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I have been looking for options to replace my Kia Sorento 2016 battery. The stock battery died on me suddenly yesterday morning (had the car almost 3.5 years now so don't know if its too soon or average). The roadside assist could not jump start it even and recommended replacement. Luckily the car is parked at home so I am not stranded out in the open. I don't wanna deal with the Kia service center. I have been looking at various options and would like to know how has your experience been. Did you guys have to deal with this? What battery would you recommend. This what I have seen so far:

The battery is a group 94R / H7 and 800CCA.

- Pep boys have a Bosch Platinum with 48 months free replacement. ~ USD 150
- Sam's club has a Duracell Platinum AGM with 36 month free replacement. ~ USD 180
- Sears has a DieHard Gold with 36 month free replacement. ~ USD 240
- Autozone has a Duralast Platinum with 36 month free replacement. ~ USD 195
- Walmart has an EverStart Platinum with 36 month free replacement and then 24 months pro-rated. ~ USD 165

I was leaning towards the Bosch as it has the biggest free replacement period and has a cost advantage as well but then I read some bad reviews about Bosch batteries in general so not sure anymore. People seem to like Interstate batteries but they seem pricey (~ USD 225 + tax).

This is my first experience with any sort of car maintenance and have absolutely no experience with car batteries so any advise would be very helpful. Thanks in advance and sorry for the long post.

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Hi guys.
I have been looking for options to replace my Kia Sorento 2016 battery. The stock battery died on me suddenly yesterday morning (had the car almost 3.5 years now so don't know if its too soon or average). The roadside assist could not jump start it even and recommended replacement. Luckily the car is parked at home so I am not stranded out in the open. I don't wanna deal with the Kia service center. I have been looking at various options and would like to know how has your experience been. Did you guys have to deal with this? What battery would you recommend. This what I have seen so far:

The battery is a group 94R / H7 and 800CCA.

- Pep boys have a Bosch Platinum with 48 months free replacement. ~ USD 150
- Sam's club has a Duracell Platinum AGM with 36 month free replacement. ~ USD 180
- Sears has a DieHard Gold with 36 month free replacement. ~ USD 240
- Autozone has a Duralast Platinum with 36 month free replacement. ~ USD 195
- Walmart has an EverStart Platinum with 36 month free replacement and then 24 months pro-rated. ~ USD 165

I was leaning towards the Bosch as it has the biggest free replacement period and has a cost advantage as well but then I read some bad reviews about Bosch batteries in general so not sure anymore. People seem to like Interstate batteries but they seem pricey (~ USD 225 + tax).

This is my first experience with any sort of car maintenance and have absolutely no experience with car batteries so any advise would be very helpful. Thanks in advance and sorry for the long post.
You might find that some of the brand names like Bosch and Duracell are old tech made in China, whereas the Interstate are made in the US and the higher priced ones are most likely AGM.

Costco has the best prices I could find with the best replacement warranty.
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I've gone the Walmart route at least 5 times with no issue. I'd probably do the same for my next battery.

3.5 years seem a little premature but depends on the mileage too.
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You might find that some of the brand names like Bosch and Duracell are old tech made in China, whereas the Interstate are made in the US and the higher priced ones are most likely AGM.

Costco has the best prices I could find with the best replacement warranty.
Thanks for the reply. The neighboring Costco was my first go-to place but they do not carry any battery for my car.
All the ones in my list are described as AGMs. The Bosch has a 25% off online special bringing the price down to around $146 and a mail-in rebate of US $40 so it seems to be the most price effective ($106 after the rebate) and has the highest free replacement duration. Thats why I was leaning towards it but I don't mind spending more if the batteries are not built well. Even if its an AGM could it still be old tech?
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I've gone the Walmart route at least 5 times with no issue. I'd probably do the same for my next battery.

3.5 years seem a little premature but depends on the mileage too.
Thanks. The mileage is about 45k miles but I have seen on this forum that a lot of people had to replace the battery around 2.5 year mark but yeah most people I talked to seem to have had their stock batteries last at least around 6-7 years.

A nearby Walmart has the EverStart Platinum in stock but its priced at $165 so compared to the Bosch it is pricier (esp. if I factor in the mail-in rebate) and has a lower free replacement duration. Should I be worried about the Bosch even though they have a 4 year free replacement?
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Thanks for the reply. The neighboring Costco was my first go-to place but they do not carry any battery for my car.
All the ones in my list are described as AGMs. The Bosch has a 25% off online special bringing the price down to around $146 and a mail-in rebate of US $40 so it seems to be the most price effective ($106 after the rebate) and has the highest free replacement duration. Thats why I was leaning towards it but I don't mind spending more if the batteries are not built well. Even if its an AGM could it still be old tech?
AGM is my preference, but I do stick with manufacturers that have earned a good reputation.

If I was buying I'd also lean towards the Bosch AGM that you are eyeing, but would make my final decision based on confirmation that its not a cheap Chinese import with a popular Bosch label attached.

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I have the 2016 V6, and toward the end of the summer, I'm going with ACDelco or Exide:

https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo...312138&jsn=357 ($166)
https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo...312138&jsn=360 ($192)

I've used both brands in my cars and boat for years. Never had an issue, and they're a good price for AGM.
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I have the 2016 V6, and toward the end of the summer, I'm going with ACDelco or Exide:

I've used both brands in my cars and boat for years. Never had an issue, and they're a good price for AGM.
Thanks for the suggestions. Are you having issues with your battery as well or are you doing it preemptively? I will check the availability of the ones that you suggested. I saw some others also recommended the ACDelco on a different platform.
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AGM is my preference, but I do stick with manufacturers that have earned a good reputation.

If I was buying I'd also lean towards the Bosch AGM that you are eyeing, but would make my final decision based on confirmation that its not a cheap Chinese import with a popular Bosch label attached.
So I did some online search for this and found a 10 year old news story. Quoting the news story here:
"The Exide Bosch-branded batteries are manufactured and distributed at Exide's Salina, Kansas and Bristol, Tennessee facilities. In addition, Exide will service Pep Boys stores through its extensive customer service network."

I called up 2 separate Pep Boys locations to confirm this and one said that they don't see anything on the battery which says where its manufactured.. only that its distributed in USA but Exide. The other said both Champion and Bosch batteries that Pep Boys carries are manufactured in the USA. I think I am going to visit Pep Boys and make a decision after seeing the battery there, maybe the casing, etc. will give some clue on workmanship. If all looks good I will probably take my chances with this one.

Thanks to everyone who took time to respond. Your help is greatly appreciated.
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Thanks for the suggestions. Are you having issues with your battery as well or are you doing it preemptively? I will check the availability of the ones that you suggested. I saw some others also recommended the ACDelco on a different platform.
Yeah, it's preemptive. We had a really cold week in the winter, and the initial voltage on it was just barely over 12V when I checked. Didn't have any issues yet, but factory-installed batteries usually aren't the greatest.. so 4 years is about the right time to change them usually. And we know a 2016 model came out in 2015, so.. here we are.
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