What Is It?
The newly redesigned 2016 Kia Sorento marks the third generation of Kia’s midsize SUV, which originally debuted for the 2003 model year. Featuring totally new exterior styling and a thoroughly revamped interior, the latest Sorento is certainly the brand’s most desirable SUV offering to date.
On the outside, the Sorento boasts a totally new, more modernized look that involves rounded corners, new headlights and taillights, a revised front end and an updated profile. While this isn’t the major change that Kia made with the redesigned second-generation Sorento in 2011, the latest model still offers a dramatically different look from its predecessor.
The Sorento offers even bigger changes to its interior. The SUV’s entire center control stack is redesigned, going for a simpler look with higher-quality materials. There’s also a new steering wheel, a new gauge cluster and improved plastics throughout. Kia also says that the Sorento will offer a slightly larger interior for improved passenger room.
Interestingly, we haven’t heard much about what will be powering the latest Sorento. Today’s version offers two engines: a 191-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder and a 290-hp 3.3-liter V6. While Kia has confirmed that the 2.4-liter will return, it hasn’t announced further powertrains for the U.S. market. We wouldn’t be surprised to see either a V6 or a turbocharged 4-cylinder take up the top spot in the SUV’s engine lineup.
Although Kia hasn’t announced pricing, we’d be surprised to see the Sorento’s base price jump dramatically from $25,000 with shipping.
When Can You Get It?
Given that the Sorento was facelifted for 2015, we wouldn’t be surprised if the 2016 Kia Sorento doesn’t come to the U.S. until mid- to late 2015. Kia hasn’t announced for sure, though the SUV will likely reach dealers in Europe before it arrives in the U.S.
Add It to Your Shopping List Because…
The current Kia Sorento is one of our favorite crossovers, and we don’t doubt that the 2016 model will be largely the same. We like the crossover’s modernized exterior styling, we appreciate its improved interior, and we’re looking forward to a slightly larger interior. In addition, the Sorento will add some important new features such as a 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control and a hands-free tailgate — perfect for safety- and convenience-minded car shoppers.
Other Cars to Consider
Ford Explorer — Although it’s a little bigger than the Sorento, the Ford Explorer boasts impressive interior space, excellent powertrains and a wide range of the latest features and gadgets.
Hyundai Santa Fe — Available in short- or long-wheelbase models, the Santa Fe is very similar to the Sorento — right down to its engines, which the two models share. Though the new Santa Fe is compelling, we’re eager to see how it stacks up against the Sorento.
Toyota Highlander — The newly redesigned Toyota Highlander offers totally new styling, 3-row seating and a long list of modern technology.
Used Lexus RX — Although a new RX can be a pricey proposition, pre-owned models are surprisingly affordable. They also boast high-end features, legendary reliability and Lexus’ excellent brand name. The only drawback: Most RX models only feature 2-row seating.
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