The Kia Sorento isn’t the biggest three-row crossover suv in the American market. It isn’t the best-handling or the fastest. It might not win you an elite parking spot at an upscale restaurant. But the Kia Sorento is a great value in a number of ways. J.D. Power named the 2017 version of the Sorento the vehicle with the highest initial quality in its class, and the Sorento ranked well above average in the research firm’s Automotive Performance Execution and Layout study.
For the 2019 model year, the Sorento receives some minor appearance changes in the front and rear fascias and grille. The more important upgrades, though, are functional. Notably, the optional 3.3-liter V6 is now paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that offers smoother shifts. And after some crash-safety improvements, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has just given the 2019 Sorento its Top Safety Pick+ designation, its highest accolade.