The 2016 Sorento is the product of Kia’s efforts to enter the mid-entry SUV market. Without exceeding itself in luxury or all-terrain capacities, this revamped SUV features a good balance between both, delivering practicality.
With plenty of variants available in the market, the 2016 Sorento wants to fight in all the possible flanks. Its main target? Travelers without the need of a Toyota FJ’s off-road skill.
Let’s see some of the main features of this revamped Kia.
Multiple Engines for the 2016 Sorento
As usual, Kia is offering a wide range of variants for this precise model. There are eight different variants to choose, which ones will change in an important way the experience. They are L, LX, LX V6, EX, EX V6, SX V6, Limited, and Limited V6. These variants are arranged based on their base prices.
In terms of motor features, there are three options available. The first and cheaper 2.4 L DOHC 16-valve 4-inline, which produces 185 hp at 6000 RPM and a maximum torque of 178 lb-ft at 4000 RPM. Next, we found a bigger 3.3 L DOHC 24-valve V6, which can generate up to 290 hp at 6400 RPM and a torque of 252 lb-ft at 5300 RPM. Finally, there is a turbocharged 2.0 L DOHC 16-valve 4-inline. The last one produces 240 hp at 6000 RPM and a max torque of 260 lb-ft at 1450 RPM.
All the available engines feature fuel direct injection and dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) at standard.
The 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive will be mandatory, working with a Sportmatic Sports Shifter. Curiously, the 2016 Sorento is going to be front-wheel-drive as standard. The Dynamax All-Wheel-Drive system will be optional, along other related technologies.
In the front, the 2016 Sorento will feature an independent MacPherson struts suspension and an independent multi-link one in the rear. Braking power is provided by 4-wheel discs with ABS. Nothing from another world.
Redesigned for Impress
The 2016 Sorento suffer an important redesign, both exterior and interior. Now, you can look a boulder, more muscular SUV. Its side curves below the windows area make it seem like a solid, strong vehicle.
You can expect every tech toy in the segment, related to the exterior. Most of the fancier features are standard for all they variants. Some, like the Smart Welcome lighting or the Smart Power Liftgate, are exclusive for the most expensive versions of the vehicle.
The chrome 19-inch alloy wheels are exclusive of the overpriced Limited V6. In the meanwhile, we can find 17, 18 and 19-inch wheel without chrome as standard for the rest of the variants.
Now, the new design of the 2016 Sorento gives us a bigger cabin. The new space is really noticeable. With three rows, users can fold two of them and store a lot of cargo. Besides, we found all the expectable luxuries of a mid-entry SUV.
Fancy toys for the cockpit aren’t highly exclusive. The Infiniti Surround sound system with ten speakers, amplifier and subwoofer are both standard and exclusive, depending on the chosen variant.
There are also plenty of cutting-edge assistants onboard, improving the driving experience, comfort and security.
The Bottom Line
The 2016 Sorento it’s a delight. Traveling with one of these provides all the comfort and safeness needed. You need to know that it lacks high-level off-road skills, but it can do the work done. If you need space, this a nice option.
Prices start at US$24.900, offering the most expensive model, the Limited V6 with a base price tag of US$41.300.