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2016 2.4L L 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $25,100
2016 2.4L LX 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $26,400
2016 2.4L LX 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $28,200
2016 3.3L LX 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $28,700
2016 3.3L LX 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $30,500
2016 2.0T EX 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $31,100
2016 3.3L EX 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $32,100
2016 2.0T EX 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $32,900
2016 3.3L EX 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $33,900
2016 3.3L SX 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $38,300
2016 2.0T SXL 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $39,900
2016 3.3L SX 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $40,100
2016 3.3L SXL 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $41,500
2016 2.0T SXL 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $41,700
2016 3.3L SXL 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $43,300
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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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We've always considered the Kia Sorento to be an easy compromise for buyers who can't decide between a compact and midsize crossover. This year's full redesign pushes it even further toward to the senior end of its class. By offering such a deep range of models, Kia has positioned the new Sorento as both a typical compact and a credible alternative to slightly larger, premium-branded vehicles.

Pricing and Equipment

The Sorento covers acres of market territory with five trim levels that start with the $24,900 L and top out with the $41,300 SXL.

You'll still have to pay $1,200 for third-row seating on the $25,234 LX, but that's included as standard equipment, along with a bigger engine, if you upgrade to the $28,300 LX V6.

The mid-level $31,100 EX is where most buyers will find the right mix of price and features. It comes with a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder, and also offers six-cylinder power in the $31,700 EX V6. With either, you'll get standard leather upholstery and an upgraded climate control system.

It's a big price leap to the $37,900 SX V6, the turbocharged $39,900 SXL, and the SXL V6, but all are equipped like true luxury SUVs.


All-wheel-drive is available for about $1,800 on all trims except the base L. If you want seven-passenger seating, you'll need to choose a V6 model, where it's standard, or the LX, where it's optional; it can't be ordered at all on other four-cylinder Sorentos.

Performance Pros

The 2.4-liter four-cylinder makes 185 horsepower, which is actually above average for a base engine in this class. With 240 horsepower on tap, the 2-liter turbo (new this year) is fully capable of moving the Sorento smartly, even under full load. The 290-horsepower 3.3-liter V6 provides snappier pickup off the line, but otherwise doesn't affect performance much. All engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Selectable driving modes (Sport, Normal, Eco) allow the driver to tweak transmission performance and steering effort.

Performance highlights include:

  • Steering/handling: With this year's updated suspension and firmer body structure, the Sorento's road manners are even more poised and confident than we expected.
  • Turbo power: The new 2-liter turbo provides quick bursts of power with a minimum of disruption.
  • Towing: A V6 Sorento with all-wheel drive can pull up to 5,000 pounds, tops among all compact crossovers.

Performance Cons

  • Although all models have a Sport driving mode, the Sorento doesn't offer much in the way of driving enjoyment.
  • You would expect the V6 to offer smoother performance, but transmission downshifts can be jarring with this engine.

Interior Pros

  • The Sorento looks and feels far more sophisticated inside thanks to top-notch materials and a reimagined dashboard.
  • You get up to 74 cubic feet of cargo space, enough to make the Sorento fully competitive with midsize crossovers.

Interior Cons

  • The second sits rather low, not at all what we expect in a family-style crossover.
  • The optional third row is clearly intended for children, and you might need a shoehorn to get them out once puberty hits.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The upper-trim interiors are not only refined but downright elegant. Pry the Kia emblem off the steering wheel, and a leather-appointed Sorento could easily pass for an Acura.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

All of the Sorento's social climbing comes at a price. You have to spend more than $30,000 to move off the base engine, and we could forgive anyone who busted out laughing at the sticker on loaded V6 model.

The Bottom Line

The Sorento isn't the crossover it used to be, which is a terrific thing in all aspects except price.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.4L I-4 / 185 HP / 178 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd Sportmatic w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
21 / 29 / 25 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.4L I-4 / 185 HP / 178 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
21 / 29 / 25 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
18.8 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$72
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
73.5 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
146 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
187.4 "
Exterior Width
74.4 "
Exterior Height
66.3 "
Front Headroom
39.5 "
Rear Headroom
39.3 "
Front Legroom
44.1 "
Rear Legroom
39.4 "
Front Shoulder Room
59.1 "
Rear Shoulder Room
58.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,704 Lbs.
Wheel Base
109 "
Turning Radius
18.6 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Yes Essentials Premium Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Clock
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
4
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles

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