Kia Sorento Hybrid EX

Every year families search for the perfect family car, and the Kia Sorento Hybrid EX should definitely go on the short list for those searching for a mid-size crossover SUV with power, style and practicality.
    This three-row crossover has been redesigned to give more power (227 horsepower) thanks to a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. It also has a 44-kilowatt electric motor and a 1.5-kilowatt-hour battery. Together it delivers 39 miles per gallon in the city/35 on the highway and 37 combined; it gets 2.7 gallons per 100 miles. It should be noted that this beats rival hybrid SUVs like the Ford Escape Hybrid, Honda CR-V Hybrid and the Toyota Venza.
    The redesigned crossover also upgraded the multimedia system, put in more standard safety features and made the cabin more comfortable and stylish. Typical safety features include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot collision avoidance assist, rear cross-traffic alert, a driver attention warning system, lane keep assist and automatic lane-centering. Among the features on the EV trim are: adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go; panoramic sunroof with power sunshade, wireless charging pad, parking distance warning-forward and front LED fog lamps.
     The Sorento is one of Kias best sellers, and it should be. There is a lot of value, especially for its size. You can’t beat the fuel economy, and the ride is smooth and enjoyable. The interior features bright satin finishes and quirky features such as vertical center air vents that shake up the look in just the right way. There are two captain’s chairs in the front and plenty of room for the second row. The third row is a little cramped (especially for adults) but it is a third row, which gives it extra points. Still, there is plenty of storage compartments in each row and putting the second and third seats down, gives you an impressive 38.5 and 45 cubic feet of cargo space.
   There are many benefits to the Kia Sorento Hybrid EX — the fuel economy for starters. It is a family-perfect mid-size that offers style, safety and design features and a ride that everyone enjoys. Oh yes, the best part? It starts at $36,500!

Mary Welch


Editor, award-winning journalist and author

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