2022 Kia Sorento SX Lengthy-Time period Street Check: 30,000-Mile Replace

30,000-Mile Replace

The twin-clutch transmission in our long-term 2022 Kia Sorento SX fell just like the Roman empire: step by step, then abruptly. As beforehand reported, repeated complaints of extreme clutch shudder and slip led our native Kia seller to replace the gearbox’s programming throughout the Sorento’s 16,000-mile service.

We hoped this might remedy the problems, however we figured a couple of weeks in Southern California’s infamous stop-and-go visitors would uncover any remaining weaknesses within the transmission. Technical editor Dan Edmunds drove the SUV to the Golden State after which again to our workplace in Ann Arbor, and he famous nothing uncommon in regards to the eight-speed gearbox. His journey revealed one other drawback, nonetheless.

As Edmunds neared Ann Arbor, he reported a problem much like what Purchaser’s Information director Wealthy Ceppos encountered months earlier. The Sorento bucked and struggled to take care of velocity. Simply as Ceppos did, Edmunds pulled over and restarted the Kia, which then confirmed no signal of hassle. Effectively, virtually—a check-engine gentle illuminated.

Shortly after Edmunds dropped off the Sorento on the workplace, we introduced it to our native seller in Ypsilanti, LaFontaine Kia, which identified the issue as a misfire in cylinder 4 as a result of a foul ignition coil. Because of Kia’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain guarantee, the failing coil was changed freed from cost.

Through the go to, LaFontaine’s service workforce bled the dual-clutch gearbox and carried out a transmission logic replace in accordance with a posted service motion. The Sorento additionally underwent its 24,000-mile scheduled upkeep at the moment, as Edmunds’s journey from the Midwest to the West Coast and again pushed the odometer a few hundred miles previous the 24,000 mark.

This $195 job netted our Sorento an oil and filter change and a brand new air filter. Whereas Kia recommends rotating the tires as a part of the Sorento’s 24,000-mile service, LaFontaine’s workforce deemed it pointless. And but, our invoice included an roughly $20 cost for a tire rotation. This error marked solely the start of our troubles with LaFontaine Kia’s service division.

After settling our account, we drove off to find the transmission was in shambles. The clutches engaged with the grace of a first-time stick-shift driver, and the Sorento lurched and bobbed because it dumped the clutch whereas pulling away from stops. In not less than one occasion, the Sorento stalled whereas we tried to speed up away from a stoplight. Lower than 30 miles after selecting up the car, we returned it to LaFontaine Kia to handle the problem. Then we waited.

And waited some extra.

After a couple of days, we known as for an replace on our Sorento’s standing. Seems the service division had submitted a guaranty declare to switch our troublesome transmission and was ready to listen to whether or not Kia would settle for the declare.

So, as soon as once more, we waited. And as soon as once more, we needed to name for an replace. This time we discovered that Kia accepted the declare and our Sorento would obtain a substitute refurbished transmission.

After 24 days, the Sorento was again at our workplace, its transmission shifting as easily because the day we took supply almost eight months earlier. Ready greater than three weeks for a restore could be a substantial hardship for a Sorento proprietor who depends on the SUV as their main supply of transportation. Kia’s guarantee provision for reimbursement of rental-car bills for guarantee work is tough to qualify for and applies provided that you are touring.

Per the proprietor’s guide:

Journey interruption expense advantages are supplied within the occasion {that a} warranty-related disablement happens greater than 150 miles from your house, and the repairs require greater than 24 hours to finish. Affordable reimbursement is included for meals, lodging, or rental car bills. Journey interruption protection is proscribed to $100 per day topic to a 3 day most restrict per incident. You need to contact the Kia Roadside Help Heart to acquire pre-authorization of bills. As soon as the Kia Roadside Help Heart provides authorization for journey interruption advantages, they’ll help you in making the mandatory preparations.

