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I have a 15' SXL Sorento. I've been looking around online quite a bit since I purchased the vehicle back in July 2014. Not coming up with much aside from floor mats, lighting, etc. Was wondering if anyone has come across any other aftermarket parts for the 15 sorento 3.3l ? I see that there's talk of hyundai 3.3L with a TURBO. Maybe we will see a turbo kit for the sorento...doubtfull.

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Not too many people looking to hot-rod their Sorentos. They're good just the way they are. No demand, no market. Besides, with the long warranty KIA gives with their vehicles, and the fact that anything other than OEM parts would invalidate that warranty, people aren't so likely to give that up.
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I'm also wanting to upgrade my SX - but after driving a 2016, I don't think I'd ever be happy. The improvement in "pick-up" on the new model is significant. I wish I could have waited to buy my 2015, but my totaled 2011 had to be replaced.

I would like - better brakes, slightly stiffer suspension, and better throttle response. The 2016 has the last two.
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I'm also wanting to upgrade my SX - but after driving a 2016, I don't think I'd ever be happy. The improvement in "pick-up" on the new model is significant. I wish I could have waited to buy my 2015, but my totaled 2011 had to be replaced.

I would like - better brakes, slightly stiffer suspension, and better throttle response. The 2016 has the last two.
Coming from a '12 SX, in my opinion, I think it only has the first one you mentioned. The moment I test drove the '15 SX I immediately noticed the stronger brakes on them. The better throttle response, I'd say if you keep the Eco mode on, you'd be getting less on the '15. But I keep them off all the time and it revs higher in the rpm range before it upshifts compared to the '12 MY.
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Brakes on my 2015 are slightly better than my 2011, agreed. Could be so much better, though.

By "pick up" I mean getting the car moving from a standstill or accelerating suddenly when needed. My daughter's (v6) challenger seems to get going so effortlessly (very similar power/torque numbers and weight) - and the 2016 Sorento felt very similar. Given the fact that it's a mid-size SUV and not a "sports car:, it's not surprising that the Sorento doesn't lurch off the line or pull hard the instant you give it more throttle. They have, however, improved this significantly in the 2016 model.

Use ECO to switch from "normal" to sport. Better yet, tie throttle response to the steering modes (comfort, normal or sport).

Going back to suspension, I loved how the 2011 drove. The 2015 is fantastic in comparison, but the 2016 is better yet.

I know this is all a pipe dream. I think I should buy a Jeep SRT8 and leave the Sorento unmolested..
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Brakes on my 2015 are slightly better than my 2011, agreed. Could be so much better, though.

By "pick up" I mean getting the car moving from a standstill or accelerating suddenly when needed. My daughter's (v6) challenger seems to get going so effortlessly (very similar power/torque numbers and weight) - and the 2016 Sorento felt very similar. Given the fact that it's a mid-size SUV and not a "sports car:, it's not surprising that the Sorento doesn't lurch off the line or pull hard the instant you give it more throttle. They have, however, improved this significantly in the 2016 model.

Use ECO to switch from "normal" to sport. Better yet, tie throttle response to the steering modes (comfort, normal or sport).

Going back to suspension, I loved how the 2011 drove. The 2015 is fantastic in comparison, but the 2016 is better yet.

I know this is all a pipe dream. I think I should buy a Jeep SRT8 and leave the Sorento unmolested..
I don't know, but, I can break all tires free on a bit of gravel they spread on my community roads between storms up here, usually it's even by accident, when I take off. With The low, low, 1st & 2nd gears, mine takes off like it's shot out of a cannon! I've surprised a lot of vehicles between traffic lights, sometimes even smaller "fart cars"! Maybe you need a new "Wicks" air filter? And, or, "To do the pipe thru the resonator trick" My Sori still seems louder & faster since I did both! Even though I took the pipe back out after a coupla days, months ago. Remember I did each one, at separate times, with the engine warmed up, and right onto the Freeway, to go though the gears and reset the O2 sensors, & ECM I definitely lost a few mpg's. But, I also use "Sport" mode most of the time, until I need to save gas, then into ECO mode.
That Beautiful SR-8 will probably eat even more gas though

Some previous Hyundai/Kia vehicles: 2002 Santa Fe LX V6 AWD, 2005 Tucson LX V6 AWD, 2010 Tucson GLS 2.4L AWD, 2011 Sportage EX 2.4L AWD, 2015 Sorento Ex V6 AWD
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I'm not saying it's slow once it's moving, but there is a definite lag between advancing the throttle and the vehicle responding.

Since my post above, I put on new tires - MICHELIN PREMIER LTX 235/55R19 101H BSW ALL SEASON - very happy with them. My 2011 I put on Toyos and was not happy at all. These are better than the OEM tires by a good margin.
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I'm not saying it's slow once it's moving, but there is a definite lag between advancing the throttle and the vehicle responding.

Since my post above, I put on new tires - MICHELIN PREMIER LTX 235/55R19 101H BSW ALL SEASON - very happy with them. My 2011 I put on Toyos and was not happy at all. These are better than the OEM tires by a good margin.
Ok, I'll give you that, when riding along over the many hills, & curves up here, on occasion I've noticed a slight lag in the throttle, (like a dead spot?) on acceleration. It's annoying to have to push down the pedal more then you should! Because the next thing you know, it's downshifting, and you're going faster then intended! I wish that somebody would understand this issue, and fix it My EX has 235/60/18" but I'm on the lookout for a good 55 series, I'll check them out, thanks!

Some previous Hyundai/Kia vehicles: 2002 Santa Fe LX V6 AWD, 2005 Tucson LX V6 AWD, 2010 Tucson GLS 2.4L AWD, 2011 Sportage EX 2.4L AWD, 2015 Sorento Ex V6 AWD

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...I've noticed a slight lag in the throttle, ... I wish that somebody would understand this issue, and fix it
Electronic throttle are just that: they are programmed..to the idea of the programmer. It then would need a change in the program. I do not know of a utility that could open the code...and let anyone change it.

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