Kia Sorento
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My, how Kia’s tall wagon has grown up over the past few years; the current edition has its style groove in full swing and its cabin chock-full of handy features.

Drivetrain
Go with a 175-horsepower four-cylinder or an optional 290-horse V6; all-wheel-drive can be served up with either engine.

Following a design freshening, platform stiffening and power upgrading for 2014, the Sorento swaggers forth into 2015 as cool and competent as ever. And why not, since most competing three-row wagons require a lot more coin to seal the deal. The Sorento’s stout sub-frame supports a 175-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder powerplant that’s rated at 191 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. Optional is a 3.3-liter V6 producing 290-horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque. With either engine a six-speed automatic with manual shift controls is the sole cog swapper. The all-wheel-drive system (available with either engine) is a full-time unit that constantly varies the torque to all four wheels and can direct power to the outer wheels in high-speed turning situations for added control (known as torque vectoring). Along with the Sorento’s LX, EX and SX trims, a SX Limited model is loaded up with a wood-trimmed interior with ventilated soft leather-covered seats. You also get self-leveling headlights and exclusive 19-inch wheels (17- and 18-inch rims adorn lesser Sorentos) when you spring for this content-rich model. The options sheet contains a power liftgate, panoramic sunroof, advanced voice-activated communications, infotainment and navigation controls (incorporating an eight-inch touch-screen) and a blind-spot monitoring system that constantly tracks vehicles in the immediate vicinity and issues an audible and visual alert should any get too close.