- Most significant changes: Autonomous emergency braking becomes available on all models except the base L, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will be available on LX models later in the model year.
- Price change: Base prices increase from $300 to $2,400, the latter on the SX Limited V-6 versions.
- On sale: Now
- Which should you buy, 2016 or 2017? 2016. Dealers already have more 2017s in stock nationally than 2016s, so most should be offering significant deals to move last year's models.
Related: 2016 Kia Sorento Review
Kia's midsize SUV returns in a lineup that spans five- and seven-passenger models, front- or all-wheel drive and a choice of three engines: 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder, turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder and 3.3-liter V-6.
Price increases on the Sorento are modest on the base L and LX models at $300, but they climb to $1,000 on EX V-6 models and a whopping $2,400 on the V-6 SX Limited models (there are no turbocharged 2.0-liter SX Limited models for 2017).
A big chunk of the price jump for Limited models is due to autonomous emergency braking and adaptive headlights becoming standard; neither was available last year. Both features are also available on the SX V-6, and emergency braking is available on the LX and EX as part of option packages.
The Sorento offers a broad spectrum of choices in drivetrain, convenience and safety features, and Kia has stepped up its game in recent years on styling and quality. The cash register keeps ringing, though, as you add more stuff. The top-line SX Limited is $44,795 (including the $895 destination charge) with front-wheel drive and $46,595 with all-wheel drive.