Since the early 2000s, every manufacturer has been getting into the SUV game. And that includes Kia. Their offering to the SUV frenzy is the Sorento, a mid-size crossover SUV.
HISTORY OF THE SORENTO
First Generation (2003-2010)
When the Sorento first debuted in 2003, it was less of a Crossover and more of a traditional SUV with body-on-frame construction. It was available in just two trim levels: EX and LX. At first, Kia only offered a 3.5L 6-cylinder engine option, mated to either a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed automatic and 5-speed manual. Rear-wheel drive was standard with optional four-wheel drive available.
In 2007, Kia updated the Sorento with a new 3.8L 6-cylinder engine and 5-speed automatic transmission. Then, in 2009, it got a refresh featuring a revised front fascia.
Second Generation (2011-2014)
It was the introduction of the second generation model that transformed the Sorento into a true crossover. The manufacturer replaced The body-on-frame construction with a unibody construction and refined the suspension for on-road use. Kia also added the option of 3rd row seating and a top of the line SX model to the lineup upon initial release. A 2.4L 4-cylinder engine was made available for the first time, and the 3.5L 6-cylinder got a boost in power. The 5-speed automatic transmission was replaced by a new 6-speed auto.
The Sorento got a refresh in 2014, including updated styling, an upgraded interior and better ride quality. In addition, a new ultra luxurious SX-L model debuted.
It’s hard not to like the Sorento with its wide range of options and versatility. Thanks to well-designed vehicles like the Sorento, Kia is now a direct competitor for Japanese imports including Honda and Toyota. Any Kia fans out there? We’d love to hear your thoughts! Sound off in the comments.