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From the US owners manual.

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I do not beleieve Kia made up the maximum towing numbers. But they also do not dicuss emergency stopping and the like and possible degradation to the engine and transmission. Because you can, does not mean you should. The speedometer goes to 160mph. Would anyone in their right mind recommend cruising at 160mph? Can the Sorento even go that fast? If I needed to tow something down the road, or a rare short term heavy tow, I think the AWD V6 Sorento could. For example, a disabled car that I can't get a tow service for. If I could hook it up, I could probbaly tow a car real slowly some distance with this Sorento (with a proper hookup).
Thank you. This is exactly my point.

If you can deadlift 300lbs does not mean you should, at least not for extended periods of time.
 

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I do not beleieve Kia made up the maximum towing numbers. But they also do not dicuss emergency stopping and the like and possible degradation to the engine and transmission. Because you can, does not mean you should. The speedometer goes to 160mph. Would anyone in their right mind recommend cruising at 160mph? Can the Sorento even go that fast? If I needed to tow something down the road, or a rare short term heavy tow, I think the AWD V6 Sorento could. For example, a disabled car that I can't get a tow service for. If I could hook it up, I could probbaly tow a car real slowly some distance with this Sorento (with a proper hookup).
You're right they didn't make up those numbers, their engineers provided them specific to the vehicle and published in the owners manual.

The manual does cover emergency braking and the demand on the power train and that it will require additional maintenance.

I don't understand the correlation between the speedometer range, the max capable speed and the published towing limits.
 

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So we still have to find why 2016-2018 Sorento can have 500 lbs tongue weight while 2019-2020 can only have 350 lbs.
 

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I am not sure which part of my statement are you asking about?
Your statement "...Its not a tow vehicle and should not be used as such..."
Almost all vehicles can tow, the difference only in the load they can tow.
My experience shows me, Sorento does an excellent job when towing trailers with loading up to 2500 lb and you can do it safely.
If you are not stupid you never will tow a trailer with more than 1/2 of SUV weight on long distances.

But I give you another example. Last week my neighbor bring his trailer from parking and found an electrical issue with lights on his trailer-truck connection. The problem was in truck wiring and we discussed how to return back his trailer on the parking. At the end, we made it safely with my Sorento. His trailer dry weight is 3500 lb by spec on the trailer side (but I believe in reality even more because it was loaded with household stuff). Trailer's tongue weight was 340 lb by spec, and we removed the propane tank to decrease the weight. I drove around 1.5 km very safely to bring this trailer to his parking place. So, this is an example when It nice that Sorento has a possibility to tow up to 5000 lb. But of course, I never will pull this weight on long distances.

But this is only my opinion and explanation why disagree with your "...Its not a tow vehicle and should not be used as such...".
Trust official numbers but be smart and you will be safe.
 

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Hi I am Rocky and I'm new to the forum.
I have seen many forums questioning Towing with the Sorento with many people not finding answers due to dealerships not being helpful. Fortunately, my dealer has given me some answers. To clarify, these are for 2016 Sorento with a V6 engine rated to to 5000 lbs.
Interesting that you received a response from Kia in favour of using WD. I have been "around the block" on this issue with the Kia dealership, Kia Canada, and RV hitch installers. My 2019 V6 Sorento is said to be able to pull 5,000lbs and per the manual has a 350lb hitch weight limit. Good luck finding a trailer that heavy with only a 350 lb tongue weight. I looked into WD as the manual is silent on WD but does recommend anti-sway.. Two very different things. Kia Canada advised me that they will not comment on WD and said to consult with hitch specialists. The specialists said there are no WD systems recommended for my Sorento "WD =no". A couple of them said that it is due to the unibody design. The Kia dealer confided that the vehicle is not really suited for "heavy" towing. So, around in circles I go. The true test is when I hooked up our new Hybrid trailer (3,000lbs and 310 tongue weight), I thought the SUV was going to sink into the ground. And 310 quickly became over 400lbs when loaded. As you know, even with weight distribution you cannot exceed the 350lb Sorento maximum.
After my research, I really don't think WD is proper for the Sorento. The suspension is very weak in this vehicle and they should stop promoting the 5000lb towing capacity without clearly staying the hitch weight 350 lb limit. So, I traded my Sorento for a 2019 Nissan Frontier which has a towing capacity of 6300lbs and tongue weight limit around 620lbs. Be wary of the Sorento. And also be wary of the informal responses from Kia. They should update their manual to clearly state their position on WD.
 

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Your statement "...Its not a tow vehicle and should not be used as such..."
Almost all vehicles can tow, the difference only in the load they can tow.
My experience shows me, Sorento does an excellent job when towing trailers with loading up to 2500 lb and you can do it safely.
If you are not stupid you never will tow a trailer with more than 1/2 of SUV weight on long distances.

