The Kia Sorento is a three-row mid-size SUV that offers plenty of space, technology, comfort, and capability to drivers. However, do not let the Sorento’s good looks fool you. Underneath its classy and rugged design is a capable SUV that offers great towing capabilities for its size and class.
What is the Kia Sorento’s Towing Capacity?
When properly equipped, the Kia Sorento is capable of towing up to 1,587 kg. However, there are many things that you should be aware of before you venture out to tow with your Sorento. The Sorento needs to be equipped with certain equipment to reach its maximum towing capacity. In addition, the engine type and equipment will determine just how much you can safely tow.
The 2022 Kia Sorento is offered in six models across Canada, and based on the engine and additional features, their towing capacities differ.
|Engine||2.5-litre four-cylinder GDI||2.5-litre four-cylinder GDI||2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder GDI||2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder GDI||2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder GDI||2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder GDI|
|Horsepower||191 HP||191 HP||281 HP||281 HP||281 HP||281 HP|
|Torque||181 lb-ft||181 lb-ft||311 lb-ft||311 lb-ft||311 lb-ft||311 lb-ft|
|Towing Capacity||783–907 kg||783–907 kg||749–1,587 kg||749–1,587 kg||749–1,587 kg||749–1,587 kg|
Towing Capacity Calculations
The towing capacity listed in the table above, and by Kia itself, does not mean that you can hook up a 1,587kg item to the Sorento and call it a day. The towing capacity refers to the maximum weight that the vehicle can tow after factoring in the weight of any cargo. You need to include both the weight inside the vehicle and the weight being towed and ensure that those two numbers combined do not exceed the towing capacity.
This means that the combined weight of the driver and passengers needs to be subtracted from the total capacity. So, if the Sorento is hauling five people weighing 68kg each, the SUV is already hauling a load of 340 kg. Cargo weight must also be accounted for—perhaps another 40 kg in luggage and equipment. This means that the combined weight of people and cargo being loaded onto the vehicle is already 380 kg. If your model of the Kia Sorento can tow up to 1,587 kg, you really only have 1,207 kg of towing capacity remaining.
With that amount of remaining towing capacity, you can easily tow a small camper or boat behind the Kia Sorento! This extremely capable vehicle allows you to haul whatever you need, whether that is six or seven passengers, a camper, a trailer, or a combination!
Recommended Steps Before Towing
Many models of the Kia Sorento come with advanced driver-assistance technology features, such as forward collision-avoidance assist, blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, smart cruise control, highway driving assist, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, and more. If possible, these systems should be turned off when you are towing a trailer or other equipment due to safety reasons. In addition, regular cruise control should not be used when towing.
These systems will experience confusion or not work at all when a trailer is hooked up to the Sorento, so it is better to turn them completely off when towing.
Recommended Towing Equipment
It is important to have the correct towing equipment installed before using your Kia Sorento to tow. This ensures that your vehicle is not damaged by towing or that yourself, your passengers, or others on the road are not in danger from improper towing techniques.
- Hitch – A hitch is the most important part of keeping your Sorento connected to what you are towing. Rough roads, crosswinds, large trucks going by, and more can send your trailer all around the road. Do not attach a rental or bumper-type hitch to the Kia Sorento—a frame-mounted hitch is required for towing.
- Safety Chains – Always attach safety chains between your vehicle and your trailer to ensure that there is a backup method in case something happens to the hitch. The safety chains should be crossed under the tongue of the trailer to ensure that the tongue does not drop to the road if it separates from the hitch.
Kia Sorento Towing
Towing is possible with your Kia Sorento, and it offers a substantial towing capacity for a midsize SUV. It is important to follow the calculations to ensure that your vehicle’s passenger and cargo weight combined with the trailer weight is under the maximum towing capacity. It is also important to ensure that your Sorento is properly equipped, you have followed the recommended guidelines, and are experienced at towing a trailer before setting out on the open road.
Mississauga Kia offers a wide variety of used and new Kia Sorento models that offer significant towing capacity for drivers. Stop in and view the inventory today to find your next extremely capable Kia Sorento!