2017 Kia Sorento Review

Written By Anqoinette Crosby

KIa Sorento Overview

After two unsuccessful attempts to get our hands on the hottest movie tickets of the year, my girlfriend and I finally scored a pair of plush leather reclining seats in one of those new upscale movie theaters to see “Get Out”. When the credits rolled, the seats were so comfortable we didn’t want to leave and it’s a good thing too, or we would’ve missed the very last scene. (Spoiler alert, there’s one more scene after the credits.) When the film ended, we had yet another treat in store, because the equally comfortable 2017 Kia Sorento was patiently waiting for our return.

A standout in the theater’s parking lot among a myriad of monochrome people movers, the 2017 Kia Sorento is both stylish and sophisticated.  What’s more, Kia's king-size crossover is chock full of premium amenities and is more than spacious enough to comfortably accommodate five adults.  


Having been treated to a complete redesign for 2016, the 2017 Sorento is augmented with just a few minor tweaks. Added to the feature set are Android Auto, Apple CarPlay. adaptive headlights and autonomous braking.

The 2017 model year brings a pair of new option packages as well. Dubbed Advanced Technology and Advanced Touring, the Technology package includes an upgraded instrument cluster with a seven-inch driver information display, a forward collision mitigation system with autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and an electronic parking brake. The Touring package adds a panoramic sunroof and LED interior lighting to the safety components of the Technology package.

While all of these features are impressive, I particularly applaud Kia for the inclusion of autonomous emergency braking. Any feature capable of minimizing accident damage, or better still, preventing an accident, is well worth the extra bucks in my book. Another safety feature worth having is Kia’s Dynamic Bending Light (DBL), which illuminates the roadway to the sides when you’re entering a corner. 

Outfitted like a comfy-leather clad living room on wheels, a set of ivory-colored Nappa leather seats contributed significantly to its fabulousity quotient, However, as attractive as they are, the practicality for parents and/or pet owners is questionable. I can see that lovely light colored leather going dingy very quickly upon being subjected to toddler’s hands and puppy’s paws.


The driver’s seat offers 14-way power settings, as well as four-way lumbar support. The latter is a must-have for those with lower back issues. I found the smoothness of the Sorento’s ride, coupled with the adjustability of the lumbar support, significantly increased my driving comfort. Front-seat passengers are also well looked after with eight-way adjustments. What’s more, both front seats are heated and cooled. The steering wheel is heated too.

The peaceful cabin contributed generously to the sense of calmness I enjoyed while mired in rush hour traffic on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.  The warm spring afternoon invited me to open the SXL’s panoramic sunroof and luxuriate in the abundant sunshine, while serenaded by the 10-speaker Infinity sound system with digital music improvement technology. Fully retracted, the roof’s enormous opening spans nearly the entire length of the Sorento, from the front seats to the rear. It’s the next best thing to having a “convertible” crossover.

Kia offers three engine choices, ranging in power from 185 horsepower to 290. My tester was powered by the 290-horsepower, 3.3 liter V6, with 252 lb-ft of torque. While front-drive is standard, all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission completed the powertrain of my Sorento SXL.  According to the EPA, with the V6 and all-wheel drive, drivers can expect 18 miles per gallon in the city, 25 on the highway and 21 combined. The Kia will also tow up to 5000 pounds with this configuration.

Happily, “Get Out” thoroughly met our expectations and paying a little more for those plush reclining seats took the movie-going experience to the next level. Afterwards, getting in the 2017 Kia Sorento SXL had a very similar effect, as paying a bit more for Kia’s premium trim packages makes every seat the best seat in the house.


Pricing starts at $46,595.

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