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Red face Thinking about buying Sorento

Currently, I drive 2016 A4 2T AWD but want to replace with something bigger, have 2 kids who are teens

test drove a lot of cars starting from MDX AWD to CX5

I was really hoping to like MDX but didnt like it at all.. driving wise.
Liked the 2017 sorento I drove both 2.4, 3.3 with and without AWD

I am in southern calif but travel to mountains 2/3 times a year for snow.


My understanding is: Go for v6 as it gives a lot of power for small mpg penalty.
I also read somewhere that if you have V6 then you should get AWD to prevent over steer and wheel spinning even on dry road.
Of course, AWD should help on snow.


I like cloth trim , not a big fan of leather seats.

Also, had a change of mind, looking for used/cpo ...

Should I got for AWD ? I know this has been answered many times, apologies

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I've had the V6 AWD Sorento since April 2016. I would say don't get the AWD if you don't have snowy winters and plan to keep the car for 8-12 years. If you're only going up north 3 times a year, it's not worth the higher sale price and extra maintenance later on when it starts to break. But if you only plan to keep the car for 5 years/100k, then it might be worth it (but only if you notice a significant difference between AWD and FWD during your test drives).

I prefer the naturally-aspirated V6 over the turbo. Less maintenance and less harsh on the oil/engine. I get about 24-25 mpg combined.. 31 on the highway. It's more than good enough for me.
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As for the mountains... I took my fwd 2.4L 4cyl through Cape Breton Highlands with some huge inclines... No problem at all. Only once did I put it in manual and gear down. Even the 4 cyl powers this vehicle without issue. I also pull a 2000lb camoer without trouble.

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Thanks Guys, Looks like I won't be going for AWD. I should think about V6 then and see how much is the price and mpg difference...

I am in sunny southern california so rain or snow locally is not an issue
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The all-wheel drive is really not that expensive and should not have significant maintenance issues. This isn't 1970. If you go to the mountains and don't have it, you may regret it. I drove a V6 that was front wheel drive and it spun the tires quite easily. In the rain it would not inspire confidense, especially coming out of an AWD car. My vote is for all wheel drive wit the V6.

The 2.4 is sufficient but next to an A4 will feel really gutless. Also, the V6 is very smooth. Smoother than your A4. We have a 2011 A4 and I've driven a 2017 (which was really quick). If AWD isn't a selling point I would consider a minivan. They make more sense from a practicality standpoint.

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I have the 2.4 in AWD (it snows here).

The power is merely adequate. If you can live with the higher revs and dropping down a gear or two to climb hills or accelerate, it works. If you need quick acceleration or want the feeling of effortless power, get the V6.

I should point out that even the FWD has traction control. You shouldn't be spinning the tires.
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I have the 2.4 in AWD (it snows here).

The power is merely adequate. If you can live with the higher revs and dropping down a gear or two to climb hills or accelerate, it works. If you need quick acceleration or want the feeling of effortless power, get the V6.

I should point out that even the FWD has traction control. You shouldn't be spinning the tires.
True, you will get chirping and really messed up power delivery and the traction control tries to do its best. This would be especially bad when you try to pull out into traffic from a stop the rain which can be a bit unnerving when you are used to AWD traction.
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Go with AWD and V6, even in Cali. More sure footed traction at all times - especially in rainy season.
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Go with AWD and V6, even in Cali. More sure footed traction at all times - especially in rainy season.
Thanks... now leaning towards awd/v6.. also looking for cpo cars..
the challenge is:: awd/v6 seems to be a rare combo in used car market and most of the cars I see with awd/v6 are LX and previous rentals...
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Thanks... now leaning towards awd/v6.. also looking for cpo cars..
the challenge is:: awd/v6 seems to be a rare combo in used car market and most of the cars I see with awd/v6 are LX and previous rentals...
mhmm, mine came from a rental fleet. Great price and I've had no issues, except the transmission fluid was overdue for a change at 35k when I checked it.. so maybe have the dealer do a flush as part of the purchase agreement.
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