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2016 Kia Sorento OVERVIEW
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.
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:
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.