2016 Kia Sorento WARNING REVIEWS

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Starting at
$38,300
Engine
3.3L V6

Power
290 hp
EPA - est City/Hwy
18/26
Seats
7

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2016 Kia Sorento Overview

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Edmunds.com details what's new for the 2016 Kia Sorento. The midsize Kia Sorento has been completely redesigned, so we update you on its interior space and quality, fuel economy, available engines and features, and what it's like to drive.

As the titular Malcolm would attest, it can be tough being in the middle. And yet, the Kia Sorento has done just fine occupying a middle ground between compact and midsize SUVs. For 2016, a completely redesigned Sorento carries on this tradition, but its needle now swings a bit from one side off-center to another. See, the previous-generation Sorento could be viewed as a slightly bigger alternative to compact SUVs like the Toyota RAV4, with similar interior quality and driving dynamics to match. The 2016 Kia Sorento, on the other hand, grows up literally and figuratively to become more of a smaller alternative to larger, more sophisticated family crossovers like the Toyota Highlander. And given its available five- and seven-passenger configurations, it's also more akin to two-row midsize crossovers like the Ford Edge while still undercutting them on price. The Kia Sorento has grown for 2016 and offers more interior space than before. These changes for 2016 go beyond greater interior and cargo room. In fact, those increases are rather negligible compared to the increases in interior and driving refinement. Simply put, the 2016 Sorento is a higher-quality vehicle. Cabin materials give up little (if anything) to pricier competitors, feature content embodies the term "generous" and even the styling is more attractive inside and out. Mechanical improvements include a strengthened structure, upgraded suspension and improved steering, which together create a more substantial, comfortable and altogether more refined driving experience. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine also joins the lineup to be its own middle ground between the underpowered base four-cylinder and thirstier V6 engines, though it's only offered with two-row seating, oddly enough. Overall, we're impressed by the 2016 Kia Sorento. This Kia is a strong, value-rich alternative to five-passenger crossovers like the Ford Edge, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and Jeep Grand Cherokee, as well as seven-passenger models like the Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota Highlander. It may still be stuck in the middle, but that's quite alright.

The Kia Sorento is bigger, more sophisticated and better to drive for 2016, making it an appealing alternative to five- and seven-passenger SUVs that were previously a class above it. Kia's midsize crossover is definitely worth a long look.

The Kia Sorento has been completely redesigned for 2016.



2016 Kia Sorento Problems




2016 Kia Sorento Reviews From Owners (50 Reviews)

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By Joe B

on Mar/01/17 05:06 PM (UTC)

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Poor stearing

2016 sorento with 25000 miles (bought new 2015) The overall performance is very good but the steering is awful. When your going straight down the road and you move the wheel a very small amount there is resistance then you feel a click type release. The car moves quickly in that direction and you have to move the wheel back, this makes it dangerous to drive at 60-65 mph. Kia told the dealer they have had some complaints of this but no fix. MY LAST KIA____FIX THAT Joe

By Mandy Renegar Renegar

on Feb/28/17 08:08 PM (UTC)

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Review for you

Very well taken care of

By Lane Ward

on May/08/16 11:06 AM (UTC)

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Great KIA Sorento - still going great.

Good performance and value. Excellent functionality and quality. So glad we have it. Great buy.

By Darlene

on Feb/07/16 09:10 AM (UTC)

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All I can say is WOW

Awesome car and great dealer experience at Keffer Kia in Mooresville, NC

By John

on Jan/17/17 03:00 AM (UTC)

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Sorento - Economical Luxury

Goal was to find a reliable, well appointed, 3 row, mid-sized AWD SUV to replace a 2000 Honda Odyssey with 200M miles. After considerable research I narrowed the search to a 2016 Kia Sorento 3.3V EX with premium packages),SX/SXL and the 2015/16 Toyota Highlander XLE. Test drove both a 2016 Kia Sorento and a 2015 Toyota Highlander within minutes of each other. Was surprised that the 2016 Kia Sorento had the better ride as well as safety features not available on the Highlander until 2017. Now with new car prices over $38K sought out to find a under 20k mile used/certified used vehicle. Again Kia has the edge here since the 2nd owner receives the balance of the 5 year, 60K bumper-to-bumper warranty vs the Highlander 3 year, 36K mile warranty. Wanted to be sure that MPG gas mileage was equal/better that Honda Odyssey 21 mpg. Government gas mileage ratings for both cars were very close overall 19 Kia/20 Highlander. Having opted to purchase a used 2016 Kia Sorento SXL AWD I am pleased to report that after 3 months and nearly 4,000 miles of driving our Kia Soretno SXL the overall mpg is 23.5 to 24.0. As for the features love the incredibly quiet and smooth ride, large back-up camera, side mirror cross check sensors, heated seats (front&back), no hands tailgate lift, small turning ratio. Everyday I drive am more and more pleased with this vehicle purchase.

By Matt E

on Dec/05/16 03:52 AM (UTC)

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Buyer Beware

There is a lot to like about the 2017 Kia Sorento. Unfortunately, the seats are really hard and uncomfortable. After owning the car x 2 weeks. I'll never buy another Kia!

By Eugene Brown

on Sep/20/16 09:39 AM (UTC)

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Retirement Car

This car is excellent in value and price

By Nick Barrientos

on May/24/16 06:18 PM (UTC)

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Sorento SX

Great car the handling is very responsive when turning and it's very good when you have the blind spot detector.

By JENNIFER CANNON

on May/05/16 04:11 PM (UTC)

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By MELANIE TAYLOR

on Apr/08/16 06:38 AM (UTC)

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By Peter

on Jan/27/16 10:45 AM (UTC)

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Sorento with 7 people

No storage with third seat. Everything else great.

By TOM-JENNB

on Jan/13/16 05:38 PM (UTC)

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DRIVER DOOR STOPPED WORKING IN A DARK PARKING LOT

The SUV is awesome the driver door will work with the fab i have to crawl across the seats & console 8000 miles KIA Corp made would not give a rental and it is $45700.00 SXL V6 Napa Leather and Kia corp said how do we know until we look at it! they would not even send a roll back to pick up the vehicle i have spinal issues thats why my husband wanted me to have this SUV heated seats & cooled seats so i dont over heat because i have other health issues, then they offered $35.00 a day for 2 days rental we front the money. Kia does not care they showed that! We bought 3 new high end Kia's in 2 1/2 weeks and they kick us in the face. To much road noise!

By Mike B

on Jun/05/16 08:26 AM (UTC)

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2016 KIA Sorento

Compared to numerous other makes. Got the best band for the buck with the KIA.

