The 2016 Kia Sorento grows in size and gets new sheet metal. There is a new 2.0L turbocharged engine option. The interior is redone for a comfortable and upscale look and feel. Kia designers aimed to express the terms: sleek, sophisticated, and capable with the new design. Did they succeed? The decision is with the beholder. Still, this is one of those crossovers that does not turn down an adventure. And what better location for exploration than the mountains around Lake Tahoe?
Kia says that Sorento customers asked for more interior space. The new crossover still has available three rows of seats, but now it has additional 3.1 inches of wheelbase and more space in all three rows. This is a welcome attribute on a long trip.
Although the Sorento is not meant to be sporty or the king of off-road, it can handle a winding mountain road or a mild off-road trail. Motoman and Roman took the new Sorento in all these different environments and it responded well to all demands.
There are three engine choices, but the guys sampled the 290 horsepower of the 3.3L V6 and the 260 lb-ft of torque from the 2.0L Turbo. The base motor is the 2.4L four cylinder with 185 horses and 178 lb-ft of torque. The 6-speed automatic transmission handles the shifting in all cases. Naturally, the all-wheel-drive system is available and handy in the mountains of north Nevada.
The 2016 Sorento will be available in “early 2015” at a starting price of $24,900. This is $600 more than the outgoing model.
Check out this Moto-ManTV episode as Motoman and Roman Mica take the V6 and the new turbocharged Sorento around Lake Tahoe, Donner Pass, and Reno Nevada.
Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, software engineer, writer, and reporter. He has been writing and reporting at TFLcar since 2011.