Kia Sorento SXL AWD (2015 Model Year) – Review. Awd киа соренто

Kia Sorento

Lake Tahoe, CA NV – The 2016 Kia Sorento represents the third generation of the Korean automaker’s popular crossover utility vehicle. It is based on the Cross GT concept vehicle that bowed two years ago at the Chicago Auto Show. Kia is also celebrating their 20th anniversary in the U.S. and has grown from 2 available vehicles to 12.

STATS Starting Retail Price As Tested Price HP / Lb-Ft
2016 Kia Sorento SXL AWD $41,700. $45,095. 2.0T, DOHC, 16-valve, turbo inline four-cylinder- 240 @ 6,000 rpm / 260 @ 1,450-3,500 rpm3.3 –L, DOHC, 24-valve V6 GDI – 290 @ 6,400 rpm / 252 @ 5,300 rpm
EPA Rating As Tested MPG
Rating: BUY IT! Not yet certified. Not tested

This latest iteration Kia Sorento hits the ground running, featuring a stronger body structure, a wheelbase that’s 3.1 inches longer and an overall length that’s up 3-inches as well as being wideband comes in either a versatile two or three row seating configuration and comes loaded with enhancements in driving dynamics and technological advancements. Overall cargo volume in the new Sorento increases from 72.5 cu.-ft. to 74 cu.-ft., while cargo volume behind the 3rd row increases from 9.1 cu.-ft. to 11 cu.-ft., providing increased space for essentials and active-lifestyle equipment without sacrificing rear-passenger room.

The 2016 Kia Sorento will be available in five distinctive levels of trim: the base L; an LX that moves up the scale in terms of features and equipment; the EX, SX and the flagship SXL. Dependent upon the trim level, the 2016 the five-passenger Sorento comes with a 40/20/40 folding second-row as standard fare (4-cylinder models) or in a 50/50 folding third-row seven-passenger seating configurations (V6 models). For added luxury, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a 14-way power driver and 8-way power passenger seats, driver’s seat thigh extension, a 4-way headrest with one-button adjustment, dual-zone HVAC and Kia’s second-generation panoramic sunroof, as well as available premium Nappa leather trim seating surfaces, similar to those found in Kia’s luxury flagship sedan, the K900 are all available. Second- and third-row passengers will enjoy enhanced comfort thanks to a 0.5-inch increase in rear passenger space for both rows and a roomier flattened second-row center floor. Access to third-row seating is improved with 1.5 inches of additional boarding space, while headroom throughout the cabin is also increased.

There are three engines to choose from: a new 2.0-liter, DOHC, 16-valve, turbocharged (for the first time) inline four-cylinder with dual CVVT and Gasoline Direct Injection that produces 240 horsepower at 6,000 rpm while developing 260 pound feet of torque in a range from 1,450 to 3,500 rpm; an improved 2.4-liter normally aspirated inline-4cylinder; or a 3.3 -liter, DOHC, 24-valve GDI V6 with dual CVVT that delivers 290 horses at 6,400 rpm along with 252 pound feet of torque at 5,300 rpm. All engine variants will mate to an electronically controlled six-speed overdrive automatic transmission with Sportmatic manual shift.

The new Kia Sorento has improved in its visual appeal, drawing some of its design inspiration from nature. Overall, the Sorento displays a, more athletic and planted stance, communicating a pleasing edginess. The profile presents a clean and simple image that’s easily recognizable as a Sorento, with stronger shoulders and a long hood that delivers a more aerodynamic and sleek persona. The Sorento’s packaging is more efficient, allowing for greater interior room. The front end is aggressively styled, and with its narrower headlight design, is an evolution of the upper fascia seen on the Cross GT concept, while bearing a strong family resemblance to the all-new Kia Sedona multipurpose vehicle. Distinctive LED positioning lights set the Sorento apart from others in the midsize CUV segment.

