Late last month we spent a week with the 2016 Kia Sorento. As a family of four who currently rides in a used sedan, you know by now that price, MPG, and passenger/cargo space are important factors to us when considering upping our car budget. We like to explore and venture out on local getaways often, which is made possible by our low MPG- so we are always impressed when we come across crossovers or SUVs that are good on gas. So far the Kia’s have truly been our favorite vehicles to test out because of their gas efficiency. Even the Sedona- Kia’s minivan- was pretty awesome with gas.
So, first things first, while the Sorento is considered a crossover, it most definitely feels like an SUV. But with 21/29 MPG, it is great on fuel- making it the best of both worlds. It’s great to be able to have cars for a week and see how much running around we can do before a trip to the gas station is needed. This time around we took a weekend trip to the Poconos and back, used it for our everyday errands, and didn’t need to refuel until the very end of the week.
Here’s a look at some of the interior features:
One of the first things you’ll notice on your ride inside the Sorento is how quiet the cabin is. Even on the New Jersey turnpike and Cross Bronx Expressway, road noise is almost non existent. It’s a smooth ride, and the suspension system handles those unavoidable NYC potholes beautifully.
The optional 8 inch display Navigation and touch screen has been one of our favorites and easiest to get accustomed to. It’s simple and set up is easy.
The middle console is again simple and functional. Two cupholders, a nice sized storage space, and simple command buttons make up the shared front space.
A heated steering wheel is optional- along with optional heating and cooling driver and front passenger seats. Backseat passengers can also enjoy heated seats, which our 9 year old loved after a long morning of ski lessons.
Our three year old has been going through this stage of getting car sick. Lately she wants the window down all of the time, even in the dead of winter. So I loved the retractable sunshade to keep both the sun out of her eyes, and to reduce some of the wind (and any funny looks!) while we rode with her window down or slightly cracked.
While our tester vehicle did not have third row seating, if we were to purchase the Sorento we would most definitely include the extra row. With two kids and one being in a car seat, the third row is great to have for extra passengers so that everyone can sit comfortably. If we’re going to pay more for a larger vehicle, then it makes sense to be able to handle more people in addition to cargo. The seats can always be kept folded down so that there is more trunk space, and used when needed. Or, if you’re a larger family who is going to be using the third row often, then the available second-row sliding seats is a must have for easy third row access.
Speaking of trunk space, the Sorento has a great sized cargo space- we easily fit all of our bags for a weekend ski trip along with a stroller (and even our daughter’s doll stroller!). Moving the cooler behind our oldest made it easy for her to access juice or sandwiches during our trip to the Poconos. Also, the hands free Smart Power Liftgate is a lifesaver- a must have for parents with small children and a lot to carry.
While the Sorento starts at $25,100, the SX Limited that we tested is more around $40K. While this car lived up to our expectations, we know that the same price tag can get you a fully loaded version of other more well known crossovers and SUVS. So we can understand why the price might seem steep for some. For us, we’ve been seemingly impressed with each Kia we have reviewed so far- so we can’t say that we wouldn’t make the investment into the larger price tag if our budget allowed. For us, it looks like most of the features we like are included in the Sorento EX, which starts at $31,100- so it’s possible to spend slightly less once the optional features are added on. Again, Kia has continued to win us over and we’ve been happy to share our experience with the vehicles. For more information about the 2016 Kia Sorento, visit www.kia.com.
Thanks to Drive Shop for providing us with the opportunity to review this vehicle. As always, all opinions are our own.