2016 Kia Sorento


WHAT WE LIKE: The Kia’s refinement continues to impress more than halfway through our 40,000-mile test, with low levels of noise, vibration, and harshness in the cabin; a generally placid ride; and well-controlled body motions. The infotainment interface still garners kudos for being easy to learn and even easier to use—nearly every function is where you’d expect it to be, with clear buttons and icons that are sized right for on-the-go operation.

The interior has worn well, with the only real sign of the Sorento’s busy life being the glossy leather on the steering wheel and the front-seat cushions. And we’re still happy with our decision to spec the smooth 3.3-liter V-6, which offers plenty of power for merging and passing while never seeming strained; one can’t say the same for lesser Sorentos with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder or the turbocharged 2.0-liter four.


The Sorento remains a pleasant road-trip vehicle, with the comfortable seats and well-mannered chassis helping to ward off fatigue. And while it’s an increasingly common feature, the reclining and sliding second row gives occupants there plenty of stretch-out room while offering flexibility when we need to call on the third row and the cargo area. Our observed fuel economy has ticked upward by 1 mpg to 22 thanks to plenty of highway cruising.

WHAT WE DON’T LIKE: New complaints since our last update were few: One driver complained about the “awful texture” of the lower, mostly hidden half of the dashboard, while another said “the passenger seatbelt sometimes bangs against the B-pillar.” And those with minions who populate the third row are occasionally annoyed when they discover that only the passenger-side second-row seat tips forward to let those rear-seat riders in and out. Read more...

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30 Dec 2016


By ERIK JOHNSON