Sitting below the headlights, the lower intake and fog lamp pockets are more prominent, showcasing a sportier appearance that blends harmoniously with the overall styling proportions. Premium enhancements include available LED rear dimensional tail lamps and LED fog lamps. The body rides on four new alloy wheel designs ranging from 17 to 19 inches, depending on trim level.Moving to the inside, the overall interior theme focuses on the stability of a horizontal plane, with the design motif providing a strong foundation for premium textures and high-quality materials found throughout the 2016 Sorento’s cabin.

In terms of progressive technology, four additional UVO eServices are now available: Geo-fencing, Speed Alert, Curfew Alert and Driving Score. Additionally, with the introduction of the Kia App store, select apps may be downloaded at no charge from iTunes or Google Play. The Kia app connector is available for partnership with the content community for downloading apps such as Yelp, while Soundhound, Pandora and iHeart Radio will come preloaded at a later date. Other comfort and convenience technologies that are featured in the new UVO system, include Siri “Eyes Free” and Local Search by Google – for finding locations, addresses and points of interest. Sirius XM Travel Link, offers access to traffic, weather, fuel prices, sports scores, stock information and movie times.

Accessed through a crystal-clear 8-inch capacitive-touch color screen, the available navigation system features SD card storage for MAP DATA and USB 2.0 support for high-speed updates as well as an integrated rear backup camera, Bluetooth hands-free support and UVO voice recognition. A 4.3-inch TFT color touch screen is standard which also incorporates Bluetooth, and UVO voice recognition capability.

Safety issues are addressed by such features as: seatbelt anchor pretensioners and six airbags, with all Sorento models providing standard active safety features such as Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control System, Brake Assist System, Hill-start Assist Control, Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Antilock Braking System. Additional technologies such as Roll Over Mitigation and Cornering Brake Control on AWD models also were added as standard equipment for improved dynamic control and safety. New available driver aid technology, includes: Vehicle Stability Management, Forward Collision Warning System, Smart Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Surround View Monitor.

Sorento will continue to offer an advanced AWD system that automatically routes power to the wheel with the most traction. Should conditions require more sure-footed capability, a 4WD Lock Mode splits engine power evenly between the front and rear drive shafts. The system also provides drivers the added stability of Torque Vector Cornering Control, which is activated when yaw and steering sensors detect unwanted understeer. V6 models are capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds.

During the national media launch of the 2016 Kia Sorento, I was able to experience time behind the wheel of both the new 2.0 T and V6 powered versions in AWD and in SXL Trim. The Turbo model wore an exterior coat of Titanium Silver metallic, while the V6 sported a Snow White Pearl effect exterior. Base pricing ranges from $24,900 for the 2.0T to $43,100 for the V6. I later spent time piloting the SXL AWD 2.0T on my home turf with an exterior finish of Titanium Silver, and the interior executed in Silver and Black tones. Its base price was set at $41,700. Which increased to $45,095.after adding the SXL Technology Package and the Inland Freight and Handling Fee.

SUMMARY: Driving the all-new 2016 Kia Sorento powered by either the 2.0T turbocharged 4-cylinder or the 3.3-liter V6 provided a most pleasurable experience. Both engines provide satisfying performance levels in terms of acceleration, while the four-banger obviously has to work a little harder and emits a little more noise in the process, but not an objectionable amount.

The transmission shifts smoothly – almost imperceptibly in either fully automatic mode or in manual mode, which proves to be somewhat more responsive.

The interior ambience and the ride quality are quite pleasing – not too firm and not too soft. Handling characteristics consist of an on-center steering feel and a planted stability.

The 2016 Kia Sorento will be built at Kia’s U.S. manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia, where the Optima is also built.

In the final analysis, the 2016 Kia Sorento in virtually any of its configurations or trim levels, delivers a solid value in a package that is not only good looking, but is capable of fulfilling a wide variety of functional desires and individual requirements.On the TFLcar scale of:

  • Buy it!
  • Lease it!
  • Rent it!
  • … or Forget it!

