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KIA SORENTO A HIGHLY PRACTICAL PACKAGE

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
It is not a major re-do but the 2019 Kia Sorento undergoes some noticeable outward changes. The 3.3-liter GDI power train continues to crank out 290 horsepower @ 6400 rpm and 252 pounds-feet of torque @ 5300 rpm. Seating up to seven, the midsize SXL SUV is now coupled with an 8-speed auto gearbox instead of the previous 6-speed. Tow capacity is still a cool 5,000 pounds.
The revised front now acquires a more detailed dark metallic radiator grille, new horizontal LED headlights, redesigned ice-cube-style LED fog lamps and a fresh bumper design. But it is the sumptuous interior in the steel unibody SUV, 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 and a 50/50 third-row seat. All in all, you get 73 cubic feet of space with the seats down. Also offered are 14-way power heated/cooled driver and eight-way passenger seats, dual-zone auto a/c, push-button start, satin-chrome door handles, new and robust leather shifter, 8-inch touch 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. New for 2019 are smart cruise control, forward collision avoidance and parking distance warning.
The Sorento is a pretty solid value with a satisfying mix of laudable fuel economy, and remarkable people- and cargo-hauling practicality. This eminently useful package is a smart choice for the prospective seven-passenger SUV buyer.

SORENTO SXL (AWD)
Tires: 235/55/R19
Wheelbase: 109.4 inches
Length: 189 inches
Suspension: independent MacPherson front strut, multilink rear
Steering: electric motor-driven power
Fuel capacity: 18.8 gallons
City: 19 mpg
Highway: 24 mpg
Base price: $46,490
Weight: 4,101 pounds
Web site: www.kiausa.com

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