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Hi All,

Sorry if this was discussed before, and im sure it was.
Looking to buy a 2019 Sorento EX premium V6 (canada). Price and finance are good compared to the Japanese ones. For the 20 anniversary, it is discounted 2500$, 0.9% for 84 months.
Only thing I'm worried about is the reliability. It is for the wife + kids and she drives around 10000KM a year (6000 miles), and this to keep for 10 years at least.
This is the 1st year of that 8 speed transmission, should i be worried about it? what about this 3.3L engine? i heard thy did some changes to the 2019 ones? even with the 5 years warranty.
I'm used to Hondas reliability, never had issues with them, regular maintenance, wear and tear.
Honda latest engines sucks, plenty of issues with that 1.5 turbo 4 on the crv, and Pilot is out of question due to high price (same equipment almost) and interest rates 4.49%, and Toyota Highlander 7.24%! ( they are crazy).
Any advice is welcomed.
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Pretty darn reliable at par with Toyota. At 6k per year the factory warranty has got you covered!
 

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The powertrain warranty in the US is 10 years for the original purchaser, is it only 5 years in Canada?

Consumer Reports rates the Sorento predicted reliability as above average, with above average owner satisfaction as well.
 

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Yes 5 years, and sales rep said the radio is covered 3 years only.
 

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Hi All,

Sorry if this was discussed before, and im sure it was.
Looking to buy a 2019 Sorento EX premium V6 (canada). Price and finance are good compared to the Japanese ones. For the 20 anniversary, it is discounted 2500$, 0.9% for 84 months.
Only thing I'm worried about is the reliability. It is for the wife + kids and she drives around 10000KM a year (6000 miles), and this to keep for 10 years at least.
This is the 1st year of that 8 speed transmission, should i be worried about it? what about this 3.3L engine? i heard thy did some changes to the 2019 ones? even with the 5 years warranty.
I'm used to Hondas reliability, never had issues with them, regular maintenance, wear and tear.
Honda latest engines sucks, plenty of issues with that 1.5 turbo 4 on the crv, and Pilot is out of question due to high price (same equipment almost) and interest rates 4.49%, and Toyota Highlander 7.24%! ( they are crazy).
Any advice is welcomed.
Thanks.
I assume you've test driven the Sorento, so you know that on pavement, it drives and rides better than any current Honda product, save for the top trim MDX / RDX with the magnetic shocks.

That said, I'm also in Canada and moved from a 2016 MDX Navi to a 2019 Sorento SXL. I've done so much extensive research, both online and during test drives. I've compiled spreadsheets comparing various cars. Really nerded out way more than most people would. At the end of the day, I only shopped cars that got TSP+ on the IIHS crash test ratings, so obviously never even considered the Highlander. So, for me the Sorento was an obvious choice, but only in the SXL trim, as that's the only trim in Canada that comes with active safety features. I also intend on keeping this car for 10 years, and I wouldn't buy anything that comes without active safety.

Honda bundles active safety in almost the bottom trim of most of their products. If that's not a factor for you, you will love the Sorento. I certainly have zero regrets.
 

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The 8 speed trans has been used (tested) in another Kia model so it's not brand new. The doors of the Sorento are the heaviest I have felt and was told it would be more protective in an accident. I trust that information and am not looking to find out for myself ! Consumer Reports shows Honda's reliability has gone down a lot, and (for example) the Odyssey minivan received great road test scores but well below average reliability so it's no longer recommended. The 3 row Sorento is bigger than the 2 row HRV & CRV but smaller than the Pilot and has a lot of room inside. The extra 3rd row room is good for lugging stuff but not for adult seating. It is grouped with the larger (also 3 row) Pilot and Highlander, one major reason it falls short of being the top model in that class.
 

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Agreed with most comments here. I would not hesitate on the 2019 Sorento, both the engine and trans have been tweaked and not fully redesigned, so your'e not dealing with a new trans or engine. The current Sorento has been in the market since MY16 and most data sources (at least the ones that matter, like CR's reliability) shows the V6 Sorento at above average reliability. The Highlander does show better reliability, but I think the Sorento is actually a better car based on safety, feature set, and near luxury refinement.