But I give you another example. Last week my neighbor bring his trailer from parking and found an electrical issue with lights on his trailer-truck connection. The problem was in truck wiring and we discussed how to return back his trailer on the parking. At the end, we made it safely with my Sorento. His trailer dry weight is 3500 lb by spec on the trailer side (but I believe in reality even more because it was loaded with household stuff). Trailer's tongue weight was 340 lb by spec, and we removed the propane tank to decrease the weight. I drove around 1.5 km very safely to bring this trailer to his parking place. So, this is an example when It nice that Sorento has a possibility to tow up to 5000 lb. But of course, I never will pull this weight on long distances.

But this is only my opinion and explanation why disagree with your "...Its not a tow vehicle and should not be used as such...".
Trust official numbers but be smart and you will be safe.
hello, I am new and followed a few topics on trailers with a Kia Sorento.
here is my story that I would like to share.

I have a Sorento V6 AWD 2018. Rating in manual is 5000lbs and 500 lbs tongue.
Kia dealer installed a Curt hitch rated to 5000 lbs and 750 lbs tongue with a 4 Pin and I installed the 7 Pin by another garage specialized in trailers. All for about 1000$ CAD.

i just pulled an Apex Nano 193BHS which is about 3500lbs uvw and tongue weight of 350lbs. Of course add the gas tank and the battery and you are around 400lbs. Also it might have been more 3900 lbs with accessories and luggages added Into the trailer. I had an empty trunk and we were 4 in the car. About 600 lbs in cargo capacity.
so a total of 1000 lbs on cargo capacity when you add the tongue weight. Limit is 1120 lbs so I put luggages in the trailer.
I did about 1000 km with it.
Yes the suspensions sucked and it dropped about 3-4 inches in the back and added 2 inches on the front. But I didn’t feel like the suspension where at the max. Bumps were handled very well. And in Quebec we have a LOT of potholes.
Also pulling was easy and I had many hills and the car did very well. I was doing around 90-100 km/h always on 5th gear and dropping to 4th and 3rd depending on the hills. I had no sway control and WD and I had no sway at all. With a brake controller, the trailer was stopping easily even on emergency brakes that I had to do once or twice.
I don’t know if the transmission got a hard time but it didn’t feel like it was struggling. Temp has not changed at all and I did 18.5 L/100km which is around 12 MPG.
So I felt comfortable driving with it. I didn’t feel it was dangerous and handling was good.
isaw that some people added sumo springs for the rear suspension. I might do that just to limit the drop.
but the Sorento felt solid and more than capable to tow this weight. I feel it can tow 4500lbs easily.

that was my experience. Hope this helps.
 

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So we still have to find why 2016-2018 Sorento can have 500 lbs tongue weight while 2019-2020 can only have 350 lbs.

I've been a lurker on this forum trying to clarify this same issue. I've read on other forums that Kia misprinted the tongue weight rating in the manual. After calling Kia customer service today I confirmed this is true. The 350lb figure is for the V6 FWD model as it is only rated for 3500lbs. The V6 AWD model is rated for 5000lbs/500lb tongue weight.
 

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I have a Sorento V6 AWD 2018. Rating in manual is 5000lbs and 500 lbs tongue.
And you are correct.
Max trailer weight and max tongue weight are different from year to year of manufacturing:

Sorento 2011-2013:
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Sorento 2014:
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Sorento 2015:
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Sorento 2016-2018:
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Sorento 2019-2020
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These images are from owner manuals, link to manuals: Kia Cars Owners | Car Owners Manual | Kia Canada
Just select your Sorento year and click Sorento image and you get your manual.

This difference between years looks very strange for me.
 

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This spring we purchased a 2020 Sorrento EX+ V6 AWD because of the 5000 lbs towing capability. I was shocked that it only had a tongue weight of 350 lbs.

So I looked into ultralight trailers and one dual axle trailer caught my eye, a Sonic SN200VML with a tongue weight of 300 lbs and UVW of 4000 lbs ( Sonic SN200VML Travel Trailer | Venture RV). I also found a smaller trailer, Prolite Classic ( Trailer: Classic | Roulottes Prolite ) which has a dry weight of 2470 lbs and a tongue weight of 240 lbs (made in Canada).

After reading the various discussions in this thread I'm thinking that the Sonic SN200VML would push the Sorrento to its max capabilities once water and kit are added to the weight. I think moving it dry to a seasonal campground lot would be fine but this would be too much to travel across Canada. What do you think?

Also, I mistakenly showed both to my wife and guess which is her first pick ... the Sonic.
 

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I've been a lurker on this forum trying to clarify this same issue. I've read on other forums that Kia misprinted the tongue weight rating in the manual. After calling Kia customer service today I confirmed this is true. The 350lb figure is for the V6 FWD model as it is only rated for 3500lbs. The V6 AWD model is rated for 5000lbs/500lb tongue weight.
Wish I could find that person. Can you give us a name? None of the tongue weight differences between US cars and Canadian cars and differences between 2017-18 in Canada makes any sense.
 
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