I give the 2016 Kia Sorento SXL AWD a Buy It! for a stylish, versatile and practical CUV.

SPECIFICATIONS: 2016 Kia Sorento SX-L AWD 5-Door CUV

Base Price: $41,700.Price as Tested: $45,095.

Engine Type and Size: 2.0T, DOHC, 16-valve, turbocharged inline four-cylinder with dual CVVT and Gasoline Direct Injection.

Horsepower (bhp): 240 @ 6,000 rpmTorque (ft./ lbs.): 260 @ 1,450-3,500 rpm

Engine Type and Size: 3.3 –L, DOHC, 24-valve GDI with dual CVVT

Horsepower (bhp): 290 @ 6,400 rpmTorque (ft./ lbs.): 252 @ 5,300 rpm

Transmission: Electronically controlled six-speed automatic, overdrive, with Sportmatic manual shift.

Drive Train: Transversely mounted front engine / FWD or AWD with torque on demand and locking center differential.

Suspension: Front – Independent MacPherson struts, coil springs and stabilizer bar.Rear – Independent, Multi-link, stabilizer bar, DFD (Dual Flow Dampers).

Brakes: Power-assisted four-wheel discs (vented front) with ABS, ESC, TCS, BAS, HAC and CBC.

Tires: Michelin Premiere 265/55 R19 mounted on 5-“Y”-spoke alloy wheels with painted inserts.

Wheelbase: 109.4 inchesLength Overall: 187.4 inchesWidth: 74.4 inchesHeight: 66.5 inches – with roof rails.Curb Weight: 4,101 lbs.Turning Circle: 36.2 ft.Fuel Capacity: 18.8 gallonsEPA Mileage Estimates: Not yet certified.Drag Coefficient: 0.330 – 60 mph: Not tested.

Arv Voss is a Northern California based freelance motoring Journalist and member and past officer of several noted Automotive Journalist organizations who contributes regularly to a number of national and international media outlets. He reviews not only cars, trucks and SUVs, but motorcycles as well.

2015 Kia Sorento SXL AWD Review & Test Drive

In a way, Kia has taken the automotive world and made it recognize its emergence into the mainstream with an offering for each popular segment. For the crossover SUV demographic, the Kia Sorento plays to the tone of what is desired in the versatile American lifestyle longing for seating of up to 7 seats but wrapped up in a relatively economical midsized package. For the 2015 model, the new Kia Sorento remains mostly unchanged from the styling update in 2014, featuring available V6 power and a new top-range trim level including all available features, the SXL, replacing the outgoing Limited trim.

The 2015 Kia Sorento SXL AWD brings the best of what Kia has to offer in a crossover vehicle with available seating of up to 7 passengers and a long list of standard luxury features. One of the major takeaways of the Kia Sorento, having 3 rows of seats, is it retaining a midsized architecture, never venturing into a larger sized category with its conservative dimensions. As far as its sizing and feature seats go, the Kia Sorento is available in 4 trim levels, LX, EX, SX and SXL, each starting off as a 2-row 5-passenger vehicle and having the availability of a 3rd row with a 50/50 split bench for 2 additional passengers. With my test vehicle being at the top-end of the trim spectrum, a Sorento SXL AWD with 7-passenger seating, I was able to get a better feel for Kia putting their best versatility foot forward.

The Kia Sorento has a choice of two engines with the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder with 191 horsepower and 181 ft-lbs. of torque being the standard equipment for the LX trim and the 3.3-liter V6 with 290 horsepower and 252 ft-lbs. of torque being the optional selection for the LX but standard on EX, SX and SXL trims. All-wheel-drive as an option to the standard front-wheel-drive setup, can be had on all trims. My V6-powered 2015 Kia Sorento SXL with all-wheel-drive proved to be a rather accommodating crossover SUV on the road with an exceptional ride quality much like the attitude of a midsized luxury car. The all-wheel-drive system kept the Sorento SXL firmly planted out of turns working in sync with its well-tuned suspension and forgiving dampers. The body motion of the Sorento was much improved over previous years, riding nearly luxury-like without any unwanted motions over bumps and uneven surfaces.

