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The 2017 Kia Sorento in Albuquerque NM: A Closer Look

The 2017 Kia Sorento Albuquerque NM is a midsize SUV that offers great looks, value, amenities, and one of the greatest warranties available. Freshly renewed, this sport utility crossover is available in two-row, five passenger and three-row, seven passenger configurations. With three engine options the Sorento can suit any need and budget. If a driver wants a crossover that's just the right size and offers a substantial value, the 2017 Kia Sorento is a strong competitor.

 

New Developments

The 2017 model is largely unchanged from last year's completely revamped edition. Minor updates for this year include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration as well as auto emergency braking. The 2.0 turbocharged model comes with new paddle shifters mounted to the steering wheel.

Impressions Behind the Wheel

Kia has a reputation for quality, and it only takes a short visit to New Mexico Kia Dealerships to see that the effort has paid off. Compared to earlier editions, the Sorento's steering feels natural and the power is more than sufficient. The V6 can pull strongly, while the turbo four is a great choice with its low-end torque. The standard equipment six-speed auto gearbox is unobtrusive and smooth-shifting, and the suspension is just right. The AWD system provides excellent traction and stability by actively routing torque and power to the wheels on an as-needed basis.

What We Like Most

·         Auto emergency braking: This feature is available on almost all trim levels of the 2017 Sorento, and it does what the driver can't: it keeps a steady eye on the road ahead. If the system warns the driver of an upcoming impact and the driver fails to act, the brakes will be applied automatically.

·         The smart liftgate: This new addition makes it much simpler to raise the Sorento's power hatch when the driver's hands are full. Rather than pushing a button on the key fob, the driver simply holds the fob and stands near the vehicle's rear for a short while and the liftgate raises automatically.

Interior Details

The 2017 Kia Sorento Albuquerque NM is available with seating for five or seven passengers. Regardless of the layout a customer chooses, the midsize SUV's interior is in keeping with Kia's reputation for luxury at a fair price. All Sorento models have contemporary styling for the interior and the dash. Front and second-row seating is quite roomy, but the rear row is best for small children. Cargo space is a bit limited, but the rearmost seats can be folded down for additional room.

The Exterior

The 2017 Sorento may be the most attractive SUV in the class. The grille and blunt bumper look great on this model, and the added length does much to reduce the stubby looks found in the last generation. The base model and the LX have 17" alloys while the EX gets 18s and the SX gets 19" wheels. LED fog lights and extra chrome make the Limited model look even more upscale, and roof rails are available on all but the base model.

Standard Features and Options

For 2017, the Sorento is available from Kia Sorento dealers near Albuquerque in four trims and several derivatives. As is expected, the base model is least expensive, but it does come with stain-resistant upholstery, keyless entry, and a basic stereo system with USB and Bluetooth connectivity. We advise drivers to opt for at least the LX model, which provides extras like a backup camera, sound dampening windshield, touchscreen infotainment system, and the ability to choose extra option packages and AWD. Kia Sorento safety features include all-around airbags as well as stability and traction controls.

The middle-of-the-road EX offers even more value. It combines Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a leather interior, rear parking assistance, push button starting, dual climate controls, power driver's seating, and a turbo four-cylinder or V6. The top-of-the-line SX Limited edition has every option from the lower trim levels, such as blind spot monitoring, a panoramic sunroof, vented and heated front seats, a power lift gate, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system, Infinity audio, and safety aids. Furthermore, the SX is available with luxurious Napa leather trim.

Taking a Look Under the Hood

The LX and L models come with a 2.4L four-cylinder that puts out 185 hp, 178 lb.ft. of torque and provides 28 mpg highway fuel economy. The Limited and the EX have the 2.0L turbocharged four that offers 240hp and 260 lb.ft. of torque. The latter engine can only be had on two-row models, while the Limited, EX and SX have the 290hp V6. All engines come with a six-speed auto gearbox. AWD is available on all Sorentos save the L, which has FWD and a locking differential.

When drivers want the best in practicality, along with a healthy dose of roadworthy performance, the Kia Sorento is a great choice. Learn more by visiting Kia Dealerships in Albuquerque NM or calling to schedule a test drive.  

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