What Is It?
2016 Kia Sorento
What's New About This Model?
The 2016 Kia Sorento features a sleeker and more sophisticated look inspired by the Kia Cross GT concept that debuted at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. The redesigned Sorento is longer, lower and wider than the current model, with an extended wheelbase. The cabin is roomier and there are new convenience and safety technologies.
When Does It Go on Sale?
Kia Motors America spokesman Scott McKee told Edmunds that U.S. launch timing is not available at this point.
How Much Does It Cost?
U.S. pricing has not been announced. We expect the third-generation Sorento, which is available in five- or seven-seat versions, will be priced similar to the 2015 model, which starts at $25,195, including an $895 destination charge.
What Kinds of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
Kia has not disclosed U.S. specifications, McKee said.
What Kinds of Upgrades Can Consumers Expect?
The 2016 Sorento is another example of the Korean brand's move into premium territory. A great deal of attention is paid to interior quality on the Sorento, with lots of soft-touch materials and a quieter cabin, due to new soundproofing material. Although the roofline has been lowered, there is more headroom for passengers in all three rows. Cargo space gets a boost, too. A smart power tailgate opens the hatch automatically when the key is nearby. An Around-View Monitor with four cameras helps the driver when parking by displaying a bird's-eye-view of the vehicle on a dashboard display screen.
What Kinds of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Are Offered?
Consumers can expect a number of new safety technologies, including optional adaptive smart cruise control, lane-departure warning system, blind-spot detection system, rear cross-traffic alert and a speed limit information function that displays the speed limit in the instrument cluster. The 2015 Sorento achieved the top safety scores from the U.S. government and the 2016 version is expected to be a safety leader as well.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Chevrolet Traverse: The Traverse, a beast of burden that seats up to eight passengers, has been a solid choice for consumers. It features expansive interior space and a smooth ride.
Ford Edge: A major redesign for the 2015 model year resulted in a tech-laden Edge with lots of Ford "firsts." Details include adaptive steering, "enhanced" active park assist and a 180-degree front camera with parking sensors. The redesigned Edge is built on the same platform as the popular Ford Fusion.
Honda Pilot: This is one of the most practical and family-friendly vehicles in its segment. But its boxy appearance may not appeal to consumers seeking a style leader.
Should You Wait for It?
The 2016 Sorento promises to be one of the supermodels in its segment, with stunning good looks and new emphasis on high-end details. But if all you need is basic transportation for eight people, the current crop of competitors offers plenty of solid choices.