A-List Rides: Road Trip In The 2017 Kia Sorento

Every time I get into a Kia vehicle, I’m pleasantly surprised by the advancements in the design, offerings and evolution of this brand. This South Korea-based automotive manufacturer has grown by leaps and bounds since making its debut in the United States in the early 1990’s.

Jawn KiaYou’d be as impressed as all the random people who stopped to inquire about the 2017 Kia Sorento. Already redesigned for its 2016 year model, the 2017 edition of this SUV had people starting random conversations with me, whether I was in the parking lot of Target or shopping at the grocery store. We literally asked me, “How do you like that Kia? They’ve come a long way, huh?”

“Yes,” I would reply, “they certainly have,” before offering mini tours as though I was a salesman for a Kia dealership.

The thing about a Kia is that you get a lot of amenities for an affordable price no matter which one of their vehicles you drive. In the Sorento, it has an upgraded smartphone integration system and some superior safety options that you would find in higher-end cars with other brands.

KiaThis SUV had a great, sturdy drive. My test model featured the 3.3-liter V6 and all-wheel drive. And it was rather good on gas, offering 17 miles per gallon in the city and 23 on the highway. (Because of the powertrain, the fuel economy is lower than it is on models with a lesser engine.)

A spacious vehicle (check out the Inside Look video below for details), the Sorento is great for a student who travels back and forth to college, a parent with active children, someone who travels and has lots of luggage or any person who wants a trendy SUV with plenty of cargo room. Kia boasts that this SUV attracts a wide range of buyers and after spending time in it, its adaptability certainly shows you why.

The Kia Sorento also offers plenty of safety options; is smartphone and entertainment accessory friendly; and is just a great option for a practical SUV with some bells and whistles.  Did I mention that I love its front grill? Very well done.

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Spin Control: With price range from $28,000 to $34,000, the 2017 Kia Sorento is price appropriately for a SUV offering everything it has.

Status: B+ LIST

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WATCH: Check out the inside look into the 2017 Kia Sorento below. If you have questions about the car, go to and posts comments under the vehicle.

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