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2017 Kia Sorento SXL – Driven

2017 Kia Sorento SXL – Driven

Kia’s broad stroke at the crossover market

It’s hard to believe the Kia Sorento has been around since 2002, but this body-on-frame SUV turned unibody crossover has gained a respectable foothold in the American market thanks to its growing size and continually improvement refinement with each generation. Kia last reworked the Sorento for the 2016 model year. This third-generation crossover now wears a handsome exterior with a surprisingly supple and spacious interior. A few minor changes happen for the 2017 model year, including the addition of automatic emergency braking and making the Technology Package and V-6 standard equipment in the range-topping SXL.

Kia sent me such a model to test for a week. It came loaded with just about every option available, including all-wheel drive and that 3.3-liter V-6. Also packed in back is the Sorento’s optional third row seat, which actually comes standard on the SXL. Prices have also increased for 2017, with the base trims seeing as little as $290 and a whopping $4,000 for the SXL. The huge price jump on the SXL is patricianly explained by the $2,500 Technology Package being made standard, as well as the V-6. AWD is now the SXL’s only major option, though several smaller accessories can be purchased.

The 2017 Sorento is positioned to compete in two vehicle categories and in a higher pricing bracket than most would expect. It can be stacked against the two-row Ford Flex or the spacious, three-row Dodge Durango. It can compete with the family-friendly and affordable Hyundai Santa Fe Sport or the middle-class Jeep Grand Cherokee. It all depends on how the Kia Sorento is optioned. But how well does the Sorento perform at all these tasks? That’s what we’re here to find out.

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2016 Kia Sorento Ski Gondola

2016 Kia Sorento Ski Gondola

The familiar SUV trades wheels for tracks to climb ski slopes

Introduced in 2003, the Kia Sorento has been redesigned twice as of 2016, with the most recent upgrade being launched in 2014. The third-generation SUV made its formal debut at the Paris Motor Show and shares underpinnings with the Kia Sedona and Hyundai Santa Fe. The new generation brought a new, sportier design and a more upscale cabin, as well as a brand-new engine in the form of a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder. In the U.S., the SUV also carried over with the familiar 2.4-liter four-pot and the 3.3-liter V-6.

At the 2016 SEMA Show, the Sorento family received a brand-new and rather unusual family member. Although just a concept car that won’t be put into production anytime soon, the Sorento Ski Gondola is exactly what its name suggest: a gondola with seating for four that can tackle the roughest terrains thanks to its heavy-duty tracks. Built by LUX Motorwerks and packed with numerous aftermarket features, the custom Sorento also employs autonomous drive and a bespoke interior.

It’s arguably one of the wildest concepts presented at the 2016 SEMA Show and proves that Kia has the ability to think out of the box and create unique vehicles.

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2018 Kia Sorento

2018 Kia Sorento

Refresh adds new features, axes 2.0-liter engine

The Kia Sorento started life as a body-on-frame SUV for the 2002 model year and was redesigned in 2010 and 2014. Come 2017 and Kia gave the third-generation SUV its mid-cycle facelift by adding new design features on the outside and updating the tech package inside the cabin.

The refresh also saw one of the two four-cylinder engines discontinued, leaving the Sorento with a choice of two drivetrains. However, Kia did announce that the hauler will get a diesel soon. Info about the oil burner is not yet available, but we know everything else about this SUV, so let’s have a closer look at the data in the review below.

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2015 Kia Sorento PacWest Adventure

2015 Kia Sorento PacWest Adventure

Every year, the SEMA show gathers the best in aftermarket automotive equipment out in the desert of Las Vegas. But this year, Kia has a car that should put you in mind of an entirely different part of the country: the Pacific Northwest. And, if the photos and general motif of the Sorento-based concept don’t do it, Kia has named the show car “PacWest Adventure.” The concept is a shot at imbuing the Sorento with a bit more off-road credibility, and truthfully, Kia did a very thorough job with it. Of course, the Sorento generally isn’t the first vehicle that people think of for off-roading, so Kia did have something to prove with the concept.

The end result is barely recognizable as a Sorento, even though — with the exception of the rather elaborate paint job — almost all of the exterior modifications are bolt-ons. Moreover, outside of a couple of showy choices to attract the eyes of SEMA’s show-goers, this is primarily a sober, and highly practical machine for a weekend outing in the northwestern wilderness. Just look past the crazy paint and the odd choices made for the interior, and it’s difficult to think of a better way to outfit a Sorento for off-roading.

