Background and Identification
The Kia Sorento is a five-door mid-size crossover SUV (sport utility vehicle) produced by Kia Motors, a South Korean automobile manufacturer, since 2002. Until 2009, the Kia Sorento was classified as a compact SUV.
When it was introduced in February 2002, the Kia Sorento was a traditional truck-based body-on-frame SUV. All Sorentos sold in the United States included dual front airbags and dual side-curtain airbags in the front and rear. Sorento vehicles also had optional four-wheel-drive systems with low range, adding to the car’s off-road ability.
The third-generation Kia Sorento was released in 2014 for the 2016 model year. The third generation ended in 2020 with the production of the fourth-generation Sorento models. The third-generation Sorento shares a platform with the third-generation Kia Carnival and was sold in either five-seater or seven-seater configurations. The Kia Sorento was sold with either a gasoline or diesel engine paired to a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic, or eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-engine, front-wheel-drive and front-engine, and all-wheel-drive models were available. The third-generation Kia Sorento received updates for the 2018 or 2019 model year, depending on the market location. The Sorento received a new front grille, bumper covers, and exterior lighting.
Kia automobiles can be identified by the Kia emblem, which includes the name “Kia” in capital letters (and stylized so the ‘A’ does not include a horizontal line) inside of an oval.
- Production: 2014–2020
- Model years: 2016–2020 (North America)
Body and chassis:
- Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
- Front-engine, all-wheel-drive
- Hyundai Sonata (LF)
- Hyundai Santa Fe (TM)
- Kia Carnival/Sedona (YP)
- 2.0 L Theta II T-GDi I42.4 L Theta II MPi I4
- 2.4 L Theta II GDi I4
- 3.3 L Lambda II MPi V6
- 3.3 L Lambda II GDi V6
- 3.5 L Lambda II MPi V6
- 2.0 L R II CRDi I4
- 2.2 L R II CRDi I4
- 6-speed manual
- 6-speed automatic
- 8-speed automatic
- Wheelbase: 2,780 mm (109.4 in)
- Length: 4,760–4,800 mm (187.4–189.0 in)
- Width: 1,890 mm (74.4 in)
- Height: 1,685 mm (66.3 in)