2016 Kia Sorento Officially Launched – 5 Things To Know

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Given its association with red carpet openings and Hollywood glamor, Los Angeles is certainly the perfect fit for the unveiling of the 2016 Kia Sorento CUV.

What is quickly evident is that the vehicle draws a lot of inspiration from the Cross GT concept that Kia showed off two years ago.

The vehicle has a stronger body structure, and delivers a vast improvement in NVH levels. It also delivers a level of drivability that owners of the vehicle are going to love.

Kia had a definite idea in mind when developing the Sorento crossover vehicle, which was to deliver a CUV that inspired confidence, whilst showcasing premium materials and features.

2016 Sorento SXL

The process began with the boy structure, as Kia engineers reinforced the already stiff frame.

The pay-off here is a higher level of rigidity that makes driving in all sorts of conditions an absolute breeze.

The comfort found in the new Sorento goes beyond the use of premium materials. The reduction in NVH levels means that driver and passenger now have a cabin that is quiet and comfortable.

The 2016 Sorento really does raise the bar in the competitive midsize CUV segment.

1. Sorento dealership arrival date

As we reported earlier this year, the US consumers should expect the 2016 Sorento to hit the Kia dealer showrooms during the first quarter of 2015.

The new Sorento is now ON SALE at your local Kia dealer!

2. 2016 MY engine range & specs

There are a trio of engines to choose from in the new Kia Sorento:

  • brand new 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder
  • 2.4L normally aspirated GDI 4-cylinder
  • 3.3L V6

The 2.4L 4-cylinder engine comes equipped with Electronic Intake Continuously Variable Valve Timing, and cranks out 185-hp.

If you are looking for more power, move on up to the V6, which delivers a whopping 290 horsepower, as well as making it possible for you to tow up to 5,000 lbs.

Kia Sorento 2016 White

The 2.0L turbo unit slots right in between, and delivers 240-hp and a very nice level of fuel efficiency.

No matter which of the engines you choose, you will find that they are electronically controlled via a 6-speed automatic transmission featuring Sportmatic shifting.

3. FWD & AWD

The base model of the 2016 Sorento comes with front wheel drive as standard, but there is an option for an all-wheel drive system.

The AWD addition means that power is automatically routed to the wheel that has the most traction.

When road conditions get a little more treacherous, the 4WD Lock Mode evenly splits power to the front and rear drive shafts.

You also have Torque Vector Cornering Control (TVCC) helping out, as the system provides stability and prevents you from understeering under these types of conditions.

4. Safety features

The 2016 Kia Sorento comes with a laundry list of safety features, including a total of 6 airbags, as well as seatbelt anchor pre-tensioners. Since this is meant to be a family vehicle, the peace of mind delivered by these safety features is incrediblr.

2016 Kia Sorento Interior

Other safety features that come standard on all Sorento models includes Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control System, Brake Assist System, Hill-start Assist Control, Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Antilock Braking System.

That’s not all, though, as standard safety equipment on the AWD models includes Roll Over Mitigation and Cornering Brake Control.

Drivers looking to use the Sorento on a daily basis will love the technology that will assist them in having a perfect ride.

This includes Vehicle Stability Management, Forward Collision Warning System, Smart Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Surround View Monitor.

5. 2016 Sorento Trim Levels & Pricing

2016 Sorento pricing have been officially announced!

The new model comes available with 5 different trim levels: L, LX, EX, SX and range-topping SX-L.

6. Color Palette

There’s actually one more important thing you need to learn before purchasing a new Sorento and that is the color of the vehicle.

For the 2016 model year, the Sorento offers a palette of 9 different exterior colors. You can check them out here.

10 comments

  1. Allen Fogel says:

    I bought a Kia Sorento AWD 3 weeks ago. I put on Blizzack snow tires and the car was awesome in the blizzard we had in Colorado this week. I had to replace the wiper blades to winter wipers as they froze up. However the back wiper blade completely froze with ice and were totally ineffective. I’ve tried communicating with Kia USA with no luck. I just spent $35,000 and I can’t see out my back window in a storm! Do you have a solution to this problem?
    Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

  2. Allen Fogel says:

    Does anybody monitor this site? I tried getting your phone number but no one in the USA division has the proper number or is not willing to give it to me, don’t know for sure.

  3. Allen Fogel says:

    Daily-updated Kia blog & latest Kia news- I guess not!
    You sure don’t walk the talk!
    Your marketing department sure needs some training!

  4. Allen Fogel says:

    Looks like you don’t even monitor your site. Pretty sad for a Billion dollar company!

    Well, I solved the problem with no help from Kia USA or anyone else at Kia. I replaced the back wiper arm with one from HONDA for a 2015 CRV. Had to drill our the hole on the arm but it fits nicely and now I can put a real winter wiper blade on, not that cheap useless arm and blade that came with the car!

    Wake up Kia, your lack of customer service is showing!

  5. Allen Fogel says:

    Finally found a winter wiper blade to fit the CRV rear wiper arm. The product is ANCO 30-11 (11″ blade)

    SO FOR ANYONE THAT NEEDS A WINTER WIPER ARM & BLADE FOR YOUR KIA SORRENTO BECAUSE YOU LIVE IN A WINTER CLIMATE, THE SOLUTION IS A 2015 HONDA CRV WIPER ARM ( it has a J fitting) & AN ANCO 30-11 WIPER BLADE. YOU’LL HAVE TO DRILL OUT THE HOLE ON THE WIPER ARM TO FIT THROUGH THE PIN, BUT IT WAS EASY!

  6. Allen Fogel says:

    So I guess this is my own personal blog about my Kia Sorento. Took the car in for my first service at Earnhart Kia yesterday. Staff is very friendly. There is a RECALL ON THE FRONT HEADRESTS. MY PASSENGER HEADREST MAKES A CONSTANT KNOCKING SOUND. THEY ARE NOT IN STOCK, SO WE WILL SEE HOW LONG IT TAKES FOR THE REPLACEMENTS TO ARRIVE! IN THE MEANTIME, I’M GOING TO STUFF SOME PAPER TOWEL OR FABRIC SO I DON”T HAVE TO LISTEN TO IT KNOCKING ALL THE TIME.

  7. Allen Fogel says:

    Attn: DESIGN DEPARTMENT
    I took a 425 mile drive yesterday in the morning.The sun was coming through the driver side window from a low angle and was reflecting off of the chrome vent and all I could see through the side mirror was a reflection of the vent. I guess no one thought of this one!

  8. Allen Fogel says:

    Got a call yesterday from the dealer, my replacement head rest is ready for pick up. That was pretty fast!

  9. SY says:

    Hi
    Keep giving your ‘reports’
    🙂

    Greets from belgium

  10. Woody says:

    So, my 2017 Sorento has the air vent reflection onto both the driver and passenger front windows. When checking the side-view mirrors, this reflection obstructs the view quite severely. Have seen similar posts for other vehicles by different manufacturers, too!
    Fix?

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