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2016 Kia Sorento X-Men

2016 Kia Sorento X-Men

Kia’s love affair with super heroes is well-documented. How can we forget the quintet of cars it rolled out at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show, all inspired by our favorite members of DC’s Justice League. In July 2013, West Coast Customs even dressed up a 2016 Kia Sorento with all members of the Justice League getting prominent face time. Not one to corner itself in the DC Universe, Kia’s latest superhero-inspired creation is another heavily customized Sorento that pays homage to everyone’s favorite mutant super team, the X-Men.

The X-Men-inspired Sorento was created to commemorate the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past on Blue-ray, DVD, and Digital HD. The release itself is irrelevant in our eyes, but the X-Men Sorento certainly isn’t. In addition to serving as a promo vehicle for the release of this summer’s blockbuster movie, the SUV will also do double-duty as a showcase piece at the 2015 Australian Open in Melbourne. Additionally, It will star in a video of sorts with tennis star Rafael Nadal and a handful of mutants to take on the Sentinels in the lead-up to the Australian Open.

Kia’s keeping mum on the inspiration behind the X-Men Sorento. Instead, it’s inviting fans to vote on its Facebook page from a pool of choices that include Storm, Wolverine, Mystique, and Magneto. Unless you have absolutely no clue who the X-Men are, we’ll venture a guess that nobody’s going to get this multiple choice question wrong.

On that note, we would’ve loved to see how Kia would adapt Mystique on the Kia Sorento. Something about her scaly blue skin would probably look cool as a paint job, wouldn’t it?

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2016 Kia Sorento

2016 Kia Sorento

The Kia Sorento has been around since 2003 when it was introduced as a body-on-frame model that was common among full-size trucks and SUV’s at the time. By the time 2014 came around, Kia was introducing the redesigned, third-generation model that came with a slew of updates to keep it among one of the strongest competitors in its class. Compared to the previous model, the front fascia has been updated with larger corner intakes and rectangular fog lights, and the frame around the grill has been redesigned to be much thinner than before. The side profile has more character from new body lines, and the rear now has a much cleaner look. Since the new Sorento shares a platform with the Kia Carnival, it is now nearly 3.75-inches longer – a feature that translates into more interior room. To go with the extra interior space, comfort and luxury have been increased by the introduction of softer surfaces and plenty of updated options.

With competition like the Toyota Rav4 and the Honda CR-V, Kia pulled out all the stops to make sure its Sorento would stick in the minds of consumers. As such, the car benefits from a large infotainment screen, a comfortable back seat, and third-row seating, to name a few important features. For a rather thorough update, the price for 2016 only increased by $1,000, while the 2017 model will come at a $300 premium. It’s not bad, and more than appropriate for the quality the new Sorento brings to the table. So, if you want to learn more about the new Sorento, check out our in-depth review below that includes pictures from the Sorento’s debut.

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2015 Kia Sorento SXL - Driven

2015 Kia Sorento SXL - Driven

The Kia Sorento debuted in 2003 as a midway point between smaller crossovers and midsize SUVs, giving buyers yet another SUV option to choose from. The model underwent its first redesign in 2011, when it received a healthy set of changes that gave it a more refined and sporty look to better match the changing crossover realm. In 2014, the Sorento underwent very minor aesthetic changes, but it gained an all-new chassis, and these changes brought about the third generation for the crossover. Only minor changes make their way into the 2015 Sorento, including an updated UVO system and the new SXL trim.

I spent a week behind the wheel of the range-topping 2015 Kia Sorento SXL, and got a really nice feel for what it offers buyers. Overall, the Sorento SXL is an oddity in the crossover SUV realm, as its size and seven-passenger capacity make it hard for small crossovers to match its usefulness and its premium features are typically reserved for luxury SUVs. On the flip side, it does not have the badge notoriety or the driving dynamics to rival the luxury SUVs.

So, does the Sorento have a place in the market?

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2015 Kia Sorento

2015 Kia Sorento

Retaining most of its features from the 2014 model, the 2015 Sorento makes its way to dealerships with just a few subtle upgrades to make it a more appealing option for customers looking to buy a midsize SUV. The interior and the engine optios of the Sorento received their upgrades last year, so there’s really no need to ask for a complete refresh again. But there are some changes to the 2015, enough at least to make it distinguishable from its predecessor, and more importantly, make it more attractive, especially for young buyers. There really are a lot of things to like about the Sorento; it’s got a nice design and it offers copious amounts of power that should make it a contender in its segment.

But the best part about Kia’s midsize SUV is its price. Whereas rival models are close to the $30,000 range for their V-6 trims, while the Sorento’s V-6 starts at just a little over $26,000. That’s value right there.

