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Everyman Driver: 2017 Kia Sorento with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (VIDEO)

The 2017 Sorento carries over into its second model year with new technology such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay® in addition to two new packages that add greater flexibility – the Advanced Touring Package and the Advanced Technology Package. The third-generation Sorento is available in five trim levels.

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 The handsomely equipped LX, EX, SX, and SXL models are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft. of torque, or a 3.3-liter V-6 that makes 290 horsepower and 252 lb.-ft. of torque, while the EX trim is also available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. Sorento continues to offer an advanced AWD system that automatically routes power to the wheel with the most traction, while inside, the Sorento delivers class-up premium materials, offering the perfect combination of refinement and capability.

The 2017 Sorento offers a host of previously unavailable driver assistance features such as Autonomous Emergency Braking and Dynamic Bending Lights.

Trim Levels/Pricing4 – MSRP (excludes $895 destination)
  • L 2.4L:
  • LX 2.4L:
  • EX 2.0T:
  • LX V6:
  • EX V6:
  • SX V6:
  • SXL V6:

 

$ 25,400 FWD
$ 26,700 FWD
$ 28,500 AWD
$ 31,500 FWD
$ 33,300 AWD
$ 28,990 FWD
$ 30,790 AWD
$ 33,100 FWD
$ 34,900 AWD
$ 38,600 FWD
$ 40,400 AWD
$ 43,900 FWD
$ 45,700 AWD

 

Engines:
  • 2.4-liter I-4:
  • 2.0-liter turbo I-4:
  • 3.3-liter V6:
185 hp/178 lb. ft. torque; 6-speed automatic
240 hp and 260 lb. ft. torque; 6-speed automatic
290 hp and 252 lb. ft. torque; 6-speed automatic
Fuel Economy – EPA-est. MPG: (city/highway/combined)5
  • L 2.4L:
  • LX 2.4L:
  • EX2.0T:
  • LX V6:
  • EX V6:
  • SX V6:
  • SXL V6:
21/28/24 FWD
21/28/24 FWD
21/25/22 AWD
20/27/23 FWD
19/25/22 AWD
18/25/20 FWD
18/25/21 AWD
18/25/20 FWD
18/25/21 AWD
18/25/20 FWD
17/23/19 AWD
18/25/20 FWD
17/23/19 AWD
Available Drive Assistance Features3
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking:
    • Std: SXL V6
    • Opt: LX 2.4L, EX 2.0T, LX V6, EX V6, SX V6
  • Forward Collison Warning:
    • Std: SXL V6
    • Opt: LX 2.4L, EX 2.0T, LX V6, EX V6, SX V6
  • Lane Departure Warning:
    • Std: SXL V6
    • Opt: LX 2.4L, EX 2.0T, LX V6, EX V6, SX V6
  • Advanced Smart Cruise Control:
    • Std: SXL V6
    • Opt: LX 2.4L, EX 2.0T, LX V6, EX V6, SX V6
  • Blind Spot Detection:
    • Std: SX V6, SXL V6
    • Opt: EX V6, EX 2.0T, LX V6
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert:
    • Std: SX V6, SXL V6
    • Opt: EX V6, EX 2.0T, LX V6
  • Dynamic Bending Lights:
    • Std: SXL V6
    • Opt: SX V6
Dimensions: (in.)
  • Overall Length:
  • Overall Width:
  • Overall Height:
  • Wheelbase:
  • Max Cargo Capacity:
    • L 2.4L:
    • LX 2.4L:
    • EX 2.0T:
    • LX V6:
    • EX V6:
    • SX V6:
    • SXL V6:
  • Curb weight: (lbs.)
    • L 2.4L:
    • LX 2.4L:
    • EX 2.0T:
    • LX V6:
    • EX V6:
    • SX V6:
    • SXL V6:
187.4
74.4
66.3 (without roof rails)   66.5 (with roof rails)
109.4

146.4 cu.ft. 5 passenger
146.4 cu.ft. 5 passenger/ 154.2 cu.ft. 7 passenger
146.4 cu.ft. 5 passenger
154.2 cu.ft. 7 passenger
154.2 cu.ft. 7 passenger
154.2 cu.ft. 7 passenger
154.2 cu.ft. 7 passenger

3,832 FWD
3,832 FWD/ 3,968 AWD
4,178 FWD/ 4,303 AWD
4,211 FWD/ 4,343 AWD
4,211 FWD/ 4,343 AWD
4,211 FWD/ 4,343 AWD
4,211 FWD/ 4,343 AWD

 

Kia Motors America’s best-selling CUV, the 2017 Sorento, has earned top honors – Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) – from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) when equipped with optional front-crash prevention.  With the Sorento earning “good” crashworthiness ratings and a superior rating for the optional front-crash prevention system, Kia continues to demonstrate its ongoing commitment to safety.

