Kia Reports Great September Sales with Kia Sorento by Justin Stoltzfus
With Kia Motors announcing their best September ever, with sales last month of over 35,000 units, lots of crossover enthusiasts are looking at a vehicle that made up a huge part of that sales volume. To put Kia’s September numbers in perspective, the Kia Sorento CUV sold over 11,000 units, or nearly [...] .. Read More!
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The grille is flanked on both sides by sly-looking upper complexes for headlights and turn signals. Lower complexes contain foglights and are finished in matte-black to match the grille mesh.
A dark plastic faux skidplate wraps up from below the vehicle to about halfway up the foglight nacelles on LS and EX models.
The SX dispenses with this design element by stretching the lower air opening and the body-color part of the bumper down closer to ground level. A smaller, stainless steel skidplate defines the bottom of the enlarged lower grille on the SX, and SX foglights are five-sided instead of round, and accented by splashes of body-color trim. More subtle is the change in the upper grille on the SX, where the trademark Kia tiger-nose shape seems to float within the grillework, rather than outlining the border as it does on lesser models.
To maximize interior volume, particularly in the third-row seats, the Sorento roofline makes only a slight taper downwards at the rear. Similarly, the rear passenger doors extend back over the wheel housing to optimize access to third-row seats.
Sorento's shape is more than just a pretty face; it slips through the air at highway speed with minimal wind noise.