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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Kia Sorento - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2013 Kia Sorento, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Draw-Tite Max Spring trailer hitch receiver, class three. Part number 75684. Here's what it's going to look like once it's installed. You can see it's got a nice black powder coating finish. Our receiver tube is going to tuck up nicely under the back of the vehicle. We are going to have a little bit of protrusion out of the bottom here with this rectangular tube on the bottom as it goes across as it drops down below our exhaust on this side so you're going to see a little bit more of it on this side. Going to be a complete bolt on design using factory weld nuts with the hardware that's supplied.



Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains Review - 2016 Kia Sorento

Today on our 2016, Kia Sorento, we'll be installing the Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains, part number PW2029C. This is what the chain looks like installed. As you can see, it fits our tire very nice and snug, so you don't have to worry about the chains making contact with any of our suspension components here, such as our strut or any of the steering linkage or anything like that. These SAE Class S rated chains are designed specifically for vehicles with low wheel well clearance like this or low-profile tires. They work perfectly in this application. The tensioning mechanism here is very easy to use, locks into place here nicely, so you don't have to worry about it coming undone in the design that it has here because the tire rotation won't hit the handle if you we're to run up against a piece of debris on the side of the road. It'll just bounce off of it and it'll stay still attached. Here's our tire chain laid out on the ground here. As you can see they have a ladder pattern design all the way across.



Yakima FullSwing Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 Kia Sorento

Today on our 2013 Kia Sorento we'll be doing a test fit on the Yakima's Full Swing Four Bike Rack. That's part number Y02465. I've already got it loaded up on the Sorento just to give you a good idea of what it looks like and how it holds our bikes. I'd like to point out that it is a hanging style bike rack. It's one of the few hanging style bike racks that has the ability to move out of the way so we can gain access to our rear hatch with the bikes loaded. What we want to do is we'll undo our lever here. It's going to seem like it want to come all the way out, that's where we want it.



Yakima SwingDaddy Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 Kia Sorento

Today, on our 2013 Kia Sorrento, we'll be doing a test fit on the Yakima SwingDaddy 4 bike rack. That's part number Y02464. I've already got it loaded up on the Sorrento, just to give you a good idea of what it looks like and how it holds our bikes. I'd like to point out that it is a hanging style bike rack, and with that being said, one of the best features is it has the ability to swing out away from our vehicle with all the bikes loaded. It's one of the few hanging style bike racks that you can move out of the way with the bikes loaded. We'll start by undoing our lever here.



Thule Roof Rack Review - 2013 Kia Sorento

Today on our 2013 Kia Sorento we're doing a test fit of the Thule Aeroblade Crossbars. The part number for the crossbars we're using today is THARB53 and for our foot pack we're using TH450R. Now we already have that front bar in place. We're going to show you how to put our back bar together. We've got one of the U foot packs on our bar. We'll just show you this last one here.



Thule Roof Bike Racks Review - 2016 Kia Sorento

Today on this 2016 Kia Sorento, we're going to be test fitting the Thule Circuit XT Roof Bike Rack, part number TH526XT. As you can see, we already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show you how it installs. We're going to go ahead and start in the back here and show you this wheel strap. It's ratcheting, and it has this pad here at the top which can be removed if you have larger size tires. It is movable along the track here to accommodate different sized bikes. How it attaches around our roof rack here has this bracket with these 2 turn knobs. You loosen them up to take it off, tighten them up.



WeatherTech Cargo Liner Review - 2016 Kia Sorento

Today we're going to be taking a look at the WeatherTech cargo liner in black, part #WT40797 in our 2016 Kia Sorento. First thing I'm going to do is show you how to install this WeatherTech cargo mat. We'll open up our back hatch and grab our cargo liner. Just take it, slide it up in there, kind of help push it around on the edges, push it down to make sure it's seated in there well. As you can see, this mat is designed to fit exactly to the contours of the trunk of this Kia Sorento, because it fits well around the wheel wells and it's even, as you can see here where it's got these cargo hooks in the back, it's got a little cut-out in the lip around the edge so you can still fully access those. The nice part about this lip that's around the edge is that that's there to help keep any dirt or debris contained within this mat so that it doesn't spill off in your carpet or anything like that. Also, if we look down here you can see these grooves, these channels, those are there to just kind of help keep anything that may spill, help keep it contained so it's not sloshing all over the place as you're going down the road.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2016 Kia Sorento

Today we're going to be reviewing and installing the Taconcha T-One vehicle wiring harness for the factory tow package with a four pole flat trailer connector, part number 118269 for the 2016 Kia Sorento. Here we've got everything that comes with our T-One connector kit. Right here we've got the instructions which give you instructions for both the Sorento and the Hyundai Veracruz. We've got some zip ties for tying all our loose wiring up. We've got double-sided sticky tape which will go on the back of our module here. We've also got this little self-tapper screw. If you want you can give a little bit of extra security on that module.



Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Kia Sorento

Today on our 2016 Kia Sorento, we're doing a test fit of the Yakima LiteRider Hanging Style 2 Bike Rack. That part number is Y02472. Now, we already have our bikes secured down, we're going to show you how we do that first. We have 2 cradles in place here, with 3 straps altogether, 2 on our frame, and 1 as an anti-sway. These are also known by Yakima as ZipStrip. We're just going to remove those first, and we can pull our bike off, and set it off to the side.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Kia Sorento

Today on our 2016 Kia Sorento we're doing a test fit of the Thule T2 Pro Platform Style 2 Bike Rack. That part number is TH9034. Now we already have our bike secured down, first going to show you a few features, take a few measurements and show you how our bike gets secured into place. The first feature I want to show you is our tilting feature because we can't actually do this with our bikes installed on our bike rack. We're going to come here to the back handle. There's going to be a grey piece.



Swagman XTC4 Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Kia Sorento

Today on our 2016 Kia Sorento, we're doing a test fit of the Swagman XTC4 platform style 4 bike rack. That part number is S64665. Now we already had our bikes secured down but first, I'm going to show you how we do that. Now, on our front and back tire we have our straps. These are going to hold our bikes and make sure that they stay down in to our cradles. Those are quick and easy to remove.



Pro Series Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Kia Sorento

Today on 2016 Kia Sorento, we're doing a test fit of the Pro Series Q-slot platform style 2- and 4-bike rack. That part number is PS63138. We already have our bike secured down. First going to show you how we do that, and then we'll go over some other features of the rack itself. With the front and back tire, we have hook and loop straps that are going to hold our tires into place, those are quick and easy to remove. Then in the center, we have a frame hook, this is going to hold our bike down into our wheel cradles and secure it in place.



Rola Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Kia Sorento

Today on our 2016 Kia Sorento, we're doing a test fit of the Rola TX-102 hanging style, 2-bike rack. That part number is 59400. Now, we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we do that. We have two cradles in place here with three straps, two on our frame and one as our anti-sway in the back. We're going to start by releasing those.



Inno Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Kia Sorento

Today on our 2016 Kia Sorento, we're doing a test fit of the Inno tire hold platform style two bike rack. That part number is INH305. We already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you a few features, take a few measurements, and then go over how our bike is secured down. The first feature I want to show you is our tilting feature because we can actually tilt our bike rack away from our vehicle with our bike still attached. We're going to come here and pull down on this black lever.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Kia Sorento

Today on our 2016 Kia Sorento we're doing a test fit of the Curt 20 x 48 cargo carrier. That part number is C18110. Now this is designed to work with both inch and 1/4 and 2 inch hitches and has a 300 pound weight capacity though it is on the lighter end of our cargo carrier. It's very easy to insert into our hitch and lift any time we need to move it. First thing we're going to do while it's on our vehicle is take a few measurements. We're going to start off with our ground clearance.



Thule Roof Rack Review - 2016 Kia Sorento

Today, on this 2016 Kia Sorento, we're going to be test fitting the Thule AeroBlade Roof Rack system, consisting of part numbers THARB47, which are the load bars, part number TH460R, which are the Thule Podium Foot Pack, and part number THKIT4056, which is the Fit Kit, or clamps that go around to your factory raised side rails here. Now, we have the first one installed already. Let's go ahead and show you how the rear one installs. We have it partially assembled on our table here. We'll go ahead and show you how that goes together. First off, we'll take the Fit Kit portion, which has this tightening tool and this bolt here, which will go through the center portion of this Podium Foot Pack. You'll see it has a threaded hole right there. Let's go ahead and loosely install it for now.



Thule Roof Rack Review - 2016 Kia Sorento

Today on this 2016 Kia Sorento, we're going to be test fitting the Thule AeroBlade Edge Roof Rack System, consisting of part numbers TH7601-TH7602, which will be the load bars with the feet, and part number THKIT4056 which is the Fit Kit that clamps around your raised factory side rails. We have the front one installed already. Let's go ahead and show you how the rear one installs. We have it partially assembled on our table here, the foot pack already attached to our load bar. Let's show you how the other one attaches. If you look at the end here you'll see it has a threaded hole here in the center. That's where our bolt from our Fit Kit will thread into.



