Kia Sorento SXL

2016 Kia Sorento

Pros: Well-designed control layout and infotainment features; quiet cabin; improved 2nd-row room; comfortable ride

Cons: Cramped, hard-to-access 3rd-row seats; pricey option packages drive up prices in a hurry; base 4-cylinder engine strains to provide adequate performance

CG Says: Kia’s midsize SUV is redesigned for 2016 on a longer platform. In addition to the expected improvement in passenger and cargo room, it gets new styling, new technology features, and an optional turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. New safety features include available forward collision warning, blind-spot- and cross-traffic alert, and a surround-view camera. The new Sorento corrects one of the previous model’s main shortcomings—tight 2nd-row-seat room—while upping the refinement level all around. It also adds several well-executed available technology features, such as an excellent 360-degree camera system. However, choosing lots of options and/or higher trim levels pushes up the bottom line to sobering levels. The 2016 Kia Sorento is a worthy competitor to class rivals such as the Toyota Highlander and the freshly redesigned Honda Pilot.

The Facts
Class Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5 or 7
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Kia
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices FWD 2.4 L: $24,900
FWD 2.4 LX: $26,200
AWD 2.4 LX: $28,000
FWD 3.3 LX: $28,300
AWD 3.3 LX: $30,100
FWD 2.0T EX: $31,100
AWD 2.0T EX: $32,900
FWD 3.3 EX: $31,700
AWD 3.3 EX: $33,500
FWD 3.3 SX: $37,900
AWD 3.3 SX: $39,700
FWD 2.0T SXL: $39,900
AWD 2.0T SXL: $41,700
FWD 3.3 SXL: $41,300
AWD 3.3 SXL: $43,100

Base Engine
2.4-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
185
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25-27

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
240
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19-20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25-27

Optional Engine
3.3-liter V6
Horsepower
290
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24-25

2016 Sorento SXL
2016 Kia Sorento