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I leave my Sorento 2014 on "auto" for the lights, but I noticed that the lights don't go on if there's enough light outside.

I read in the manual that we have daytime running lights when the car is not in "park", but I've never seen these come on.

Do you have to manually turn on your headlights in the day?
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I leave my Sorento 2014 on "auto" for the lights, but I noticed that the lights don't go on if there's enough light outside.

I read in the manual that we have daytime running lights when the car is not in "park", but I've never seen these come on.

Do you have to manually turn on your headlights in the day?
In the Canadian model, the DRL come on after you start the ignition.
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You are south of the border...so no factory DRLs. Why the hell Kia did not make that a setup option to use the "positioning lights" as DRLs is beyond me. That would have been so easy to have a software option pull the relay to turn them on x seconds after ignition.

And why the hell are the fog lights still incandescent bulbs? Optima Limited has LED fog lights now.

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I continue to be surprised that DRL's are not standard equipment in the U.S. They have been a requirement for Canadian cars for 20 odd years now as a result of lots of documentation that they make a difference, reducing head on type collisions in particular.
Canada usually follows U.S. legislated safety changes.
This has been an odd exception. It seems some car makers do make them standard as often see DRL's on cars when travelling in the U.S.
Don't know why they all don't rather than having to build this difference into their assembly lines for cars for sale in Canada vs U.S.
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The K900 is fitted with LED lighting throughout. Inside, indirect white light with red accents create a serene ambiance. Outside, the available Adaptive Front Lighting System offers full LED headlights that rotate up to 12 degrees based on the car’s movement, speed and steering—helping to providing precise illumination when you need it most.
From the K900 pages at Kia. I guess we have to wait for a future Sorento to inherit stuff from K900. Either that or there will a major redesign in the 2015 Sorento.
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So basically the auto setting is useless.
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I continue to be surprised that DRL's are not standard equipment in the U.S. They have been a requirement for Canadian cars for 20 odd years now as a result of lots of documentation that they make a difference, reducing head on type collisions in particular.
Canada usually follows U.S. legislated safety changes.
This has been an odd exception. It seems some car makers do make them standard as often see DRL's on cars when travelling in the U.S.
Don't know why they all don't rather than having to build this difference into their assembly lines for cars for sale in Canada vs U.S.

actually good point. I'm not from Canada originally, but when I toured the West coast (California/Washington/Oregon/British Columbia/Yukon/Alaska) in the mid 90s I remember seeing signs telling drivers to turn on their driving lights. I believe this was in Alaska/Yukon. I like the idea DRLs and thought it was std across the board in Nth American vehicles. Been a while since I drove in the US, but surprised its not a std feature. I'm so accustomed to seeing them here. One thing I hate is the reliance of "auto" lights. So many drivers never turn on their full lighting systems when its bad light - ie. Fog or Snowstorms.
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So basically the auto setting is useless.
Depends. If the intent has something to do with DRLs....worthless. If the intent is to turn on all the exterior lights when the sensors think it is too dark...OK.

Personally I turn on the lights before the sensor so I don't use auto. Lights are for seeing and being seen.
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With those round lamps, looks like HID and halogen. No LED headlamps like K900. I wonder if the positioning lights are still coupled with headlamps. I would guess yes...same as 2014.
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