Kuat TRIO Roof Bike Racks Review - 2016 Kia Sorento

Today in this 2016 Kia Sorento, we're going to be test fitting the Cool Lot Trio roof bike rack, part number TR02. As you can see we already have a bike installed on the rack let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. It has two points of contact to hold your bike in place. We're going to have a wheel strap in the back which ratchets, and is movable along the bike rack itself to accommodate different sized bikes. At the front we have a skewer, which will hold the force of your bike in place and it clamps down on both sides. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. Go ahead and loosen this up back here first. I'm going to go ahead and open up the skewer by popping that loose.



Thule Roof Bike Racks Review - 2016 Kia Sorento

Today on this 2016 Kia Sorento, we're going to be test fitting the Thule ThruRide Roof Bike Rack, part number TH535. We already have the bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. Now, how it attaches to the rack . We have a wheel strap in the back here which can be moved along the bike rack itself to accommodate varying sized bikes. At the front, we have a skewer here which holds the forks of our bike in place. Let's go ahead and go back to the back here, and we're going to move that and take the bike off and set it aside for now. To loosen up the skewer here, you'll see this little handle. You just push that out like so. Go to the other side and maybe loosen it up.



Inno Roof Bike Racks Review - 2016 Kia Sorento

Today on our two thousand sixteen Kia Sorento, we're doing a test fit of the Inno Multi-Fork Lock Roof Mounted Bike Rack. That part number is INA three nine two. Now we already have our bike on the rack, we're first going to show you how we secure that down. Back here in the back we have a ratcheting strap that you're going to see on most of your bike racks. To release that, we're just going to push on the black button here, and lift up. Now a great thing about this cradle itself is that it's got two channels. A smaller one here in the middle which is going to fit your smaller tire bikes like you see there, and then a bigger channel which is going to fit larger tire bikes.





