DOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
290 @ 6,400
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
252 @ 5,200
Six-speed automatic with console shifter and manual-shift modes
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
The engine doesn't feel very strong until it reaches about 4,000 rpm, at which point it really starts to come alive. This isn't really the best power delivery for an SUV, since it doesn't have much grunt at low rpm. Still, this is adequate acceleration for an SUV of this size.
Soft pedal response that only got softer with multiple stops. We experienced big pedal fade on stop number three, which resulted in 8 additional feet to stop. Subsequent runs suffered from longer distances as well. Overall, this is barely adequate performance. Stability during panic stops could be better, too, as there was a moderate amount of wander.
Slalom: Though it's not going to break any records through the slalom, the Sorento is easy to control and its stability control system aids are only marginally intrusive, unless the driver is erratic or overly aggressive. The steering is well weighted and offers decent feel. Skid pad: This is decent lateral grip for an SUV. The stability control system can't be fully disabled but it's not overly intrusive. When it does intervene, it cuts the amount of throttle according to how much steering lock you have. Overall it's pretty smooth about it.