Let’s start fresh: This was Kia’s idea when it went back to the drawing board for its 2017 Kia Sorento model. The clean slate worked too, as the new Sorento carries with it a bold persona not found on its previous predecessors.
The biggest changes come on the exterior, where the 2017 Kia Sorento possesses a sleek edge to its styling. From the side view, this is apparent as you can see the sculpted body lines and lowered roof line which gives the Sorento its sporty freshness.
Kia merged functionality in the Sorento’s design with a few cool components. Its high-intensity projector beam headlights—available on some of Sorento’s models—feature auto-leveling to enhance visibility. Another lifesaver for families is the power liftgate. Not only will this sense your smart key and open automatically, it will also account for your height preference. This makes it incredibly convenient for families accessing the Sorento’s cargo area.
Versatility was a focal point for Kia when designing the 2017 Sorento. A good representation of this is the sliding seats in the second-row, making it easier for passengers to move into and out of the third row. A nifty feature is the available Remote Release. For this, you can use the remote at the rear of the Sorento to fold down the second-row seats. It’s a new level of functionality you won’t find on comparable SUVs.
Versatility is only one point of emphasis, though, as Kia equipped its newest Sorento to provide exceptional comfort on your road adventures. A 14-way driver’s seat allows you to create a seating position tailored for your comfort needs, and its four-way lumbar support reduces driver fatigue on longer trips.
Now, let’s talk about seating textures. For families with small children, you know how challenging it can be to keep your SUV clean due to the spills. Kia thought ahead by equipping the Sorento with YES Essentials interior cloth for the seats. This durable cloth resists stains, it doesn’t trap in odors and reduces static. It’s small touches like this that show how Kia pays important consideration to the needs of the modern SUV buyer.
Connectivity is another area where Kia wanted the Sorento to be accommodating to your needs. This SUV features up to eight outlets, with four 12v outlets, 2 USB ports for charging, one AUX/USB port and one 110V inverter. This gives you and your passengers ample ways to keep your electronic devices powered up on your destinations.
Another new component found on the 2017 Kia Sorento is the 2.0-liter turbo engine. This engine provides the pulse-pounding acceleration your crave while its turbo technology maximizes fuel efficiency to make this SUV fun to drive and budget-friendly.
This engine is one of three available for the Sorento. If fuel efficiency is of huge concern then the 2.4L four-cylinder engine would be an excellent option. Meanwhile, if you crave power and capability, you’ll want to opt for the powerful 3.3L V6 engine, which helps the SUV tow up to 5,000 pounds.
Speaking of fun, if your aim is to tackle off-roading challenges the Kia Sorento is up for it. When equipped with its available Dynamax all-wheel-drive, it provides the smooth handling you’ll need when driving over rough surface terrains. It also delivers a tighter feel on cornering with features such as Torque Vectoring Control. These systems work together to put the fun back into driving an SUV.
As noted above, an SUV shouldn’t be a chore vessel, it should be a fun, dynamic environment. With the pairing of the 10-speaker Infiniti surround system and the sound clarity from Clari-Fi technology, you’ll enjoy rich studio sounds of your favorite tunes during your commutes, transforming them from the mundane to the exhilarating.
Audio is only one area where Kia upped its game on the Sorento. Kia loaded the SUV with available drive-assist technologies to aid you in making safer decisions. With offerings like Surround View Monitor, Blind-Spot Detection, and Advance Smart Cruise Control, these systems work together to give you all the information you need to make the smart choices when behind the wheel.
Lastly, Kia equipped the Sorento to conform to your basic commands. Its UVO eServices allows you to connect your phones through connectivity platforms like Apple CarPlay where you can enjoy uninterrupted access to your music, make phone calls or even listen to text messages. This transforms the Kia Sorento’s cabin into a mobile office where you can conduct business anywhere.
Kia understands how important safety is to you; this is why it equipped the Sorento with active systems to make your drives safer. Available features like Hill-Start Assist Control and Electronic Stability Control conforms to your driving needs to give you maximum handling.
Meanwhile, the structure of the Sorento is the perfect representation of how seriously Kia takes your safety. The Sorento possesses a reinforced body made with 53 percent high-strength steel. The intention behind this design is to protect you and your passengers in the event of a collision.
Given all its standard safety components it’s no wonder the Kia Sorento continues to garner critical acclaim. Its 2016 model earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick + distinction and received a five-star overall safety rating with the NHTSA. These are the highest honors available to SUVs.
The 2017 Kia Sorento is affordable with a starting price of $25,400, efficient (28 highway mpg), stylish, safe and loaded with exceptional performance and technological features. It’s also adaptable, meeting your storage and seating needs with the simple push of a button or sliding out of a seat.
If you are in the market for a mid-size SUV, and maximum power is of little concern to you, then the 2017 Kia Sportage is an option worth closer inspection.