Kia Sorento Questions

  • The most definitive way to determine if your 2013 Kia Sorento has the factory towing prep package is to have the dealer run the VIN number. They will be able to you how it is equipped. The trailer wiring for vehicles with the tow prep package, # 118269, is located behind the driver side rear wheel along the frame rail. I have linked instructions for you. If you have a 4 cylinder model or a model without the tow prep package use # 118506. For a trailer hitch, the most popular...
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  • The 2016 Kia Sorento is part of the latest (third) generation of this vehicle. The Curt wiring harness you referenced, custom-fit 4-pole harness # C56151, is a confirmed fit for the 2016 Sorento and it fits either V6 or 4-cylinder versions with the factory tow package wiring. My contact at Curt verified this for me. If your Sorento does not have the factory tow package then instead you will need part # 56146KIT which is a hardwire installation. The kit includes everything you...
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  • You hit the nail on the head. Hidden Hitch and Draw-Tite are manufactured by the same company, Cequent Performance Products. Both hitches are identical except for the label. Keep in mind that the hitches will not fit a dual exhaust vehicle (with pipes on both sides of the vehicle). Hidden hitch #87574 is no longer available. If you are interested in a hitch with a less obtrusive appearance, the Curt Class III, part # C13073 might be a better alternative. I have edited a photo...
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  • You will need to start with a 4-way (if you do not have one). For that you would want the # 118269. From there you would need to convert the 4-way to a 7-way so that you can install the brake controller. For that you will want the Brake Controller Install Kit and 7-Way Adapter part # ETBC7. I attached installation instructions and an install video for this product as well. For a brake controller I would recommend the Prodigy P2 Brake Controller part # 90885. This is our...
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  • I can help you with the trailer wiring and brake controller, but so that you don't void any warranties you will need to contact a better informed Kia dealer to determine exactly what their tow package is. Most likely it is trailer wiring, hitch, and transmission cooler, but since they are the ones who would honor the warranty you will need to clear that with them first. You will need to start with a 4-way (if you do not have one). For that you would want the # C56256. From...
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  • Tongue weight is typically 10 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight. To find the tongue weight, there are a couple of methods you can use. The first requires the use of a bathroom scale. First, make sure the boat trailer is on a level surface. Take a cinder block or something similar and place the scale on top. Next, place the trailer coupler on the scale (the trailer should be parallel with the ground). The scale reading will be the tongue weight. You may also be interested...
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  • The only wiring harness for a 2012 Kia Sorento that does not require a direct connection to the battery is # 118541, but it only fits models that have the factory tow package. If the vehicle does not have the factory tow package, you will need to use Tow Ready Wiring Harness, # 118506 or CURT Wiring Harness, # C56163. With either of these harnesses, a few customers found the green wire (for the passenger side tail light) to be a little short. One customer did find an alternate...
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  • We had a customer come back and let us know that his 2015 Sorento did not have the tow package and it still had the connector for installing the trailer wiring for vehicles that do have the tow package part # C56151. What you can do is check behind the left rear tire for the connector to verify that yours is there. I attached a picture that shows what the connectors will look like. If you do not have the connector you would just instead need the part # C56256. Then for a...
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  • A vehicle specific wiring harness is the best way to get the trailer lighting to work on your 2011 Kia Sorento. If your vehicle has the factory tow package wiring installed you will need the Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, item # 118451, which will connect to existing connectors located along the frame on the passengers side near the rear tire. The instructions, see link, show pictures of the connectors you will need to use. If your vehicle does not have the factory tow...
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  • The Curt Wiring Harness part # C56151 that you referenced would fit your 2016 Kia Sorento if it had a V6 engine and the tow package, but since you have a 4-cylinder you would want the # 56146KIT instead. I confirmed these fits with Curt.
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  • You will want to find lights that match the lights you currently have on your trailer. If you have incandescent lights I recommend either staying with incandescent or swapping out all of the lights to LEDs. LED lights draw much less power, so you may want to go that route. I have attached a helpful article that explains how the trailer wiring is run. In order to separate the brake signal from the you will need part # 118158. This will take the signal from the vehicle that...
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  • The biggest difference between the Swagman G10, part # S64682 and the XTC-2, part # S64670 is that the G10 is capable of folding up toward the rear of the vehicle when not in use. The G10 also includes a locking hitch pin and bike frame hooks to secure the rack to the vehicle and the bikes to the rack. Another difference is the frame design. The XTC-2 carries both bikes on hoops attached to one rail, while the G10 uses one rail for each bike, this allows the G10 a higher weight...
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  • The light that indicates that the 12 volt circuit is hot is normal and it will not drain the battery. Think of it as the battery having a really long positive terminal that just extends to the rear of the vehicle. If nothing is drawing power from it, it will not drain the battery. If you did have a trailer connected, for example, and that trailer used the 12 volt circuit for an accessory that remained on all the time, that would draw power from the vehicle power and could potentially...
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  • The Curt Hitch part # C11391 that you referenced would be the correct hitch for your 2015 Honda Civic Sedan. If you were looking for a bike rack to go along with this hitch I would recommend the Swagman XTC2 Bike Rack part # S64670. This is a great rack that has a ton of positive review from our customers who have bought it. Check out the review video I attached.
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  • Your owners manual should indicate if your 2011 Kia Sorento came equipped with a factory tow package. You can also look under your vehicle to see if there is a connector on the driver side frame rail behind the rear tire. Typically you would not see a 4 cylinder model come equipped with a tow package from the factory. If your Kia Sorento does not have a factory tow package, you will need the Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness, part # C56163. Part # C56163 will connect...
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  • With Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 75684 installed, the spare tire can still be removed and replaced. Instead of it just dropping straight down, you would need to angle it down some and forward towards the front of the vehicle to remove/replace it. I have included links to the instructions and a video showing the installation for you. If you plan on doing some towing, I recommend the etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with clip,...
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  • The easiest way would be to call your dealer's service department and have them run the VIN of your vehicle. They should be able to tell you exactly how your vehicle was equipped. The Curt Class III Trailer Hitch you referred to, part # C13152 will fit all models of the 2015 Sorento. If you weren't planning on towing with the hitch, but were going to use the hitch as an attachment point for a bike rack or other hitch mounted accessory, it won't matter whether you have the...
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  • The Yakima MegaWarrior part # Y07080 that you referenced can fit crossbar spreads that are between 30 and 38 inches. According to Yakima the only cargo basket they offer that will fit is the Loadwarrior part # Y07070 which fits crossbar spreads between 24-32 inches. If you measure the distance between your crossbars and it would fit the range of the Megawarrior it would work well for you. Otherwise you would want to use the Loadwarrior.
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  • I have the Draw-Tite 4 and 5-Flat Trailer Connector Mounting Box, # 18145, that you can use to mount to the hitch or to the vehicle. You can store your 4-Way connector in this box. I also have the Hopkins Mag-Flat (TM) 4-Pole Mounting Magnet, # 38095, that is a magnet that will attach to any metal surface and holds the 4-Way connector. Also, the Tow Ready Mounting Bracket 4-Pole Flat, # 18144, is a 4-Way connector holder that will attach to the hitch or the bumper. If...
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  • The easiest way to determine if your 2015 Kia Sorento EX has the tow package would be to call your dealer's service department and have them run the VIN of your vehicle. They may even be able to send/email you a print out so you know exactly how your Sorento is equipped. When it comes to a hitch for your vehicle I recommend going with the Curt Class III Trailer Hitch, # C13152. This hitch will fit all models of the 2015 Sorento and installs with no welding or drilling required. If...
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