This Kia Sorento video includes information about changes made for 2016, passenger and cargo space, fuel economy, pricing, performance and how it compares to other midsize SUVs.
The Kia Sorento is a midsize SUV distinctly available with either five seats or a three-row configuration with enough room to squeeze in a pair of small adults or teenagers. In other words, the Sorento's a good choice if you need more utility than a Ford Edge, Jeep Grand Cherokee or Nissan Murano, but don't really need to step up to something so big as a Honda Pilot or Toyota Highlander. It's an in-betweener size that should make sense for a lot of families.
The second-row seat reclines for comfort and slides forward for extra cargo space, or to bring the kids within closer reach. It also feels more spacious than those two-row midsize SUVs. The third-row is surprisingly comfortable if you're the right size and there are even separate climate controls back there.
There's a lot to like about the cabin. It looks great and there's high-quality, soft-touch materials everywhere. The buttons and switches move nicely, and Kia's latest tech interface is one of the easiest to use.
And being a Kia, you get a lot of equipment for your money — especially at its lower trim levels priced in the mid-$20Ks. However, that value erodes as the trim levels rise. A loaded SX-L may have navigation, panoramic sunroof, leather, heated and cooled seats, and collision warning systems, but it also costs nearly $47,000. That's roughly the same as a similarly loaded but considerably more spacious Honda Pilot or Toyota Highlander.
Now, there are three engines available. The base engine is a 185-horsepower four-cylinder, which seems unlikely to get out of its own way. Therefore, we'd recommend one of the upgrades. There's a 290-hp V6 or a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 good for 240 hp and more torque than the V6. It's also more efficient, and we actually prefer its smoother and more abundant low-end power. Unfortunately, you can't get a third row with the turbo.
So, we're not sure if the upper trims make much sense, but less pricey ones are either an appealing, less cumbersome alternative to bigger three-row crossovers, or a more spacious alternative to smaller two-row ones.