With the 2010 Sorento, Kia is one step closer to having a lineup of cars and SUVs that share traces of the same design language.
You may not like what that design language has to say, but there's little arguing the 2010 Sorento appears to be a bigger package than the last-generation SUV. Whereas the last-generation Sorento might be mistaken for products from other automakers, the new Sorento integrates Kia's new family grille and, around the rear, has a look that recalls the larger Borrego SUV.
You might also remember the wheels, which bear a strong resemblance to those used on top-line Forte compact sedans.
The 2010 Sorento's interior isn't a game-changer, but is pleasing nonetheless. Try to look past the tan leather seats and navigation system before deciding whether you think the interior is an improvement.
With upgraded powertrain choices and a number of new options, the Sorento could grab a slightly greater slice of the pie that is the midsize SUV segment. Will its styling help or hurt it?