Kia sold its first vehicle in the U.S. in 1995. Initially the Korean automaker had been known for inexpensive small cars and SUVs. In a bold step to expand market share, the company introduced an SUV that ventured deeply onto crowded midsize SUV turf. But going up against the likes of the Grand Cherokee meant expectation were high in regard to styling, power , off-road prowess, and livability. Did Kia deliver?
The body on frame Sorento could be mistaken for a Lexus RX 300 at first glance, not a bad source of styling inspiration. Two trim levels, base LX and upscale EX, dictate whether a monochromatic or two ton finish graced the body.