By Hun Paek

on Apr/21/16 10:23 AM (UTC)

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By Chicken Liver

on Mar/02/16 11:42 AM (UTC)

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Gorgeous SUV with incredible handling

This car is hands down the nicest car in its class. It handles like a dream with superior suspension and clean, tight handling. Seven seats and way too many features to list here. This is a rock solid, high performing SUV. You won't be disappointed. All wheel drive. Awesome. Test drive one for yourself.

By Kim

on Feb/13/16 06:36 AM (UTC)

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Great car, great value- worth a look

My wife and I were looking for a practical road car for our extended weekend getaways, with lots of room and creature comforts. This car definitely meets all of our expectations, but also works well on my daily commutes to the office. The quality and workmanship are outstanding, and the ride is solid and capable. Great car. UPDATE AT 20,000 miles- Very happy with this car, no problems or concerns to date. Lots of compliments on the ride from passengers. Great Value!

By Dan

on Jan/23/16 11:23 AM (UTC)

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Awesome car!!!

I must say, i own this car for over 1 year now and I have no complaints about it. I have a little over 12000 miles and no problems at all with the car. My wife and I like to take weekend trips all the time and we are always pleased with the smooth drive and the comfort.
If you think to get one don't hesitate go for it. Is definitely worth the money!!!!

By Dan

on Mar/12/16 06:52 PM (UTC)

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Not a Borrego....but close

The new Sorrento has a more grown up feel....bigger and more of a presence.....like the Borrego of 2009. That SUV is now one of the most sought after used SUVs in the market. I love my Borrego and wish Kia would have continued the large SUV format. At least this version of the Sorento is larger and has a substantial road presence. I was torn between the new Pilot and this version but the warranty and past Kia performance convinced me to continue my Kia loyalty. I hope the Teleride is released soon.....it looks like the awesome full SUV that Kia needs.

By Brandy Richmond

on Nov/09/15 11:47 AM (UTC)

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Love it!

Bought my 1st Kia over the weekend (2016 Sorento) and couldn't be happier. This car is beautiful inside and out and I'm just amazed on how much you get for your money. Thanks again Trevor at Gay Family Kia for finding me the perfect car for me and the great service.

By Bob Goodman

on Oct/09/16 08:44 PM (UTC)

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By Edward Nankin

on Feb/14/16 05:33 PM (UTC)

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Loving my new KIA Sorento!!!!

This car is just what we needed for our family of 4. We had a minivan and was looking for a reliable car that we could take on long trips that would hold our luggage
and be priced for a family budget...The car is roomy and has plenty of cargo space. It looks great and rides comfortably. It is not too big or small just right in size.

By S Johnson

on Dec/07/15 01:41 PM (UTC)

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Grandma Mobile

The Kia Sorento SUV, V6, is my kind of car. It is what I traded in to get another one. It has get up and go when you need it. It handles well and has amazing safety features. I really love the blind spot sensors. The car rides well and is very comfortable. It will hold all 5 of my grandkids with plenty of room for their stuff. Cowboy Kia in Conroe, Texas, has a wonderful Customer Service Department. They listened to me and helped me find the car I wanted. It took awhile to find light colored interior, but I got it. I look forward to having this car for a long time and getting my money's worth out of it for sure. I test drove both the V6 and Turbo. The V6 had the power I wanted and that's what I got. I am very excited about my new car!

By Nicole

on Sep/17/15 03:08 PM (UTC)

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Obsessed

Being a nurse, I needed a car that would be reliable enough to get me to work in all weather. I am beyond pleased with this car and saying I'm obsessed would be an understatement.

By Harry Callier

on May/05/16 08:37 AM (UTC)

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New Ride

If considering the premium package, definitely consider the touring package.

You get a much better screen (Nav/multimedia) and the glass roof (panoramic sunroof) is unbelievable. In our case the cost difference was only $44 / month payment wise. So, we got the touring and have not regretted the purchase.

By Rachel

on Mar/17/16 06:38 PM (UTC)

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A car that gives you peace of mind!

If I told you about the past three cars I had before my Sorento, you wouldn't believe my bad luck. I still walk out of the store and thank god "Black Betty" is there to greet me. We bought this car less than two weeks before moving across country. We went with two rows. Just my husband and myself, and a bunch of fur babies. We looked at every car out there. New/used. We stayed away from anything 45k and above. We had about 10k-12k to put down. Our options were open. Initially my husband test drove the Sorento. While I was impressed/size with the appearance I was favoring the sleek and sexy body/look of the Nissan Altima. Obviously the two cars aren't a like at all. We did need space. I went over the Pros and cons. I'll share them with you now.
Pro: Space, the large trunk offers much more space than most SUV's without removing seats.
The body is sexy, it looks nice. People are always caught off guard by the brand.
The interior is really detailed. I love the two tone. Black and tan with tan seats and black carpets.
Even the 4cl has some kick when you want it to move.
It rides so smooth. Not as great as my Lincoln, but come on it was a Lincoln!
Interface has many options to choose from
Mode for gas: eco, sport, regular
Ease of getting in and out. My grandmother loved how you could just slip in and out.
Many options for power, you can all have your devices plugged in at once.
The seats are comfortable, you don't feel stiff and unable to move freely.
The backup camera, something I never thought I would use, is very useful.
Leg room for passengers is always a pro. The movement of the second row allows people in the backseat to relax and not feel stuck.
Gas is pretty good. We drove over 4000 miles from South Carolina to Washington State, making stops in both Arkansas, and Illinois. That's not an easy drive in any car. With 6 animals. I wouldn't have chosen any other vehicle to have done it in. we got 27.8 miles per gallon. I'll take it.
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Cons
The wind with knock you over, no really if it's windy let off the gas.
I feel like for a brand new car the headlights lack in visualizations.
The speed on the windshield wipers is not up to par, in fact I consider them almost dangerously slow.
The sound system could be better. I will have to have it replaced with a better system at some point. It's lacking in every way.
(The Sounds system for years it seems on Kia models has come with issues, you have to reset it with a pin (pointed object, being inserted into a tiny hole) Or there will be no sound, from ipod's cd's ect..
Front grill isn't east to clean. Took many car washes to get the bugs off of the grill. I spent almost $30.00 just trying to removed them. There is still residue.
If you have pets HUGE annoyance "You can't leave your keys in the car and lock the door, thus leaving the air on." If your keys are in the car your doors will not lock.
Auto lock doors. Great for when you run in a store and forgot to lock your doors, not great for when you run back into the house to grab your purse.
Mostly the cons are dumb things that are more annoyances that come with learning more about your car. The first three are my only real gripes.

