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Editor's Overview

The 2017 Kia Sorento midsize SUV packs value, good looks, a load of amenities and one of the best warranties in the business. Fresh off a revamp, this 5- or 7-passenger crossover SUV is slightly smaller than rivals like the Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer, but is easy to maneuver and starts at a lower price.

You'll Like The 2017 Kia Sorento If...

If you want a crossover SUV that’s not too big, not too small and packs a lot for the money, the 2017 Sorento feels like Goldilocks. Kia’s standard 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, meanwhile, could still be going strong when the kids are old enough to drive.

You May Not Like The 2017 Kia Sorento If...

If you need a midsize SUV that can seat more than seven, try the Honda Pilot or Toyota Highlander. Something larger still like the Chevy Tahoe may be needed if you want a family vehicle that can tow a heavy trailer or offer additional room for gear.

What's New

The 2017 Sorento is still fresh from last year’s all-new model. This year’s updates include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay phone integration and available autonomous emergency braking. The sporty EX 2.0 turbo model gains steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Interior Features

The 2017 Sorento can be had with seating for five or seven. Whichever layout you prefer, this midsize SUV maintains Kia’s reputation for interiors that feel more luxurious than you’d think, especially on Limited models with their softer leather. All models benefit from a contemporary dash and interior design. The front-row and 2nd-row seats are comfortable, but the third row is reserved for the smallest of adults and children. Cargo space behind the third row is limited, but fold the seats down and there’s plenty of room for larger items. A hidden rear subfloor on lower-trim models increases usefulness.

Exterior Features

Is this Sorento the best-looking SUV in its class? Maybe. We like the blunt nose, and Kia’s "tiger nose" grille treatment looks exceptionally good here. The new-generation Sorento’s added length goes a long way to reducing the stubbiness of the last-gen model, making this one look sleeker and more modern. Base and LX models get 17-inch alloy wheels, while EX models get 18-inchers, and SX roll on big 19-inchers, which are chrome on V6 Limited models. The LED fog lights and additional chrome on Limited models make for an upscale look. Roof rails come on all but the base L model.

Driving Impressions

Kia has worked feverishly to improve its cars on every level, and it only takes one drive in the Sorento to see that diligence has paid off. Compared to past models, the steering feels more natural in the new Sorento, and power is adequate to strong, depending which engine you choose. The V6 offers strong pull, while the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder — available on 2-row EX and Limited models — is a good alternative with excellent low-end power. The base 2.4-liter 4-cylinder has acceptable performance and the best fuel economy. The standard 6-speed automatic transmission is smooth and unobtrusive, and the Sorento’s suspension is neither too harsh nor too soft. The new all-wheel-drive (AWD) system’s Torque Vectoring Cornering Control enhances traction and cornering stability by actively apportioning power and torque to where it’s most needed, helpful for traction in bad weather, and for better grip in the dry, too.

Pricing Notes

At its least expensive, a 2017 Kia Sorento L starts with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) just over $26,000 (including the $895 destination charge), but the $27,595 Sorento LX is worth the extra money thanks to additional features and available options, and that’s still lower than many SUV competitors like the Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer. A V6 Sorento starts just under $30,000, and the EX model with its turbocharged 4-cylinder is just over $32,000. At the top end, SX Limited models are nearly $45,000. Adding all-wheel drive is an extra $1,800 regardless of trim. Before buying, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their new Kia. The Sorento’s resale value is expected to be good, but still trail that of the Toyota Highlander.

Notable Equipment

The 2017 Sorento is available in four main trims, plus derivatives. As expected, the base L model is the bargain play, but it does include keyless entry, cruise control, stain-resistant cloth upholstery and basic AM/FM/CD audio system with Bluetooth connectivity and a USB input. We recommend at least stepping up to an LX model, which adds a rearview camera, sound-deadening windshield, touch-screen audio display, and the ability to add more amenities via packages and the option of all-wheel drive. The Sorento’s safety features include airbags all around and a slew of traction and stability-control systems.

Notable Options

We really like the mid-level EX trim’s value. It grants Kia’s UVO infotainment system with CarPlay and Android Auto, leather interior, rear park assist, push-button start, dual-zone climate control, 2nd-row window shades, power driver’s seat, heated front seats and either a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine or V6. The top-line SX Limited comes loaded with what costs extra on other trims: blind-spot monitoring, panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats, power liftgate, 8-inch touch screen with navigation, Infinity audio system and driving aids like lane-keep assist, smart cruise control and the new auto-braking feature. The SX Limited comes exclusively with Nappa leather trim.

Favorite Features

AUTOMATIC EMERGENCY BRAKINGAvailable on nearly every trim of the 2017 Sorento, this new safety feature does what humans can’t: Keeps an unblinking eye on what’s happening in front of you. Should the system sense an impending crash with no action on your part, it will apply the brakes to prevent a collision.SMART LIFTGATEKia’s Smart Liftgate makes it even easier to open the Sorento’s optional power hatch when your hands are full. Instead of pushing a button on the SUV’s key fob, you just stand near the rear for a few seconds with the fob in your pocket, and the liftgate opens.

