The 2017 Kia Sorento release date is imminent as the vehicle is on its way to the dealerships with prices starting from $25,400. The new Sorento is a worthy utility vehicle in five- and seven-passenger crossover SUV segment thanks to its bigger size, sophisticated looks and better driveability.
The new Sorento is available in seven trim levels namely L, LX, EX, LX, EX, SX, and SXL with three engine options including 2.4L four cylinder engine with 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque, 2.0L turbo-charged engine that generates 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, and the range-topping 3.3L V6 unit that churns out 290 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque.
Except the L and LX trims, all other grades are available in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive options. All the engines are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission system.
The 2017 Kia Sorento does not boast any major exterior upgrades. However, the wheelbase has been increased by 3 inches, which makes the cabin more spacious. The 17-inch alloy wheels are standard, but if you buy the SX trim, you get 19-inch wheels and panoramic roof.
The base trim offers basic features such as stain-resistant fabric upholstery seats, Bluetooth connectivity, USB port and CD player, while the upper trims feature leather seats, 8-inch touch infotainment system, a 10-speaker Infiniti sound system along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technology. Additionally, the crossover SUV extend an Advanced Touring package and Advanced Technology package for lower trims which extend driver-assistance features comprising of autonomous emergency braking, forward-collision warning, dynamic bending lights, lane departure warning, smart cruise control, rear cross traffic alert.
Considering the fact that the powertrain is not changed, the 2017 Kia Sorento will render the old performance numbers. The 3.3L V6 engine is capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds, making it 0.10 seconds quicker than its competitor Toyota HighLander.
The estimated EPA fuel economy of standard Sorento is 21/28/24 FWD mpg city/highway/combined, which makes it one of the most fuel efficient crossovers in its segment.
The base trim starts at $25,400 (additional $895 destination charges) making the 2017 Kia Sorento $300 expensive than the previous model. The top of the line SXL V6 grade carries a price tag of $43,900. The all-wheel drive system includes an extra $1,800.
Bilal Sajjad is a full-time writer who loves to write about new cars, classic cars and good at writing about cars racing as well.
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