Kia Sorento EX V6

The 2020 Kia Sorento EX V6 gets 290 horsepower and 26 mpg in a roomy mid-size package.
Written by Mariza Morin
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
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Looking for an IIHS Top Safety Pick that also has some pep in its step? The Kia Sorento EX V6 is dependable yet delivers a 290-hp engine, 252lb-ft of torque, and zooms up to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds.
Kia’s
superior safety features make the mid-size Sorento SUV ideal for families who could use an extra third-row of seating—but maybe aren’t quite ready for the minivan life just yet. The Sorento EX V6 is a roomy mid-size SUV with a powerful engine and eight-speed automatic transmission that the whole family uses can enjoy. 
This guide will cover everything you need to know about the 2020 Kia Sorento EX V6, including information on specifications, fuel economy, and other Sorentos available with that spirited V6 engine.
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2020 Kia Sorento EX V6

Starting price: $36,335
Engine: 3.3 L regular unleaded V6
Horsepower: 290 @ 6400 RPM
Torque: 252 @ 5200 RPM
0 to 60: 7.2 seconds
With the Sorento EX V6, Kia took the base mid-size SUV and revamped it into a powerful vehicle with ample passing power. The EX features 19-inch Alloy wheels, leather seating, and eight-speed automatic transmission
Other notable features of the Sorento EX V6 include: 
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control: Along with heated front leather seats, the EX’s climate control system makes for a comfy, enjoyable ride. 
  • Standard infotainment: An intuitive 7-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a six-speaker stereo is sure to keep the whole family entertained while you drive.
  • Superior safety features: The EX model adds significant driver assistance features, including forward-collision warning, pedestrian detection, blind-spot collision avoidance, rear-cross traffic avoidance, driver-attention monitor, and lane-departure warning.  
A Smart power liftgate and a panoramic sunroof are also standard on the Sorento EX and SX trims. 

How’s the fuel economy?

As with all powerful V6 engines, the one disadvantage you can expect is weaker fuel economy compared to the Sorento’s standard four-cylinder engine. The four-cylinder
Sorento L
and
Sorento LX
trims get 22/29 mpg (FWD) or 21/26 mpg (AWD), while the EX gets 19/26 mpg (FWD) or 18/24 mpg (AWD) when equipped with the V6 engine. 

Which Kia Sorento models have the V6?

The same V6 comes standard on the slightly cheaper
Sorento S
trim and the more expensive
Sorento SX
model. For the S, you’ll have a starting price of $34,035, while the SX will set you back $41,035.

How fast is the Kia Sorento V6? 

Even with the V6 engine, the Sorento is not breaking any speed records anytime soon. The S, EX, and SX trims can reach 60 mph in 7.2 seconds.
Yet, the mid-size SUV keeps up with most of the competition. Let’s take a look at the 0-to-60 times for other revved up contenders among 2020 mid-size SUVs: 
The Mazda CX-9 is equipped with a four-cylinder engine rather than a V6—but it still competes with the EX. The Toyota Highlander also matches the EX, but the GMC Acadia beats the EX by 1.1 seconds.
Key Takeaway The V6 engine gives the Kia Sorento S, EX, and SX more power and speed—but at the cost of less fuel efficiency. 
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Which is better: Sorento S or EX?

The S and EX trims of the 2020 Sorento have many similar features, which can make it difficult to choose between the two. Both trims come standard with the V6 engine and as a host of safety features like rear parking sensors, blind-spot collision warning, and proximity keyless entry. But the price jumps up by $2,300 for the EX trim. 
So which version of the Sorento V6 is better? If safety is your top priority, the EX upgrade might be worth the additional cost. For the extra cash, you’ll get better safety features like pedestrian detection, lane keep assistance, lane departure warning, and a driver attention monitor. But if speed is really what you need and you’re trying to save a few bucks, go with the S trim.
No matter which trim you decide on, both are attractive options with many of the same advantages. But if it’s all about the V6 engine and top safety, go with the Kia Sorento EX. 

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FAQs

Yes—the Kia Sorento EX comes standard with a 3.3-liter V6 engine that gets 290 hp.
Kia has a reputation for reliability, and the Sorento EX V6 is no different. J.D. Power gives the 2020 Sorento EX an 86/100 rating for quality and reliability.
All-wheel drive is an option for every 2020 Sorento trim level.
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