- Complete redesign for 2016
- Larger, with new styling inside and out
- Seats five or seven passengers with the available third-row
The 2016 Kia Sorento gets a comprehensive redesign for the new model year and returns with more size, a new engine, and a completely redone interior with more connectivity than ever before.
Starting on the outside, the new Sorento’s styling is a vast improvement over the previous generation. A larger, pinched grille gives the front more gravitas and it is flanked by more aggressive headlight clusters and optional LED fog lights which are split into four individual elements. The Sorento’s width and height are about the same, but the wheelbase has been lengthened and it is now three inches longer as well. 17-inch alloy wheels and heated side mirrors come standard, while larger 18- or 19-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, roof rails, and a power liftgate are optional.
Under the hood there are now three engine options. The base engine is unchanged, a 185-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder that can be found throughout the Kia lineup. The newly available engine is a 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, with the 290-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 returning to top off the engine lineup. Each is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission; front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive available. Towing capacity maxes out at 5,000 pounds with the V-6 engine and all-wheel drive equipped. Fuel economy is unchanged for 2016 and varies by powertrain.
The redesign also introduces a brand-new interior with more connectivity and comfort than ever before in the Sorento. Passengers with devices will rejoice; there are now three USB charging ports, an available AC plug in the back of the center console, and 12V connectors for all three rows. Seating for five passengers is standard, while a third-row is optional which expands capacity to seven. The standard audio system includes a 4.3-inch touch screen display, satellite radio, and Bluetooth connectivity. Also standard is air conditioning, stain resistant cloth upholstery, power windows/locks, and steering wheel mounted controls for the cruise control, Bluetooth, and audio systems.
There is also a long list of interior options, designed to elevate the level of comfort and luxury possible with the 2016 Sorento. This includes HD radio, an Infitity Surround Sound audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, Nappa leather upholstery, powered/heated/ventilated front seats, navigation, and UvO eServices. eServices expands its features list for 2016 and adds some features specifically for parents of young drivers, such as geo-fencing and curfew alerts, speed alerts, and a driving score.
The 2016 Sorento comes with six airbags, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system standard. Additional safety technology and driver aids are offered, including forward collision warnings, blind spot warnings with rear cross-traffic alerts, a surround-view camera system, and lane departure warnings.