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2013 Kia Sorento "Justice League" by West Coast Customs

2013 Kia Sorento "Justice League" by West Coast Customs

The San Diego Comic-Con opened up today and what better way to celebrate it than with a comic book-inspired ride? Well, Kia was happy to deliver the goods by way of a Justice League-inspired 2013 Sorento that took a whopping 10 months to complete.

For those that don’t know, the Justice League first appeared in The Brave and Beautiful issue No. 28, which was put on shelves in 1960. The original seven members of the famed comic book team were Batman, Superman, Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and Martian Manhunter, but many characters came and went through the years. This Sorento features all of the original characters with the exception of the lesser-known Martian Manhunter — in his place is more mainstream Cyborg — painted on each side of the vehicle by West Coast Customs. Each of the characters on this Sorento also had their own individual customized Kia and you can see each one by clicking on each name above.

Up front, the hood features a "Justice League" decal and nothing else, giving the crossover a clean, but still custom, look from the front end. The Kia also received blacked-out upper and lower grilles.

On the inside, the customization continues. West Coast Customs reupholstered all three rows of seats with one character’s colors and logo on each seat. Up front, the driver’s seat features the Superman logo and red piping, and the passenger’s seat features a batman logo on the headrest and gold piping. The three center-row seats features Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Flash logos with their respective colored piping. Finally, the third row of seats feature Aquaman and Cyborg logos with piping to match.

Also customized are the door panels, which feature comic strips on the upper inserts and color-coordinated piping, and the center console with its comic-strip covering.

What’s more, is that you can buy this custom rig on Ebay and bidding runs from today through July 27th here. The profits from the auction will go to help the We Can Be Heros campaign, which helps feed starving families in the Horn of Africa. So, not only can you own an awesome ride, but you also help a great cause, it’s a win-win situation.

The customization is based on a Sorento EX with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that puts down 276 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque.

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2014 Kia Sorento

2014 Kia Sorento

The first-gen Kia Sorento hit the market in 2003, and the second-gen model followed for the 2010 model year. After a few years on the market, Kia decided to update the Sorento for 2014, presenting what was believed to be – at the time – the third-generation Sorento. In all fairness, the update was pretty comprehensive, bringing an all-new chassis, a new direct-injected V-6 gasoline engine, redesigned interior and an all-new infotainment system. In addition to all of this, the Sorento also started out 2014 with a new top-of-the-line trim level called the SX Limited. The new engine delivers 290 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque and is backed by a “smooth shifting” six-speed automatic transmission. As part of the 2014 redesign, the car also came standard with electric power steering for the first time in its history.

Kia might have been a little confused about the difference between a facelift and a new generation. Surely, it is one of the most comprehensive refreshes we’ve seen, but Kia went on to usher in the real third-generation for the 2016 model year with even more updates. Even if Kia was a little confused about what it was doing in 2014, it still came correct with the Sorento at the time and helped to raise the bar in an otherwise bland segment.

Either way, it’s obvious that Kia went to great lengths to give the Sorento significant improvements. In the words of Michael Sprague, Executive Vice President of marketing and communications for Kia Motors America: "With more than 80 percent of the 2014 Sorento including new or significantly redesigned parts, it’s obvious that the improvements are not just skin deep; including technological enhancements such as UVO eServices, the next generation of our voice activated telematics system, and Kia’s first-ever blind spot detection system.2"

Kia might have been better offer waiting another year and bringing these changes together with the new styling of the 2016 model, but the market compact SUV market is extremely competitive and to keep up with the Honda CR-Vs and the Toyota Rav4s, Kia had to act quickly. Did it do enough to keep Kia customers happy until the 2016 model debuted? Read our full review below to find out for yourself.

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2013 Kia Sorento

2013 Kia Sorento

After a number of testing sessions, the first details on the new Kia Sorento have finally been unveiled. The new SUV will make its official debut in September at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, with sales on the US market to begin in 2014.

As everyone expected, the mid-life refresh of the Kia Sorento includes a re-engineered bodyshell and enhanced powertrains for best-in-class fuel economy with lower emissions. The revised SUV will also come with an improved ride, handling, and refinement and additional convenience and safety features, as well as a fresh, new look for the exterior. This new look will consist of new headlamps with LED positioning lights, a new tailgate with LED rear combination lamps, new bumpers (front and rear) with vertical-axis fog lights, a larger area of body-color surface, and a new set of 19" wheels.

The interior gets improved materials, a new LCD instrument cluster, a new center stack with a 7-inch display screen, and a new console featuring a straight-gate selector with a leather-booted lever (on automatic transmission models).

