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2016 Kia Sorento KBB Expert Review

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By Keith Buglewicz - Updated Date: 1/28/2015

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.

Driving It Driving Impressions

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.

Favorite Features

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.

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.

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