Compares favorably to all SUV's in this class. We went from a GMC Jimmy to the Sorento, and we could not be happier.
The EX 4WD with the automatic transmission and 4 wheel disk brakes, drives nicely in the city and on our country roads. The automatic transmission control slides to the right and allows you to select up and down through the gears manually, allowing terrific control on hilly roads.
The four wheel disk brakes are fantastic for quick stops. There is very little diving when applied as an emergency simulation.
The acceleration is quick and smooth, it performs well in city traffic.
It has nicely appointed features, and is easily a luxury type small SUV.
I have driven four wheel drive SUV's for 20 years and my Sorento test drive was on the hairy edge of sanity on a back road. I was anxious to prove to my wife that a Korean SUV wouldn't compare to the other similar SUV's we were considering. I was wrong. I was sold. I might buy another one as the budget allows for it compared to what we were going to buy.