If you're shopping for a new SUV, then towing capacity may be one of the factors that are on your mind. Drivers and families that are searching for a modern sport-ute that boasts impressive towing capabilities have plenty of attractive options within the Kia lineup. Here at Premier Kia of Kenner, we stock the entire lineup of new Kia SUVs for local motorists to consider. So whether you have plans to tow a trailer with a large watercraft or other weekend toys with your new SUV, count on Kia and our full-service new and used auto dealership to deliver!
Learn about Kia SUV towing capacity here on our website before reaching out to our Kia sales specialists or visiting us near New Orleans, LA, for a full tour and test drive of any of the powerful and capable Kia SUVs that have caught your attention.
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What is Towing Capacity?
Drivers who place importance on towing capacity when buying a new SUV already understand the importance of having the power and capability to pull a trailer with complete confidence. Towing capacity isn't just about torque and horsepower. An SUV's maximum towing capacity also depends on the vehicle's overall configuration, including aspects like its chassis, transmission, rear axle ratio and curb weight. All of these factors can contribute to towing capabilities, and that's why these ratings can vary even within a given vehicle model's full lineup.
Generally speaking, the larger and more powerful a vehicle is, the higher its tow rating will be, but let's review Kia towing capacity across the SUV lineup and see how they compare to each other, as well as to versions within the same model.
Kia SUVs Towing Capacity
Starting with Kia's compact SUV offering, the Sportage, drivers can enjoy the confidence of up to a 2,000-pound towing capacity. That maximum rating is for Sportages towing with trailer brakes; without trailer brakes, the new Sportage offers a 1,653-pound tow capacity. While you'll see that the Sportage compact SUV can't tow as much as larger Kia SUV models, it could be ideal for you and your family if you only plan on pulling a small trailer or hauling bicycles on a hitch-mounted bike rack.
Next is the mid-size Sorento, which not only offers three rows of seating but up to 5,000 pounds in towing capacity! The new Sorento is a prime example of a versatile lineup of SUVs that offers a range of performance capabilities, including tow ratings. The new Sorento L and LX trims utilize a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine rated at 185 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque and are only available with front-wheel drive (FWD); these editions offer a standard 2,000-pound tow rating.
New Kia Sorento V6 models like the EX, SX and S V6 offer up to that 5,000-pound maximum towing capacity when equipped with Kia's Dynamax™ All-Wheel Drive (AWD); FWD versions can tow up to 3,500 pounds. Kia's mid-size, 7-passenger crossover SUV proves to be a capable performer in more ways than one!
Finally, we come to the newest of these three nameplates to join the Kia SUV lineup: the new Telluride 8-passenger SUV. While this Kia model is also classified as mid-size, it offers an even roomier cabin than the Sorento and boasts an additional seat to accommodate one more family member or friend. More importantly, for drivers that plan to pull a trailer, the Telluride comes standard with a 5,000-pound towing capacity!
This stellar maximum tow rating for every edition of the new Telluride is thanks in part to the SUV's standard 3.8-liter V6 engine, developing 291 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. Whether you opt for FWD or the Telluride's available Active On-Demand All-Wheel Drive with AWD Lock and Snow Mode, you'll have the confidence to tow up to 5,000 pounds.
So which trailer-ready Kia SUV will you choose? Head over to our Kenner, LA, Kia dealership to tour each of these fine Kia sport-utes; you can also schedule test drives now!