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2017 Kia Sorento KBB Expert Review

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By Matt Degen

The 2017 Kia Sorento midsize SUV packs value, good looks, a load of amenities and one of the best warranties in the business. Fresh off a revamp, this crossover SUV is available in 2-row/5-passenger form or the more versatile 3-row/7-passenger setup. With three engines to choose from and pricing that ranges from around $26,000 for a basic family vehicle to over $45,000 for a leather-lined quasi-luxury SUV, the Sorento fits a wide range of budgets and needs. Kia's midsize SUV is smaller than rivals like the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer, making it less roomy but also easier to maneuver and park. The Sorento excels as a jack-of-all-trades, and continues to improve with enhancements such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want a crossover SUV that's not too big, not too small and packs a lot for the money, the 2017 Sorento feels like Goldilocks. Kia's standard 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, meanwhile, could still be going strong when the kids are old enough to drive.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you need a midsize SUV that can seat more than seven, try the Honda Pilot or Toyota Highlander. Something larger still like the Chevy Tahoe may be needed if you want a family vehicle that can tow a heavy trailer or offer additional room for gear.

What's New for 2017

The 2017 Sorento is still fresh from last year's all-new model. This year's updates include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay phone integration and available autonomous emergency braking. The sporty EX 2.0 turbo model gains steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Driving It Driving Impressions

Kia has worked feverishly to improve its cars on every level, and it only takes one drive in the Sorento to see that diligence has paid off. Compared to past models, the steering feels more natural in the new Sorento, and power is adequate to strong, depending which engine you choose. The V6 offers strong pull, while the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder -- available on 2-row EX and Limited models -- is a good alternative with excellent low-end power. The base 2.4-liter 4-cylinder has acceptable performance and the best fuel economy. The standard 6-speed automatic transmission is smooth and unobtrusive, and the Sorento's suspension is neither too harsh nor too soft. The new all-wheel-drive (AWD) system's Torque Vectoring Cornering Control enhances traction and cornering stability by actively apportioning power and torque to where it's most needed, helpful for traction in bad weather, and for better grip in the dry, too.

Favorite Features

Available on nearly every trim of the 2017 Sorento, this new safety feature does what humans can't: Keeps an unblinking eye on what's happening in front of you. Should the system sense an impending crash with no action on your part, it will apply the brakes to prevent a collision.

Kia's Smart Liftgate makes it even easier to open the Sorento's optional power hatch when your hands are full. Instead of pushing a button on the SUV's key fob, you just stand near the rear for a few seconds with the fob in your pocket, and the liftgate opens.

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