Under the Hood

Standard in L and LX models is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder with 185 horsepower, 178 lb-ft of torque, and the best fuel economy — 28-mpg highway. The standard engine in EX and Limited Sorento SUVs is the new 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, with 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. However, that engine is available only on 2-row models. Three-row EX and Limited models, and all SX models, come with the 3.3-liter V6 with 290 horsepower. A 6-speed automatic is the only transmission available. All-wheel drive (AWD) is available on all models except the base L, which is front-wheel drive (FWD) only and features a locking center differential and Torque Vectoring Cornering Control. The Sorento can tow between 2,000 and 5,000 pounds, depending on engine and drive configuration.2.4-liter inline-4185 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm178 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/28 mpg (FWD), 21/25 mpg (AWD) 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4240 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm260 lb-ft of torque @ 1,450 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/27 mpg (FWD), 19/25 mpg (AWD)3.3-liter V6290 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm252 lb-ft of torque @ 5,300 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 mpg (FWD, AWD LX and EX), 17/23 mpg (AWD SX and Limited)

Editors' Notes

The 2017 Kia Sorento midsize SUV packs value, good looks, a load of amenities and one of the best warranties in the business. Fresh off a revamp, this crossover SUV is available in 2-row/5-passenger form or the more versatile 3-row/7-passenger setup. With three engines to choose from and pricing that ranges from around $26,000 for a basic family vehicle to over $45,000 for a leather-lined quasi-luxury SUV, the Sorento fits a wide range of budgets and needs. Kia’s midsize SUV is smaller than rivals like the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer, making it less roomy but also easier to maneuver and park. The Sorento excels as a jack-of-all-trades, and continues to improve with enhancements such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

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That it is a smooth riding relatively quite vehicle.

2017 Kia Sorento

I like driving this vehicle as it is an SUV which sets me up higher so it is easier to see what is around me. I like having the ability to put the back seat down to load up the vehicle. It is a smooth riding relatively quiet car. I also like that it has a physical key to open/close the doors (by pushing on the key fob) and start it. I do not like the push button start vehicles. I've actually walked away from a vehicle with the push start while the car was still running. I also have trouble locking the car that has the push button because of my inability to figure out where on the door handle to touch. Then when I pull the door handle to test that it is locked, the vehicle unlocks. So I like my vehicle that has an actual key to start it and push the key fob to lock it with a good loud horn to let me know the car is locked. What I don't like, and this goes for most cars these days, is all the "stuff" you have to learn about it. I just want a car with four wheels, a steering wheel, electric windows, a/c and heat, a radio, electric mirror adjustment - just the basics. I don't even know what a lot else the vehicle has and don't have the time to go thru the big book that came with it.

- Joan A

Purchase the Kia Sorento for: safety. Comfort. Style.

2017 Kia Sorento

This 2017 Kia Sorento is the best vehicle I have ever owned. It is solid. The lx model has front wheel drive, and 6 speed automatic transmission with overdrive. It is equipped with am/FM/cd/mp3/Sirius XM Audio system, android auto & apple carplay. Not to mention the amazing 4. 3"color touch Audio display. Sure cannot beat the rear camera display and the rear parking assist system. I am in love with the surround view monitor and the blind spot detection system, sure does not hurt to have that extra pair of eyes. It also has the advanced smart cruise control for those nice long trips. It almost drives itself with the lane departure system and forward collision warning system. That will get you everywhere safe, especially with the Bluetooth wireless technology hands free connectivity-now that says a lot these days. Steering wheel mounted Audio hands free phone what a great safety feature. And in case you need the USB auxiliary input jack and USB 2. 1 charger port its there. I especially love its a 7 passenger vehicle and the seats go down if you need that extra room when purchasing an oversized item. Another best part is the heated front seats, love it in the winter.

- Debbie H

The best car I have ever leased!

2017 Kia Sorento EX

I really love our Kia Sorento. Our trim package is the EX. It doesn't have leather, but the power/heated seats make the drive comfortable, especially in Ohio winter! We just had to replace the tires at over 50,000 miles, never blew or lost air once. Very nice quality tires. I also love the large HD screen for the backup camera. It also has sensors and alerts you with a noise if a car or object is coming behind you. Total lifesaver! One of the other great features is when you brake, your back lights flash three times. This prevents cars from ramming you in the back if you make a sharp stop. This is also one of the safest cars on the market! Side airbags and the windshield design (if shattered, windshield will break into non-sharp pieces so you won't be harmed in an accident) make me feel safe when having my children in the car. We have not had a single issue with the car's technology, engine, brakes, etc since we have had it. I highly recommend this vehicle to anyone, especially families!

- Shannon C

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