2017 Kia Sorento
The 2017 Kia Sorento has been out for some time, and still people are just starting their Kia Sorento experience, so we thought it would be smart to give a more in-depth look at this crossover SUV. The 2017 looks similar to the 2016, but it has more luxury for its affordable price. Not only this, but the model has evolved, turning the old 2016 model into a newly refined, comfortable SUV. Available in seven trims, it’s hard to choose, so let’s take a general look at the 2017 Kia Sorento
Avail. V6 Engine
In the 2017 Kia Sorento, there are three different types of engines for the various trims. In the L and LX trims, drivers will find a 2.4 liter DOHC, 16-valve I-4 engine under the hood, with 185-hp. The LX V6, EX V6, SX V6, and SXL V6 trims are powered by a 3.3-liter, DOHC, 24-valve V6 engine, generating 290-hp. The Sorento EX is the only trim powered by a 2.0 liter DOHC 16-valve I-4, Turbocharged engine, putting out 240-horsepower.
Trims with the 2.4-liter engine have a fuel economy of 21 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway. Those powered by the 3.3-liter engine get 18/25 MPG in the city/highway. The Sorento EX with the turbocharged engine has a fuel economy of 20/27 MPG city/highway.
Driving and Handling
All trims come standard with an electronically controlled 6-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic.
“Sportmatic” is a type of transmissions with paddle-shifters rather than a gear shift in the center console. Paddle-shift transmission reflects some of the key features of manual transmission such as giving the driver the ability and control to shift the transmission without the use of a clutch. In addition, paddle shifters automatically place the car in the correct gear in reference to the speed a vehicle is travelling. In a vehicle with manual transmission, drivers are left to change gears themselves.
Same Old Look, Same Old Bang!
Some may say the 2017 model looks just like the 2016 Kia Sorento. However with each model, there’s always going to be subtle changes that make the difference. The 2017 Kia Sorento has heated exterior mirrors with LED turn signal indicators, and power folding mirrors on the high end trims. Smart Welcome, the system that activates your Sorento when in proximity, comes standard on the SX V6 and SXL V6, but are add-on options for the EX and EX V6. The same trims also have a panoramic sunroof with power sunshade and smart power liftgate, standard and optional on the respective trims.
Solar control glass comes on all trims to keep the interior of the vehicle from heating up, keeping passengers cool. On all but the base trim, a sound-absorbing windshield glass has been installed.
For aerodynamics sake, all trims come with a rear spoiler. In terms of new wheels, the L, LX, and LX V6 ride on 17-inch alloy wheels; the EX and EX V6 ride on 18-inch alloy wheels; the SX V6 has 19-inch alloy wheels; and the SXL V6 being the most high-end trim of the 2017 Sorento lineup, it dons 19-inch chrome/alloy wheels. The vehicle is available in several colors, and all but the base trim have the option of getting a snow white premium pearl paint finish.
On the Inside
Like the engines on the 2017 Kia Sorento, the different trims have different seating options. The L, LX, and LX V6 come standard with Cloth Seats with YES Essentials fabric treatment; the EX, EX V6, and SX V6 come with a leather trim (optional add-on for LX); and the SXL V6 gets premium Nappa leather seat trim. All trims have a second row seat with 40/20/40 split folding. Select trims have sliding and auto folding second row seats (LX optional, LX V6, EX V6, SX V6, and SXL V6 standard), and some also have 50/50 split-folding third row seats (same trims as before, except SXL V6).
With a little luxury in mind, the high-end trims, EX onward, have heated front seats, with LX and LX V6 offered the same as an add-on option. Ventilated front seats and heated second-row seats come standard on the SXL V6. It also has a heated steering wheel and leather-wrapped & wood-style. Other trims come with plain leather trim for the steering wheel (EX, EX V6, and SX V6, optional on LX and LX V6). Another bit of luxury is the dual-zone automatic climate control, standard in trims EX and onward, optional in the Sorento LX and Sorento LX V6.
What vehicle would be complete without some entertainment? The L, LX, and LX V6 have a AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM audio system, with a 4.3-inch color touchscreen on the LX and LX V6. The same audio system but with a 7-inch color touchscreen with UVO eServices, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay are on the later trims (Ex onward, optional on LX and LX V6), and an 8-inch touch screen with UVO eServices with Navigation, SiriusXM Traffic, and HD Radio installed come standard on the Sorento SX V6 and Sorento SXL V6. The same trims also come standard with an Infinity Surround Sound audio system with Clari-Fi, ten speakers, an external amplifier, and subwoofer.
Bluetooth wireless technology hands-free connectivity comes standard on all trims, as do steering wheel-mounted audio controls and hands-free phone controls. Standard on all trims is also Drive Mode Select, a system drivers can use to adjust and customize their driving experience, and a trip computer.
Safety Features and Warranty
Safety is always important, and a lot of the safety tech available today is found in the 2017 Kia Sorento. A rear-camera display is standard on all but the base trim. Select Sorento models have a rear parking assist system, blind-spot detection system, and rear-cross traffic alert as a standard, but other trims have these features as add-on options. Advanced smart cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and a surround view monitor are all standard on the highest end trim, the Sorento SXL V6, and are available as options on all but the base trim.
All of the trims have the same safety specs, everything a driver would want today, from dual front advanced airbags to LATCH anchors. Kia is known for never cutting corners on safety, constantly winning awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety every year.
All Kias come with the 10-year/100,000 mile warranty program: a 10-year/100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty, a 5-year/60,000 mile limited basic warranty, and a 5-year/100,000 mile limited anti-perforation warranty.