2015 Kia Sorento
Base-price range: $24,995 – $42,595
The Kia Sorento
crossover is one of the vehicles that transformed the South Korean automaker from desperate to desirable. Following a model-year 2014 redesign, the Sorento sees no major changes for 2015. This crossover comes standard with seating for five while an optional third-row seat increases capacity to seven. It shares its available four- and six-cylinder engines and a few other elements of its basic design with the Santa Fe produced by Kia’s corporate parent, Hyundai
. That’s where the similarities end, as the Sorento delivers unique styling and features, along with superior ride, handling, and infotainment features. Kia’s UVO eServices are refreshingly easy to use. The smartphone app allows you use Google Maps to send locations directly to the optional built-in navigation system. Available heated and ventilated front seats, a programmable power liftgate, and high-end Nappa-brand leather upholstery make this crossover feel like it costs a lot more than it really does. Toss in Kia’s excellent warranty coverage, and you have a crossover that’s an exceptional value for the money.