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2017 Kia Sorento SX: Long-Term Introduction

Our long-term test fleet has grown by one. The latest addition is a 2017 Kia Sorento SX, a popular midsize family crossover that was redesigned last year. While we’ve spent a lot of time on the outgoing Sorento model, the new one seems like a big leap forward, so we wanted to see how it measures up against rivals.

The Sorento we chose is an SX model, which is one rung down from the top-of-the-line SX Limited version. From least expensive to most expensive, the Sorento’s trim levels are L, LX, EX, SX and SX Limited. While the base-level Sorento L starts at just $26,400 with shipping, our SX model starts at $39,500 with destination. From there, we’ve added the Advanced Technology Package for $2,000, which takes our total price up to $41,495 including shipping.

So, why is the SX so much pricier than the base-level Sorento L? One reason is the powertrain: Both the Sorento L and the LX use a 185-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder, which feels lethargic compared to the SUV’s optional engines. Those options are a 240-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder (available on LX, standard on EX) and the 290-hp 3.3-liter V6 that comes on all SX models. We look forward to seeing how that muscular V6 performs on the road.

Of course, Sorento SX models also include an impressive array of equipment compared to lower-level versions. Standard features include an 8-inch touchscreen with a navigation system, a 10-speaker Infinity sound system, 19-in alloy wheels, a power lift gate, leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof and keyless ignition and access. Our Advanced Technology Package — chosen because we like to test out all the features in order to see how they perform — adds ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning with automatic braking and dynamic headlights. We experienced many of these features in a long-term Kia Cadenza sedan, which we loved, and we’re eager to see how they function in the Sorento.

Kia says the latest Sorento is the best model yet, and we’re excited to see exactly how it compares to rivals and to the outgoing Sorento. We’re also eager to test it out in real-world situations, as we’ll subject it to a wide variety of conditions, including road trips, daily commutes, inclement weather and kid-transport duty. Most of all, we’re eager to measure its reliability for ourselves — especially since Kia has recently been winning reliability awards left and right. So keep checking back for more updates about the latest member of our fleet, the 2017 Kia Sorento SX.

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