The 2017 Kia Sorento SXL is loaded with just about every option available, including all-wheel drive and that 3.3-liter V-6. Also packed in back is the optional third row seat. Prices have also increased for 2017, with the base trims seeing as little as $290 and a whopping $4,000 for the SXL. The huge price jump on the SXL is probably explained by the $2,500 Technology Package being made standard, as well as the V-6. AWD is now the SXL’s only major option, though several smaller accessories can be purchased.
This mid-size crossover with an available third-row seat to provide seating for seven, which puts it in a category of just a few vehicles. It was redesigned for the 2016 model year, increasing its wheelbase and length by about three inches to increase cabin space, making it a bit larger than the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
The Sorento SXL has a huge panoramic moonroof. Its entire front portion opens, allowing for an open-air experience for the front row. There are window shades for the second row. The second row also gets its own UBS port, a 12-volt charging port, and a 110-volt household plug, complete with a ground prong.
The redesign was total, including a new chassis with stiffer body structure, complete sheetmetal makeover, and new available turbo four-cylinder engine with direct injection. The ride got smoother and interior more sophisticated. The Sorento came out feeling more confident and solid, without gaining weight.
The Sorento earned top crash test results in all five categories from the IIHS, as well a five stars from the NHTSA. Standard safety equipment includes side airbags and active headrests in front, side as well as curtain airbags with rollover sensor.
The V6 gets an estimated 17/23/19 mpg. All those specs are with front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive brings the mileage down by one mile per gallon.
The 2017 Sorento spans a rather wide range in terms of pricing. The base L trim retails for $25,600 before options, while the range-topping SXL starts at $44,100.