Starting in January 2015 Kia will be selling the all new re-imagined 2016 Kia Sorento. I had the chance to learn about the Sorento during the national press debut in Lake Tahoe.
The first thing I noticed was how sleek and stylish the Sorento is. This was my first time driving one so I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Would the Sorento have the power to get up the mountain hills?
Would the Sorento be comfortable and stylish at the same time?
How would I feel after driving the Sorento for a few hours?
One of the great things about the press debut is we have the chance to drive the cars and see how we feel about them. I partnered with Jasmine from Simply Real Moms and we spent the day testing out the Kia Sorento.
Before we headed out to see how the Sorento handled we had the opportunity to listen to the Kia executives update us on Kia Motors and the new Sorento.
I thought I would share a few of the things I learned during the press briefing before I dive into the new Kia Sorento.
Kia recently opened a brand new production plant in West Point, Georgia. The new production plant is the home of the new Kia Sorento. This will be the first Kia made in the United States.
Kia is celebrating over 20 years with 2014 being an amazing year. They celebrated the sale of their 5 millionth car in April of 2014. It is really cool to know that over 4 million Kias are still on the road today.
We learned that Kia has invested 1.4 billion in the US since 2002. Kia is focused on building a new N. American plant in 2016. They are evolving their image and challenging what we all think of when we think of Kia.
For Kia it is not about the price is it about what we get for our money. They are focused on being modern, sophisticated, and capable!
When they reimagined the new Kia Sorento they wanted the car to be modern, refined and sophisticated and I must say they hit their goal.
This is the 3rd generation of the Kia Sorento and I was really impressed!
I thought I would showcase some of the great things we found in the new 2016 Kia Sorento starting with the interior:
The interior of the turbo Kia Sorento we drove was gorgeous! The details in the stitching on the seat were fantastic. Plus it was super comfortable! We could easily take a Kia Sorento on a road trip and be comfortable for the drive.
We drove for a few hours and I kept thinking how comfortable the seats were and how I wouldn’t mind heading out on a road trip with the Sorento.
Plus check out this crazy amazing skylight roof on the Kia Sorento. It was so cool being able to see the mountains around Lake Tahoe surrounding us.
Everything you need for a comfortable drive is right at your fingertips. You don’t have to search all over the place to change the radio channel, change your mirrors or adjust the windows.
We rocked out to holiday music on our drive and had so much fun. Thankfully there were no hidden cameras to catch my horrible off key singing… 🙂
We took the Kia Sorento over the woods and not quite to Grandma’s house but at least to Lake Tahoe and it handled amazing!
One of the first things I noticed was you didn’t feel like the Sorento was struggling to get up the mountain hills. It smoothly drives up the hill with no noticeable change in the car. It didn’t feel like the Sorento had to work at all to get up the mountain.
From city driving to…….
the open road the Sorento was a great ride!
This is the 3rd generation of Sorento’s Kia has produced and I must say I think it is the best. The focus on comfort, styling and technology makes this Sorento truly amazing.
The new 2016 Kia Sorento will be on sale starting in January 2015.
Here is a bit of the info that Kia sent over about the Kia Sorento.
A New Driving Experience
The core of the all-new 2016 Sorento is its significantly modified platform. The enhanced structure increases torsional rigidity by 14 percent over the previous generation. Fifty-three percent of the unit-body consists of advanced high-strength steel, a 115 percent increase over the outgoing model. Liberal application of industrial strength adhesives, the use of dual-seal lip joints as well as large diameter and laser welding techniques combine to make the 2016 model the most robust Sorento ever.
The all-new 2016 Sorento offers a number of safety features, including seatbelt anchor pretensioners and six airbags, to help give drivers the confidence and peace-of-mind they need when motoring with their friends and loved ones on the nation’s highways and bi-ways. All Sorento models come standard with active safety features such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC)14, Traction Control System (TCS)14, Brake Assist System (BAS)14, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)14, Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD)14 and Antilock Braking System (ABS)14. Additional technologies such as Roll Over Mitigation (ROM)14 and Cornering Brake Control (CBC)14 on AWD models also were added as standard equipment for improved dynamic control and safety.
New available driver aid technology, including Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)15, Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS)15, Smart Cruise Control (SCC)15, Blind Spot Detection (BSD)15, Rear Cross Traffic Alert15 and Surround View Monitor (SVM)15, help provide Sorento owners with a more convenient daily driving experience.