“These results are a clear indication that Kia places a high priority on safety by offering advanced crash avoidance technologies and enhancing vehicle structure through the use of advanced high-strength steel,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, KMA.  “We are proud that the Sorento received strong ratings across the board, and having earned the prestigious TSP+ award bolsters our strong safety record and the integrity of our products.”

To qualify for a Top Safety Pick Plus rating, each vehicle must earn “good” ratings in each of the five crashworthiness tests – small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side impact, roof strength and head restraints – as well as an “advanced” or “superior” rating for front crash prevention.

The 2017 Sorento is available with many driver-assistance systems including Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)1, Advanced Smart Cruise Control1, Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)1, Blind Spot Detection (BSD)1, Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)1, and HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Light (DBL)1 technology, high-beam assist (HBA)1, and rear parking assist1.

Does Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Matter When Buying a New Car? Below is the feedback I got from Everyman Driver fans and followers on Facebook, Youtube and Instagram plus a video I produced inside the 2017 Kia Sorento SXL AWD which is Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible.

 

 RECENT YOUTUBE COMMENTS:
For me, no. I think that it matters more and more to more people as time goes on ha. Reliability and utility are my biggest concerns.
As much as people say it’s a must have, I don’t think it matters. I still see so many people with their phone on their ears while driving when I know the car they’re driving at least as Bluetooth. So if people aren’t using Bluetooth, why would they use Apple Carplay or Android Auto? I think it’s a cool feature, but it’s not a must have in my future car’s infotainment system.
Not really. its super convenient because Siri performs better than awful built in car voice assistants.the UI is also more appealing and clean
It definitely is a factor for me. I rented a Ford Explorer recently and it had both onboard NAV and an option for Android Auto and Apple Car Play. I used Android Auto instead of the onboard NAV because finding addresses worked MUCH better with Android Auto. I also recently rented a Chrysler 300 and found myself doing the same thing. I have hesitated buying the 2018 Camry because the salesperson could not assure me it would be getting it in a future update. However, I had seen reporting from other YouTubers claiming that Toyota Corporate said Entune 3.0 would be able to add Android Auto and Apple Car Play in the future. When I pressed the salesperson about it she said, “It is under development but she was told to NOT make it a selling point since Toyota is working on eliminating some privacy issues contained in both.” I have no idea what privacy issues they are referring to as this is the first time I have heard a manufacturer make such a claim.
It does matter, i have two cars, Cadillac with CarPlay where the stock infotainment system is trash and 7 series where I missed CarPlay just by a year, second model year has CarPlay. Although BMW supports Siri, CarPlay gives you visual feedback for Siri which is important. Driving a different car every day having the same exact system is very helpful.
I purchased two 2017 Mitsubishi Outlanders this year and came with android auto and Apple car play and no CD player…at first i thought i was going to hate it not to be able to play CD’s but after watching youtube videos on how to use both apps…I find that its great to have…with android auto i can have google assistant to include GPS maps displayed on my screen so that is a major plus for me because i did not purchase any Nav systems with my cars….with Apple car play i can play all my music on my iphone which is also a plus and also use GPS so another plus…….but at the end…..would’ve loved to have that option of having a CD player in my cars…but I can get used to the new technology now included in new cars…thank you
I drive a 1991 Nissan Hardbody pickup. It doesn’t have anything like Apple Carplay or Android Auto, but it’s a least available as an aftermarket add-on with many car stereo manufacturers. If I were to buy a new car I would probably opt for it, for nothing else but to use Google Maps.
It’s 2017 – it’s time for all cars to have Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
After using Apple Car Play for almost a year, I couldn’t buy a new car without it
If I am going to pay more than 30k, yes it matters.
Just bought a Santa Fe Sport (your review was a big help in that decision – thank you) with the tech package that includes Apple Car Play. The fact I could get ACP as an inexpensive option in the entry level trim was the main reason I went with this car over the CRV. I love using Apple Maps instead of in-car navigation which is usually hit or miss. And my wife, who is Japanese, likes that ACP will use her phone’s set language when she plugs in.
I just bought a Mazda CX-9 which doesn’t have it and thought I can do with current infotainment system then a little bit after I rented a car with with apple play and I will tell you I’m sorry I didn’t chose a car with it.
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