The 8 speed trans has been used (tested) in another Kia model so it's not brand new. The doors of the Sorento are the heaviest I have felt and was told it would be more protective in an accident. I trust that information and am not looking to find out for myself ! Consumer Reports shows Honda's reliability has gone down a lot, and (for example) the Odyssey minivan received great road test scores but well below average reliability so it's no longer recommended. The 3 row Sorento is bigger than the 2 row HRV & CRV but smaller than the Pilot and has a lot of room inside. The extra 3rd row room is good for lugging stuff but not for adult seating. It is grouped with the larger (also 3 row) Pilot and Highlander, one major reason it falls short of being the top model in that class.
 

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I bought a 2018 to avoid the eight speed transmission, just because I always worry about first year deployment of anything, even if it's been used in other vehicles before but that's more paranoia than anything else. My wife came from an uber reliable 2012 Accord, the 6th Accord we had owned and they had all been dead reliable. Then they changed to the direct injected, turbo engine and decided to look around. Researched for over a year, here and other forums, talked to owners in parking lots, owners in our community and read every automotive publication I could about the vehicle. I was convinced that it was a solid, reliable, if uninspiring car (and nothing is more uninspiring than the Accord but as reliable as a rock). Only six months into ownership but so far it's been completely trouble free, very quiet and comfortable ride and decent gas mileage for its weight and the V6.

Knowing that Hyundai/Kia had to replace 168,000 4 cylinder engines wasn't a particularly encouraging statistic so one of the strong reasons I went with the V6. We are more protected here in the US with the warranty period which was also a big plus for us although I've recently heard that parent company Hyundai is rethinking that 10/100 warranty for their future vehicles - they feel as if they've developed enough of a quality reputation to abandon it in the US although the engine recall problem may set that timetable back a ways.

The only other advice is to look carefully at the new Telluride (Kia) and Pallisades (Hyundai). Larger than the current models but not huge, similar fuel mileage and pricing not terribly out of line although they probably wont' be discounting them early on. I kind of figure to keep my wife's Sorento k5 yers and then trade up to one of the larger ones. Some hints that the Sorento/Santa Fe XL may actually go away with the introduction but nothing from Kia supporting that.
 

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Thank you gentlemen for your inputs, much appreciated. I also did my share of search, did a test drive as well.
We're set on the ex premium v6. sx and sxl is out of our price range, but the ex premium has plenty of options over the LX v6 and the ex v6. I have attached the PDF specs doc that shows the trims difference.
Now choosing the color is a challenge :). Between Titanium, Passion RED and Blaze Blue
they are premium paint, don't know what they mean by that, could be high quality paints.
 

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Thank you gentlemen for your inputs, much appreciated. I also did my share of search, did a test drive as well.
We're set on the ex premium v6. sx and sxl is out of our price range, but the ex premium has plenty of options over the LX v6 and the ex v6. I have attached the PDF specs doc that shows the trims difference.
Now choosing the color is a challenge <img src="http://www.kia-forums.com/images/Kia-Forums/smilies/tango_face_smile.png" border="0" alt="" title=":)" class="inlineimg" />. Between Titanium, Passion RED and Blaze Blue
they are premium paint, don't know what they mean by that, could be high quality paints.
I got the Titanium as it’s the lightest colour they have closest to silver. If you’re in the GTA, private message me and I can connect you with a dealer that will go pretty much cost price.
 

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We picked up our Sorento SX in November. We already have more than 6000 miles on it and it's been trouble free. It's my wife's daily driver so I don't get to drive it a whole lot. But when I do I really like it. So much better than our previous 2007 MDX. I hated that thing, except for the AWD. We looked at the EX, but ended up with the SX because it offers memory seats whereas the EX did not. We have the blaze blue and I find it stunning. The SX has brown interior and the EX black. The brown fits really well with the blue.
 

