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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.



Best 2016 Kia Sorento Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitches available for the 2016 KIA Sorento. The most popular is going to be the Curt, part number C13195. We're going follow that up with the Draw-Tite, this is part number 75908, and the Draw Tite's twin brother, which is part number 87665, from Hidden Hitch. Generally speaking you can see all of our hitches look about the same. These have all been custom fit for the Sorento. They're going to have the step-up here to go over the exhaust to allow for that to come out. As you can see again, all the way across the board very, very similar looking hitches. A few of the differences that we can see visually.



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.



Inno Roof Bike Racks Review - 2016 Kia Sorento

Today on our 2016 Kia Sorento we're doing a test-fit of the Inno Fork Lock III Roof Mounted Bike Rack. That part number is INA391. Now we already have it loaded up on our vehicle. We're first going to show you how we strap down our bike. Here in the back we have a ratcheting strap that you're going to see on most of your bike racks. We're just going to push the black button and lift that strap up out of the way. Up at the front we have a locking cover here to secure your bike rack and your bike to your vehicle.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Kia Sorento

Today, on our 2016 Kia Sorento, we're test fitting this Swagman XE2. This is a platform style 2 bike rack. It's been designed for use with inch and a quarter or with two-inch hitches. The part number on it is S64650. Now, the XE2 is going to use two wheels hoops and a frame hook to hold our bike into position. It's a really nice steady bike rack.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Kia Sorento

Today on our 2016 Kia Sorento, we've got the Thule Roadway out and we're test fitting it, see what kind of room we've got between the rack and the vehicle itself. This is a 2 bike hanging style rack. They've designed it for use in 2 inch hitches. Part number on it is TH912XTR. Now the Roadway uses 3 straps to hold each bike in position. We're going to have 2 for the top frame too and also one for the anti sway cradle.



RockyMounts Roof Bike Racks Review - 2016 Kia Sorento

Today on our 2016 Kia Sorrento, we're doing a test fit of the Rocky Mounts Brass Knuckles Roof-Mounted Bike Rack, that part number is RKY1202. We already have our bike loaded up, we're first going to show you how we do that. Here in the back, we have a ratcheting strap you're going to see on most of your bike racks. To release that, we're just going to push and lift up, and then at the front, we have a little bit more complicated situation. We have another ratcheting strap, again you'll release that the same way. We have a wheel cradle here in the back that's just going to sit the back of the tire right up against there, and then we have our Brass Knuckles wheel hook. To release that, we're just going to push and lift up, and then if we want to put it back, we just use some force and pull that down, and that's just going to push that bike down into our bike rack.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Kia Sorento

Today on our 2016 Kia Sorento, we've got out the Thule Vertex, and we're doing a test fit of it just to see what kind of room we have between the vehicle and the bike rack itself. Now, this is a 4-bike hanging-style rack. It's designed for use with inch and a quarter or with 2-inch hitches. The part number on it is TH9029XT. Now, something that I really like about rack's going to be the incorporated lock cable system. It's going to pull right up out of that center mast.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Kia Sorento

Today on our 2016 Kia Sorento, we've got the MaxxTow Aluminum Cargo Carrier. We're doing a test fit on it to see exactly how it fits behind the vehicle here. This cargo carrier, it's been designed for use with two inch hitches and offers a 500 pound weight capacity. It measures 21 by 48, and the part number on it is MT70422. The 500 pound weight capacity is going to come from this main steel shank that runs all the way through. That's where we get all that good capacity, even with it being an aluminum cargo carrier, which is very light and very easy to load up.



Rhino Rack MountainTrail Roof Bike Racks Review - 2016 Kia Sorento

Today on our 2016 Kia Sorento, we're doing a test fit of the Rhino-Rack Mountain Trail Roof-Top Bike Rack. That part number is RBC035. Now, we already have our bike strapped down. The first thing we're going to do is show you how we do that. Than we'll show you how we connect our bike rack to our vehicle. Back here at the back tire, we have a racheting strap. You're just going to push down and lift the strap up to release that. In the front we have a locking skewer.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Kia Sorento

Today, on our 2016 Kia Sorrento, we're going to take a look at the Stromberg Carlson 23 by 60 Cargo Carrier. This cargo carrier is been designed for use in 2 inch hitches. It offers a 500 pound weight capacity. Part number on it is CC-100. You can see here, the floor on the carrier, it's got those nice large open areas to allow that dirt, debris, and moisture, to fall down through that expanded steel. If you're going to be transporting really small items, you might want to use a little caution.



Lets Go Aero Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Kia Sorento

Today on our 2016 Kia Sorento, we've gotten out the Let's Go Arrow Gear Cage and we're testing it to see how it shapes up against the back of the vehicle. This cargo carrier it's going to measure 32 inches by 48 inches. It's been designed for use with 2 inch hitches, offers a 300 pound weight capacity. The part number on it is gonna be HCR222. You see this carrier has a solid floor. That's something we don't see in a lot of carriers. I think it's nice if you're going to be transporting smaller things or things that you don't want maybe to fall through one of those openings and get scratched and stuff like that. It's got a raised edge all the way around the outside.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Kia Sorento

Today on our 2016 Kia Sorento we've got the Curt 20 x 60 folding cargo carrier out. We're testing it to see how it stacks up against the rear of the vehicle. This carrier's been designed for use in 2" hitches. It's going to offer us a 500 lb. Weight capacity. Part number on it is C18151. You can see here the carrier has what would be a medium-size expanded steel.



