2016 Kia Sorento
The 2016 model year marks the arrival of the 3rd-generation of the Kia Sorento. What once was a rugged 2-row SUV, has grown into a modern 3-row crossover in every sense of the words.
The look is not vastly different, but it is modernized with a tad more aggression, particularly out back. There’s a taller, flatter nose, with body side sculpting that is much smoother.
Like most redesigns, it’s the interior that got the most attention. There are more soft materials; and more room for both 2nd and 3rd row passengers, as well as cargo.
Under the hood, there’s a new engine option. It’s the 240-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo-I4 from the Optima, with an expected fuel economy rating of 27 on the Highway. It joins an updated 185-horsepower 2.4-liter normally aspirated I4 and the 290-horsepower 3.3-liter V6 that now tows 5,000-pounds.
All are connected to a conventional 6-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel-drive with Lock Mode and Torque Vectoring Corner Control is available with any engine.
Perhaps our biggest grievance with the previous generation Sorento was the roughish ride quality; which Kia has addressed with a wheelbase that is 3-inches longer, a body structure that is 14% stiffer, and suspension that’s been redesigned both front and rear.
BRIAN ROBINSON: “It’s not a night and day difference, but the ride has certainly improved, and fortunately that’s without sacrificing anything on the handling end of things.”
JOHN DAVIS: Things have also gotten quieter inside and seat comfort climbs a notch or two.
Base pricing stays the same at around $25,000, but with more features available, the high end creeps up toward the mid-40s.
Engine: 2.0 liter/ 2.4 liter/ 3.3 liter
Horsepower: 240/ 185/ 290
Price: Base price around $25,000