carve out maximum utility from a smaller wheelbase, the Sorento does struggle with its rearmost passenger room. Having said that, the seats are very nicely cushioned and are very comfortable too, probably the best in the segment.  However, both the first and rear benches in the Sorento offer smaller headroom and legroom as compared to its ‘more care-free’ rivals.

What does the Kia Sorento do for Infotainment?

Infotainment needs in the 2020 Kia Sorento are taken care of by a 7.0-inch touch screen in all trims except the top-of-the-line SX, which gets an 8.0-inch screen. The infotainment system comes standard with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and USB connectivity.

2020 Kia Sorento's 7.0-inch UVO infotainment system is feature-packed

For audiophiles, there is an available 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system that is off-the-charts awesome. The 7.0-inch infotainment screen feels a bit dated now and is also not as large as its modern rivals. However, the system responds actively to driver inputs and has clear graphics along with a clutter-free menu, making it pretty intuitive to use. Some of the key features of the infotainment system include:

  • Kia UVO 7.0-inch infotainment screen
  • Apple Carplay and Android Auto
  • 11-speaker Harman/Kardon audio
  • Satellite radio
  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology Hands-free Connectivity
  • USB connectivity
  • EC Mirror w/Homelink and Compass

Can the Kia Sorento carry some luggage in the back?

Since the Sorento puts a lot of emphasis on maximizing passenger occupancy, it's not surprising to see this smart Korean carrying a minimally sized trunk. When all three rows of seating are upright, the Sorento offers a meager 11.3 cu-ft of cargo room, which is the smallest standard cargo area in the segment. Take a further look inside, a wide range of cubby storage spots fill out the interior, along with cup holders for every passenger seated inside.

Models

Kia Sorento L

Hyundai Santa Fe SE

Chevrolet Blazer L

Nissan Rogue S

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

11.3

35.9

30.5

39.3

Cargo Capacity(behind the second row) (ft3) 38.0 71.3 64.2 70.0

Maximum Cargo Capacity (ft3)

73.0

N/A N/A

N/A

While it takes a second to pass the judgment that the Sorento's cargo space is low, the point to be noted is that all the other competitors come with 2 rows of seating. Fold the 50/50 split-folding rearmost row down and the cargo space with two-rows of seating stands at38.0 cu-ft which is much more than its competitors. Fold, the second-row, and this increases yet again to a segment-leading 73 cu-ft of space.

Interior Features

  • Front, rear and 3rd-row cupholders
  • Mahogany leather upholstery
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel
  • Climate control
  • Keyless ignition
  • Dual illuminating vanity mirrors
  • Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror
  • Interior air filtration
  • Illuminated Scuff Plates
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2020 Kia Sorento Exterior

7.5/10

Take a look at the Kia Sorento and you are very likely to think of it as a two-row mid-size crossover. It's a pretty handsome SUV altogether, it has been rendered somewhat as an underdog by its big glamorous brother, the Telluride. However, its exterior skin is fairly reminiscent of its underlying character though. At the front, there's an ‘oval-ish’ tapering nose highlighted by the chrome treated signature Tiger-nose grille, flanked by full-LED headlights.

2020 Kia Sorento following in the footsteps of Telluride in terms of exterior styling

The most dominant highlight on the side is the edgy and low, chrome window lines and of course the chrome strips on the lower door sills. The rear tail, as usual, houses the familiar LED tail lamps, chrome outlined rear bumper, and an aluminum scuff plate. Overall, you would definitely notice bits and pieces of the Telluride in a discreet way. The dimensions of the 2020 Kia Sorento are as follows-

Models

Kia Sorento L

Hyundai Santa Fe SE

Chevrolet Blazer L

Nissan Rogue S

Curb Weight (lbs)

3810

3591

3782

3463

Length (in)

189.0

187.8

191.4

184.5

Width (in)

74.4

74.4

76.7

72.4

Height (in)

66.3

66.1

67.0

66.3

Ground Clearance (in)

7.3

7.3

7.4

7.8

Wheelbase (in)

109.4

108.9

112.7

106.5

Overall, the Kia Sorento does have a compact crossover like proportion, but it feels like a stretched up SUV that peeps into the wagon territory. But its low-slung and humble design let you know instantly that it is more of a family car.