Over all. I think we went with the best choice. The price was worth it. Not over priced, not over sized. I like the kia community. We have had a really great experience with out service provider. Our car is nice enough to feel luxurious, but not well known enough to be targeted. As silly as that sounds. When you're from Chicago you learn the little things are important. It's great that it can fit into small spaces, tow a camper, lug 25 2x4's. Or just move a family across the continental United States. It handles nicely, it rides better and smoother than most SUV's I've ever been in. Mostly I feel safe when I take her out everyday. Nothing feels better then knowing not only am I in a car with great crash test ratings, but if she breaks down Kia has my back. Take a chance, invest in a Kia.

By Bert

on Jan/18/16 09:00 PM (UTC)

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Beatifull eye catching Suv

I bought my 2016 Kia Sorento on Oct 31 ,2015 shiny Red Apple exterior and beige interior , wood trim on doors and shift knob,,it looked like a very expensive import Suv,,,heated front seats ,etc...well the tires pressure was 45psi and I was surprised because on the side wall of the tire says 44psi max but the mpg was 32 for the first few days, ride was very bumpy and I could feel every single imperfection of the road, so I decided to lower the tires pressure to 40 psi ,, ride improved a lot much smoother and quiet but mpg went down from 32 to 25/26 and that caught my attention very much,,I kept that psi for 2 weeks and mileage was very low,,so I went back to 45 and " Wow" my mpg went up again !!! Now I keep 42psi on the 4 tires and mpg average 26/27 , still good because 39 dlls gets me a full tank of gas for 1 1/2 week of driving..my only concern now is a very weird jolt on the transmission when I come to an stop, it launches forward lightly when I am waiting at the stop light and when slowing down to stop the shifting is lil bit abrupt, not smooth as it should be in a brand new car,,,engine is dormant in Eco mode ,,but very alive fast and powerful in sport mode, but every time the engine is turned off driving mode goes blank meaning you have to set Eco or sport mode again and again....overall I am happy with my Sorento I will take it to a Kia dealership to have the tranny and engine checked, but the Sorento looks are great ,comfort is superior if tires are kept at low psi,,noise is lil bit high at 60+ mph and you have plenty of room for long legs ,tall people and lots of hide away places under the rear back seat if you carry expensive items...and I am a happy owner of this gorgeous Suv..Sorento LX 2016

By Tim Pros

on Dec/27/15 12:30 PM (UTC)

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Crossed over

I had a bmw 328i before and traded it in for 2016 Sorento Sx V6. Although I don't use the 3rd row often I have filled it up w 6 people including myself 2 on each row. My guests said very comfortable. My bmw was boring compared to the sorento. The value is great I got all bells and whistles for a lesser price getting the SX Fwd. Before sorento I was thinking of getting Tacoma but then I thought A truck with a bed I don't even tow 99% of the times! Sorento has excellent interior very upscale Kia. Kia is coming up nasty!

By M. Curtin

on Apr/24/16 01:42 PM (UTC)

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Great value

You would have to pay $1000s more to get same features in an Acura, Audi, Lexus, Infiniti, BMW or Mercedes.

By Richard Clark

on Jan/24/16 06:13 PM (UTC)

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Awesomw

Traded a 2013 Sorento 4 cylinder in for the 2016 Sorento V6 Ex premium pkg. Absolutely love the redesign. Extremely quiet, plenty of power, very comfortable. Also own a 2011 Optima EX with the prem/tech pkg and absolutely love it. No problems or complaints with either vehicle. Actually loved the 2013 Sorento but needed the V6 for towing. Plan to continue buying Kia's.

By Richard Kalinowski

on Dec/17/15 04:35 PM (UTC)

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Auto critic

i purchased a 2014 Sorento v6, and drove it for over a year, and really enjoyed the vehicle. Then i saw the lines on the 2016, and thought it was a big improvement on style, so I traded up. First time I used the GPS it took me to the wrong location. I also found that the font size could not be changed on the Navigation, and a lot of the street names did not appear, so it was a big mistake paying for that feature. I also liked the blind spot lights on the mirrors, but in 2016 they are smaller, and dimmer, and in sunlight almost useless. I could not believe that something that worked so well was changed drastically on the 2016. I mentioned this to Kia by phone, and the attitude was very poor.
I did get the 4 with turbo, which is ample for me, but like someone else mentioned, the mileage is not that much better then the 6. The only other problem that has happen twice, is after starting the car, radio would not work, until you stopped the engine, and restarted. I have not had time to check with the dealer on that issue yet, but will on next visit. Yes on a long trip this summer, it was a pleasure to drive across the country.

Did something different this year, a week ago saw the Subaru Outback, and after checking out features, and gas mileage, traded the Sorento in, was not happy with the blind spot lights on the mirrors ( not visible as well in daylight ) and still disappointed with the GPS, have had the Subaru now for a couple weeks, and so far get 29 mpg combined, and a much better GPS , and blind spot lights much better, so i do still like the Kia, with praise for the ride, but the safety features are a welcome addition to my driving with the Outback. I got the 4 cylinder engine 175 hp, and am happy with the performance.

By Cindy Logan

on Dec/16/15 08:55 AM (UTC)

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Love everything but the infotainment!

Great car! Drives very smoothly, and the gas mileage is great for an SUV. The interior feels very upscale. It is quite comfortable. If not for riding so high, you would think you were in a regular car. I am very happy, except for the infotainment system and navigation. First, you cannot change the home screen. It automatically defaults to navigation every time you turn on the car. I don't know about most people, but I'm not using navigation on a day-to-day basis, so I really don't need a map visible at all times. So, every time I get into the car, I have to switch the view to the radio/satellite screen. Why can't I choose that as my default, Kia? Second, there are 18 presets for the satellite, and you have to scroll through all 18 (or go backwards) to get back to the beginning. Not the end of the world, but kind of annoying. I ended up choosing 6 stations and programming each in three times so I can scroll through without having to go backwards. Also, the volume function is not responsive--no chance of turning the volume up or down quickly. You can spin it as fast as you want, but it still raises and lowers at the same speed. Finally, the Bluetooth works great. It connects immediately. However, the voice-activated phone book is a disaster. It rarely recognizes the name I say. It's almost not worth using. So, there are kinks in the infotainment system, but all-in-all, I am happy with my Sorento.

