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Old 06-11-2016, 11:20 AM   #11
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Thanks for steering me towards a Kia Sorento. I stopped in for a brochure last weekend, and I go to the dealer tomorrow to try and finalize a deal! Just trying to figure out the whole "towing package" thing on this vehicle. I've scoured Kia forums and a ton of other websites and I still don't understand IF there is a tow package. My understanding is that the V6 AWD has a tow capacity of 5000 lbs , and I've read the forum discussion on tongue weight. I've seen reference to this nebulous "tow package", but can't for the life of me find anywhere that says it includes a larger tranny cooler?? or anything else? Is it just the addition of the hitch and wiring harness as accessories? Asked the dealership - no help there. I'll try again tomorrow. Are you still enjoying the Sorento? I was very impressed on the test drive! Looking at a red EX+! Thanks for any help!!
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Brenda, our experience with the 2012 Santa Fe was that only the top end models had the tow package and I don't think that has changed. Larger radiator, larger alternator, transmission cooler and wiring in the back underneath to plug in SOME of what you need to tow. Did not include plug and use for brake controller. It also needed power run to the back for charging on the 7 pin connector. This may have changed. I also had to buy the receiver hitch and bolt it on. Our new Frontier was truly plug and use. However, after it was set up, the Santa Fe/Sorrento was a good tow vehicle and should be even better now. Just be sure you get a model that has most of what you need for towing. Not all models are. Just found this
All models of the Sorento are up for towing. Even with the base inline-4, it’s rated at 2,000 pounds. Step up to the turbo model, which is very much up for towing, Kia officials confirmed, and you get a 3,500-pound rating. Sorento V-6 models can tow up to 5,000 pounds when equipped with AWD, and otherwise with front-wheel drive it’s also 3,500 pounds. (From an online review. ) good luck with your hunt.
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Old 06-11-2016, 05:57 PM   #12
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Yes, the v6 Sorrento rated for 5000 pounds towing has what is needed. You need to supply the hitch however.
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Old 06-12-2016, 01:05 AM   #13
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Thanks for the info! Tried to get more info at the dealership today - they guaranteed me it would tow 5000 lbs, which according to the owner's manual should mean a 500 tongue weight. Good thing, since I bought it!!! Regency Ted - I've never had a red vehicle! Pick up Monday, hopefully. BTW, it's the EX + - "upper middle class" model. 😉

Neamster, did you put on a WD hitch? Do you mind if I ask the price range and type of hitch receiver you got? Dealer quoted $640 for hitch, wiring harness, and install. Seemed high to me - I declined. Thanks for the help!

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And that should be "Tegency Red". "Ted" is not involved. 🙄
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We bought the car with the hitch installed but without the wiring. We rolled this in to the price near the end of bargaining, and our salesperson needed to get the go ahead from the manager . We then got it wired with brake controller elsewhere, for $400.00.

Good luck with your red Sorrento! Will you get red Escape trim to match?
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