Whereas the dual-clutch transmissions in earlier Kia and Hyundai long-term automobiles—such because the seven-speed dry-clutch setup in our 2017 Kia Soul Turbo and the eight-speed wet-clutch unit (just like the Sorento’s) in our 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line—struggled to search out followers amongst our employees, they by no means keeled over on us.

Since its return to service, the Sorento has journeyed to Indiana, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, the place the odometer rolled previous 30,000 miles. Testing director Dave VanderWerp snagged the keys and drove the Sorento almost 4000 miles to Florida and again, pushing it previous 34,000 miles. We had the 32,000-mile service, which value $255 for an oil change, a tire rotation, and substitute of the cabin air filter. Not as soon as on this time has a staffer reported an occasion of the brand new transmission displaying egregious indicators of weak point.

Whereas we had been a bit miffed by the (albeit warranty-covered) mechanical points the SUV suffered throughout its first 30,000 miles with us, we had been much more underwhelmed by our expertise with our Kia dealership’s service division. We nonetheless have 1000’s of miles forward of us with our long-term Sorento, and we’re hoping for the most effective on each fronts.

Months in Fleet: 11 months Present Mileage: 34,918 miles
Common Gas Economic system: 24 mpg
Gas Tank Measurement: 17.7 gal Noticed Gas Vary: 420 miles
Service: $852 Regular Put on: $17 Restore: $353
Injury and Destruction: $0

Specs

Specs

2022 Kia Sorento SX AWD

Automobile Sort: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 6-passenger, 4-door wagon

PRICE

Base/As Examined: $41,165/$41,935

Choices: Sapphire Blue paint, $445; carpeted ground mats, $210; carpeted cargo mat, $115

ENGINE

turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, port and direct gas injection

Displacement: 152 in3, 2497 cm3

Energy: 281 hp @ 5800 rpm

Torque: 311 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm

TRANSMISSION

8-speed dual-clutch computerized

CHASSIS

Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink

Brakes, F/R: 12.8-in vented disc/11.6-in vented disc

Tires: Continental CrossContact LX Sport

255/45R-20 105V M+S

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 110.8 in

Size: 189.0 in

Width: 74.8 in

Top: 66.7 in

Passenger Quantity: 144 ft3

Cargo Quantity: 7 ft3

Curb Weight: 4135 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS: NEW

60 mph: 6.0 sec
1/4-Mile: 14.6 sec @ 97 mph
100 mph: 15.4 sec

130 mph: 33.6 sec

Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.4 sec.

Rolling Begin, 5–60 mph: 6.6 sec

Prime Gear, 30–50 mph: 3.2 sec

Prime Gear, 50–70 mph: 4.2 sec

Prime Pace (C/D est): 135 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 165 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.84 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY

Noticed: 24 mpg
75-mph Freeway Driving: 25 mpg
75-mph Freeway Vary: 440

Unscheduled Oil Additions: 0 qt

WARRANTY

5 years/60,000 miles bumper to bumper

10 years/100,000 miles powertrain

5 years/100,000 miles corrosion safety

5 years/60,000 miles roadside help

C/D TESTING EXPLAINED

20,000-Mile Replace

Our long-term Kia Sorento SX has confirmed to be a snug road-trip car, and staffers currently have been routinely signing it out to journey to faraway locations.

Photograph assistant Charley M. Ladd added greater than 2500 miles driving the Sorento from our Ann Arbor, Michigan, residence base to Pikes Peak in Colorado for the mountain’s annual hill-climb and again in late June. Instantly after that, highway check editor Rebecca Hackett put almost 500 extra miles on the Kia when she took it to Thompsonville, Michigan, for the Fourth of July weekend. Issue within the Sorento’s sizable cargo maintain with its third-row bench folded, beneficiant passenger house for these within the second-row captain’s chairs, and quiet inside (simply 68 decibels enter the cabin at 70 mph, a determine equal to that of the final Acura RDX we examined), and it is little shock staffers are frequently enlisting this Sapphire Blue SUV for road-trip responsibility.