The 2016 Sorento combines a strong base with additional design improvements to reduce NVH and provide a comfortable and quiet interior environment. Updates to the rear suspension include a redesigned rear cross-member span that’s longer than the outgoing model for improved wheel travel over harsh roads and revised bushings to help reduce road noise. Vertically mounted rear shocks contribute to a comfortable ride no matter what the driving conditions.
Up front, the Sorento’s revised suspension geometry and responsive steering system result in a quick and nimble behind-the-wheel feel. Ride and handling are optimized with the application of an “H” shaped subframe, four-point bushing mountings, and Hydraulic Rebound Stopper-type shock absorbers. The available Rack-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS) features direct mounting of the electric motor on the steering rack, enhancing steering response and improving handling.
Sorento continues to offer an advanced AWD system that automatically routes power to the wheel with the most traction. When conditions call for more sure-footed capability, the 4WD Lock Mode splits engine power evenly between the front and rear drive shafts. The system also provides drivers the added stability of Torque Vector Cornering Control (TVCC). The TVCC system is activated when yaw and steering sensors detect unwanted understeer.
The spirited front- or all-wheel drive experience is brought to life with a choice of three engines, including a 2.4-liter inline-4 GDI, a 3.3-liter V6 GDI and a new 2.0-liter inline-4 GDI turbocharged powerplant. The 2.4-liter engine, with new Electronic Intake Continuously Variable Valve Timing (E-CVVT) delivers a capable 185 horsepower. On the other end of the engine range, the Sorento’s V6 gallops to the tune of 290 horses on the open road and with that power, the Sorento is now able to tow up to 5,000 lbs when equipped with AWD. In the middle, the new turbocharged I-4 provides a best-of-both-worlds scenario, making a stout 240 horsepower while also delivering commendable fuel efficiency16. All three engines channel energy through an electronically controlled six-speed automatic gearbox featuring Sportmatic® shifting.
Progressive Technology – UVO3
New in the 2016 Sorento, four additional UVO eServices are now available: Geo-fencing, Speed Alert, Curfew Alert and Driving Score3. Additionally, with the introduction of the Kia App store4, select apps can be downloaded for free from iTunes®5 or Google PlaySM6. The Kia app connector is now available for partnership with the content community for downloading apps such as Yelp®7, while Soundhound, Pandora®8 and iHeart® Radio9 (late availability) come preloaded. Many more new technologies for comfort and convenience are featured in the new UVO system, including Siri® “Eyes Free”5 and Local Search – powered by Google® – for finding locations, addresses and points of interest. Sirius XM Travel Link10, offering access to traffic, weather, fuel prices, sports scores, stock information and movie times, keeps you well connected while taking those weekend excursions in the Sorento.
Accessed through a crystal-clear 8-inch capacitive-touch color screen, the available navigation11 system features SD card storage for MAP DATA and USB 2.0 support for high-speed updates as well as integrated rear backup camera12, Bluetooth®13 hands-free support and UVO voice recognition. A 4.3-inch TFT color touch screen is standard and also incorporates Bluetooth, and UVO voice recognition capability.
Reimagining the Sorento was no easy task for Kia’s designers, as the previous generation was lauded for its exceptional design. Not unlike the sophisticated Cross GT concept, which debuted at the Chicago Auto Show in 2013, the new Sorento finds some of its design inspiration in nature, as well as in the journey to nature’s outdoor adventures, revealing a vehicle of exceptional exterior presence that is larger than the outgoing model in nearly every way.
Overall, the all-new Sorento takes on a brawnier, more planted stance, communicating its edginess and rugged personality. The clean profile is easily recognizable as Sorento, enhanced with stronger shoulders and a long hood to deliver a more aerodynamic and sleek appearance. Combining a significantly longer 109.4-inch wheelbase (up 3.1 inches) and overall width that’s broadened to 74.4 inches (increased by 0.2 inches), the Sorento’s packaging is more efficient and allows for greater interior room. The aggressively styled front end, with its narrower headlight design, is an evolution of the upper fascia seen on the Cross GT concept and bears a strong family resemblance to the all-new highly praised Sedona multipurpose vehicle. Distinctive LED positioning lights set the Sorento apart from others in the midsize CUV segment.
Sitting below the headlights, the lower intake and fog lamp pockets are more prominent, creating a sportier appearance, which blends harmoniously with the overall design proportions. Premium enhancements include available LED rear dimensional tail lamps and LED fog lamps. The Sorento’s muscular body sits atop four new alloy wheel designs ranging from 17 to 19 inches, depending on trim level.