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SORENTO FLAUNTS COMFORT, PERFORMANCE

By NITISH S. RELE - motoringtampabay@gmail.com
After a major revamp last year, the 2017 Kia Sorento continues as is with some minor changes such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone availability. It comes in three engine choices and ours was equipped with the 3.3-liter GDI power train putting out 290 horsepower @ 6400 rpm and 252 pounds-feet of torque @ 5300 rpm. Seating up to seven, the midsize SXL SUV is coupled with the steadfast 6-speed auto transmission. Tow capacity is a cool 5,000 pounds.
The front-wheel or all-wheel-drive (which was ours) Sorento sticks to an independent MacPherson front strut and multilink rear suspension. The Electric Motion Driven Power steering ensures a firm feel and response. Normal, eco and sport drive modes are offered.
Up front, we must admit the LED fog lamp pockets stand out more than even the narrower xenon HID headlights and mesh grille on the steel unibody SUV. But it is the sumptuous interior, packed with abundant creature comforts, that wins hands down. The center gauge cluster sports a speedometer with a driver information center, flanked by analog tachometer, fuel and engine temp readings. Space is plenty with a recline-and-fold 40/20/40 second-row seat. All in all, you get 74 cubic feet of space with the seats down. Also standard are 14-way power heated/cooled driver and eight-way passenger seats, dual-zone auto a/c, push-button start, 8-inch display screen, tilt/telescopic steering column, Infinity sound system, power lift gate and piano black trim.
Dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag for both rows, electronic stability and traction control, downhill brake and hill assist control, four-wheel antilock brakes with brake assist, front active headrests, side impact door beams, front/rear crumple zones, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, rearview camera and rear parking sensors, rollover sensor and tire pressure monitoring system are standard.
The sporty SX model is a perfect balance of comfort and performance. And it is tough to beat if you consider the Korean carmakers basic 5-year, 60,000-mile and 10-year, 100,000-mile limited power train warranties.

SORENTO SXL (AWD)
Tires: 235/55/R19
Wheelbase: 109.4 inches
Length: 187.4 inches
Fuel capacity: 18.8 gallons
City: 17 mpg
Highway: 23 mpg
Base price: $45,700
Weight: 4,101 pounds
Web site: www.kiausa.com

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