Performance from the 3.3-liter V6 proved to be adequate for the size and stature of the Sorento, even when you pile in a full load of passengers. I found that the 6-speed automatic transmission does a good job at landing the proper gear to keep the V6 engine near its sweet upper rpm spots without unwanted gear-hunting. Much of the Sorento’s driving character is soft, to put it lightly. The steering, despite the 3-selectable modes (comfort, normal, sport), remains to have an easy effort without adding additional road feel even while in sport mode. Essentially, the electric steering retains a numb consistency no matter what type of road conditions you throw at it. With the steering lacking feedback, the body communication makes up for it slightly when pushing it through turns. Turn-in retains smoothness and can be predictable, which assists you with properly navigating the Sorento exactly where you point it. The larger 19-inch 235/55 tires do their part to keep things in line and onlookers busy from the sporty look of the chrome wheels and red-painted brake calipers on my SXL trimmed Sorento. Fuel consumption of the Sorento V6 AWD comes in at 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway, falling on an average scale for 3-row crossover vehicles. I was able to match those figures with occasionally getting slightly better on the highway with nearly 25 mpg. Mind you, the front wheel drive Sorento LX 4-cylinder trim gets only slightly better mpg with 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.

Inside of the 2015 Kia Sorento SXL AWD the cabin is nicely appointed and is visually luxurious. Many of the materials used are plastic, though most of the surfaces, including the hard-plastic dashboard, are all visually-perceived to be higher quality materials. Kia pulled off a nice stunt to trick your eyes in many areas of the dashboard. The clever use of soft-touch plastics, in most of the areas that you would actually ‘touch’, prevents the cabin from having an overly cheap perception. Good fit and finish also appeals to the quality of the interior along with the accented stitching on the black leather seats. Comfort in the Sorento is good for the front seats and 2nd row sliding and reclining seats. The 3rd row, on the other hand, is slightly designated for smaller adults or children due to its smaller dimensions and lack of legroom.

Many luxury amenities, all coming as standard equipment on my Sorento SXL trimmed test vehicle, add to the over-all appeal and quality perception. My test car included notable features like the blind-spot detection, power adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, Nappa leather seating surfaces, navigation system with an 8-inch LCD touch screen, pushbutton start with smart key (keyless access via front door handle buttons), dual-zone auto climate control with rear seating (2nd and 3rd row) vents (3rd row has separate vent speed control), heated outboard 2nd row seats, power liftgate, a massively-large panoramic sunroof with a power sunshade, HID headlights, LED tail lights, power-folding heated rearview mirrors, and UVO eServices telematics system with rear camera display (backup camera).

At the other end of the economical side of the 2015 Kia Sorento, is its pricing. Starting at just $26,995 for the Sorento LX 4-cylinder makes it an exceptional buy, especially with the availability of 7-passenger seating. On the contrary, at the top-trim end of things, the Sorento can quickly step to $35,000 for the V6 SX trim. My top-end 2015 Kia Sorento SXL AWD trim, coming as a fully loaded vehicle by the designation of the trim, tips the pricing scale at an as-tested $42,595.


  • Price: Base Sorento SX $35,000.00 / As-Tested Sorento SXL AWD $42,595 as tested
  • Engine: 3.3-liter DOHC Direct-Injection V6 290 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm / 252 lb-ft. of torque @ 5,200 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 106.3 inches
  • Total length: 184.4 inches
  • Total width: 74.2 inches
  • Total height: 68.3 inches
  • Track: f/r-64/63.9 inches
  • Ground clearance: 7.3 inches
  • Approach angle: 16.8 degrees
  • Departure angle: 22.3 degrees
  • Headroom: f/m/r-39.2/39.2/36.7 inches
  • Legroom: f/m/r-41.3/38.8/31.7 inches
  • Cargo volume: all-rows down/3rd row down/behind 3rd. row-72.5/36.9/9.1 cu.ft.
  • Turning circle: 35.8 feet
  • Max Towing: 3,500 pounds
  • Fuel tank: 17.4 gallons
  • Curb weight: 3,894 pounds
  • EPA mileage: 18 mpg city / 25 mpg highway