Sorento Service

That stated, Hackett wrote that the dual-clutch computerized transmission’s off-the-line shudders had been “actually cramping [her] model,” though neither she nor Ladd famous any points with the gearbox at freeway speeds.

By the point the Sorento lastly caught a break from cross-country and interstate cruising, with its odometer already previous the 16,000-mile mark, it additionally had a brake pedal that was pulsating beneath strain.

Our native Kia service middle up to date the gearbox’s programming freed from cost. With the brakes, the offender was scored rotors. Resurfacing the discs set us again $353. It additionally diminished the thermal capability of the Sorento’s rotors, rising the chance of future scoring.

Add within the $268 it value us to have the Sorento’s oil and filter modified, tires rotated, and cabin air filter changed, and we had been out a complete of $621.

Extra Street-Tripping

With its scheduled upkeep full and its brake and transmission troubles addressed, the Sorento hit the highway as soon as once more. Technical editor Dan Edmunds drove it from Michigan to his residence close to Los Angeles.

“The low-speed drivability points did not rear their head,” he stated on the conclusion of the 2467-mile journey. Nor did the left pedal pulsate when Edmunds utilized the brakes.

We determine this bodes properly for the remaining 20,000 miles of our Sorento SX’s 40,000-mile keep. That stated, if there stay any weaknesses within the Sorento’s tweaked transmission programming or its resurfaced rotors, a couple of weeks of driving in traffic-heavy Southern California must uncover them.

Months in Fleet: 6 months Present Mileage: 20,934 miles
Common Gas Economic system: 24 mpg
Gas Tank Measurement: 17.7 gal Noticed Gas Vary: 420 miles
Service: $402 Regular Put on: $0 Restore: $353
Injury and Destruction: $0


10,000-Mile Replace

Roughly 3200 miles into its keep, our 2022 Kia Sorento SX confirmed its first indicators of potential hassle. Midway via a 360-mile journey to Wisconsin, “the Sorento began bucking and coughing on Interstate 94 and had hassle sustaining velocity,” Purchaser’s Information deputy editor Wealthy Ceppos wrote within the Kia’s logbook.

After limping the Sorento to a truck cease, Ceppos shut off the car after which, a couple of seconds later, restarted it. All returned to regular, and he was capable of full the rest of his journey to the Badger State with none extra troubles. It appears this was an remoted incident, too, as the problem has but to return.

Since then, nonetheless, one other powertrain-related gremlin has cropped up.

The Sorento SX employs an eight-speed dual-clutch computerized transmission, and we suspect the gearbox’s oil-cooled clutch generally ship shudders via the SUV’s cabin at low speeds. Though we seen this trait early into the Sorento’s stick with us, we discovered it to be an irregular prevalence. We predict the offender will be the clutch pack that operates gears one, three, 5, and 7, as these vibrations are most noticeable when the car pulls away from a cease.

The truth is, the problem was so rare that we forgot to say it to the service advisor after we introduced the Sorento in for its 8000-mile checkup, a $134 service that included an oil and filter change and a tire rotation. Within the almost 2000 miles because it final went in for upkeep, although, the Kia’s shudders have turn out to be extra commonplace. It is one thing we plan to have investigated at our subsequent service appointment.

Powertrain issues apart, our Sorento has obtained plentiful reward for its exterior and inside designs. Senior editor Joey Capparella deemed the outside “recent and properly proportioned.” The all-wheel-drive Sorento SX’s 8.2 inches of floor clearance nets our long-term car a real SUV stance—versus the marginally extra wagon-like posture of decrease front-wheel-drive fashions, which supply simply 6.9 inches of floor clearance. That barely taller trip peak enhances the trim’s easy flanks, black-painted 20-inch wheels, and full-LED headlights and fog lights. The look is cleaner than the fussy X-Line decor Kia suits to most different all-wheel-drive variants of the Sorento.