Its cousin, the Santa Fe, shares a lot of its elements with the Sorento, but after its recent update, it looks like a proper modern 7-seater. The Chevy Blazer and the Nissan Rogue carry the popular crossover silhouette despite a body that's almost as long as the Sorento.

Exterior features on offer-

  • Daytime running lights
  • Turn signal mirrors
  • Dusk sensing LED headlamps
  • LED tail lamps
  • Dual-panel panoramic sunroof
  • Hands-free entry
  • Heated mirrors
  • Aluminum rear scuff-plate
  • Puddle Lights
  • Side Step Bars

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2020 Kia Sorento Safety

9.9/10

Being in the market for quite a long time now, Kia Sorento already enjoys a 'Good’ overall rating in various crash tests. Kia offers a best-in-segment safety feature with the Sorento to ensure the complete soundness of your family under all circumstances. No wonder it is the IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2020. In addition to a rugged placement of airbags for the driver and passenger torso, the Sorento further enhances safety with its high-tech suite of safety features as standard for the crossover. 

Some noteworthy safety features include:

  • Electronic Stability control
  • Remote anti-theft alarm system
  • ABS and Driveline Electronic Traction control
  • Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
  • Dual front side-mounted airbag
  • Front, second-row and third-row head airbags
  • Emergency braking assist
  • Pre and post-collision safety system
  • Blindspot and lane departure warnings accident avoidance system
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Front, side, and rearview camera
  • Reverse tilt dual mirrors

2020 Kia Sorento Competition

7.0/10

2020 Kia Sorento vs Hyundai Santa Fe

The Santa Fe and Sorento are basically twins and they share a lot of components with each other. Just like Sorento, the Santa Fe offers high-quality interiors, a comfortable ride, and a long list of tech and safety features too. Surprisingly though, the Santa Fe offers a better passenger room than the Sorento despite its shorter length. However, it lacks the composure and handling of the Kia for sure.

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe is the Kia Sorento in Hyundai Clothing​​​

2020 Kia Sorento vs Chevrolet Blazer

Unlike the Sorento’s wholesome package, the Blazer is tuned for some spirited driving sessions. It looks very modern and stylish, has a motivating cabin with nice materials, and is spacious as well. The Blazer also gets a more responsive steering and a refined powertrain, making it a fun-loving car. However, the Sorento races ahead of the stylish Chevy with its practicality, composed ride quality, and generous feature box, at an affordable price.

2020 Chevrolet Blazer is a stylish car but not as practical

2020 Kia Sorento vs Nissan Rogue

The Nissan Rogue gives a very tight competition to the Sorento with a character that is as balanced as the famed Korean. The Rogue offers a comfortable drive, is roomy on the inside, has a sturdy look to it, and is similarly engaging to drive quite like the Sorento. However, the Sorento pushes the Japanese hard with its sense of practicality, value for money, agility and a more rich features list.

2020 Nissan Rogue offers some of the best-in-class features

2020 Kia Sorento Final Verdict

If you are out in the market for a comfortable 7-seater crossover, but you don't want to stick with the big daddy’s because you also need a disciplined character, the 2020 Kia Sorento is the perfect pick for you. It is safe, reliable, and comes with a lot of features for the price, making it a valuable crossover option indeed.

Kia Sorento Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long do Kia Sorentos last?

In terms of the warranty, the Kia Sorento comes with a powertrain warranty of 10-years or 100,000 miles. But there are many users that have even claimed to have gotten up to 230,000 miles until it was time to look for a new ride. So, if you buy a new 2020 Kia Sorento, it would easily last you a good 15-20 years if you take good care of it.

Is the Kia Sorento AWD?

