Like a worker ant, the new transmission just does its job without fuss or complaint.
Another addition is Kia’s Idle Stop & Go, which saves a few sips of fuel in heavy traffic. The engine restarts once the brake pedal is lifted, and while this technology is more than 10 years old, only over the past year or two has it become non-intrusive, ie fast enough to not hinder normal driving. Unfortunately the Sorento’s system still feels a couple of years old, because the time from lifting the brake pedal to moving away is more than 1.5 seconds: not a problem 80 percent of the time for normal, leisurely driving, but there are times where a faster response would be preferred.
There’s also the carry-over complaint from the previous generation, a sensitive brake pedal. It’s easy enough to get used to over