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2017 Kia Sorento: Hot and Cold

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author photo by Tara Trompeter March 2017

In my opinion, heated seats in cars are non-negotiable. Maybe it's because I'm from Miami and anything below 70 degrees is freezing to me. I'm not kidding; if it's 65 degrees outside, my seat warmers are going on. So the placement and functionality of my car's heated seat controls are very important to me, and I have to say, I've been very happy with the ones in our long-term 2017 Kia Sorento.

The Sorento doesn't just have heated seats. Like many new cars today, the seats can also be cooled. Oh, and the steering wheel can be heated. Since the weather here in Atlanta has been so crazy over the past week, I've actually had the opportunity to use all of these features!

I love the placement of the seat warming/cooling controls. It may sound silly, but I really like the fact that they are in a neat little row beneath the infotainment system, laid out in a very logical order from left to right: driver's seat cooling button, driver's seat heating button, heated steering wheel button, passenger seat heating button and passenger seat cooling button. It just makes sense. Each button has three settings that illuminate when you push it: presumably low, medium and high. It's all very intuitive and fast. The seats and steering wheel heat up and cool pretty quickly, which is nice.

My biggest complaint is one that our team has mentioned many times in the past with other cars: The heating/cooling function resets every time you turn the car off. So if you're running errands on a Saturday and making several quick stops, you have to remember to put the heated (or cooled) seats back on every single time you get back in the car. I would definitely prefer for my last setting to remain until I choose to change it.

Other than this minor gripe, the 2017 Kia Sorento is getting the hot-and-cold thing just right.

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