Used 2016 Kia Sorento SUV
Kia Sorento SUV
The all-new 2016 Kia Sorento adds size, technology, luxury, and a new turbocharged engine to one of Kia's best-selling vehicles.
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The 2016 Kia Sorento builds on everything we already like about Kia's midsize crossover SUV. The new Sorento is bigger, but not so much so that it sacrifices the old Sorento's maneuverability. The 2016 Sorento also has more high-tech features, offering things like adaptive cruise control, an all-around-view camera, and Siri Eyes Free for your iPhone. You have a new engine to choose from, a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that splits the difference in performance and fuel economy between the standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder and the upgrade 3.3-liter V6 engine. 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.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you're looking for a 2- or 3-row crossover SUV, but don't want extra bulk, the new Sorento may be just the ticket. With three engines to choose from, sharp looks, and plenty of high-tech features, there's a lot to like.
You May Not Like This Car If...
While Kia positions the new Sorento against the Jeep Cherokee, it doesn't offer that SUV's off-road chops. In addition, while the smaller size is helpful in parking lots, it results in a slightly smaller interior, without as much cargo space behind the third row as some of its rivals.
What's New for 2016
The 2016 Kia Sorento is an all-new design this year. In addition to new styling inside and out, this midsize crossover SUV is a little bigger in all dimensions, offers a plethora of new high-tech options, and offers a choice of three different engines.
The Kia Sorento built its sales on a combination of convenient size, price, and plentiful features. However, its driving experience hasn't been much to write home about. Kia worked hard to rectify this on the new Sorento, starting with a new power-steering mechanism on SX and Limited models that imparts a more natural feel. We're happy to see the V6 engine return, but the new 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder – available on 2-row EX and Limited models – is a good alternative with excellent low-end power. The 6-speed automatic transmission is as smooth and unobtrusive as you could hope for, and the suspension never called attention to itself for being too harsh or too soft. The new all-wheel-drive (AWD) system's Torque Vectoring Cornering Control enhances traction and cornering stability by actively apportioning power and torque to where it's most needed, helpful for traction in bad weather, and for better grip in the dry, too.
Kia's Smart Liftgate makes it even easier to open the power hatch on the Sorento when your hands are full. Instead of pushing a button on the SUV's key fob, you just stand near the rear for a few seconds with the fob in your pocket, and the liftgate opens.
TURBOCHARGED 4-CYLINDER ENGINE
The new 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine does an admirable job of giving drivers the power they'd get from the V6, but with fuel economy closer to the non-turbo 4-cylinder. We just wish it was available in more models.
The 2016 Sorento maintains Kia's reputation for interiors that feel more luxurious than you'd think, especially on Limited models with their softer leather. Yet all models benefit from the new dash and interior design, which borrow from Kia's K900 and Cadenza luxury sedans. The front-row and 2nd-row seats are comfortable, with plenty of headroom and legroom, but like most midsize SUVs, the third row is reserved for the smallest of adults and children. Cargo space behind the third row is limited to small items, but fold it down and you have more than adequate room for larger items.
Is the new Sorento the best looking SUV in its class? Maybe. We like the blunt nose, and Kia's "tiger nose" grille treatment looks exceptionally good here. The Sorento's added length goes a long way to reducing the stubbiness of the old car, making the new SUV look sleeker and much more modern. Base and LX models offer 17-inch wheels, while EX models get 18-inchers, and SX gets big 19-inchers, which are chrome on V6 Limited models. The LED fog lights and additional chrome trim on Limited models make for a convincingly upscale look.
Notable Standard Equipment
The base 2016 Kia Sorento L comes equipped with the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, seating for five, air conditioning, Bluetooth, a USB input, and audio and cruise controls on the tilt-telescoping steering wheel. A better bet is the LX, which adds UVO, a backup camera and sound-deadening windshield glass. EX models come standard with the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, plus more sound insulation, dual-zone climate control, leather, and an 8-way power driver's seat. Sorento SX models add blind-spot detection with cross-traffic alert, navigation and an Infinity sound system, while Limited models include premium Nappa leather and heated and ventilated front seats.
