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Experience Versatility and a Stunning Design in the Kia Sorento

The Kia Sorento is a midsize SUV that is perfect for families or anyone who just needs some extra room for passengers or storage on the way to their destination. You can configure this SUV to seat five or seven passengers, making it ideal for families with multiple children or those who carpool frequently.

There are also plenty of ways to configure the Sorento, thanks to the various trim levels, engines, and drivetrains. When you get behind the wheel, you will likely appreciate the Sorento’s powerful V6 engine and stable handling. The interior is also of a high quality across the lineup. You can enjoy premium features such as Nappa leather, 10-way power adjustment for the driver, and a wide range of advanced safety features like Autonomous Emergency Braking.

What’s New on the 2017 Kia Sorento?

Many elements of the 2017 Kia Sorento are familiar, such as the front and all-wheel drive options, three engines, and seating for five or seven. However, there are some key updates for the 2017 model that make getting the latest version of the Sorento worthwhile. The Sorento Limited trim now comes standard with both adaptive headlights and autonomous emergency braking, neither of which were offered the previous year. You can also get both of these features on the SX V6 trim level.

It is now possible to enjoy the emergency braking system on the LX and EX trim levels, which comes as an options package. The expanded list of available safety features will provide you with peace of mind while making life easier. The LX trims offers Android Auto, as well as Apple CarPlay with late availability. In addition, the EX 2.0L Turbo trim is designed with paddle shifters that make it easier to control the transmission.

A Brief History of the Sorento

The Kia Sorento was introduced as a brand-new SUV in 2003, offering an alternative for people who liked the styling and versatility of the Sportage but wanted a smaller model. It was created to be competitive but also deliver off-road capabilities without breaking the bank. It ran on a 192-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine.

The 2004 Sorento added an LX trim with sportier styling and alloy wheels. Blacked out headlights became available on it the next year, which is also when the 4-speed transmission became a 5-speed. The 2006 Kia Sorento had standard alloy wheels on all trims and available in 2007 was a larger 3.8-liter V6 engine with 262 horsepower. This year also saw enhanced safety features and other enhancements inside and out. For 2008, there was a 3.3-liter V6 engine with 242 horsepower on the Sorento base and LX models.

The year 2011 saw a significant redesign for the Kia Sorento, including the addition of the optional third row. The engine became even more powerful and numerous updates were added to the interior and exterior. A major change for this model year was the switch to a car-like unibody construction, opposed to the truck-like body-on-frame design that the Sportage previously had. This reduced off-road capability somewhat, but enhanced on-road refinement in a trade-off that the average Kia buyer appreciates.

The standard powertrain was a 175-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder, or drivers could upgrade to a 276-horsepower 3.5-liter V6. The Uvo voice-activated interface arrived for the 2012 model year along with several other minor upgrades. The current third generation began with the 2014 Sorento, which came complete with a 191-horsepower base engine and 290-horsepower V6, as well as plenty of revised styling.

Ray Brandt Kia Can Help You with the Kia Sorento

It is easy to see why this midsize SUV is popular. With its roomy interior and optional trims, there is something for everyone to like. You can get a better idea by looking at the various new and used models at Ray Brandt Kia in Harley, LA. Our trained professionals are ready to answer any of your questions and help introduce you to the various models and their trims. We offer competitive financing for you right here at the dealership, as well. Contact us, or better yet, stop in today to get started with a test drive.