KIA Sorento Review | Surprising Reasons To Love This SUV


KIA Sorento Review 2017

The KIA Sorento is one of the best crossover SUV’s on the market. You can read our car review of the 2017 KIA Sorento, and see all of the reasons to love this SUV. 

The KIA Sorento is one of the best crossover SUV's on the market. You can read our car review of the 2017 KIA Sorento, and see all of the reasons to love this SUV.

KIA Sorento Review | Surprising Reasons To Love This SUV

It’s no secret we’re loyal to the KIA brand. Years ago I thought their cars were uncool, ugly designs, and you couldn’t have paid me to buy one of their cars. 

But then something happened. 

KIA changed up the game with their “power to surprise” slogan. And boy did they surprise people. Their designs improved, 10 years, 100,000-mile warranties came out, and they were knocking the 5-star ratings on design, specs, and safety out of the park. 

People started buying into their message and believing in this brand. 

Reviews and ratings came out, all raving about the best family SUV, van, etc. And KIA continued to improve and improve. 

In 2011, I was tired of buying used cars that kept breaking down. I wanted out of my current mini-van into something that said: “I was a cool Mom.” I kept hearing advertisements about the new KIA Sorento. 

I thought, “okay I’ll go test-drive one.” 

I was sold immediately on the design, the price, specs, and the fact I could be a cool Mom, but still have enough room for three kids, car seats, and strollers. And with that type of warranty, I had a peace of mind, knowing any major issues would not fall on my shoulders or break my budget. 

Over the past few years, I’ve had the privilege to work with KIA and driving their other vehicles, such as the Sedona, the SOUL, the Sportage, and the Optima, And of course, a 2016 Sorento. This summer I’m driving a 2017 Sorento SX AWD (disclosure), and oh man, KIA did not hold back when it comes to all of the bells and whistles. 

Let me tell you about this beautiful beast. 

KIA Sorento SX AWD Review

 

The Design. KIA has made subtle changes to their crossover SUV the past few years. The 2017 KIA Sorento has been “redesigned with smooth, sinuous lines, muscular shoulders, and a lower roofline.” I also noticed this newer SUV has a bigger and bolder grille, along with an updated rear end with updated tailgate lights. It also has long, swept-back projector beam headlights. This new design doesn’t ask for respect in the line-up of crossover SUVs, it demands it. 

Side by side comparison of the KIA Sorento and Chevy Equinox

{there is no comparison between these two! I mean, look how sexy and sleek the Sorento is compared to the Equinox!}

Review of KIA Sorento 2017

Extended with a more pronounced front grille and available stainless steel bumper trim, the redesigned front fascia gives the Sorento its bold, modern look. Make a statement with available 19-inch Chrome-Finish Alloy Wheels. Dressed with a striking 10-spoke design.

Keeping your car clean. Typically after you take your vehicle through the car wash, you have to get out and wipe it down. Not with the Sorento. The premium paint used on the Sorento makes it easy to clean. And with all of the smooth angles, water just rolls off and doesn’t leave any water spots on the car. So you can literally drive away after washing your SUV, clean as a whistle. 

What type of gas mileage on the KIA Sorento

 

Save on Gas. I snapped this photo of my current gas mileage after a crazy day of running errands with the family. I typically get between 22-25 mpg in the city and up to 30 mpg on the highway. 

Review of the KIA Sorento 2017

 

Lifesaver button. This little button, oh how I LOVE you! The Smart Power Liftgate comes standard on a lot of SUV’s, and I’m glad to see KIA follow this trend. I did not have this option on my 2011 SUV, but in my next vehicle, this is a must. It’s easier to carry all of the bags in the house at once when you can close the trunk with a touch of a button. Yeah, this little button saves lives! 

Review of the KIA Sorento 2017

Game-changer outlets. I recently reviewed a few other car brands, and my number one concern was the lack of outlets. In 2017, having outlets spread throughout a vehicle is a MUST. The 2017 Sorento is equipped with up to eight, (8 people!) outlets, which includes four 12v outlets, two USB rapid-charging ports, one AUX/USB port, and an 110v inverter. We travel quite a bit, and I try to work while I travel; being able to plug my laptop in and keep working is a HUGE win. 

KIA Sorento 2017 review

{photo credit: KIA}

Think about it… you would be able to plug your kid’s iPad in so they can keep watching their movie! Talk about a lifesaver! 

Trunk space in KIA Sorento 2017

 

Bigger trunk space. Comparing the 2011 model to the 2017 model, I noticed the trunk space is bigger, as well as the leg room in each row. 

KIA Sorento 2017 review

Rear-seat controls. Select models have this feature, but if your third row will be used a lot, it’s a great feature to have. When the boys sit in the back, they can easily control the rear A/C. 