UPDATE 08/16/2012: PaulTan is stating that the refreshed Kia Sorento will be riding on a new platform for the 2013MY, a platform that will also underpin the new Hyundai Sante Fe. This new platform will have new, stronger subframes which give more precise location of the suspension components. Other new features include larger suspension bushes, longer trailing arms at the rear, “High Performance Dampers,” and more direct steering. As an option, Kia will also be throwing in their new FlexSteer system which provides three different steering weights. Inside, the Sorento will also get an additional 30mm to stretch out in.

New pics of the interior also show that the refreshed Sorento will seat seven and will have a two-part glass panoramic roof and a new LCD instrument cluster with an 8" LCD screen (seven-inch in Europe). It will also benefit from satin chrome finish for the door handles, air-vent surrounds, and switches.

Check out the news pics of the interior in the gallery provided!

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2011 Kia Sorento SX

2011 Kia Sorento SX

When Kia threw out the covers of the new Sorento at the Los Angeles Auto Show, it came with an announcement that the CUV will only be offered in two trim levels: the LX and the EX. But seeing as the market for the Sorento may be bigger than they thought, Kia retracted their earlier announcement and said that they would be adding a third version: the SX.

The new SX version comes with some additional features including a smart key with push button start, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, telescopic steering wheel, heated side mirrors, automatic up/down driver-side windows and privacy glass, leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, electrochromatic mirror with Homelink and a voice-activated navigation system with back-up camera.

For 2011, the Sorento CUV will be offered with a choice of two power plants - a 2.4 Liter four cylinder that delivers 175 HP and 169 lb-ft of torque and a more powerful 3.5 Liter V6 making 276 HP and 248 lb-ft of torque. Both CUVs are coupled to Kia’s new six speed automatic transmission that provides the driver with effortless shifts.

Press release after the jump.

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2011 Kia Sorento

2011 Kia Sorento

The 2011 Kia Sorento made its North American debut at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show. The new Sorento will be the first vehicle to roll off the new assembly line at Kia Motors’ state of the art manufacturing facility in West Point, Georgia and will start to arrive in dealer’s showrooms starting in January of 2010.

For 2011, the Sorento CUV will be offered with a choice of two power plants, the first is a 2.4 Liter four cylinder that delivers 175 HP and 169 lb-ft of torque while a more powerful 3.5 Liter V6 making 276 HP and 248 lb-ft of torque, both coupled to Kia’s new six speed automatic transmission that provide the driver with effortless shifts.

The new car will be both longer and roomier than the previous generation Sorento, with an overall length of 184.4 inches and overall width of 74.2 inches.

A first for Kia, the 2011 Sorento comes with a panoramic sunroof. While standard equipment includes an AM/FM/CD/MP3/SIRIUS Satellite Radio capabilities complete with three months of complimentary service. Your iPod can be hooked up via auxiliary and USB inputs and Bluetooth connectivity with steering wheel mounted voice activation controls that allow you to safely communicate with loved ones while driving down the road.

At the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show Kia revealed the 2011 Sorento SUV. Now the Korean maker announced sales will begin in early next year, with prices starting from $19,995 for the entry level version which is powered by a 175-hp 2.4L 4-cylinder engine. Prices will go up to $27,195 for the top of the line V6 version.

Customers will be able to chose between three additional packages: Limited Package, priced at $2000 (navigation system with real-time traffic, Infinity sound system, 18-inch chrome wheels, interior accent lighting and high-style interior color theme), Premium Package priced at $1500 (roof-rails, leather-seats, heated front seats and a rear-view backup camera) and Third Row Package priced at $700.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Kia Sorento

2010 Kia Sorento

Kia revealed the 2010 Sorento at the SEOUL Motor Show, while the North American debut will be made in New York. With a totally new design the 2010 Sorento will be offered with a choice of five engine, depending on the market.

For 2010 Sorento will be offered with wither a 2WD or 4WD systems. Engine line-up will include a 2.4 liter 4-cylinder engine with 175 hp for the base version, while the top version will get 3.5 liter V6 engine with 277 hp. All the engines will be mated to either a 5-speed automatic or a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

The new Sorento is longer and lower and comes with sleek styling and a futuristic touch to the world of the urban SUV. With its longer front overhang, wedge profile, crisply defined greenhouse and accentuated wheelarch volumes, Kia’s new SUV looks thoroughly modern and sporty. The 4.7-metre long new Sorento moves vehicle design in this segment up to a new level of sophistication.

Press release after the jump.

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2006 KIA Sorento

2006 KIA Sorento

Kia has given its popular 4x4 Sorento SUV a healthy power boost for both the diesel and gasoline engines, plus the addition of several significant comfort, quality and safety features and a refreshed appearance, with a soft evolution of its fine original good looks and a touch more elegance.

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