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Car and Driver: Kia Adds Semi-Autonomous Tech to 2017 Sorento

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2016 Kia Sorento SXL

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Although the sheetmetal may look the same as last year, the Kia Sorento enters 2017 with a handful of new tricks up its sleeve, the most noteworthy being the availability of automatic emergency braking.

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Prices are up across the board, with as little as $290 being added to the base price of the Sorento LX V-6 and as much as $4000 tacked onto the base price of the SX Limited—a figure that’s partially the result of the Korean company’s decision to make the previously optional V-6 engine standard. On top of this, all Sorento SX Limiteds now come equipped with last year’s Technology package (a $2500 bundle on 2016 models), as well as newly available swiveling headlights and an automatic emergency braking system.

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More impressive is the fact that all Sorentos, save for the base L version, can be had with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems. Standard on the SX Limited, these items are bundled into the Advanced Technology package in the Sorento LX and SX, and the Advanced Touring package in the EX. Meanwhile, Kia’s new UVO3 infotainment system makes its way to the mid-size crossover. Unavailable on the L, optional on the LX, and standard on all other trims, UVO3 offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support.

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Finally, Sorentos with the base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine see highway fuel economy fall by 1 mpg, as do front-wheel-drive V-6 models. The EPA now rates the four-cylinder at 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway (21/25 with all-wheel drive) and the V-6 at 18/25.

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