Kia's mid-size Sorento SUV was updated for 2007 with a new exterior styling theme and revised interior trim. For 2008, there's bigger news under the hood of the mid-size SUV. A new 3.3-liter V-6 is the new engine in Sorento LXs; it makes 242 horsepower and 228 pound-feet of torque, and comes with a five-speed automatic. So equipped the Sorento is capable of towing 3500 pounds.

Last year's 3.8-liter V-6 remains the standard engine on the EX models. It's also teamed to a five-speed automatic and it gives the Sorento 5000-pound towing capacity.

Both rear- and four-wheel-drive Sorentos are offered. There are two different four-wheel-drive systems: a part-time system with a low range, and a Torque-On-Demand system that operates all the time, and also offers a low range. The latter is available only on some EX models.

All Sorentos come standard with dual front and curtain airbags; four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, stability and traction control; tire pressure monitors; and active headrests.

Standard features include air conditioning; power windows/door locks/heated mirrors; cruise control; a 10-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system; an eight-way adjustable driver's seat; 60/40 split flip-and-fold rear seats; roof rails; and a keyless entry system.


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