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We picked up our Sorento SX in November. We already have more than 6000 miles on it and it's been trouble free. It's my wife's daily driver so I don't get to drive it a whole lot. But when I do I really like it. So much better than our previous 2007 MDX. I hated that thing, except for the AWD. We looked at the EX, but ended up with the SX because it offers memory seats whereas the EX did not. We have the blaze blue and I find it stunning. The SX has brown interior and the EX black. The brown fits really well with the blue.
We're in Canada, the EX has these options. We have also the EX premium, it is between the EX and SX. I will be getting that one. Heading next week to finalize it. I have attached a pdf for 2019 trim level specs.
 

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I've had two Sorentos, a 2011 and a 2014, and I can easily say that I'd recommend against them. They do come with great warranties, but the downside is you'll have to use them. Our 2011 had the stalling issue that took them 3 years to figureout it was a computer issue. Before they'd figured it out they cut us a deal on the 2014 to avoid a lemon lawsuit. The biggest issue we've had with the 2014 is the AWD goes out. They've replaced the rear differential 3 times under warranty, but my understanding is it will be a very expensive repair once its out of warranty.
 

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I've had two Sorentos, a 2011 and a 2014, and I can easily say that I'd recommend against them. They do come with great warranties, but the downside is you'll have to use them. Our 2011 had the stalling issue that took them 3 years to figureout it was a computer issue. Before they'd figured it out they cut us a deal on the 2014 to avoid a lemon lawsuit. The biggest issue we've had with the 2014 is the AWD goes out. They've replaced the rear differential 3 times under warranty, but my understanding is it will be a very expensive repair once its out of warranty.
The AWD issues may have gone away with the 2016 models with this May 2015 announcement:

"Optimized handling, increased safety, improved fuel efficiency

Magna International Inc., the largest independent 4WD/AWD supplier globally, announced today the company is supplying its intelligent Dynamax™ all-wheel drive coupling on a global basis to power the all-wheel-drive (AWD) system of the all-new Kia Sorento. With Dynamax, the Sorento provides drivers with optimized handling, increased safety and improved fuel efficiency."

https://www.automotiveworld.com/news-releases/magna-expands-wheel-drive-leadership-supplying-dynamax-new-kia-sorento/


-SM2016
 

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Thank you gentlemen for your inputs. I signed today on the 2019 ex premium v6 with the graphite color.
Did not like the titanium when it was outside the showroom. delivery is next Tuesday.
they tried to sell me all kind of extended warranties (3-4K for 7 years), i said no to these. i will have from my insurance covers the replacement cost. My decisions are good? Thanks in advance.
 

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Hi everyone, I just joined as I'm currently in the market for a new car and the 2019 Sorento SX (I'm in Canada) is on the short list.
@grabbat - having owned the car for a couple of weeks now, what are your impressions?

To everyone else, I have a couple of questions which I hope you can answer:

- the 2019 Sorento does not have TPMS but I've read on this forum an aftermarket system is possible. Can someone point me to the thread (I've searched the forum but couldn't find anything) or if anyone has installed the system, can you describe how it would work - does it integrate with the Sorento's onboard system somehow?
- do the side view mirrors tilt down when the vehicle is put into reverse? This feature is listed on Kia's site but I didn't notice this when I test drove the car.

@ philharmonic - I am located in the GTA. If you don't mind, I'm going to send you a PM as I'd be very interested in your dealer recommendation.

Thanks everyone!
 

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I've seen aftermarket TPMS that display through your smartphone.
The mirror switch needs to be set to one mirror or the other for the mirror to lilt down in reverse.
 

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If you are looking at the SX, both mirrors tilt down...at least the US model does...cant imagine that crossing into Canada they remove that software.
 

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Yes, the mirrors both tilt when in reverse.
It is extremely quiet, comfortable. I put on 900 kms so far, all good.
i have the ex premium v6, going higher models is too much. i would not pay more than that. if they had the moon-roof on the lx-v6, i would have taken that one.
that one already loaded and has the panoramic sunroof.
one annoying thing: the blind spot detection does not work i believe under 30km/h. could not find anywhere where this can be changed.
 
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