By Tom Sanders, Jr.

on Dec/09/15 11:53 AM (UTC)

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From full size truck to mid sized SUV

Initial impression...very positive. I have driven full sized trucks for a number of years and was ready for something a bit more economical while retaining some utility. I was drawn to the size of the Sorento, not as small as other utes but not full sized either. Similar in size to my father's Highlander but MUCH less expensive. I am impressed with the fuel economy - 29 on interstate, approx. 22 in town...averaging 24.5 currently. Back seat is roomy. Back up camera turns with the car, nice feature. Much more room and quieter than my wife's RAV4 with similar economy. My only nagging item is a significant delay when using the Bluetooth phone dialing function. I am going to "resave" some of my more frequently utilized contacts to see if that helps. Phone clarity is good, just placing the call takes time. The warranty was a selling feature and I got a really good deal at Fredy Kia in Houston, TX. I have installed a Curt 2" hitch but I have not yet installed the wiring kit or towed anything.

By 3Bricks

on Dec/06/15 10:35 AM (UTC)

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Very competitive value

Buying decision came down to 2016 Ford Edge Titanium or 2016 Kia Sorento EX Premium. Actually preferred the Edge, but not to the tune of a $5500+ price difference. Driving feel is very good with ample storage and easy to use controls. Put 1100 miles on in the first 10 days without any issues. Hard to beat the warranty.
After 1 yr of ownership, car runs well. Front seats are too firm for long trip comfort, and sound system is underpowered, but no major issues to date.

By TIEN (JOE) NGUYEN

on Sep/17/16 12:58 AM (UTC)

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Most comfortable !! reliable suv !!

Now i previously owned a KIA Sorento 2010 i bought this new one BIG IMPROVEMENTS !! ROOMIER !! comfortable !! most of all reliable !!

By David

on Mar/19/16 07:18 AM (UTC)

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Tight fun

I have test driven 4 different Kia Sorentos and I recommend skipping any of the 4 cylinder models. I went over to the Nissan dealer after trying those models and almost didn't return. The 6 cylinder is pure driving joy.

They have a $32,000 model with the 6 cylinder, leather, satellite radio.. And no sun roof.. For me this model would have been perfect except the radio really sounds lousy and it's virtually impossible to upgrade. This is a $10,000 savings over other similarly equipped three row SUVs on the market.

Since I really care about my music I would've had to upgrade to the $38,000 model which adds a panoramic sunroof gorgeous rims and larger tires plus an infinity sound system.

The drive is very nimble and sporty while-being smooth enough for those of us who like a little tactile communication with the road.

Other three row SUVs on the market feel much more cumbersome, heavy And over bloated by comparison: while the 2016 Kia Sorrento feels lean, agile, youthful and fun to drive.

It feels like a precision machine: very well put together.

By Dave

on Mar/17/16 08:37 PM (UTC)

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Very Impressed New Buyer

Recently purchased a 2016 Kia Sorento SX after thorough review on this site and several others. Opted for the SX trim since we really wanted the UVO navigation package and other features that came standard at that trim package. Very impressed with the acceleration of the V-6 3.3L engine, smooth handling, and solid suspension. I think that there is incredible value in this vehicle and that it compares favorably with luxury SUVs that command prices 10-20K higher.

Of the very few criticisms that I've read regarding the 2016 Kia Sorento, one was the limited available interior space with the 3rd row. I think it's important to keep in mind that this is a mid-sized SUV that is not intended to constantly haul 7 people around but rather provides you the option of extra seating when you're in a jam.

Went for a test-drive at Cowboy Kia of Conroe and was very impressed. I was able to negotiate a great deal and am a highly satisfied customer and new Kia owner.

By Little Al

on Feb/03/16 05:15 PM (UTC)

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I love my new Sorento!!!

After months of searching for a crossover/ midsize SUV, I've finally found it with the Kia Sorento!! I've looked at Hyundai Sante Fe Sport, Nissan Murano, Nissan Rogue, Ford Edge and the Lexus RX350. I was on the fence with all of them until I decided to check out the KiA Sorento. I fell immediately in love with the Sorento. The interior is luxurious with a lot of well appointed materials. I got the SXL AWD 2.0LT with the merlot nappa leather interior with glossy black exterior. It's a sexy looking SUV !! Plus that panoramic moonroof...OMG...amazing!!! The drive is smooth, the seats are very very comfy with 14 way adjustable seating along with 4 way adjustable headrest. This is a very reasonably priced car with all the bells and whistles. I wish Sorento had a lever to automatically fold up and down the second row seats though but that's ok. My only regret is that I didn't get the technology package (adaptable cruise control, surround view and a few others...) . Nevertheless, I'm very happy with my purchase. I actually look forward to driving to and from work now :-)

By Galen

on May/30/16 06:16 PM (UTC)

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Great value compared to most other mini suv's

Great value for the money.

Attractive interior, very roomy and handles well. I love the 3rd row seating that folds flat.

By Richard

on Apr/22/16 08:01 PM (UTC)

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Take another look

Traded in a 2013 Sorento for the redesigned 2016 EX V-6. Outstanding vehicle. Quite, plenty of power, excellent handling. I will definitely keep this one. Also have a 2011 Kia Optima EX fully loaded and love it. Traded in a Hyundai XG 350L in for it. Have 79,000 miles on it now with no problems. I will continue to buy Kia's.

UPDATE: Had the vehicle now for 10 months, 14800 miles. Still completely satisfied. Get around 26 city/30 highway. No complaints. Would definitely buy another. Extra alarms like the back up warning and cars in your blind spots are very nice features.

By GRANITE, STEEL, CHISELED & RIPPED

on Feb/10/16 01:00 PM (UTC)

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From Lexus RX to Kia Sorento

Purchased in Dec 2015. Road trip from S/Diego to S/Francisco. Two thumbs up. Quiet smooth and comfortable. Avg 28mpg. Have the LX , ,V 6. With 290 hp, it can get up and go. Raced a Porche Cayenne for 3 miles but for smart and backed off. I COULD HAVE DUSTED HIM, but my darling wife got nervous.

By Mark Mangus

on May/07/16 09:01 PM (UTC)

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Best of the bunch!

This is my second Sorento. I traded in a 2014 and there is a world of difference. This vehicle is quiet and smooth as a babie's behind. We have the 3rd row (for emergencies) but the seats are folded down. The back is huge. Maybe not as big as the Pilot, but neither is the car itself. All I can tell you is to go take one for a drive. They range in price from $25k - $45k. Mine is the LX V6 AWD with convenience package and 3rd row seat. MSRP was $33k. They have several incentives like active military, veteran, student and combinations. Your mileage may differ.

By Kristen Glidewell

on Mar/20/16 08:50 AM (UTC)

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Love my 2016 Kia Sorento!

