The 2020 Kia Sorento is company’s wild-card to the popular midsize-SUV category. However, there’ll be a bunch of rivals in this segment, like Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Highlander, and Honda Pilot. The new Sorento is a bit smaller than competitors, but it comes with a very decent starting price for the base model. Also, the equipment includes everything from Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration to a famous Kia’s ten years engine warranty.
For 2020, all models come with 3-row/7-passenger seating. Furthermore, other updates include additional driver assist, a new gearbox, and premium Harman-Kardon audio system. If you want a 3-row midsize-crossover SUV that cost less than the other vehicles in the class, and your main goal is safety and comfort, you should definitely put 2020 Kia Sorento on your list.
2020 Kia Sorento Redesign
The 2020 Kia Sorento comes with a minor facelift, slightly redesigned front and rear fascias, and a new headlight arrangement. The new “tiger-nose” front grille gives more prominence to this elegant and stylish exterior. However, the overall appearance is not much different than the previous version, and it’s not a bad thing. Many will agree that this is perchance the most handsome mid-size SUV. So, if it ain’t broke don’t’ fix it.
The new LED fog lights are now part of the exterior design and some LED accent in the headlights are there too. Moreover, the higher trims bring nice features like stainless-steel bumper trim, chrome roof rails, and dark metallic grille. The base trim leveles, however,
2020 Kia Sorento Interior
The upcoming 2020 Kia Sorento will keep the three-row/seven-seat configuration from the previous version. This way, the target audience of the South Korean company will be families who seeking reliable 3-row crossover SUV. If you have babies or a lot of kids, good news for you is that new Sorento comes with cloth upholstery. This upholstery has been treated with YES Essentials, to resist stains and to suppress odor.
Moreover, you will find plenty of room and comfort in the first and second rows, but the third row is pretty small. Also, there’s not a lot of cargo space behind the third row, although the seats can fold to expand that space. The base model offers plenty of equipment, with keyless entry, cruise control, and a rearview camera. In the central part is a new 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto integration, and Bluetooth wireless connectivity.
2020 Kia Sorento Configurations
The new 2020 Kia Sorento offers seven different trim levels: L, LX, LX V6, EX 2.0T, EX V6, SX and SX Limited. The base L model offers stylish coated seats with Essentials and Fabric Treatment, LED turn signals and projector beam highlights. The LX will add roof rails, Sound-Absorbing Windshield Glass, and Privacy Glass. Still, the LX V6 offers much more features like Solar Control Glass, Sliding$Auto Folding and UVO eServices. Also, this trim level is capable to tow a maximum capacity of 3500 pounds.
The EX 2.0 trim brings the DOHC 16-valve l-4 Turbocharged powertrain and will include the Body-Color & Heated Outside Mirrors. Also, the EX adds Illuminated Door Handle Pockets, 8-inches Color Touch-Screen display, Rear-Camera display and UVO eServices with navigation. On the top of that, the EX V6 trim comes with a 24-valve V6 drivetrain. The last two trims SX and SX Limited adds so much equipment that we will have to write about it the whole day.
2020 Kia Sorento Specs
The South Korean carmaker has withdrawn its mid-level 2.0-liter turbo engine and pretty much simplified your engine choices for the 2020 Kia Sorento. The lower trims will continue to use the 2.4-liter four-cylinder with a refined 6-speed automatic transmission. This unit is capable to develop 185 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque. The EPA city/highway fuel economy for this engine is 22/29 mpg for FWD and 21/26 mpg for AWD.
However, the upper trims get an impressive 3.3-liter V6, now connected to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The V6 turbo can accomplish magnificent 290 hp with 252 lb-ft of torque. The EPA fuel economy numbers for this unit are 19/26 mpg FWD and 19/24 mpg for AWD. The front-wheel- drive is standard and the all-wheel-drive system can be optional on all levels except the base trim level. The new Sorento is rated to tow between 2,000 and 5,000 pounds, depending on powertrain and drive configuration.
2020 Kia Sorento Release Price and Date
The base 2020 Kia Sorento has an MSRP starting just under $27,000, including the destination fee. The LX and LX V6 start around at $28,500 and $32,000. These trims are far better equipped and with price undercuts most competitors, like Nissan Pathfinder, Honda Pilot, and Toyota Highlander.
Moreover, an all-wheel-drive SX LImited costs just over $47,000. This is a pretty normal price for a top-line 3-row midsize SUV. The resale value for the new 2020 Kia Sorento will be about average. With these set of prices Sorento will trail class leaders like Toyota Highlander or Honda Pilot. The release date of the new model is announced for the fourth quarter of 2019.