2017 Kia Sorento Release Date and Specs

The new-look 2017 Kia Sorento continues to build on the success of the outgoing model through features such as impressive practicality, stylish designs, and upscale technology offerings. Even without the name-recognition that most of its rivals command, the Kia Sorento deserves your attention in most respects. Read on to find out why we think it’s a great pick for a crossover SUV. Its release date and pricing info are also included!

2017 Kia Sorento front angle, auto show, headlights and grille

For 2017, the new 2017 Kia Sorento gains a couple of new safety features such as automatic emergency braking and adaptive headlights; smartphone app integration with both the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto bundled; and shift paddles are now offered by default for the Sorento EX 2.0T model. Also the 2.0T engine is no longer offered for the Sorento SX Limited.

2017 Kia Sorento rear view, tailpipe and taillights

Kia ensured the new model has a bolder on-the-road presence via offering the Sorento with sleek, sinuous evolutionary styling resulting in a sophisticated, and more competitive Sorento. See, the 2017 Kia Sorento finds itself disadvantaged in terms of popularity in the hot rod midsize SUV segment and therefore has to up its ante by offering more value to customers than most of its rivals would. Indeed, the new model boasts of more features and technologies to its dossier at a relatively compact price.

Offering no fewer than three engines, the new 2017 Kia Sorento guarantees shoppers of different levels of performance, and luxury depending on buyers’ tastes and preferences. While the base still manages to get a decent output with the available 2.4L four-cylinder engine, those seeking for more power can step up to the powerful 3.3L V6 engine. We’re particularly impressed by the impressive refinement and acceleration the V6 offers, and that – if you ask me – justifies the higher cost. The third mill is a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine.

2017 Kia Sorento side view, exterior, alloy wheels

One area that the 2017 Kia Sorento fails to deliver on is perhaps the lack of spacious interior volume relative to what the rest of its rivals offer. The available interior seating configuration is either the two-row layout or a three-row setup. In overall, the Kia Sorento 2017 offers a nice combination of versatility and maneuverability.

2017 Kia Sorento rear angle, taillights and alloy wheels

Alternatives include the Luxurious 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2017 Ford Edge, and 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. The “A” rated 2016 Toyota Highlander is also another all-rounded competitor that you should probably check out.

2017 Kia Sorento Release Date & Price

Its release date should be expected in early 2017. Orders can however be placed throughout this year. As for the price, here’re the details: the Sorento LX SUV will go for sale for an MSRP starting from $30,790, Sorento EX – $31,000, Sorento SX – $38,600, Sorento L – $25,400, and the Sorento Limited – $45,700.

2017 Kia Sorento release date

2017 Kia Sorento Exterior

The face of the new model incorporates a larger, more upright ‘tiger-nose’ grille as well as more prominent foglights and long wrap-around headlamps, with a distinct 3-D diamond pattern, features first on the 2013 Kia Gross GT Concept.

2017 Kia Sorento front view, headlights and grille

Some of the exterior features and changes to expect for the base Sorento L and LX model include seventeen-inch alloy wheels and roof rails. The plusher models pack 18-inch wheels, a hands-free power tailgate, sound-reducing front side glass, and 19-inch wheels (Sorento SX and SX Limited), and LED running lights. More features will be offered on its release date.

2017 Kia Sorento Interior

Most surfaces of the Kia Sorento are richly textured and soft to touch. Although lower trim models still manage to offer a decent amount of premium look and feel, higher trim models offer occupants proper luxury and elegance.

2017 Kia Sorento interior, steering wheel, lcd screen, dashboard and gear shift knob

Some accessories offered include a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, stain-resistant fabric, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, a CD player, auxiliary audio jack, a 4.3” touchscreen interface, a rearview camera, two rapid-charge USB ports, sound-reducing windshield, rear parking sensors, an auto-diming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, smartphone integration, a seven-inch driver information display, keyless entry and ignition, and a 110-V household-style plug.

2017 Kia Sorento interior, lcd screen, steering wheel and leather seats

Available Trims

Five trims are available for the 2017 Kia Sorento: L, LX, EX, SX, and SX Limited.

2017 Kia Sorento black color, headlights and alloy wheels


Wheelbase: 9 ft. 1.4 in. (109.4 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 7.4 in. (187.4 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 2.4 in. (74.4 in.)
Passenger volume: 154 ft³
Cargo volume: 11 ft³
Curb weight: 4313 lb
Top Speed: N/A mph
0-60: 8.7 sec
MPG: 21/30 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Titanium Silver, Sparkling Silver, Ebony Black…
Towing Capacity: 3,500 lbs

Engine Specs

Three engines are offered: a 185 horsepower, 2.4L four-cylinder; a 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder; and a 290 horsepower, 3.3L V6. 0-60 mph takes 8.7 seconds with the AWD-equipped Sorento EX 2.0T.

2017 Kia Sorento engine

Maximum towing capacity stands at 3,500 lbs. with the FWD and 5,000 lbs. with the AWD versions.

Safety Review

The IIHS gave the new Kia Sorento 2017 the best possible score of “Good” for overall overlap crash impact safety. Likewise, the NHTSA gave it a perfect score of five out of five for overall crash protection. It is therefore quite evident that the new Kia Sorento 2017 is extremely safe for occupants.

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2017 Kia Sorento interior, leather front seats and steering wheel

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