NEW FOR 2016:

– All-new model

Kia’s Sorento enters 2016 completely reworked from the wheels up. A move to a stiff new platform sees marked improvements in refinement, top marks in crash tests, and a slightly larger canvas to display Kia’s latest styling language. In terms of its size, the Sorento is similar to two-row crossovers like the Ford Edge or Nissan Murano, but offers an optional third-row seat when equipped with the optional V6 engine.

The most notable improvement to the new Sorento is in the way it drives. All models now feature dual-flow dampers, plus revised electric power steering. Ride and handling are amongst the best in the segment, and on the move, it’s very quiet – especially the SX trim level, which receives an acoustic windshield and laminated side windows. The interior is chock full of thoughtful touches and details that make it feel more like a premium European vehicle than an affordable family hauler.

The Sorento is available with three engines. A 2.4-litre four-cylinder with 185 hp and a 3.3-litre V6 with 290 hp return from the previous generation, and are joined by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four that makes 240 hp. All engines feature direct injection as standard, and pair to a six-speed automatic transmission. The two four-cylinder engines can be had with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive; the V6 comes standard with AWD. The V6 is now able to tow up to 5,000 lbs – a substantial increase from last year’s 3,500-lb rating.

Trim levels include LX, EX, and SX.

The LX includes 17-inch alloy wheels, front-wheel drive, automatic headlamps, fog lights, power heated exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, variable intermittent wipers, heated wiper de-icer, intermittent rear wiper, solar glass, rear privacy glass, chrome door handles, black grille, roof rails, front and rear mud flaps, air conditioning, cabin air filter, six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 player with satellite radio, AUX and USB ports, separate USB charging port, dual 12-volt power outlets, cruise control, steering wheel controls, power windows with driver’s auto up/down, power door locks, tilt and telescoping steering column, sunglass holder, illuminated vanity mirrors, stain-resistant cloth upholstery, heated front seats, six-way manually adjustable front seats with two-way driver power lumbar, 60/40 split folding rear seat, reverse parking sensors, and alarm.

LX AWD adds Dynamax all-wheel drive system.

LX+ Turbo builds on LX, adds turbocharged engine, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear-shift knob, UVO display audio touchscreen system, reverse camera, proximity key with push-button start, 10-way power driver’s seat, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, acoustic windshield, auto up/down power windows, and trailer hitch pre-wiring.

LX+ Turbo AWD adds Dynamax all-wheel drive system.

LX+ V6 AWD 7-Seater adds 3.3-litre V6 engine, third row seating with 50/50 split folding, sliding second-row seats with quick-fold function, and rear air conditioning controls.

EX Turbo AWD builds on the LX+ Turbo and adds 18-inch alloy wheels, power folding side mirrors, front LED daytime running lights, gloss black grille, silver painted skid plate, dual-zone automatic climate control, cabin ion filter, auto de-fog system, 7.0-inch TFT instrument cluster display, second-row roller sun blinds, heated steering wheel, 115-volt power outlet, ambient interior lighting, cargo tonneau cover, leather upholstery, driver memory, four-way power lumbar support for driver, 14-way power driver’s seat, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot detection.

EX V6 AWD 7-Seater adds 3.3-litre V6 engine, third row seating with 50/50 split folding, sliding second-row seats with quick-fold function, and rear air conditioning controls.

EX+ V6 AWD 7-Seater adds panoramic sunroof and LED interior lighting.

SX Turbo AWD builds on EX Turbo AWD and adds 19-inch chrome wheels, auto-leveling HID headlamps, LED tail light bar, quad-LED fog lights, noise-reducing front glass, illuminated stainless steel door scuff plates, dark metallic grille, stainless steel skid plate, black-painted brake calipers, body-colour wheel arches and door garnish, chrome roof rails, panoramic sunroof, deluxe oval chrome exhaust, Infinity premium audio system, 8.0-inch infotainment display with voice-activated navigation, power tailgate, auto-dimming rear-view mirror with garage door opener, LED interior lighting, premium leather upholstery, heated second-row seats, ventilated front seats, eight-way power adjustable passenger seat, and alloy pedals.

SX V6 AWD 7-Seater adds 3.3-litre V6 engine, third row seating with 50/50 split folding, sliding second-row seats with quick-fold function, and rear air conditioning controls.

SX+ V6 AWD 7-Seater adds radar cruise control, electronic parking brake, premium Nappa leather seats with deluxe trim, 360-degree camera monitoring system, lane-departure warning, and forward collision warning.

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