Off-Road Preview: 2016 Kia Sorento AWD on Everyman Driver

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. 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. 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.

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Orlando Benitez says:

How do they not know about the “EVERYMAN DRIVER” ? 🙂

likaboss7654 says:

who here takes their Kia Sorento off roading?

Ara Qadir says:

I’m an international follower from Iraqi Kurdistan

Luki W says:

Hi Dave, do You have plans to do review of some cars/trucks “on the frame” ?

Pedro Moreira says:

You have international followers! Cheers from Portugal.

Manny787 says:


babilm says:

Hi Dave. You do have international followers. I’m in Qatar, which is in the middle east, and I’m a big fan of your work.

MEGaming says:

Love that you included the meet n greet with those people. hahaha.

Skiballas the Great says:

Dave, you do have an international audience…. Well at least one, me, South African living in Dubai. Btw, will be taking my 2014 Sorento into the mountains of the UAE this weekend, to places it sure has no right to be.

Adrian B says:

so why did they say you can’t be there at first? they were kinda acting like ass holes in the beginning

Ahmad abd alrahman Elkateb says:

International follower from Jordan

OxRashedxO says:

where is that review?

Bezolden says:

Canada here. Eh!

babilm says:

Hi Dave. You do have international followers. I’m in Qatar, which is in the middle east, and I’m a big fan of your work.

Benedicto Rodríguez says:

You have international fans! I am from Mexico and always look to your reviews. Saludos compadre!

OMAutomotive says:

Omg Dave your personality is the best “I’m the everymandriver your the everymandriver and she’s the everymandriver” omg I can’t stop laughing great job #Everymandriver

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