IntelliChoice has made changes last week to the cost-of-ownership recommendation statuses of some Hyundai and Kia models after the EPA reduced their fuel economy ratings. The recommendation rating of several affected models fell one level. The Kia Sorento, Sportage LX AWD, and Sportage EX FWD crossovers dropped from a Below Average rating to Poor.
Meanwhile, the Sportage LX FWD was revised from Average to Below Average. The Hyundai Accent shifted from Above Average to Average when it featured a manual transmission in GLS and GS trims. On the other hand, the Accent GLS and SE with an automatic transmission moved from Average to Below Average.
Some Hyundai and Kia models were spared from having their ratings changed. The IntelliChoice rankings of the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima midsize sedans were unchanged since their current fuel economy ratings were recertified. Aside from having their IntelliChoice rankings downgraded, Hyundai and Kia also face a federal lawsuit.
The complaint wants to be certified as a class action. It also seeks unspecified damages for consumers who bought vehicles with the overstated fuel economy ratings. The Korean automakers have stated that the current owners of the affected vehicles will be compensated. They will receive debit cards to cover the cost of fuel computed using the difference in the new and old EPA combined cycles, the number of miles driven, and local fuel costs, as well as an additional 15%.
The third year of the Sorento compact crossover utility vehicle (CUV), built at Kia’s US production plant in West Point, Georgia, is backed by impressive honours and sales achievements. Since launching, the Sorento has presented discriminating consumers with a polished and affordable CUV with first-in-class power and fuel economy as well as providing a complete set of standard features for comfort and convenience and a remarkable selection of safety components. For 2013, Sorento's usability and practicality are improved even more by adapting to fulfil consumer requirements like never before.
Of the many improvements, the 2013 model comes with new leather seats standard for the mid-level EX and a new third-row seating standard for the LX V6. Also, the base LX now has optional UVO that runs with a Microsoft voice-activated infotainment system using the Windows Embedded Automotive platform. Coming later in the model year is a brand new and heartier LX Convenience Plus Package that includes an eight-way powered driver's seat, a steering wheel and shift knob wrapped in leather, and a first aid kit for family-oriented consumers (also available to all optional EX/SX Premium packages).
The Sorento has a unibody designed to seat up to seven passengers comfortably, and it embodies a modern CUV that is the perfect fit for today's buyer. With a 183.9” overall length and 74.2” overall width, the Kia Sorento gives occupants a roomy interior, in a comparatively compact exterior.
Significantly showing its hallmark grille and wraparound headlights on every newer model, the Sorento has a strong stance and smooth profile. The Sorento boasts lines that sweep back and a vibrant poise with an inclined window line, large flaring-back headlights, pronounced fog lights, and curved nose, while rear’s view presents the same powerful boldness with round back and tail lights powerfully set inside the rear lift gate. The Sorento CUV comes in LX, EX and SX trims.