Related adjectives have been used to explain the SUV’s inside, with affiliate editor Caleb Miller characterizing the Sorento’s environs as “clear and trendy.” Others recommended the Kia’s high-quality supplies, which contribute to a cabin that appears and feels far nicer than our Sorento’s $41,935 worth would counsel. Nevertheless, we’re questioning how properly the SUV’s light-gray inside will maintain up over the course of its 40,000-mile stick with us.

For now, the Kia’s cabin stays in spectacular form, with no noticeable markings on the seats or door panels from bleeding blue denims or grubby arms. That stated, we’re just one quarter into our long-term check of the Sorento SX, and we count on the likes of summertime highway journeys and household jaunts to the Midwest’s many lakes to additional check the fortitude of this Kia—together with that of its powertrain and its inside.

Months in Fleet: 4 months Present Mileage: 10,000 miles
Common Gas Economic system: 24 mpg
Gas Tank Measurement: 17.7 gal Noticed Gas Vary: 420 miles
Service: $134 Regular Put on: $0 Restore: $0
Injury and Destruction: $0


Introduction

Almost 5 years in the past, we waved goodbye to our final long-term Kia Sorento. Now, we’re welcoming a brand new 2022 Sorento for an prolonged keep.

On the conclusion of our 2016 Sorento SX’s 40,000-mile check, we stated, “If Kia can inject some persona and extra performance into the subsequent era of [this] SUV, it is probably extra of us can have the Sorento on their radar.” Our transient time to date with our long-term 2022 Sorento—in addition to earlier stints driving different variants of the redesigned, fourth-generation mannequin—signifies the newest iteration of Kia’s mid-size SUV is a far sharper machine than its predecessor.

Admittedly, we gave our Sorento the absolute best likelihood for achievement by selecting essentially the most highly effective engine choice. We bypassed the usual 191-hp naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder, in addition to the hybrid and plug-in-hybrid powertrains, and as an alternative picked the 281-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-four.

The two.5-liter turbo is unique to the EX, SX, and SX Status trims and will be had with front- or all-wheel drive. Selecting the latter provides a Snow setting to the obtainable drive modes and raises the bottom clearance from 6.9 to eight.2 inches. All-wheel-drive EX and SX Status fashions additionally include an X-Line styling bundle that provides off-road-inspired exterior decor. Alas, the X-Line package eliminates Sapphire Blue from the SUV’s shade palette.

We needed the non-compulsory blue hue, so we settled on the all-wheel-drive SX, which begins at $41,165. The particular paint ($445), ground mats ($210), and a cargo mat ($115) introduced the as-tested worth to $41,935.

Whereas the SX does with out sure SX Status niceties resembling a surround-view monitor, a digital instrument cluster, a heated steering wheel, heated second-row seats, and ventilated entrance seats, the $2900 cheaper trim nonetheless comes with its fair proportion of luxuries. A panoramic sunroof brightens the inside, the place one finds a wi-fi telephone charger, dual-zone computerized local weather management, a proximity key with push-button begin, and a ten.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation. Grey fake leather-based covers all three rows of seats, together with the heated and power-operated seats up entrance and the center row’s captain’s chairs. An analog speedometer and tachometer body a small however easy-to-read 4.2-inch information show.

Together with a set of black-painted 20-inch wheels, the SX’s exterior options LED projection headlights and LED taillights. These headlights earn the very best “Good” ranking from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), whereas base LED multi-reflector headlights in lesser Sorento trims get the IIHS’s worst ranking of “Poor”. The upgraded headlights of the SX accompany extra security and comfort gadgets together with adaptive cruise management, lane-keeping help, lane centering, blind-spot monitoring, and rear parking sensors.

