When developing the latest version of the Sorento, Kia’s engineers focused on strengthening the structure and increasing the safety of this family centric SUV.
Keeping your family safe are a number of features like seatbelt anchor pretensioners, six airbags; active safety features include Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), Brake Assist System (BAS), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Antilock Braking System (ABS).
Models with AWD come with additional technologies such as Roll Over Mitigation (ROM) and Cornering Brake Control (CBC), giving an even more surefooted feel.
A raft of driver aids like, Forward Collision Warning System, Smart Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Surround View Monitor (SVM, further prove Kia’s commitment to providing a secure family vehicle.
The new Sorento has been updated to deliver a quiet and comfortable ride. To that end the rear suspension has been revised to provide improved travel on rutted roads.
The lively steering feel is provided by the electric power steering system that offers an improvement in handling characteristics over the outgoing model.
The AWD system will function autonomously, but with the flick of a switch, the driver can engage a 4WD lock mode that balances the delivery of engine power evenly to all 4 wheels.
This system also comes with a torque vectoring function that will come to the rescue if the system senses understeer.
With the choice of 3 engines, the Sorento can be setup to fulfill anyone’s needs.
The engines are a 2.4-liter inline-4 GDI, a 3.3-liter V6 GDI and a new 2.0-liter inline-4 GDI turbocharged powerplant.
The base 2.4L delivers 185 hp, which is adequate for daily duties.
The 2.0L turbo pumps out a frisky 240 hp, and is the choice for those who want to balance power and fuel economy.
The most powerful engine in the stable is the 3.3L V6. The 290 hp it produces allows the Sorento to tow up to 5,000 lbs when paired with the AWD system.
All of these engines are paired to an electronically controlled 6-speed automatic.
The interior is large and can be optioned to seat up to 7 passengers. The overall cargo volume has increased from 72.5 to 74 cu.ft, and the space available behind the 3rd row is now 11 cu. Ft.
To add convenience the second row seatbacks can be folded via a lever mounted on the side of the luggage area.
Options like heated and ventilated seats, including heated rear seats, a panoramic sunroof and 630-wat 12 speaker Infinity stereo give the Sorento a premium ambience.
Kia has included a full range of connectivity that is accessed through an 8-inch capacitive-touch color screen, with an available navigation system that features SD card storage for MAP DATA and USB 2.0 support for high-speed updates as well as integrated rear backup camera, Bluetooth hands-free support and UVO voice recognition. A 4.3-inch TFT color touch screen is standard and also incorporates Bluetooth, and UVO voice recognition capability.
The 2016 Kia Sorento offers consumers a safe, versatile and handsome way to transport their family through daily life.
Pricing starts at $24,900, and fuel economy estimates are 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway for the 2.4L FWD.