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3/4 Front Glamour 2016 Kia Sorento

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The Kia Sorento has always been generously sized for a compact crossover, and the latest redesign pushes it even further toward midsize. Given its seven-passenger capacity and available V6, the new Sorento can be a legitimate alternative to larger vehicles costing thousands more.

What's New for 2016

The Kia Sorento has been completely redesigned.

Choosing Your Kia Sorento

The Sorento enjoys a more sophisticated look and feel this year, thanks in large part to upgraded interior materials and a stronger body structure. The second row slides and reclines for the right mix of passenger and cargo room. Third-row seating is standard with the V6 but unavailable on four-cylinder models. With all rows folded, the Sorento can handle up to 74 cubic feet of cargo, enough space to be competitive with midsize crossovers.

  • The engine roster starts with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 185 horsepower.
  • The newly available turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder offers a boost to 240 horsepower, an increase that should be really noticeable in everyday driving.
  • The top choice is a 3.3-liter V6 that achieves 290 horsepower.

Trim185-hp 2.4240-hp 2.0290-hp 3.3
LStandardNot AvailableNot Available
LXStandardNot AvailableOptional
EXNot AvailableStandardOptional
SXNot AvailableNot AvailableStandard
LimitedNot AvailableStandardOptional

All engines run with a six-speed automatic transmission and can be paired with all-wheel drive. Selectable driving modes (Sport, Normal, Eco) allow the driver to tweak transmission performance and steering effort. It's worth noting that a V6 Sorento with all-wheel drive can tow up to 5,000 pounds, capability that no compact crossover can match.

While all-wheel drive is available on all models, the engine and seating configuration of your Sorento will be determined by the trim level:

L

Carries the 2.4-liter engine and five-passenger seating, plus 17-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth phone and audio, LED running lights and satellite radio.

LX

Builds on the L with automatic headlamps, an acoustic windshield, a rearview camera, and Kia's infotainment and app interface known as Uvo eServices. The Convenience package adds heated front seats with driver power, rear parking sensors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and an auto-dimming mirror. Models so equipped are eligible for a third row. The LX V6 adds the V6 engine and third-row seating.

EX

Comes with the 2-liter turbo and the contents of the Convenience package as standard, plus leather seating for five passengers, dual-zone automatic climate control, acoustic front side glass and 18-inch wheels. The EX V6 adds the V6 engine and third-row seating.

The available Premium package tacks on a hands-free power liftgate, power-folding mirrors, keyless access and ignition, rear sunshades, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Models with the Premium package are also eligible for the Touring package, which adds luxuries like a panoramic sunroof, navigation with real-time traffic data, a larger touchscreen interface and a 10-speaker Infinity sound system.

SX V6

Gets the V6 and third-row seating plus the contents of the Premium and Touring packages as standard, plus driver memory, upgraded steering, 19-inch wheels, LED taillamps, additional exterior trim and a fabric headliner.

Limited

Tops off the Sorento with chrome wheels, upgraded leather upholstery, ventilated front seats and heated second-row seats. Exclusive to the Limited is the Technology package with a surround-view parking camera, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision alert, xenon headlamps and an electronic parking brake. The Limited V6 swaps out the 2-liter turbo for the V6 engine and adds third-row seating.

CarsDirect Tip

There's a substantial $16,000 spread between base MSRPs for an L and a Limited V6 -- if you want space for seven and lively acceleration, we recommend splitting the difference with a carefully optioned EX V6.

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