Even with its abundance of options, our 2022 Sorento SX’s 4135-pound curb weight undercut our outdated 2016 Sorento SX’s mass by 243 kilos. Kia’s resolution to switch the outgoing mannequin’s 3.3-liter V-6 with a smaller turbo four-cylinder probably performs a key position on this weight discount.

Regardless of being down 9 horses to its six-cylinder forebear, our 2022 Sorento accelerated to 60 mph in simply 6.0 seconds, a second faster than our earlier Sorento long-termer. Credit score the brand new mannequin’s aforementioned weight-reduction plan in addition to its turbocharged engine’s 311 pound-feet of torque, which peaks at 1700 rpm, and the fast shifts of its eight-speed dual-clutch computerized gearbox. The 2016 Sorento made do with 252 pound-feet—a sum that peaked at 5300 revs—and a relatively lazy torque-converter computerized with solely six ahead speeds.

The 2022 Sorento’s 165-foot cease from 70 mph and 0.84 g of lateral grip improved upon the prior Sorento’s efficiency by 9 toes and 0.04 g, too. Extra importantly, these figures evaluate favorably to different SUVs within the phase. The truth is, our Sorento’s braking distance was eight toes shorter than that of the almost $20,000 pricier and 112-pounds-lighter Mercedes-AMG GLB35.

Judged by its model and preliminary efficiency outcomes, our 2022 Sorento appears poised to convey the sharpness we yearned for from our long-term 2016 Sorento. Whether or not Kia has managed to notably enhance upon that car’s performance is a distinct story. As earlier than, the two-person third row gives marginal house for adult-sized passengers, and the cargo space’s quantity shrinks significantly when the rearmost row is in use.

Again in 2016, although, the Sorento was the largest three-row SUV Kia supplied in the USA. The addition of the bigger three-row Telluride to the mannequin line affords the Sorento the leeway to sacrifice some performance in an effort to protect and enhance upon different traits shoppers within the mid-size SUV phase search. We have now 40,000 miles to search out out if the 2022 Kia Sorento efficiently executes this change.

Months in Fleet: 2 months Present Mileage: 4109 miles
Common Gas Economic system: 23 mpg
Gas Tank Measurement: 17.7 gal Gas Vary: 400 miles
Service: $0 Regular Put on: $0 Restore: $0

Specs

Specs

2022 Kia Sorento SX AWD

Automobile Sort: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 6-passenger, 4-door wagon

PRICE

Base/As Examined: $41,165/$41,935

Choices: Sapphire Blue paint, $445; carpeted ground mats, $210; carpeted cargo mat, $115

ENGINE

turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, port and direct gas injection

Displacement: 152 in3, 2497 cm3

Energy: 281 hp @ 5800 rpm

Torque: 311 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm

TRANSMISSION

8-speed dual-clutch computerized

CHASSIS

Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink

Brakes, F/R: 12.8-in vented disc/11.6-in vented disc

Tires: Continental CrossContact LX Sport

255/45R-20 105V M+S

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 110.8 in

Size: 189.0 in

Width: 74.8 in

Top: 66.7 in

Passenger Quantity: 144 ft3

Cargo Quantity: 7 ft3

Curb Weight: 4135 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS: NEW

60 mph: 6.0 sec
1/4-Mile: 14.6 sec @ 97 mph
100 mph: 15.4 sec

130 mph: 33.6 sec

Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.4 sec.

Rolling Begin, 5–60 mph: 6.6 sec

Prime Gear, 30–50 mph: 3.2 sec

Prime Gear, 50–70 mph: 4.2 sec

Prime Pace (C/D est): 135 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 165 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.84 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY

Noticed: 24 mpg
75-mph Freeway Driving: 25 mpg
75-mph Freeway Vary: 440

Unscheduled Oil Additions: 0 qt

WARRANTY

5 years/60,000 miles bumper to bumper

10 years/100,000 miles powertrain

5 years/100,000 miles corrosion safety

5 years/60,000 miles roadside help

C/D TESTING EXPLAINED


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