2016 Kia Sorento Review, specs and Drive

2016 Kia Sorento Review, specs and Drive –  The 2016 Kia Sorento represents a complete redesign for this family crossover, which sees it growing up both literally and figuratively. It is bigger in most dimensions, increasing room for passengers (especially those in the third row), while also boasting more sophisticated styling, driving manners and interior trappings. As a result, what was previously a bigger, more spacious alternative to compact SUVs is now a smaller, less cumbersome alternative to some of the larger three-row vehicles in the segment.

2016 Kia Sorento Review

Kia invited us up to Lake Tahoe to sample its new Sorento in what they feel is the CUV’s ideal playground. The Korean automaker envisions the Silicon Valley brigade hopping in their Kias for a trip across the flatlands and up the hill. You know, because ruining San Francisco wasn’t enough for them. And climbing gyms can’t contain them forever. Oh, Fredo Corleone, be thankful for your little boat trip. This isn’t something you’d want to witness.

At the end of its life cycle, the current Sorento still ranks third in Kia’s sales mix. The previous ute saw the Sorento move from a decent if slightly unrefined body-on-frame trucklet to a five-to-seven passenger unibody crossover. The new machine, on sale in January, sees Korea’s style leader attempt to cover a broader spread. A base-on-base 2.4-liter four-banger FWD model—called Sorento L—will only require a $25,795 tip of the coffer. Venture all the way up to the SX Limited V-6 AWD model and you’re going to need a substantially larger till: $43,995. (All-wheel drive is available for $1800 on every trim level except for the L.)

How Big Is It?

The previous-generation Sorento could be look as a slightly bigger alternative to compact SUVs like the Toyota RAV4. For 2016, the Sorento moves up in the world and in many ways can now be viewed as a slightly smaller alternative to larger three-row crossovers like theToyota Highlander. With 3 inches added to its wheelbase and overall length, the 2016 Sorento gains some welcome interior volume that moves it well clear of so-called compact SUVs (most of which aren’t that compact anymore anyway).

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The second row gains 2 extra inches of legroom, while still reclining for added comfort and sliding to bring the kids closer up front or to provide extra legroom for the folks in the third row. As for those folks, they no longer have to be children to occupy the Sorento’s aft-most quarters. A pair of 6-footers will technically fit back there with their knees awkwardly pointing toward their chins due to the low-mounted seats, but adults of average height will be good for short trips and more importantly, kids will be more comfortable. Plus, there are air vents back there to prevent things from getting stuffy.

Behind that 50/50-split folding third row are an additional 2 cubic feet of cargo space, creating a more useful space for a pair of small suitcases or several grocery bags. Folding the seat down or opting for the five-passenger configuration yields 38 cubic feet, which is basically on par with bigger compacts like the Honda CR-V and midsizers like the Ford Edge. With all seats folded, the Sorento provides 73 cubic feet of maximum cargo space, which is bigger than both of the above.

Now, the Highlander is still longer and wider, boasting 10 extra cubic feet of maximum cargo space and enough room to squeeze a middle seatbelt into its third row for eight-passenger capacity. However, the distance between it and the Sorento has noticeably shrunk, and for families in search of a three-row vehicle, the Sorento should certainly be cross-shopped against Toyota’s big crossover that netted a top “A” rating from the Edmunds editors.

What Is the Interior Like?

read it here : 2016 Kia Sorento Interior

2016 Kia Sorento Engine

2016 Kia Sorento Review

The Sorento has also been given a new engine — the 2.0-liter turbocharged four that serves duty in several other Kia/Hyundai models, including Kia’s Sportage. In the Sorento, the mill produces 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque and is paired to the same six-speed transmission as the existing engines. Those engines include the naturally aspirated base 2.4-liter I-4, which allows 185 hp and 178 lb-ft, and the familiar 3.3-liter V-6, making 290 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. It’s worth noting that towing capacity with the V-6 is up to 5,000 pounds from a previous rating of 3,500 pounds. All engines are available with front-wheel drive or Kia’s all-wheel-drive system with a locking mode that keeps torque split evenly between front and rear wheels. Torque vectoring between front and rear wheels is also used in all-wheel-drive models for stability purposes.

Yet the sweetest piece of real estate in Sorentoville is the 2.0-liter turbo-four AWD model, which starts in EX trim at $31,995. Yes, the six offers up to 5000 pounds of towing capacity against the huffed four’s 3500, but most Sorentos aren’t likely to see much in the way of tugging duty and the turbo four offers a lot of useful midrange punch, plus a slight fuel-economy bonus. We previously knocked Hyundai for sticking this engine in a model badged as “Sport,” but it feels wholly appropriate in the Sorento. The six, ensconced in some sort of NVH-sapping igloo, exhibits a faraway thrashing sound as it piles on the revs on the way to making its maximum 290 horsepower. It’s definitely not the six-pot sweetheart that Toyota offers in the Highlander.

What Features Do You Get?

The base L trim for $24,900 isn’t luxurious, but it does provide welcome features like alloy wheels, LED running lights, stain-resistant fabric, satellite radio, a USB/iPod interface and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity. The LX trim adds a few extras like an acoustic windshield for a quieter cabin, two rapid-charge USB ports, a rearview camera, a 4.3-inch touchscreen and UVO eServices(Siri hands-free, numerous smartphone apps and secondary driver security functions like geo-fencing and speed warning), but it’s in the EX trims where the Sorento begins to truly resemble a high-end SUV.

Bigger wheels, more interior sound-deadening, dual-zone climate control, leather seating and steering wheel, and heated power seats are some of the items standard on the EX, while many of the SX trim’s standard features like a panoramic sunroof, push-button start, navigation, 10-speaker Infinity sound system, second-row sunscreens and power liftgate (with proximity hands-free opening) are optional. The SX and SX-L essentially add power-adjustable driver thigh support and a variety of exterior and interior trim upgrades, while the SX-L in particular opens the door up to the Tech package that includes adaptive cruise control, lane-departure and collision warning systems, and an “around-view” multi-angle parking camera.

source : edmunds.com | caranddriver.com/

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