Notable Optional Equipment
The 290-horsepower V6 engine is an option on LX, EX, and Limited models, and standard on the SX. All-wheel drive is also available on all models except the take-it-or-leave-it base L. Most other upgrades are bundled into option packages, such as the LX model's Convenience package adds a power driver's seat, heated front seats, and backup sensors. An EX Premium Package adds the Smart Liftgate, blind-spot detection and push-button start, while the Technology Package for Limited models adds adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, and the all-around-view parking monitor.
Under the Hood
New Sorento buyers have a choice of engines, but it gets complicated. Standard in L and LX models is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder offering up 185 horsepower, 178 lb-ft of torque, and the best fuel economy – 29 mpg on the highway. The standard engine in EX and Limited Sorento SUVs is the new 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, with 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. However, that engine is only available on 2-row models. Three-row EX and Limited models, and all SX models, come with the 3.3-liter V6 with its 290 horsepower. A 6-speed automatic is the only transmission available. All-wheel drive is available on all models except the base L, and features a locking center differential for extremely low-traction situations, and Torque Vectoring Cornering Control, which makes the Sorento more secure in corners regardless of traction conditions.
185 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
178 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/29 mpg (front-wheel drive), 21/26 (AWD)
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
240 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
260 lb-ft of torque @ 1,450 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/27 mpg (front-wheel drive), 19/25 (AWD)
290 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
252 lb-ft of torque @ 5,300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/26 mpg (front-wheel drive, AWD LX and EX), 17/23 (AWD SX and Limited)
There's a 2016 Kia Sorento for virtually any budget. Base L models start just under $26,000 (including the $895 destination charge), but the $27,000 Sorento LX is worth the extra money thanks to additional features and available options, and that's still lower than many SUV competitors. On the high end, Limited models start at about $40,800 with the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, or a bit more than $42,000 with the V6. Add the $1,800 all-wheel-drive system, and a loaded 2016 Sorento Limited V6 will cost you a bit less than $45,000. That's on par with competitors like the Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander, and note that well-equipped mid-range models like the EX are still well under $40,000. Be sure to check KBB.com's Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying, and note that the New Sorento should hold its value pretty well over the long haul.
Kia Sorento Consumer Reviews
October 28, 2018
Our Second Sorento
Purchased a 2018 Sorento SX-L in January 2018. We looked at a variety of midsize crossovers and seriously considered the Ford Edge,...
October 25, 2018
I love my Sorento
I have owned several brands of cars through the years, and drove Buicks for 24 years, so I am a pretty good judge of quality. So when...
October 23, 2018
2017 SX Limited purchased in 01/2018. Zero issues and impressive performance. Much higher value and better than more expensive...
October 07, 2018
Forget that it is a Kia and you will buy this SUV!
Just to get it out of the way, the biggest hurdle for Sorento salespeople is that this SUV is a Kia with all the history and old stigma...
October 04, 2018
best car ever
What i was looking for, drives great and the room is not bad
February 19, 2018
Best car I ever owned!
This is my second KIA Sorento. Dollar for Dollar you wont get a better value. Mine is an EX, the scope of options that are included on...
February 06, 2018
The Kia Sorento was by far the BEST vehicle ever. I had it for over a year and every single part of that car screamed quality and class....
January 06, 2018
BEST vehicle ever
Very glad to be alive this morning! My Kia Sorento was totaled yesterday in a 3 car collision. My Sorento rolled. I climbed out and...
November 22, 2017
Extremely satisfied with my purchase
I was going to buy a Volvo SUV and I was not happy with the sales staff there. My wife suggested that I look at the KIA Sorento and Im...
March 22, 2017
One of 3 best cars I have ever owned
I was initially dissatisfied with my deal and purchase price but that was all my fault in negotiations. It won me over. That said, this...