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A crossover is the actual worst thing in the world to spend your money on. You’re better off buying crystal meth. That said, the Kia Sorento is a hell of a nice car. During the time I spent with it, I couldn’t stop thinking that. That’s a glimpse into the mind of a pro-car-reviewer by the way, just the ol’ internal monologue going “that’s nice, this is nice, eh, that is bad” over and over again.

The Kia isn’t particularly fun to drive. Around town, it gets off the line quickly enough but after that it sort of runs out of breath. But that doesn’t mean it’s bad to drive. From the second you open the door, there’s a sense of heft, which would be easy to equate with quality. The driving experience carries that over; the car feels sturdy and solid, Germanic. If you’re in the market for a Kia Sorento, you might find yourself wanting for more power on the freeway, but other than that, I think you’ll be very happy with the driving experience. By the way, there’s a V6 available that should provide a little more passing power.

The interior doesn’t do anything to disrupt the air of quality, I’d put materials and build quality up against a number of entry-level German luxury cars.

Under the leadership of Peter Schreyer and Luc Donckerwolke, Kia and Hyundai continue to offer brilliant exterior styling. Any automaker would be lucky to have Hyundai/Kia’s people working on their stuff. The Sorento visually expresses quality and competence in a way that many luxury and near-luxury cars do not.

The Sorento starts around $25k, which seems more than fair to me. But by the time you’ve optioned one like we had, you’re at $45,095 which will get you an Audi Q5 and an option or two. You definitely get more equipment for your money from Kia, but for a lot of people I’d imagine that the Audi badge is tempting enough that they’d consider trading some substance to get it. Even if most Kia dealers will probably stock and sell mostly cheaper variants of the Sorento, Kia and Hyundai seem determined to prove that they can build cars and crossovers that justify a higher price tag. Consumers are bound to catch on eventually. 

-- Rory Carroll, content director

2016 Kia Sorento SXL Photo by Kia


Kia and Hyundai are out to prove that they can put together luxurious-feeling cars and crossovers, but, as Rory points out, these units almost price themselves into true luxury territory.

That being said, this Kia does feel nearly as upscale as its German counterparts. The torque from its 2.0-liter I4 comes in early, thanks to turbocharging, you’ll hit peak torque at 1,450 rpm and ride it until 3,500 rpm. On the top end of the tachometer, you this Kia does seem to run out of steam.

While the styling is undeniably crisp, air buffeting is a major problem. One accidental tap of the driver’s side rear window will cause such a commotion in the cabin that you’ll feel like a tire is separating. Of course, you’ll learn to remedy that situation by never dropping the rear windows, and instructing your kids to never repeat your mistake.

The active cruise control works as well as nearly anything on the market. It’s no Distronic Plus, but it will bring you to a stop, and will jettison you away if you flick the resume switch for the cruise control. The lane departure warning does its job telling you when you’re not inside the lanes, but you’ll probably want it switched off for the majority of the time.

The ride is smooth and comfortable, but with that comes a fair amount of body roll and brake dive. Road noise is surprisingly low with the windows rolled up. Compared to its previous SUVs, the effort that Kia put into its top-tier trim can actually be sensed.

So, is it a better buy than a Mercedes-Benz GLC or Audi Q5? Well, if you’re not concerned with the badge on the hood, or a ton of top-end power, then it’s tough to argue against this handsome and comfortable Kia. 

