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2017 Kia Sorento review

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Kia Sorento highlights

Customer rating

Pros

  • Easy to maneuver
  • Lots of standard features
  • User-friendly infotainment system

Cons

  • Traditional three-row SUVs have more cargo space
  • Third-row seats sized for small kids
  • Engines lack power of some rivals

Mileage (EPA estimate)

17 city, 23 highway, 19 combined

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2017 Kia Sorento is a great pick for a family hauler

If small crossovers are too small for your needs and midsize three-row SUVs are too big, you're in luck. The 2017 Kia Sorento fills the gap between those two classes by offering a seven-passenger vehicle that's easy to drive and value-packed. It's a great choice if you need extra seats for the morning carpool, yet it's as maneuverable as a typical compact crossover. Adding to the mix, the Sorento gains Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration for 2017, along with adaptive headlights and frontal collision mitigation.

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What is new for the 2017 Kia Sorento?

  • Sorento trims have been upgraded with Automated Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto as standard equipment this year.
  • Remote Start features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The EX trim now comes with Rear Sunshade and Smart Key as standard equipment.

2017 Kia Sorento trims

Curious how Kia Sorento trims differ? Use our side-by-side vehicle comparison to see the differences and similarities

L: 

LX: 

EX: 

  • Includes 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, keyless ignition and entry, and Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ connectivity.

  • View all Kia Sorento EXs in stock

SX: 

  • Adds a panoramic sunroof, eight-inch touchscreen, blind-spot monitor, LED interior lighting, driver memory settings, and 19-inch alloy wheels.

  • View all Kia Sorento SXs in stock

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5 reasons to buy the 2017 Kia Sorento

1. Great performance

2017 Kia Sorento: Reviews, Photos, and More: Reasons to Buy #1 | CarMax

The 2017 Kia Sorento offers three engine options, including a performance-oriented powertrain that provides an exciting ride. The 290-hp, 3.3L V6 engine is the most powerful one in the lineup, with great acceleration as its strong suit. In addition, the 2017 Kia Sorento delivers responsive handling, smooth gear shifting, and precise steering with all available powertrains. On top of being practical and convenient, the Sorento is also fun to drive.

2. Off-road capability

2017 Kia Sorento: Reviews, Photos, and More: Reasons to Buy #2 | CarMax

If you enjoy off-road driving, don't miss the 2017 Kia Sorento. With the available all-wheel drive, this SUV can handle various road conditions and different types of terrain with ease. The AWD system is designed to optimize torque distribution based on several parameters, including the angle of the steering wheel, while a differential-lock mode splits the power evenly to improve traction when driving in mud or snow. Plus, the 7.3 inches of ground clearance make it easier for the Sorento to overcome obstacles and uneven terrain.

3. High towing capacity

2017 Kia Sorento: Reviews, Photos, and More: Reasons to Buy #3 | CarMax

Utility is probably high on your priority list when looking for an SUV, and the 2017 Kia Sorento delivers. It has good towing ability, allowing you to haul heavy cargo across town or on long-distance trips. The 2.4L four-cylinder Kia Sorento with front-wheel drive can tow an estimated 2,000 lbs, when properly equipped.

With that kind of towing power, you can easily bring a trailer on your next camping trip, haul a small boat, or tow other heavy equipment and extra luggage.

4. Plenty of cargo room

2017 Kia Sorento: Reviews, Photos, and More: Reasons to Buy #4 | CarMax

There's more than enough room for cargo in the 2017 Kia Sorento. This SUV offers 38.8 cubic feet behind the second row, which increases to 73.5 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down. That's plenty of space for several days' worth of grocery shopping, all your family's suitcases for vacation, sports equipment, tools, and other large items.

5. Advanced tech features

2017 Kia Sorento: Reviews, Photos, and More: Reasons to Buy #5 | CarMax

While the standard equipment on the 2017 Kia Sorento provides a nice array of tech features, numerous optional packages can help make every ride even more enjoyable and convenient. The Convenience package on the LX trim offers rear parking sensors, smartphone integration, and more. The Advanced Technology package includes a forward collision mitigation system with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and an electronic parking brake, along with a seven-inch driver information display. In addition, a navigation system, driver memory settings, and premium audio systems are available as options on higher-level trims.

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Three rows of fun await your next great adventure in the 2017-2019 Ford Explorer. If you're looking for something with a touch of luxury, consider the 2017-2019 Ford Explorer Platinum trim. Premium leather seating, aluminum, and brown ash trim, a rear-seat entertainment system creates a luxurious experience for everyone inside. In addition, when equipped with either of the V6 engines, the 2017-2019 Ford Explorer can tow up to an estimated 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.

A base-model 2017-2019 Ford Explorer includes:

  • Three rows of seating

  • A 4.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system

  • A 290-hp 3.5L V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2017 Kia Sorento is a mid-size SUV that is roomy and comfortable. Customers love the smooth ride and fuel efficiency
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Above Average

RepairPal gave the Kia Sorento an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Kia Sorento 12th out of 29 among Compact SUVs.

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Kia Sorento features and specs

Limited 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • A/C Seat(s)
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Infinity Sound System
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Third Row Seat
  • Traction Control
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Remote Start
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size

3.3L

Horsepower

290

Torque (ft-lbs)

252

Engine type

Gas

Fuel capacity

18.8

Wheelbase

109.4"

Overall length

187.4"

Width

74.4"

Height

66.3"

Leg room

F 44.1"/M 39.4"/R 31.7"

Head room

F 39.5"/M 39.3"/R 36.3"

Front tires

P235/55HR19

Rear tires

P235/55HR19

Seating capacity

7

Max towing capacity

350/3500 lbs.

Transmission

Automatic

2017 Kia Sorento FAQ

More about the 2017 Kia Sorento

Exterior colors

  • Blaze Blue

  • Ebony Black

  • Platinum Graphite

  • Polished Walnut

  • Remington Red

  • Sangria

  • Snow White Pearl

  • Sparkling Silver

  • Titanium Silver

Interior colors

  • Satin Black

Child seat retails

There are two sets of lower LATCH anchors in the second row, as well as in the available third row. You can easily install both rear-facing and forward-facing infant and convertible seats in the second row, as well as a high-back booster seat. The third row also has enough room for a booster seat.

NHTSA Safety Ratings

The 2017 Kia Sorento received an overall 5/5 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Find out more about this rating and how NHTSA’s 5-Star Safety Ratings program evaluates the crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles.

Keep in mind that certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Test: A head-on collision between two similar vehicles traveling at 35 mph.

Overall: 5/5

Side Barrier Crash Rating Test: A vehicle standing in an intersection sustains driver-side impact from a vehicle moving at 38.5 mph.

Overall: 5/5

Side Pole Crash Rating Test: A vehicle slides sideways at 20 mph and impacts a tree or telephone pole.

Overall: 5/5

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