After a lot of shopping for SUV's with a 3rd row, I made the decision to purchase the Kia Sorento. The car looks and rides like a $50,000 SUV, but at a fraction of the price. I am typically drawn to European cars, but feel this car offers all the luxuries I am accustomed to with the backing of a 100,000 mile warranty. One additional selling point for me was the large amount of usable cargo space. Many of the newer SUV's have a significant sloping to the back window, which is not practical for 3rd row occupants or dogs. The Kia Sorento gives my 3 furry friends significant head room in the back. There is also an air conditioning vent in the 3rd row so my pups can stay cool. My kids love the car too. They have always been spoiled with their rides and this car is no different. We are very happy with the fit and finish of the car.

By Anan

on Mar/02/16 08:13 PM (UTC)

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Month 1: Happy | Mnth 3: Sad | Mnth 4: Hating It

Edited After owning this for 4 months: I should not have bought this vehicle , Feeling very bad for throwing money down the drain.
The Vehicle Suspension is very bad. Took to Dealer they said everything is fine as per specs.
I noticed that the Vehicle is deteriorating very fastly. In Just 4 months - It shakes as if roller coaster and no suspension is there and too much vibration. Gear shifting is not smooth. Ride comfort is not there , Cornering is not good. and engine has become noisy. Also noticed Wind noise is not acceptable - it is getting worse now at 50 miles Wind noise is too much.

I am already hating my vehicle within 4 months.
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I own my 2016 sorento Lx for just one month now. Though I was very happy initially now I feel there are areas of improvement like air and road noise at higher speeds like 70 mph. And vehicle suspension is smooth but left-right bumpiness is too much that is annoying and continues for a long duration - I always owned sedan and this is first SUV so not sure if this is normal.
Ride is smooth.
3 Mirrors and rear view camera All have different zoom ratio which is very confusing and needs real improvement.

Overall I am happy.
I always owned Brand value cars like Honda. Trusting Kia as they have shown serious improvement. Hope they don't fail me on my first Kia. The warranty of 10 years 100k is what made me trust Kia.

By Jennifer Clark

on Feb/14/16 03:55 PM (UTC)

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Impressed! Ive had the car for 9 months-no regrets

Go test drive and look at the SXL-I have the 2 row one, I didn't need 3 rows. I got the 2016 almost as soon as it came out after poring over many crossover reviews, test drives etc. I wanted as much in terms of features and comfort as I could get for a decent price.This was by far the best deal for the money I could find. VERY comfortable, great features- LOVE the heated steering wheel.Extremely sharp styling both inside and out.Mine is black on black and even in deep south, was very comfortable last summer in very hot weather. Only thing I didn't get was the very top technology package with the front camera-I do have the rear camera, lane change warning,cross traffic rear warning, navigation, blue tooth, satellite radio, huge sunroof etc. Many usb ports- first 2 oil changes/services very affordable.After suffering through Mercedes Benz after warranty services I will never get one of those German so called luxury vehicles again. A BMW or MB crossover suv with these features would've run about 30-40 thousand more and it truly looks just as good side by side and is wonderful to drive.

By Ajpoltz

on Jan/19/16 09:24 AM (UTC)

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Super happy !

WOW ! Never expected so much usable power from the base L 2.4 4 cylinder. First new car in 15 years and I shopped them all hard. Rav 4 boring , small and oil burning issues. Honda CRV CVT transmission farce, vibration problems. Escape too small. CX-5 smaller and no reclining seats, cheap feel and vibrating engine. Rogue CVT junk. Equinox rough feel poor cornering.
The Sorento blew these all away in my test drives and feels even better after 1000 miles. 22 MPG in city driving, excellent cornering when pushed hard and pretty smooth ride. Very quiet on highway . The other car makers are losing so many sales due to Kia product and their own mistakes (see above comments and google it ) .Japanese coasting on reputation and counting on buyers whose parents had a great Honda or Toyota. I feel even better with my decision and would have had serious regret with several of the other choices available in this class. The kids love the far reclining rear seats and a LARGE dog kennel fits in the back (5 seat model). Interior quality, feel , comfort and intuitive controls and beautiful dash. I like the L base because of price and I don't need to add weight or complexity. The 6 speed transmission shifts nice and you can manual shift ( without it up or downshifting on its own except at stop it goes in to first gear) Lots of torque and power from down low 2000-4000 is sweet and engine is never strained .

By Kent Johnson

on Jan/16/16 08:17 PM (UTC)

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Traded my AUDI for this KIA... & NOT LOOKING BACK!

Bought this Sorento 8 months ago, and we've driven it every day around town and taken it on cross-country touring. We're very, very pleased. This is no 1990's Kia. My previous car was an Audi A8L - a very premium car - and I'm actually more comfortable in the Sorento. I know these two cars are not really comparable, but for what it's worth, the Sorento is a quieter, smoother and more enjoyable vehicle. (OK, so it's not as fast, and it doesn't take corners the same; but it does what I need it to do, flawlessly). A non-quantifiable assessment that's perhaps most germane: This car makes me smile. (And not just because it cost half of what I paid for the Audi). It is a really nice piece of machinery.

The little engine has ample power for an SUV; and I saw 27 mpg overall in our cross-country trip, including short stop and go forays in several cities. (Around 22 in town; averaging almost 24).

The huge panoramic sunroof is fun.

The longer we drive it, the more unexpected positives we discover. The active speed control is fantastic; keeps distance from car ahead and slows to a full stop if necessary, then starts again without touching accelerator (unless you're stopped more than 20 seconds). Blind spot warning is flawless. The lane keep assist warning is helpful. Automatic opening hatch has been a real help when carrying groceries, etc. The downloadable apps are useful. The voice recognition actually recognizes words (a lot better than my Audi). The sound system with the tech package is pretty good. Especially down here in Dallas, the cooled front seats are a happy surprise.

Obviously, I'm not swayed by those who insist on a luxury brand. I deeply appreciate quality, regardless of its author. Give me the genuine experience of excellence over a label any day.

By B.urban@outlook.com

on Nov/18/16 02:35 PM (UTC)

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Nearly Perfect!! Great SUV witha few minor flaws.