-- Wesley Wren, associate editor

2016 Kia Sorento SXL Photo by Kia

Options: SXL technology package including xenon HID headlights, lane departure warning system, forward collision warning system, electronic parking brake, surround view monitor and smart cruise control ($2,500)

On Sale: Now

Base Price: $42,595

As Tested Price: $45,095

Powertrain: 2.0-liter DOHC I4, AWD six-speed automatic

Output: 240 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 260 lb-ft @ 1,450-3,500 rpm

Curb Weight: 4,303 lb

Fuel Economy: 19/25/22 mpg(EPA City/Hwy/Combined)

Observed Fuel Economy: 20.2 mpg

Options: SXL technology package including xenon HID headlights, lane departure warning system, forward collision warning system, electronic parking brake, surround view monitor and smart cruise control ($2,500)

Pros: Great looks that stand out in a crowd of SUVs

Cons: Needs a bit more power

Kia Sorento SXL AWD (2015 Model Year) - Review

Kia has done a great job of being noticed in the automotive world by delivering a great car to each segment.

In the case of the crossover SUV, that would be the Sorento.

The vehicle comfortably seats 7, yet is still a nicely packaged midsize model.

The 2015 version of the Sorento in largely unchanged from the outgoing model, although it now comes with available V6 power and a top of the line SXL trim model.

The 2015 model also gets a nice little slice of luxury features added in.

One of the surprises of the model is that it can comfortably fit 3 rows of seats in a relatively small package.

It also comes in 4 different trim levels – LX, EX, SX and SXL – each of which has a great list of standard features.

All trim level start off with seating for 5, but have an available 50/50 split bench to comfortably seat 2 more passengers.

There are 2 engines to choose from: a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder with 191 horsepower and 181 ft-lbs. of torque on the LX, and the 3.3-liter V6 for all the other trim levels.

Front wheel drive comes as standards across the board, but there is an option to add all-wheel drive, with the end result being a much smoother, some might say, luxury-style ride.

Range Topping 3,3L V6 Powered Sorento SX-L

The 3.3-liter V6 is certainly more than capable enough of delivering great performance, even when all 7 seats are occupied.

There are three distinct steering settings available – Comfort, Normal, and Sport – each of which makes the vehicle incredibly easy to handle.

The addition of 19-inch 235/55 tires gives the makes the vehicle both easy to handle and visually appealing. If you go with the V6 AWD, expect to get around 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.

The 4-cylinder engine found on the LX model only delivers slightly better number for fuel consumption.

The interior is largely made of quality plastic materials, but they have all been designed to look a whole lot more luxurious.

It’s a little trick of the eyes that actually works like a charm, as the soft touch plastics help prevent the interior from looking cheap.

The top of the line model comes with leather seats that are beautifully put together.

Comfort is also delivered in spades, with reclining seats and plenty of legroom. There is a little less of that in the 3rd row, which is better suited for kids or smaller adults.

List Of Features

The Sorento SXL comes with a ton of features that are usually reserved for luxury models.

Besides the aforementioned leather seating, you will also find power adjustable front seats that are both heated and ventilated, keyless entry with Smart Key, 8-inch LCD touchscreen featuring a navigation system, blind-spot detection, dual-zone auto climate control, LED taillights, HID headlights, UVO eServices infotainment and telematics system, rear camera display, and a whole lot more besides.

2015 Sorento Pricing

Perhaps the most impressive thing about the 2015 Sorento is the price.

The base LX model starts at just $26,995, which is a fantastic price for a car that potentially seats 7.

At the very top end of the scale is the SXL AWD model, which comes in at $42,595 when fully loaded. (Source: automotiveaddicts)

Specifications & Dimensions
  • Pricing: top-of-the-range 2015 Sorento SXL AWD $42,595
  • Engine: 3.3-liter DOHC Direct-Injection V6 290 horsepower
  • Wheelbase: 106.3 inches
  • Length: 184.4 inches
  • Width: 74.2 inches
  • Height: 68.3 inches
  • Cargo volume: all-rows down/3rd row down/behind 3rd. row-72.5/36.9/9.1 cu.ft.
  • Max Towing: 3,500 pounds
  • Fuel tank: 17.4 gallons
  • Curb weight: 3,894 pounds
  • EPA mileage: 18 mpg city / 25 mpg highway

2016 KIA Sorento SXL AWD Review

When automakers redesign a vehicle, they rarely ever get smaller. In the case of the revamped Kia Sorento, it gets bigger and roomier for crossover buyers. Is bigger always better? Only if you increase engine size to go with it, which Kia did, with a new, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder for 2016.

