Lake Tahoe, Calif. ? I know I?ve said this before and am likely to say it again — every time Kia rolls out a new or updated model, it seems to be a major leap forward mechanically, in styling and in technology.
Here we go again; I just had a chance to drive the 2016 Kia Sorento at the introduction in the Lake Tahoe area. Already one of Kia?s major success stories, the Sorento is one of Kia?s most popular models ranking right behind the Optima and Soul in sales volume. The Sorento debuted in 2002 and has gone through two previous generations each time making that major leap forward.
I?ve always thought of the Sorento as good looking, and the all-new version has a new level of sophistication thanks to some strong influence from the Kia Cross GT concept shown two years ago at the Chicago Auto Show. The updated look is more forceful picking up the new family design language most recently debuting on the new Sedona multipurpose vehicle.
The distinctive front end treatment now has a wonderland of lights from the distinctive LED positioning lights, down to a narrower dual projector headlight design and then to the lower fascia where there are two sets of four pod driving light groups.
The 2016 Kia Sorento is available in two- or three-row seating configurations which vary with the model. Interiors fabrics vary too from a durable YES Essentials fabric to Nappa leather on par with the seats found in the Kia Flagship K900 luxury sedan. There are available heated and ventilated seats in front and heated second row seats.
All Sorento models have standard electronic stability control, traction control, brake assist, hill-start assist and electronic brake force distribution.?Roll-Over Mitigation and Cornering Brake Control on AWD models were also added as standard equipment this year to improved dynamic control and safety.
For 2016 Kia?s UVO infotainment system has been expanded several new eServices that will help parents keep track of younger drivers with Geo-fencing, Speed Alert, Curfew Alert and Driving Score apps. And speaking of apps, the Kia App store allows owners to download select new apps free.
The 2016 Kia Sorento pricing ranges from 25,795, including the destination charge, for the Sorento L front-wheel drive to as high as $43,895 for the Sorento SX-Limited V-6 AWD. The only option package available on the SX-Limited is the $2,500 Technology Package which adds an electronic parking brake, Advanced Smart Cruise Control, HID headlights, Surround View Monitor, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Control and Michelin brand tires.
It looks like Kia has another winner on their hands.