The value the Sorento offers is amazing. You really get a lot for the money when buying. However the biggest problem with KIA is the resale. We bought ours one year old with 20 thousand miles on it. It already took the big deprecation hit. A new highlander or pilot will be much better if you buy new and plan on selling in a few years. They also cost more out of the box. We have no intention on selling so resale isn't a big concern to us. First I'll start with the engine. It is plenty powerful. We live in the south so we got the front wheel drive model. It really is overpowered for the front wheels. If it kicks down a few gears it will torque steer. Fuel mileage has been as expected. We average 23mpg between a mix of city and highway. One of my biggest gripes are the brakes. When I am doing a lot of city driving the brakes do start to fade in stop and go situations. I can noticeably feel the pedal travel get further. Kia should have gave it a little bigger brakes from the factory. The other gripe I have it the seat material. Ours has cloth seats and the material just isn't great. I do not believe it will hold up great over the next 5 or so years. Time will tell. Other than those gripes which are minor to me the Sorento is a great SUV. I tow a trailer which weighs about 2500 pounds and it takes it just fine. It is comfortable and easy to drive for extended periods. The third row is usable. The highlander and pilot had more third row room but the Sorento's third row is fine and usable for children or small adults. I'm 5'8'' and I can sit back there fine. Anything over 5'10'' or so is going to run out of head room. With the third row up there is very little room for storage. Overall I am very happy and my wife and I love it. Very glad we chose the Sorento.

By Dad With 2 Girls

on Sep/16/15 08:00 AM (UTC)

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Sorrento lx 7 passenger

we were looking for an economical lease and after test driving a Chevy traverse, mazda cx9 and the kia, we felt the kia had the best ride and most features for basically being a base model. the 4 cylinder is more than enough powerful and very good on gas. This car was at least 100 dollars a month cheaper than the other options with more features. as far as negatives go they are very small.....the trunk button on the key fob does not pop open the trunk, it just unlocks it which is kinda annoying because with my other cars if you press the trunk release, the trunk pops open. other than that great driving car with great features at a great price.

By J Swanson

on Sep/15/16 07:23 AM (UTC)

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Terrible car---do not buy. Major engine trouble

Major engine issues at 60,000 miles. Kia will not honor warranty. Warning. Do not buy from Kia

By Miel Sarr

on Mar/24/16 07:59 AM (UTC)

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3 Miles on Odometer

I started looking for cross over SUVs with the AWD, and a third row. I used to drive a 1996 Honda Accord LX (Manual transmission) I really wanted a Hyundai Vera Cruz but they stopped making the vehicle in 2012. Then I thought about the Mazda 5 (manual transmission) but it looked like mini-van car. I ended up focusing on the Santa Fe and Mazda CX9. I got a consumer report magazine and added the Outlander and Sorento to my research radar. In concert with a good friend I test drove all vehicles 3 months before I purchased. My friend road in the back while I test drove and used a check sheet to document wind noise and backseat comfort ability etc. By the end of the day I narrowed it down to the Mazda and the KIA. I purchased a 2016 LX Sorento with 3 miles on the odometer. The ride is smooth, I feel like I am riding in luxury without paying the price. The vehicle is not too big and able to do all the things I need it to do. Cargo room is great; however not when the third row is in use. I only have two issues the Bluetooth tends to spike in volume when a call comes in and that can be startling EVERY time and I never feel completely confident when parallel parking. I feel as if visibility is limited. I am overly satisfied with my purchase and the price. I may consider upgrading to EX in a few years.


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Exterior Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions

  • WHEELBASE
    109.4 Inches
  • OVERALL LENGTH
    187.4 Inches
  • OVERALL HEIGHT
    66.5 Inches
  • MIN GROUND CLEARANCE
    7.3 Inches
  • BASE CURB WEIGHT
    3968 pounds


Interior Dimensions

Interior Dimensions

  • Passenger Capacity
    7
  • Front Leg Room
    44.1 Inches
  • Front Shoulder Room
    59.1 Inches
  • Second Leg Room
    39.4 Inches
  • Second Shoulder Room
    58.0 Inches
  • Cargo Volume
    11.3 cubic feet


Transmission

Transmission

  • Transmission Type
    AUTOMATIC
  • Final Drive Ratio
    3.32 Inches
  • Driven Wheels
    front wheel drive


Suspension

Suspension

  • Front Suspension Classification
    Independent
  • Rear Spring Type
    Coil Springs
  • Independent Suspension
    Four-wheel
  • Rear Suspension Classification
    Independent
  • Front Stabilizer Bar
    Yes
  • Front Spring Type
    Coil Springs
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar
    Yes


Wheels

Wheels

  • Tire Type
    All Season
  • Rear Tire Width
    235
  • Rear Tire Profile
    55



Safety

Safety

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System:
    Yes
  • Head Airbags
    Front And Rear
  • Passenger Airbag Deactivation
    Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Side Airbags
    Dual Front


Entertainment

Entertainment

  • Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
    Yes
  • Total Number Of Speakers
    10
  • Cd Player
    Single CD Player
  • Digital Audio Input
    Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
  • Cd Mp3 Playback
    Yes
  • Radio
    AM/FM HD Radio
  • Watts
    550
  • Subwoofer
    1


Exterior

Exterior Features

  • Exterior Mirror Adjustment
    Power
  • Heated Exterior Mirrors
    Yes
  • Turn Signal Side Mirrors
    Turn Signal In Mirrors
  • Side Mirror Memory
    Includes Exterior Mirrors


Interior

Interior Features

  • Rear Heat
    Rear Ventilation Ducts
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones
    Dual
  • Front Air Conditioning
    Automatic Climate Control


Mechanical

Mechanical

  • Engine
    3.3l V6
  • Front Suspension
    independent
  • Rear Suspension
    independent
  • Fuel Capacity
    18.8 galons
  • Rear Brake Type
    Disc
  • Front Brake Type
    Ventilated Disc

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Vehicle Performance

SXL Turbo / AWD / 6A

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    9.0 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    16.8 sec @ 83.4 mph
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SXL Turbo / AWD / 6A

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    8.0 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    16.2 sec @ 87 mph
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SX V6 / AWD / 6A

  • 0-60 Mph
    7.2 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    15.7 sec @ 90 mph
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LX / FWD / 6A

  • 0-60 Mph
    9.1 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    16.9 sec @ 82.7 mph
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EX V6 / AWD / 6A

  • 0-60 Mph
    7.2 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    15.7 sec @ 89.6 mph
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  • Trade In Price
    $25,760
  • Private Seller Price
    $27,699
  • Dealer Price
    $29,162
  • Original MSRP
    $38,300


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INITIAL QUALITY STUDY

The Initial Quality Study (IQS) examines issues experienced within the first 90 days of new-vehicle ownership. This study measures car quality by analyzing problems reported in the mechanical quality and design of areas such as powertrain, body and interior, and features and accessories.


  • OVERALL QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • POWERTRAIN QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • BODY & INTERIOR QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • FEATURES & ACCESSORIES QUALITY - MECHANICAL
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2016 Kia Sorento Features


Fuel Efficiency

  • CITY
    18 mpg
  • HIGHWAY
    26 mpg
  • EMISSIONS STANDARD
    Federal Tier 2 Bin 5
  • GREEN HOUSE GAS SCORE
    5
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2016 Kia Sorento Key Factors: Current Warranty

Warranty Terms Are Listed In Years/miles. Listed Details Represent Standard Offers. Programs May Vary By Model.


