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MSRP: $24,900 - $43,100
Invoice: $24,043 - $40,494
MPG: 21 City / 29 Hwy
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Kia Sorento Review

The 2016 Kia Sorento ranks 2 out of 12 Affordable Midsize SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Kia Sorento, as well as reliability and safety data.

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The redesigned 2016 Kia Sorento offers a premium cabin, pleasant driving dynamics and is a great value in the class, according to reviewers.

Test drivers report that the 2016 Sorento's base four-cylinder engine is a little underpowered. However, they say that there is ample power with either its optional V6 or optional turbocharged four-cylinder engine. An automatic transmission is standard, which reviewers say shifts smoothly. With the base engine, the 2016 Sorento returns an EPA-estimated 21/29 mpg city/highway. That’s good for the class. The Kia Sorento has controlled handling and a comfortable ride, according to reviewers. They're pleased that the steering is sharp and gives the driver lots of road feedback.

The 2016 Kia Sorento's cabin has rich materials and a stylish design, auto journalists say. They report that it has comfortable front seats and a spacious middle row, and that the optional third row is well-suited for kids. Cargo space is good for a two-row midsize SUV, and reviewers comment that the space behind the third row is more useful for hauling luggage than the space in the previous model. The 2016 Sorento comes standard with Bluetooth, a USB port and satellite radio. Optional features include a 10-speaker Infinity surround-sound audio system, a panoramic sunroof, Kia's UVO infotainment system, a rearview camera, a 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic monitoring, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, proximity key, dual-zone automatic climate control and navigation with an 8-inch touch screen. The 8-inch touch screen has crisp graphics, reviewers report, and the Infinity audio system has great sound quality.

  • "The 2016 Sorento has been comprehensively upgraded, and its charms are more diverse than ever. With three engines to choose from, seating for five to seven, a more upscale interior and better driving dynamics, Kia's latest entry into this red-hot class might not be the most dynamically gifted or the most visually distinct model in its class, but it's a seriously well-rounded, well-considered crossover." -- Autoblog
  • "It's a significant step forward in looks, quality, and performance, yet this category of premium crossovers is already full of great choices. As before, the Sorento's prime advantage against the competition still lies in its price." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "If you're looking to gentrify your driveway with a crossover, you're not going to do much better than the Sorento in terms of financial outlay, style, quality, and capability." -- Car and Driver
  • "The styling inside and out is sharp and spot-on, and the driving experience is also markedly improved. We'll put it this way: If you liked the old Sorento, you'll love this new one." -- Kelley Blue Book

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Other SUVs to Consider

Test drivers praise the Nissan Murano's serene ride quality, and it gets the same fuel economy with its standard V6 as the base four-cylinder Sorento. Reviewers remark that the cabin is spacious and has materials and a design that wouldn't look out of place in an Infiniti luxury vehicle.

Reviewers write that the Ford Flex's third row offers ample space for adults. They note that it has nimble handling and very strong acceleration with its available twin-turbocharged V6 engine.

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Details: 2016 Kia Sorento

The 2016 Kia Sorento seats five, and an optional third row boosts capacity to seven. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is standard, while a 3.3-liter V6 or a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine are optional. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard and all-wheel drive is available. There are five trim levels: L, LX, EX, SX and Limited. The Sorento is fully redesigned for the 2016 model year.

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Review Last Updated: 3/10/15

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