2016 Kia Sorento SXL AWD (1091)

Overview:

This week we’re looking at the 2015 Kia Sorento SXL AWD SUV. Although it is classified as a small SUV it still seats 7 and this 2016 model has a wider stance and longer wheel base. This model year marks over a decade since its debut. Sorento was awarded the NHTSA overall 5-star safety rating and other awards in 2015 for safety. For example to qualify for 2015 TOP SAFETY PICK, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as a good or acceptable rating in the small overlap front test.

General Information: It is assembled in USA; Parts – US/Canadian 46%, Korea 54%; Engine Korea, and transmission – USA; Class  –  Small SUV; Cars from Kia:– Cadenza, Forte, Forte Koup, Forte5, K900, Optima, Rio, Rio 5-door, Sedona, Sorento, Soul, Soul EV and Sportage.

Handling & Performance:

You can select from three engines from 2.4 liter fuel efficient 4-cylinder engine to a 2.0 turbocharged engine for that extra kick without loss of fuel economy. Also available is a 3.3 liter V6 for more power and good towing capacity. AWD safety.

Styling:

Lovely eye catching clean design with elegant presence.

Fit and Finish:

Excellent

Cost:

Competitive even when pitted against more expensive badges.

Conveniences and comfort:

As priced this 2016 Sorento model year has a great host of features included. Some options that are cool favorites of mine include smart cruise control, lane departure warning system and surround view monitor as an addition to the rear view camera.

Consumer Recommendations:

One thing you have probably learned when bargaining with new car dealers is that a base model is hard to dicker on the price but higher end equipped models gives the dealer more room to deal. Negotiate because sales are sluggish and it is better for the car companies to move inventory and take a thinner margin of profit than NOT making the sale.

Recognized Competition:

Kia Sorento $25-43,000, Lincoln MKX $42,000, Acura MDX $44,000, Honda Pilot $40,000, Nissan JUKE $20-30,000, Dodge Journey $21-33,000, Hyundai Tucson $22-28,000, Mazda CX-5 $22-29,000, Subaru XV Crosstrek $22-29,000, Jeep Patriot $22-27,000, .

Good News:

Classy, comfy, good roomy feel for a 7 seater, powerful engines available or you can opt for higher fuel economy versions.

Bad News:

I was very surprised that the horn didn’t work. Then I wondered if more cars had horn problems but most of us don’tuse their horns a lot. That was not always the case. In the early automotive history days the horn was one of the most used features.

Standard Equipment:

3.3 liter V6 GDI engine, 6-speed auto transmission, full time all wheel drive, 19” chrome alloy wheels, front side and full length side curtain (first two rows) airbags, 4-wheel ABS disc braking system, traction control, stability control, hill start assist control, tire pressure monitor, blind spot detection system, dual zone climate control, rear air conditioning, Infinity surround sound audio system, UVO eServices Telemetics with rear camera display, Nav system with 8” display, Sirius/XM satellite radio, Rapid charge USB ports with Aux input jact, Bluetooth wireless technology, Nappa Leather trim seating first and second rows, power driver seat,  50/50 split folding 3rd row seating, heated rear outboard seats, push button start with smart key, heated leather wrapped steering wheel, tilt and telescopic steering column, Panoramic roof with power sun shade, smart hands free power liftgate, power windows and locks, power folding heated mirrors with turn signal indicators.

Gas Stats:

$3.59/ Gal avg. June 7, 2015

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

17 City and 23 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $43,100.

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