Marc UrbanoAutomotive and Driver
Greater than 5 years after we final put a Kia Sorento by way of our 40,000-mile long-term take a look at, we welcome the newest technology of the mid-size SUV into our fleet. Being the efficiency junkies we’re, we ignored the naturally aspirated and hybrid powerplant choices and as an alternative opted for the Sorento’s strongest 281-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter engine.
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Kia affords the turbocharged 2.5-liter engine within the EX, SX, and SX Premium guises. We selected the SX.
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Whereas the Sorento can be accessible as a front-driver, the all-wheel-drive model provides a Snow setting to the Sorento’s drive modes and raises the journey top by 1.3 inches.
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With a beginning worth of $41,165, our Sorento SX comes normal with a hefty record of consolation and comfort options.
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Our Sorento had a $445 upcharge for Sapphire Blue paint and added a $210 set of flooring mats and a $115 cargo mat. All in, the as-tested worth is $41,935.
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Together with a set of black-painted 20-inch wheels, the SX’s exterior options LED projector headlights and LED taillights. The Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security (IIHS) discovered these headlights to carry out significantly better than the usual items.
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The turbocharged 2.5-liter engine makes 311 pound-feet of torque and is paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch automated transmission. The combo pushed our Sorento SX to 60 mph in 6.0 seconds.
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The Sorento’s 165-foot stopping distance bettered the 173-foot distance we recorded from a pricier and lighter Mercedes-AMG GLB35.
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A panoramic sunroof brightens the inside, which features a wi-fi telephone charger, dual-zone automated local weather management, and a ten.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation.
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The third-row seat is strictly for teenagers.
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Cargo area with the third row in use is severely restricted.
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