Our long-term 2017 Kia Sorento hit the road this past month as one of our staff members packed it up with four people and a week’s worth of luggage. Despite the load, the Sorento still managed a total trip fuel economy average of 22.6 miles per gallon, with 25.2 mpg specifically on the highway. That’s exactly what the Environmental Protection Agency says we should be getting on the highway, which is impressive given both the load and the fact we weren’t exactly taking things slowly.
The 3.3-liter V6 engine’s power is also appreciated. Kia uses this engine in other applications, such as the Sedona minivan and Cadenza full-size sedan, and as in those cars, this powerful and torque-rich engine is well-suited to lugging around a heavy vehicle. We definitely recommend it over the available 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. We would also tell you to be careful when opting for front-wheel drive, as an over-anxious right foot can make the wheels spin when you send all 253 lb-ft of torque to them.
Some other impressions from the road came from those on the outside, who were impressed by how attractive the exterior was. It’s certainly a big step up from the previous-generation Sorento. The same can be said for the luxurious interior, which wows with its attractive design, strong quality and ample feature content. The driver’s seat-bottom extender is especially appreciated.
So mark the 2017 Kia Sorento down as passing the road trip test with flying colors. If you’re in the market for a 3-row family crossover, it’s definitely worth a look. Find a 2017 Kia Sorento for sale
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