Why the Kia Sorento?
Fuel economy: Always want more MPG but it is at least 25% better than my 2006 Ford Explorer. After 15K miles of highway, city and occasionally pulling a 5'x10' trailer, I'm averaging exactly 20.9 MPG.
Ride smoothness: One day 10 hour drive to Disney was smooth and comfortable, as good as any car I've ever driven.
Rear seat room & comfort: Need 7 passenger seating and the Sorento has delivered. Used 3rd row quite a few times with children AND adults. No complaints, although 3rd ride was usually no more than one hour.
Reliability & durability: Owned for 14 months and 15K miles with ZERO problems! No issues whatsoever!