2019 Kia Sorento Driving Impressions

The 2.4-liter engine in the L and LX makes a modest 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic.

We much prefer the quiet V-6, which is optional on the LX and standard on every model past that. With 290 hp and 252 lb-ft, it provides much stronger acceleration, and it comes with the new 8-speed automatic.

All-wheel drive is available on all but the L model, providing good grip and a “lock” mode for deeper snow. With 7.3 inches of ground clearance, the Sorento rides high enough but it’s not intended to be an off-roader.

The 2019 changes in the suspension and steering improve handling. On all models, the ride is exceptionally well-damped, delivering confidence even on bumpy roads. The L, LX, and EX have steering that’s light, crisp and precise. The SX and SXL have their own tuning that’s superb for a three-row crossover. The suspension is firm but not stiff, making the handling feel more like a luxury vehicle than an affordable crossover.

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