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The Kia Sorento is one of the most popular crossover vehicles in its category. According to The Car Connection, the earlier Sorento models released from 2003 to 2010 had a body-on-frame design optimized for off-road driving and heavy-towing purposes.

Consequently, previous Sorento models possessed the characteristics of a traditional sports-utility vehicle. Towing capabilities ranged from 3,500 to 5,000 pounds, depending on the kind of engine under the hood. The 3.3-liter V6 engine, for instance, generated 242 horsepower while 3.8-liter variation produced 262 horsepower.