2017 Kia Sorento

Pros: Well-designed control layout and infotainment features; quiet cabin; improved 2nd-row room; comfortable ride

Cons: Cramped, hard-to-access 3rd-row seats; pricey option packages drive up prices in a hurry; base 4-cylinder engine strains to provide adequate performance

CG Says: The 2017 Kia Sorento is little changed after its redesign last year. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are newly available features. The top-line SXL model is now only available with a V6 engine. Kia’s midsize SUV was redesigned for 2016 on a longer platform. In addition to the expected improvement in passenger and cargo room, it got new styling, new technology features, and an optional turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Safety features include available forward collision warning, blind-spot- and cross-traffic alert, and a surround-view camera. Sorento corrected one of the previous model’s main shortcomings—tight 2nd-row-seat room—while upping the refinement level all around. It also has several well-executed available technology features, such as an excellent 360-degree camera system. However, choosing lots of options and/or higher trim levels pushes up the bottom line to sobering levels. Sorento is a worthy competitor to class rivals such as the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot.

The Facts
Class Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5 or 7
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Kia
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices FWD L 2.4: $25,400
FWD LX 2.4: $26,700
AWD LX 2.4: $28,500
FWD LX V6: $28,990
AWD LX V6: $30,790
FWD EX 2.0T: $31,500
AWD EX 2.0T: $33,300
FWD EX V6: $33,100
AWD EX V6: $34,900
FWD SX V6: $38600
AWD SX V6: $40,400
FWD SXL V6: $43,900
AWD SXL V6: $45,700

Base Engine
2.4-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
185
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25-28

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
240
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19-20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25-27

Optional Engine
3.3-liter V6
Horsepower
290
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17-18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
23-25

2016 Sorento SXL
2017 Kia Sorento