KIA Sorento 2017 review

Other things I love on the Sorento SX:

  • push button start with smart key
  • advanced smart cruise control (one of my favorite safety and convenient features)
  • heating and cooling on the front captain seats
  • saved seat settings, also known as Integrated Memory System (as a tall person, being able to get in and it adjusts my seat to my own setting is impressive)
  • controls on the steering (this is also great from a safety aspect. You don’t need to take your eyes off the road to change the music, take a phone, e.t.c)
  • rear-camera display
  • UVO eServices with Navigation, 8″ Color Touch-Screen Display, SiriusXM® Traffic, HD Radio™, Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™
  • blind spot detection
  • lane-departure warning (one of my favorite safety features)
  • forward collision warning
  • multi-angle parking camera (if you have a hard time parallel parking, thank KIA for making your life a little easier)
  • easy to clean leather seats
  • 50/50 Split-Folding 3rd-Row Seats and auto folding 2nd-row seats (it’s easy to use your Sorento for a variety of reasons. Stay tuned for my post on how versatile this SUV can be to meet your needs). 
  • Panoramic sunroof (another feature I LOVE! Opening up this sunroof allows in a lot of light, which makes your SUV feel bigger)

How Does the KIA Sorento Drive?

Driving Miss Daisy. I could go on and on, talking about all of the awesome specs and beautiful design the Sorento SX AWD has, but how does it drive? This SUV was made for adventure. It’s a beast on the road, with a 3.3-liter V6 Engine, you have power for days. It’s not only smooth in design, but the ride will always be a smooth one, with 5,000-pound towing capacity. 

KIA Sorento - best SUV for families

The fully active Dynamax All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system continuously monitors road and driving conditions to anticipate your needs.

 

As soon as you put your foot on the gas, it immediately responds. Be careful, because it’s easy to get to 60 mph in a 25 mph speed zone. Both Derrick and I love how the Sorento delivers on design and performance. 

We have a few off-road adventures planned during our time with this SUV, so stay tuned for updates! 

Car Review of the KIA Sorento SX AWD 2017

Overall, the KIA Sorento SX model is a powerful beast. From the design, drive performance, and all of the thoughtful bells and whistles, it can compete with any other crossover SUV on the market. If a new SUV is on your car wish list, I highly recommend finding a local dealership and taking one of the many varieties of the Sorento for a test drive. You will not be disappointed. And with a 10 year, 100,000-mile warranty, there is really peace of mind when you’re part of the KIA family. 

We’re just getting started to tell you about the KIA Sorento, stay tuned for more tips on how this SUV is great for families, adventures, road trips, and more! 

Do you have questions about the Sorento? Drop us a line below and let us know! 

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16 Comments

  1. I love the Sorento. We’ve been talking about replacing our car, and I’ve been lobbying hard for a Sorento. They are great vehicles.

  2. You are all such a great looking fam! That Kia looks beefy and I want one!
    We are not in the market right now but in the next year or so.
    We WILL be checking Kia out!

  3. July 20, 2017
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    I’ve been thinking about a crossover and this Kia looks really sleek. One of my good friends has been driving Kias for the last two decades and she loves them. I might just have to check this out.

  4. July 20, 2017
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    There are some great features in this car. I could definitely use the camera for parallel parking, who couldn’t? I don’t know anyone who enjoys parallel parking.

  5. July 21, 2017
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    KIA has been kicking some automobile a** lately! This new Kia Sorento is proof! It’s an awesome car and I’ve been hearing so many good things about it. I’ll definitely consider getting it when we decide to upgrade our car.

  6. July 21, 2017
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    We’ve never driven a KIA vehicle but this SUV looks great. Great vehicle to consider when you have kids in tow.

  7. sara
    July 21, 2017
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    We drove the Kia Sorento and also fell in love with it! It was comfortable, well priced, and fun to drive!

  8. July 21, 2017
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    Sounds like a great drive. I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about the Kia Sorento. I love all the features!

  9. I agree with all these! The design and other features made me fall in love with KIA.

  10. July 21, 2017
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    I had a Kia in 2007 and it wasn’t my favorite hard. It did what it was designed to do, get me from place to place. I might have just gotten a bad car off the line because I kept having trouble with the clutch/transmission. I am impressed with their new line of cars. I really want to test drive the Sorento.

  11. kim
    July 23, 2017
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    What an awesome review!! I’m loving all of the features. This Kia definitely looks like a good choice next time I’m looking to buy a new car.

  12. July 23, 2017
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    I have also fallen in love with KIA over the years. I have seen plenty of these on the road and think to myself just how sleek they look. When we decide to purchase a car, we have said we are going to start with KIA.

  13. July 23, 2017
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    The Sorrento really is packed with features! I personally love how sporty it looks – just because we need a lot of room inside doesn’t mean we want to drive a box! We are in the market for something new and this is definitely at the top of our list. Thanks for the in depth review!

  14. Kiwi
    July 24, 2017
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    1st what a cool mural! I had 2 Kias in the past as my first two cars I ever owned and they are becoming trendier!

  15. Gabriel Bregg
    July 24, 2017
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    We looked hard at a Sorento because we’ve had great luck with our Rondo and Sedona, but they just aren’t big enough for a family of 7 plus a camper to tow all summer.

  16. What a good post and I love reading this I haven’t try KIA but my hubby would planning to buy a new car I would love to suggest this to him.

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