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Questions regarding my new Sorento from a newbie

I just got a new 2016 Kia Sorento LX and I've been pretty obsessed about it (good and bad). I'm really excited about it, but it's getting in the way of me being productive in my work. Anyway, hello to everyone and I'm hoping some of you can answer a some questions I have about my new Sorento.

I was thinking of installing Kia OEM side steps. For those of you who own them, can you give me your opinion of them aesthetically and functionally? I was wanting to improve the look of the Sorento while making it easier for my kids to get into it. Would having the side steps help my kids get into the passenger 2nd row in a realistic way? Are there disadvantages that I should know about? Do you find yourselves always hitting your shins into them? Are they even easy to install myself or should I just go to the dealer to have them install them?

With my LX, obviously I have the 17" wheels. How does the Sorento change functionally with 19" wheels? Does the mpg change? Does the ride quality get more harsh? Does rollover improve when turning? Is maneuverability reduced?

I'm sure I'll have more questions in the future. Any feedback regarding my above questions would be appreciated.


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The only disadvantage is getting dirty clothing of side steps.
The OEM parts all fit easily the steps will fit in existing bolts and fittings. Fitting yourself is probably better as you retain any parts you remove. Enabling you to remove the side steps and return car to original if you want to.
Bigger wheels mean harder ride less air for cushioning The circumference and diameter of 17 or 19" sets will be almost the same speedo and clearance is catered for using the correct wheels.
You do not give any CP details but if you use winter tyres or wheels stay with 17".

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Hello and welcome to the Kia forums.
The only disadvantage is getting dirty clothing of side steps.
The OEM parts all fit easily the steps will fit in existing bolts and fittings. Fitting yourself is probably better as you retain any parts you remove. Enabling you to remove the side steps and return car to original if you want to.
Bigger wheels mean harder ride less air for cushioning The circumference and diameter of 17 or 19" sets will be almost the same speedo and clearance is catered for using the correct wheels.
You do not give any CP details but if you use winter tyres or wheels stay with 17".

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I agree with Jeff and don't mean to be a curmudgeon, but...

I put side steps/sliders on my Tacoma for wifey...didn't work out. You have to step so far outwards to clear them, when exiting, it rubs on your calves and does, occasionally, do bad things to clothing. It's not nearly as easy to use them for exiting as it is for entering.
There might be some that are more 'step-like' than mine were and give more accessibility at the expense of less ground clearance.

I considered bigger wheels but remember...the bigger the wheel the less room, and air, you'll have between the rim and big-assed potholes. They do bend up rims.

Again I don't mean to discourage you, just relating personal experiences for consideration.

Good luck.

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Hmm, that's good info to know. As far as the step side is concerned, I was wanting to get them so my kids could get in more easily--they're both still young. I also like the look of the step side accessories. If I was to still get them, who would you guys recommend I go to to install them, since I really don't have a way of putting them on myself.

Regarding the tires, I was going to see if I could acquire the 19" tires that normally come with the SX model.

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