TYPE OF COVERAGE
REMAINING
  • BASIC
    5 years / 60,000 miles
    4 years
  • POWERTRAIN
    10 years / 100,000 miles
    9 years
  • CORROSION
    5 years / 100,000 miles
    4 years
  • ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE
    5 years / 60,000 miles
    4 years

2016 Kia Sorento Key Factors

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Pros

  • Versatile second-row seat
  • User-friendly controls
  • Well-made and attractive cabin
  • Long warranty
  • Excellent crash test scores.
  • Ample features for the money

Cons

  • Turbo engine isn't as punchy and efficient as expected
  • Less spacious than most seven-passenger competitors.


2016 Kia Sorento True Cost Of Ownership

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The TCO® is the total five-year costs of owing a vehicle. Seven cost categories make up the TCO® (depreciation, insurance, financing, taxes & fees, fuel, maintenance and repairs), also take into account any applicable federal tax credit.

ITEMS YEAR 1 YEAR 2 YEAR 3 YEAR 4 YEAR 5 5 YEAR TOTAL
Insurance$1,325$1,371 $1,419$1,469 $1,520$7,104
Maintenance$121$455 $686$551 $3,326$5,139
Repairs$0$0 $0$0 $670$670
Taxes & Fees$3,303$243 $225$210 $196$4,177
Financing$1,025$812 $592$365 $130$2,924
Depreciation$10,298$2,769 $2,436$2,159 $1,937$19,599
Fuel$1,928$1,986 $2,045$2,107 $2,170$10,236
True Cost To Own ®$18,000$7,636 $7,403$6,861 $9,949$49,849

*Warranty’s Cover 75% Of Anticipated Maintenance And Repairs.

**Prices provided by Edmunds True Cost to Own® (TCO®)



2016 Kia Sorento NHTSA Service Bulletins

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Date Complaint Filed: 03/29/2015

Component(s): SEAT BELTS | SEATS

Crash: YesFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Seat belt did not unlatch after crash. *tr


Date Complaint Filed: 04/26/2015

Component(s): STRUCTURE:BODY

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Traveling at highway speed, the windshield seemed to have suffered a stress crack starting in the lower corner of the passenger side (about 1- 2" from the side), and spread to the middle of the windshield (about half way up). the windshield was not impacted by anything, nor did the vehicle hit any large and/or sudden bumps in the road. *tr


Date Complaint Filed: 05/06/2015

Component(s): STEERING

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

While traveling at highway speeds, the sorento constantly sways back and forth. it is extremely difficult to keep the vehicle traveling in a straight line. i took the vehicle in for this concern and they said the tire air pressure was too high, so they released some of the nitrogen from all 4 tires. i took the vehicle out again a week later on a trip and there was no change. i asked the dealer and they admitted that some of their other kia models have this same complaint by their owners and there is nothing kia can do. this is a serious safety concern. *tr


Date Complaint Filed: 05/25/2015

Component(s): VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL:ACCELERATOR PEDAL

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 kia sorento. while driving approximately 50 mph, the accelerator pedal failed to operate without warning. the vehicle was towed to a dealer. the vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. the contact stated that the failure occurred after the vehicle was serviced under nhtsa campaign number: 15v089000 (vehicle speed control). the manufacturer was notified of the failure. the failure mileage was 4,500.


Date Complaint Filed: 07/17/2015

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL | UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

2016 kia sorrento purchased on june 30, 2015. time line 6/30/2015- purchased vehicle at fredy kia in houston, texas. 7/3/15- started having issues with indicator lights/brought in car to dealership 7/11/15- vehicle would not shift gears and was unmovable. i had to get it towed to dealership. numerous indicator lights were on. 7/11/15-7/14/15- vehicle was in the shop at fredy kia in houston texas. i had to rent a car. 7/14/15- picked vehicle up and one indicator light still came on (showed the customer service manager) 7/16/15- all indicator lights, including check engine lights started coming on, the air conditioner began blowing hot air and car shut off again. car was towed to westside kia for service.


Date Complaint Filed: 07/28/2015

Component(s): AIR BAGS | SEATS

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

When a cushion (small pillow) is used (i am a short person) on the front passenger's seat, the air bag detetecor turns off the passenger air bag leaving the passenger unprotected. i have contacted the dealer's service dept. and was told there was no work-around for this problem. i also contacted kia motors and was told the same thing..not fixable. sitting in the front passenger seat is uncomfortable for me (arm rest height, windshield visibility, etc.) without the small pillow. i cannot believe there is no way to disconnect the sensor (which i was told was weight sensitive....obviously not, because my weight is the same with or without the pillow). this leaves me without air bag protection or else uncomfortable. had i known this in advance, i would not have purchased this vehicle. not all people are the same height (i'm 5'3"...not all that short) and if kia was putting in this system, they should have made the front passenger seat height adjustable...doesn't have to be electric, just adjustable in height. it is an unsafe condition which you have no knowledge of until you read the owner's manual....a manual you don't have access to until after you've purchased the car. it needs to be corrected.


Date Complaint Filed: 08/16/2015

Component(s): FORWARD COLLISION AVOIDANCE

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

2016 kia sorento. consumer writes in regards to vehicle "forward collision warning" system issues. *smd the consumer stated the forward collision warning system does not apply the brakes automatically in a near crash situation and the system may not provide a warning with enough time to help avoid a crash. the consumer stated the warning system was not designed like its competitors and he believed kia overstated the functionality of the product. *jb


Date Complaint Filed: 08/23/2015

Component(s): EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 kia sorento. while driving 65 mph with the high beams activated, the contact attempted to switch to the low beams and the headlights failed. the vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. the vehicle was not repaired. the manufacturer was not notified of the failure. the approximate failure mileage was 2,604.


Date Complaint Filed: 10/14/2015

Component(s): STRUCTURE:BODY

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

The vehicle was being driven straight on a 4 lane road at slow speeds due to traffic. the rear pane of the panoramic sunroof imploded without being struck by any object. luckily the shade was closed up to the front pane of glass which prevented the glass from showering the occupants.


