The midsize crossover from Kia is now in its second-generation and has become popular for its value proposition. The Kia Sorento entered the market in 2002 as a body-on-frame (truck-based) sport utility with a very capable offroad automatic four-wheel drive system and low range gearing. A capable four-cylinder engine or more powerful V6 were available along with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic (later changed for a five-speed) transmission. A large fuel tank, stiff ladder-framed chassis, and other features along with its low entry-level price point made the Kia Sorento popular.
Upgrades in 2007 added a more powerful V6 engine offering, putting it more on par with the competition's heavier-hitting engines. The five-speed manual transmission and four-cylinder engine were dropped and a five-speed automatic transmission became standard. The highest crash test ratings were had in the 2007 model year as well, boosting the Sorento's credibility as a family hauler.
In 2009, the second-generation of the Kia Sorento was introduced and became the first Kia model to be built in the United States for the North American market. The new Kia Sorento features a grille and body style more in line with the company's current design language. The four-cylinder engine option returned, but the body-on-frame was changed to a unibody style to better compete with market demands for better road handling and comfort. This new-generation Sorento continued the crash test wins, receiving high marks globally, including a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). A major facelift was given to the second-generation Sorento for the 2014 model year.
There are 12,579 used Kia Sorentos in our used car listings, including the Kia Optima, Kia Soul and Kia Forte. 55% of these vehicles have only one previous owner and 88% have no accident history.