2017 Kia Sorento

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Key Specs

of the 2017 Kia Sorento. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Seating comfort
  • UVO Multimedia system
  • Cargo room and underfloor storage spaces
  • Bold styling
  • Wide array of available convenience features
  • Quiet cabin

The Bad

  • Steering feel
  • Eco mode
  • Turbo lag with turbocharged 2.0-liter
  • Sport mode very harsh

Notable Features of the 2017 Kia Sorento

  • Turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Seating for five or seven occupants
  • Optional cargo bins in five-occupant models
  • Optional Around View Monitor

2017 Kia Sorento Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What is it: The Kia Sorento is a midsize SUV that seats five or seven people and is powered by a choice of two four-cylinder engines or a V-6. It competes with other SUVs such as the Ford Edge, Nissan Murano and Jeep Grand Cherokee. Last year, Kia updated the Sorento with new interior styling, a new four-cylinder engine and enlarged the vehicle. 

New for 2017There are two new option packages – Advanced Touring and Advance Technology – and both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are expected to be added to the vehicles later in the model year.

Significant Standard Features

  • Heated side mirrors
  • 185-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • 2,000-pound towing capacity
  • USB connectivity
  • 17-inch wheels
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system


Significant Available Features

  • High-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Power-folding side mirrors
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Power liftgate
  • Two grades of interior leather
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot detection
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Two extra USB ports
  • UVO multimedia system
  • 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • 290-hp, 3.3-liter V-6

 

Vehicle Overview

What is it: The Kia Sorento is a midsize SUV that seats five or seven people and is powered by a choice of two four-cylinder engines or a V-6. It competes with other SUVs such as the Ford Edge, Nissan Murano and Jeep Grand Cherokee. Last year, Kia updated the Sorento with new interior styling, a new four-cylinder engine and enlarged the vehicle. 

New for 2017There are two new option packages – Advanced Touring and Advance Technology – and both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are expected to be added to the vehicles later in the model year.

Significant Standard Features

  • Heated side mirrors
  • 185-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • 2,000-pound towing capacity
  • USB connectivity
  • 17-inch wheels
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system


Significant Available Features

  • High-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Power-folding side mirrors
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Power liftgate
  • Two grades of interior leather
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot detection
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Two extra USB ports
  • UVO multimedia system
  • 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • 290-hp, 3.3-liter V-6

 


2017 Sorento Video

We spent a week outside Baltimore with "MotorWeek" to determine the best three-row SUV for 2016. Watch the video to find out how they did.

Latest 2017 Sorento Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Very nice truck lots of room and power

by Mark walden from Catoosa ok on August 20, 2018

Great to travel in went on two trips already awesome gas miles and seats are very nice would like more options for the price we paid Read full review

(5.0)

I love my KIA. I bought it used with 9,000 miles.

by Rosado from Pinellas Park FL on August 8, 2018

I love my KIA . Just drove it to San Antonio, Texas from St. Petetersburg, Florida and got back. My KIA is 4 cylinders so we only spent $300.00 in gas. Just great. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 Kia Sorento currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Kia Sorento 2.4L L

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
acceptable

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Kia
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 years or newer/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    10 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    164-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Sorento received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

B

Infant seat

A

Booster

(second row)

B

Booster

(third row)

B

Latch or Latch system

B

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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