Yes, it has AWD as an option. The default option on the 2020 Kia Sorento is a 2.4L I-4 with FWD. But once you reach the middle tier trim levels, a 3.3L V6 with an AWD setup becomes available as optional.

Is the Kia Sorento expensive to maintain?

Kia has always lauded itself for being a reliable carmaker. And this is precisely because of the fact that Kia cars are not very maintenance-heavy and/or do not extract very heavy prices when repairs are needed. 

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2020 Kia Sorento Overall Reviews


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Julia A. Phillips

2020 Kia Sorento

EX 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 8A)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

Doltish misses

Pros - Automatic lift gate, cargo capacity, three rows

Cons - Hvac panel, baby buttons around touch screen, driver display

Overall Review

9 /10 Overall Rating

Well for the price, I say Kia has missed a few basic touches in this wonderfully spaced three row suv. Practicality is at par, but everything with this kind of design language could have been better if executed perfectly. Driving is not a problem though and like every three row suv, Sorento also isn't city friendly and likes to lurches into excitement when hitting the freeways.

9/10
Features
7/10
Interior
9/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

MD

Melanie Dyer

2020 Kia Sorento

EX 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 8A)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

Can’t belive it’s kia

Pros - Engine, handling, appearance

Cons - Depreciation

Overall Review

9 /10 Overall Rating

Engine is powerful, AWD is great, power delivery is linear, it’s quieter. Engine- it is one the most impressive things about the whole experience. It is just amazing how effortless it is with its power delivery. The handling is another aspect that could not have been better. All in all this is one of the best cars out there and you will be in for a healthy surprise if you decide to buy it.

10/10
Features
10/10
Interior
8/10
Design
10/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

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Edith J. Coleman

2020 Kia Sorento

L 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

Sorento is not a morning car for sure

Pros - Turn signals on heated outside mirrors, rear camera lines, smart shift and drive

Cons - Cold morning starts, sloppy transmission

Overall Review

9 /10 Overall Rating

Until you keep it in comfort mode, it never ends up with any real issues. As soon it toggles to normal mode, transmission gets a little sloppy and doesn't stay generous enough for the comfort inside. is Another issue I've had in it has been the cold morning start where it takes a while to get going.

9/10
Features
9/10
Interior
9/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
8/10
Dealer Review

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9

User Overall Rating

Doltish misses

Well for the price, I say Kia has missed a few basic touches in this wonderfully spaced three row suv. Practicality is at par, but everything with this kind of design language could have been better if executed perfectly. Driving is not a problem though and like every three row suv, Sorento also isn't city friendly and likes to lurches into excitement when hitting the freeways.

by Julia A. Phillips

9

User Overall Rating

Can’t belive it’s kia

Engine is powerful, AWD is great, power delivery is linear, it’s quieter. Engine- it is one the most impressive things about the whole experience. It is just amazing how effortless it is with its power delivery. The handling is another aspect that could not have been better. All in all this is one of the best cars out there and you will be in for a healthy surprise if you decide to buy it.

by Melanie Dyer

9

User Overall Rating

Sorento is not a morning car for sure

Until you keep it in comfort mode, it never ends up with any real issues. As soon it toggles to normal mode, transmission gets a little sloppy and doesn't stay generous enough for the comfort inside. is Another issue I've had in it has been the cold morning start where it takes a while to get going.

by Edith J. Coleman

9

User Overall Rating

Eight months in this lovely suv

Get used to the limited rear visibility and giant sized cabin and that's what you'll live with if you're someone shooting for this 2020 model of Sorento.

by Sylvia T. Richards

8

User Overall Rating

Drivetrain needs to be reworked

Right when hitting the pedal, ample torque on the wheels takes a little more foot weight or even flooring the pedal at times is needed. Not sure about the reason, but at slower speeds because of this downside in drivetrain, the driving is not engaging enough and proves to be everything but fun. Other aspects like safety and driver assistance are abundant and the acceleration also doesn't feel slug...

by Jean R. Swanson

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