- Two- or three-row configurations
- Available 290-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 engine
- Full 5-Star Overall Crash Test Safety Rating from the NHTSA
The 2017 Kia Sorento is a midsize SUV that seats up to 7 passengers across three rows. Maximum towing capacity is 5,000 pounds. It competes with Ford Explorer, Nissan Murano, and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Seven trims are available: the L, LX, LX V6, EX, EX V6, SX V6, and SX Limited V6.
Redesigned in 2016, the Sorento has an overall soft, yet hefty appearance. On the front-end, the most prominent feature is the honeycomb grille, which is flanked by squinting, trapezoid-shaped headlights. Chrome accents at the front grille, air vents, door handles, and side windows offer a more premium look to the Sorento. Standard features include power/heated door mirrors, turn signal indicator mirrors, and 17-inch wheels. Available features include a panoramic moonroof, HID headlights, LED fog lights, a power liftgate, and roof rails.
The Sorento L and LX are powered by a standard 185-hp, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and front- or all-wheel drive. A 290-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 engine is also available for the LX and higher trim levels. The EX comes with a 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine.
Fuel economy for 2.4-liter models is an EPA-estimated 21/28 mpg city/highway. With AWD, it slightly dips to a 21/25 mpg rating. Fuel economy lowers to a 18/25 mpg rating for V-6 models as well. The V-6/AWD for the SX trims fall to a 17/23 mpg rating. The turbo 2.0-liter model has a 20/27 rating for the FWD model and a 19/25 mpg rating with AWD.
Inside, the Sorento features a spill-resistant, black cloth interior with a 40/20/40 split-folding second-row seat. The Sorento has two- and three-row configurations. Maximum cargo capacity is a 73.5 cubic feet. The center console features a standard audio system with CD/MP3 playback, Bluetooth connectivity for phone and audio, and a USB port. It can be upgraded to the UVO eServices infotainment system, which includes an 8-inch touchscreen, an integrated navigation system, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility, a satellite radio, and an Infinity premium audio system. Other optional features include leather upholstery, rear HVAC, heated front seats, heated rear seats, adaptive cruise control, and an automatic dimming mirror.
The Sorento earned a full 5-Star Overall Crash Test Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Standard safety features include a backup camera and a tire pressure monitoring system. Available features include a rear park assist, surround view, a blind spot monitoring system, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.