Date Complaint Filed: 10/22/2015

Component(s): VISIBILITY:SUN ROOF ASSEMBLY

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

[xxx] 2016 kia sorento (vin # [xxx]) sunroof exploded while on interstate 55 northbound in jackson, ms on 10-21-15 at approx. 8:30pm cst with no traffic or obstructions or overheads. our mileage at the time was less than 200 miles. [xxx] was driving and i was the front passenger. the roof was closed as was the cloth shield (which probably save our life). the explosion was violent like an m-80 going off. we collected some of the glass shards (which shattered into little sharp pieces which would have probably killed us) and chunks of glass on top of the shield. at the time, we were about 900 miles from home and found a tool store, purchased duct tape and taped the remaining moon roof (see pictures) to get us on the road home. luckily, there was no rain on our remaining journey. i contacted our dealership gerald kia naperville where they requested we file a consumer complaint with kia corporate (case #[xxx]) where they denied any issues related to their panoramic sun roof (though there are noted suits, articles, television interviews and of course nhtsa investigations (https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=kia+sorento+sunroof+explosions). i contacted my insurance company travelers and they are reviewing the case ([xxx]). the car will be at the gerald kai dealership in naperville il on monday 10-26-15 around 9am. information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u.s.c. 552(b)(6).


Date Complaint Filed: 11/08/2015

Component(s): SUSPENSION

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 kia sorento. while driving 25 mph and making a right turn, the vehicle shook. the vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the front part of the axle detached due to a missing locking ring that needed to be replaced. the vehicle was repaired. the manufacturer was not notified of the failure. the failure mileage was 9,079.


Date Complaint Filed: 11/22/2015

Component(s): ENGINE

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 kia sorento. while driving 5 mph, the vehicle stalled in the middle of an intersection. the contact lost all power to vehicle. the vehicle was not repaired. the manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. the failure mileage was 6,300.


Date Complaint Filed: 11/23/2015

Component(s): STEERING

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

In motion,on a straight road,on the crown or not, no wind, dry pavement---the electronic steering constantly has the driver making steering corrections.it is a small correction but constant right or left. it is impossible to hold the wheel in one position and travel that lane.unlike my last sixty years of driving! more noticeable on the highway


Date Complaint Filed: 12/06/2015

Component(s): EXTERIOR LIGHTING | STEERING

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 kia sorento. while driving at 60 mph, the steering wheel seized. in addition, the contact stated that the low beam head lamps were activated, but the interior dome light, head lamps, rear lamps, and instrument panel failed to illuminate. the vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering console needed to be replaced. the vehicle was repaired; however, the dealer was unable to diagnose or repair the failure. the manufacturer was notified of the failure. the failure mileage was 4,000. the vin was unavailable.


Date Complaint Filed: 12/02/2015

Component(s): STEERING

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 kia sorento. while driving forward at various speeds, the vehicle veered to the left or right independently. the vehicle was taken to a dealer where the technician stated that the vehicle was operating as designed. the manufacturer was notified of the failure. the failure mileage was 80,120. ...updated 02/19/16 *bf


Date Complaint Filed: 12/07/2015

Component(s): EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

No accident or any such thing has happened yet but i think something should be done about the headlights as they are too easily covered with mud while driving on wet roads. i was driving to another city 2 hours away and it got dark out and when i noticed i couldn't really see ahead of me very far and i know the headlights on this car are amazing. so i stopped and sure enough the headlights were all covered with spatter from other vehicles tires splashing the wet road up onto them. finally after clearin the mud off of the headlights i could see again far in front of me. but not even 30 minutes later did i have to stop again to clear off the headlights so i could see in front of me.


Date Complaint Filed: 01/05/2016

Component(s): POWER TRAIN

Crash: YesFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 kia sorento. after parking the vehicle on an incline, the driver exited the vehicle. approximately 15 minutes later, the vehicle began to roll down the hill and crashed into several trees. a police report was filed and there were no injuries. the cause of the failure was not diagnosed or repaired. the manufacturer was not notified. the vin was not available. the failure mileage was 1,000.


Date Complaint Filed: 01/07/2016

Component(s): POWER TRAIN | SERVICE BRAKES

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

You can shift the car from park to reverse/drive without putting enough pressure on the brake peddle to actually engage the brake pads to the brake rotors. if you aren't pay attention to how hard you are pressing on the brake peddle, the call will start to move at a normal speed. i have taken the car to two kia dealerships and i have been told this is normal and safe. i feel that this is a huge safety issue. one dealership even checked other 2016 sorentos on the lot and it was the same for them as well. this happens every day.


Date Complaint Filed: 12/29/2015

Component(s): ENGINE | ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:EXHAUST SYSTEM:MANIFOLD/HEADER/MUFFLER/TAIL PIPE

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

2016 kia sorento. consumer writes in regards to vehicle will not shift properly and failed to accelerate over 30 mph. *smd the manifold assembly intake was replaced three times. *jb


Date Complaint Filed: 02/10/2016

Component(s): UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

With keyless entry/on/off when engine turned off car rolls away as there is no interlock assuring me that trans was put into park properly.






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From Edmunds.com

Edmunds.com details what's new for the 2016 Kia Sorento. The midsize Kia Sorento has been completely redesigned, so we update you on its interior space and quality, fuel economy, available engines and features, and what it's like to drive.

As the titular Malcolm would attest, it can be tough being in the middle. And yet, the Kia Sorento has done just fine occupying a middle ground between compact and midsize SUVs. For 2016, a completely redesigned Sorento carries on this tradition, but its needle now swings a bit from one side off-center to another.

See, the previous-generation Sorento could be viewed as a slightly bigger alternative to compact SUVs like the Toyota RAV4, with similar interior quality and driving dynamics to match. The 2016 Kia Sorento, on the other hand, grows up literally and figuratively to become more of a smaller alternative to larger, more sophisticated family crossovers like the Toyota Highlander. And given its available five- and seven-passenger configurations, it's also more akin to two-row midsize crossovers like the Ford Edge while still undercutting them on price.

The Kia Sorento has grown for 2016 and offers more interior space than before.

These changes for 2016 go beyond greater interior and cargo room. In fact, those increases are rather negligible compared to the increases in interior and driving refinement. Simply put, the 2016 Sorento is a higher-quality vehicle. Cabin materials give up little (if anything) to pricier competitors, feature content embodies the term "generous" and even the styling is more attractive inside and out. Mechanical improvements include a strengthened structure, upgraded suspension and improved steering, which together create a more substantial, comfortable and altogether more refined driving experience. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine also joins the lineup to be its own middle ground between the underpowered base four-cylinder and thirstier V6 engines, though it's only offered with two-row seating, oddly enough.

Overall, we're impressed by the 2016 Kia Sorento. This Kia is a strong, value-rich alternative to five-passenger crossovers like the Ford Edge, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and Jeep Grand Cherokee, as well as seven-passenger models like the Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota Highlander. It may still be stuck in the middle, but that's quite alright.

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