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2017 Kia Sorento SX: Practical and Attractive

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One of our staffers recently took our long-term 2017 Kia Sorento SX to visit his brother-in-law, who happened to be considering a new family car. At some point, the discussion turned to cars, and then to the Sorento, and our staffer showed off our long-term crossover. The most impressive feature, according to the prospective buyer: the sliding second-row seat, which provides easy access to the third row. Although this is starting to get more common these days in midsize crossovers, it certainly isn't in every one -- and our Sorento makes entry and exit especially easy.

Our staffer's car-shopping brother-in-law was also impressed with the Sorento's cargo capacity with the rear seats folded. That doesn't surprise us; the Sorento's smaller size makes it look like it won't have a huge cargo area, but it touts more cargo space than the Jeep Grand Cherokee or Ford Edge -- and a third-row seat, to boot.

And then there's another selling point: The brother-in-law also mentioned that he likes how the Sorento looks. We couldn't agree more. In a world of midsize crossovers that are all starting to look the same, our 2017 Kia Sorento SX stands out for its handsome styling -- an impressive feat, as it offers similar packaging to all the lookalike models. We think the proportions are good; it's not unneccessarily off-road-oriented when it shouldn't be, and it's not too aggressive or too dull.

Our only complaint: The sporty SX model, which we have, has red-painted brake calipers -- much like a performance-oriented Porsche or a BMW might have. We guess it's to distinguish the SX from a regular Sorento, but really it just comes off as a bit of a gimmick. As our staffer said, red-painted calipers "have no place on a vehicle like this."

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