Is it enough for the larger Sorento crossover? We wanted to find out.

This week we tested the 2016 KIA Sorento SXL with all-wheel drive.

What’s New For 2016?

The Kia Sorento has been completely redesigned for 2016. It’s bigger, more sophisticated, and gets improved driving dynamics. The new Sorento is three inches longer than previous models.

Features & Options

The top-of-the-line 2016 KIA Sorento SXL AWD ($41,700) is loaded with all the extras. It comes standard with chrome-clad 19-inch wheels, upgraded leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, and heated second-row outboard seats. SXL also comes with upgraded steering, LED taillights, upgraded exterior trim, a 10-way power driver seat (plus four-way power lumbar), driver memory settings, a fabric headliner, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

The optional Technology package ($2,500) added xenon headlights, a multi-angle parking camera, an electronic parking brake, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure, and forward collision warning systems.

Total MSRP including destination: 45,095.

Interior Highlights

Inside, the Kia Sorento SXL is clearly the top model with extras like upgraded Nappa leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, heated steering wheel, and heated second row seats. The cabin feels much bigger than the outgoing model because it is. There’s extra legroom up front with more room in back too, although the third row is best suited for children.

The cabin has a higher-quality feel with the full-length sunroof, Infinity sound, and soft-touch materials.

We used the Sorento this week to haul some gardening supplies from our local Home Depot. The back cargo area is big and swallowed up the plants, flowers, dirt, and groceries – we even had room for a little more. A handy switch up front allows the driver to open the rear hatch for easy loading. 

We used the button on the console for the 360 degree surround view camera. We could easily check for kids and cars as we backed out of the parking spot. Visibility is good, and the camera adds an extra level of safety for families with small children.

Engine & Fuel Mileage Specs

This SXL AWD tester came with the optional 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It produces 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. It comes mated to a 6-speed Sportmatic automatic transmission sending power to all four wheels.

EPA-estimated fuel economy is 19/25 city/highway and 22 combined mpg with all-wheel drive. Is the turbo engine powerful enough for the bigger Sorento? That’s what we wanted to find out!

Driving Dynamics

Up near Evergreen, Colorado, it pulled the two-lane mountain roads like it was at sea level. There was plenty of power for passing and we didn’t want for more. On the open road, it delivered readily. There was some turbo lag when we punched the gas from a start, but it was eager once the tube kicked in.

The 6- speed automatic gearbox is smooth and a pleasure after driving so many CVTs. We did notice, however, the parking brake was hard to release once engaged. It took us by surprise as we had to fiddle with it. 

On the highway, handling is controlled, and the ride is smooth and quiet. We cranked up the Infinity sound and sat back in the Nappa leather seats and enjoyed the ride. The Sorento feels solid and composed at high speeds. It’s not a sports SUV, but you will enjoy driving it as you transport the kids to the soccer game or swimming pool.

A Drive Mode Select button has a Sport mode that dials up the performance dynamics a notch. We prefer the longer shifts as we pursued more spirited driving this week. 


The 2016 Kia Sorento SXL will give you a lot of room and comfort for the money. It has more interior space for the first and second rows, and the cargo carrying ability is excellent if you have lots of gear. The interior is upscale, and it offers lots of amenities, including a state-of-the-art infotainment system. Overall, the Sorento with the 2.0-liter turbo delivers an enjoyable driving experience.  

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*Denis Flierl has invested over 25 years in the automotive industry in a variety of roles. Follow his work on Twitter: @CarReviewGuy

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