Curt 24x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Kia Sorento

Today on our 2016 Kia Sorento we've got out the Curt Folding 24x60 Cargo Carrier. We're testing it, seeing what kind of room we've got. This carrier's designed for use in 2 inch hitches, it offers a 500 pound weight capacity. The part number it is C18153. See, what I really like about the carrier, it's ability to fold up against the rear of the car. That's really going to reduce how much that we've added to the back of the vehicle. In this position we're going to have added about 12 and 1/2 inches to the rear of our Sorento.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Kia Sorento

Today on our 2016 Kia Sorento, we're doing a test fit on the Curt 20 by 60 cargo carrier. This is designed for use on two inch hitches, has a weight capacity of 500 pounds. Part number on it is CI8150. As you can see, we've got what I call a medium size expanded steel floor there, plenty of room for dirt and debris to fall down and through while also giving us a lot of support to keep all of our items secure while we're heading down the road. Also helping in that is going to be the raised rail, that goes all the way round the outside here. This is going to be about five and a half inches off of our platform, good front to back and side to side stability. Also, it's going to give us a lot of good connection points around here, so once our gear is on the carrier we'll be able to get it strapped down. On the back side of the carrier we've got about 13 and three quarters of an inch worth of ground clearance.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Kia Sorento - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2016 Kia Sorento, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the DrawTite max frame custom fit class 4 trailer hitch receiver. This offers the 2" opening. It's part number 75908. Here's what our hitch looks like once we get it installed. You see it tucks up really close underneath the bumper here, which is nice. We're not going to have it hanging down too much.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Kia Sorento - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2016 Kia Sorento, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Hidden Hitch Custom Fit Class 4 Trailer Hitch Receiver. This is going to offer the 2 inch opening, its part number is 87665. Here's what our hitch looks like once we get it installed, you'll see it tucks up really close under the bumper here, which is nice. We're not going to have it hanging down too much. This is a class 4 hitch so it offers the 2 inch by 2 inch receiver tube openings. You've got nice large safety chain connection points on either side, so connecting trailers or anything like that aren't going to be an issue at all.





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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  • Provided that you stay under the 3500/350 pound capacity of the 2012 Kia Sorento, it can handle a 16 foot standard/deluxe Spirit or the standard 17 foot model. The safe bet is to go with the 16 foot standard model but a deluxe should be fine. Your Kia will need to be properly equipped. Only models equipped a certain way can tow the 3,500 pounds. With a V6 and the tow prep package you should be at that 3500 pounds. Consult the owners manual to be sure. You can use Hidden...
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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). 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 for you showing a rear view of both hitches...
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  • The Bulldog Replacement Heavy-Duty Caster, # BDCP555 is indeed compatible with the Bulldog # BD155022 jack that you have. Keep in mind that the capacity of the jack will be decreased to 1500 lb when using the caster. Since the jack only needs to support the tongue weight of the camper and not the entire weight, this should not prove to be a problem with a pop-up camper.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • For a 2016 Kia Sorento you can use Curt wiring harness # C56151. Curt does have this harness listed for all models of the 2016 Kia Sorento. If you also need a trailer hitch I recommend Draw-Tite hitch # 75908. This is a Class III hitch with a 2 inch receiver rated for 500 pounds tongue weight and 5,000 pounds gross trailer weight. I also recommend etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • According to Yakima, the LoadWarrior Cargo Basket, # Y07070, and the LoadWarrior Extension, # Y07074, will fit the factory crossbars of your 2014 Kia Sorento SX. Before loading any cargo on the roof of your Sorento, I recommend checking your owners manual to verify the weight capacity of your roof. The weight of the basket and cargo must remain under the vehicle roof weight capacity. Another item you may be interested in is the Yakima Stretch Net, # Y07072, to hold down any...
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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 first thing you are going to want to do is consult the vehicle owners manual to determine if there is any restriction on using weight distribution. Then, if the vehicle already has a trailer hitch, make sure that the hitch itself is rated for use with weight distribution. If it is not then I recommend Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 87574, etrailer ball mount kit # 989900, and wiring kit # 56146KIT. The trailer that you have is not so heavy as to add too much if any additional...
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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 tongue weights of the Curt # C13195 trailer hitch and Hidden Hitch # 87665 are determined by the manufacturer. Tongue weight capacity represents the maximum amount of downward force that can safely be applied to the trailer hitch receiver. During the testing process, Curt determined that their # C13195 hitch can hold up to 750 pounds of tongue weight, while Hidden Hitch has determined their # 87665 hitch to have a 500 pound tongue weight capacity. Curt has also determined...
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  • With Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 87574 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 a typical 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...
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