When it first rolled off the assembly line and into the American automotive market in 2002, the Kia Sorento immediately garnered the attention of everyone who came into contact with it. The traditional truck-based body-on-frame SUV was offered in LX and EX trim levels, and gave drivers a newer option to the standard large SUVs.
The first generation of the Sorento saw upgrades and facelifts through 2009, and entered into its second generation in 2010. The 2015 Kia Sorento represents the last model year in the vehicle’s second generation. The Kia Sorento is a great vehicle for families and adventurers alike.
Now being built right here in the United States, the Sorento is helping people build on the American dream by creating jobs right here on American soil. Drivers of the 2015 Sorento will be pleasantly surprised by the practical interior that has been compared to a minivan, all while performing like an SUV. The cherry on top of the 2015 Sorento is the best new vehicle warranties in the industry.
Despite it being a Korean-born car, the Sorento is proudly being built in West Point, Georgia. Because the Sorento is Kia’s top-selling vehicle, it is a major boost to the U.S. economy to have the SUV produced here in America.
The Sorento was first produced on U.S. soil back in 2009 when Kia opened its first plant in the United States in Georgia. The 2012 Sorento and Optima were the first Kia nameplates to be produced here in the U.S. For those wanting the quality of an American-made car, the Kia Sorento is the perfect choice.
Even “American” car companies like Ford aren’t producing the Sorento’s competition, the Edge, here in the U.S. In fact, Ford has been, and is still building, the Edge crossover in Canada.
Whether or not you are a fan of the minivan, one thing is certain about the full-size vehicles - they are both convenient and accommodating.
A certain stigma exists around the minivan in America, so Kia set out to create a vehicle with all the interior convenience and comfort of a minivan, with the look and overall feel of an SUV. From the available third-row seat, to excellent interior storage space, the Kia Sorento is the perfect solution for those who crave a minivan, but who don’t actually want a minivan.
The Sorento offers both drivers and passengers more legroom than the standard minivan. About an inch in each row gives individuals that bit of extra room to stretch out in comfort. With the available third-row seating, the Sorento can seat seven people. While maintaining a smaller profile, the Sorento is able to keep a lower fuel economy than the standard minivan.
The 2015 Sorento costs around $4,000 less than the average minivan. Add to that the superior fuel economy and best warranty in the industry, and the Sorento is also a better value for years down the road.
The 2015 Sorento offers drivers a combined EPA-estimate of 23 mpg, while the average minivan has an EPA-estimated combined fuel economy of 21 mpg. That’s fewer time between fill-ups, which means money saved.
With more standard and available features than the typical minivan, the Sorento will have you riding in a comfortable luxury that you won’t get with a minivan. Optional fog lights and standard power heated exterior mirrors on the Sorento won’t be found on your average minivan. Standard lower console storage and Satellite Radio are also welcome additions to a long drive in the Sorento.
With both front and rear independent suspension standard, the Sorento outperforms the standard minivan’s semi-independent suspension for a smoother, more comfortable ride.
The bottom line, is if you are wanting the stylings of a minivan without the minivan look, than the 2015 Kia Sorento is a great choice. Keep the SUV style, comfort, and price, all while maintaining the convenience and capacity of the minivan.
Aside from considering the MSRP of a new vehicle, it is also important to look into the cost of ownership. Aside from fuel economy, one of the best ways to assess what a vehicle will cost you to own, is to look at the warranty that comes with the new vehicle.
Luckily, the 2015 Kia Sorento comes with one of the best warranties in the automotive industry. Kia stands behind their vehicles, and because they are built with such integrity and quality, the automotive brand can offer drivers an exceptional warranty.
So what exactly does an industry-leading vehicle warranty look like? For Kia, it looks like a 10-year or 100,000-mile warranty program that includes the following:
Kia Sorento owners will have peace of mind knowing that their warranty covers repairs that are completed to the automotive company’s high requirements and standards.
Drivers will also feel secure with toll-free assistance no matter what happens, or where it happens. Anytime—24 hour, 365 days a year—U.S. drivers can reach out for help. Not only will Kia send one of their 17,000 roadside assistance providers, but if you are more than 150 miles away from home, Kia will reimburse you for emergency travel expenses.
How is that for peace of mind?
To put it into perspective, the 2015 Kia Sorento’s 10-year/100,000-mile warranty is truly the best in the business. Competitors like Ford, Chevy, and Toyota simply can’t measure up. Chevrolet offers a basic warranty of only 3-years or 36,000 miles, and a powertrain warranty of 5-years/100,000-miles.
Ford also falls short with the same basic warranty as Chevrolet, and a powertrain warranty of 5-years/60,000-miles. Toyota offers the lowest warranty of the three automakers, with a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
When the company that made your car can’t even stand behind their product, why should you? One of the many reasons that Kia and the 2015 Kia Sorento are changing the way that consumers think about, and purchase new vehicles.