After prolonged run with the good-looking crossover styling, Kia Sorento is ready to shift generations. Third generation model was finally revealed and it will have as debuted at this year’s Paris auto show. However, it still won’t be offered before late 2015 as a 2016 year model. 2016 Kia Sorento will bring not only new styling for a midsize SUV, but a new look for all future Kia’s lineup. Bigger frame with more room inside should be enough to persuade large families to look into the new Kia Sorento 2016.
2016 Kia Sorento reviews
New 2016 Kia Sorento starts with a fresh look. It now has longer wheelbase, slightly lower roof and wider frame for more space inside. Front end fascia has been reworked and all new Kia’s models should look like this. Grille is now wider and has more conventional mild trapezoid shape, while headlights are angular and laid-back. Big trapezoid rear tail-lights and roof-mounted spoiler look good, and D-pillars might limit outward visibility to some extent. The new Kia Sorento 2016 is available in 6 different colors: Silky Silver, Snow White Pearl, Platinum Graphite, Metal Stream, Imperial Bronze and Aurora Black Pearl.
The Kia Sorento 2016 interior is now more spacious and third row has more breathing room. Leather seats remain standard almost across the whole lineup, and even entry-level models have the option to receive some of these. Limited models come away with premium nappa leather upholstery for a borderline luxury feel. Dashboard is now more flat than it used to be and instrument panel has horizontal spacing thanks to that. 8-inch display is available from EX model onwards, while Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary input jacks are standard across the lineup. Infinity surround sound system with ten speakers is also offered from EX trim level and so are ventilated front seats, driver’s seat memory and blind spot detection system. As far as the rest of safety features go, 2016 Kia Sorento has a rearview camera and back-up warning system optional or standard throughout the lineup.
2016 Kia Sorento towing capacity and specs
Trim levels most likely won’t be changed and all trim levels should continue with the same couple of powertrains. Base LX model gets 2.4-liter I-4 GDI engine with 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. EX and SX-Limited grades are available with 2.0-liter turbocharged GDI powerplant that is able to deliver 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Other higher trims are available with stronger 3.3-liter V6 engine which can be found in the rest of the lineup too and which develops 290 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque. Both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available across the lineup, and 6-speed automatic transmission is also standard. When properly equipped 2016 Kia Sorento towing capacity goes up to 5,000 pounds.
Kia Sorento 2016 mpg
Base 4-cylinder will be rare option and is rated at 20/27 mpg with FWD and 19/25 mpg with 4WD config. V6 is more widespread and offers similar figures and it’s easy to see why you’ll most likely find Kia Sorento 2016 with one of these engines which are rated at 18/25 mpg or 18/24 mpg with FWD or 4WD respectively.
2016 Kia Sorento release date and price
Base 2016 Kia Sorento is available for just under $25,000, while Limited model has price little over $40,000 but it can go more if you apply heavy hand with the optional equipment. On the US car market 2016 Kia Sorento has main competitors in the Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander.
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|2016 Sorento L||2.4L I4||FWD – 6 A/T||$24.900|
|2016 Sorento LX||2.4L I4||FWD – 6 A/T||$26.200|
|2016 Sorento LX||2.4L I4||AWD – 6 A/T||$28.000|
|2016 Sorento EX||2.0L Turbo||FWD – 6 A/T||$31.100|
|2016 Sorento SX-Limited||2.0L Turbo||FWD – 6 A/T||$39.900|
|2016 Sorento EX||2.0L Turbo||AWD – 6 A/T||$32.900|
|2016 Sorento SX-Limited||2.0L Turbo||AWD – 6 A/T||$41.700|
|2016 Sorento LX V6||3.3L V6||FWD – 6 A/T||$28.300|
|2016 Sorento EX V6||3.3L V6||FWD – 6 A/T||$31.700|
|2016 Sorento SX V6||3.3L V6||FWD – 6 A/T||$37.900|
|2016 Sorento SX-Limited V6||3.3L V6||FWD – 6 A/T||$41.300|
|2016 Sorento LX V6||3.3L V6||AWD – 6 A/T||$30.100|
|2016 Sorento EX V6||3.3L V6||AWD – 6 A/T||$33.500|
|2016 Sorento SX V6||3.3L V6||AWD – 6 A/T||$39.700|
|2016 Sorento SX-Limited V6||3.3L V6||AWD – 6 A/T||$43.100|