This past week my husband and I were given the chance to review the 2016 Kia Sorento and we were impressed! Of course the model we were given, which was the Sorento SXL AWD, was fully loaded and beautiful! The base Kia Sorento starts at $43,100 and the one we drove was $46,695. My husband is pretty sure that this is the car he seriously wants to look into when our 2nd car goes to car heaven. The Sorento gets an average of 19 MPG which equals out to about 17 MPG City and 23 Highway. We didn’t get as good of a mileage since we sat outside of baseball with the car running because it was too chilly for the baby to be outside, but I’m sure on a regular basis it would be great!
One thing I like about the Kia Sorento is the third row seating. While it’s a little small back there (but bigger than other cars I’ve seen), it’s really nice to have the option to open up that third row if we need to go somewhere with the whole family. We were able to put the two middle kids in the 3rd row and the baby and oldest in the second row. It’s kind of a pain to put the second row seat down to get the kids in the back, but that’s just the way it is with this type of car. If my husband got this car it wouldn’t be used that way on a regular basis anyway. When the third row is up, there is only enough room in the back for about 3 reusable grocery bags across (the paper bag sized ones, not the flimsy ones.)
There is plenty of cargo space with the third row folded down. One small thing that bugged me is the kids had the option of turning on the Rear AC by themselves. I would start to feel a draft and realize they turned it on again. I love the power liftgate button. You also get one on the keyfob so you can open the liftgate before you get to the car and just put things in quickly. One of the features I loved was the fact that in the back seat you had three different types of power outlets! My kids could charge electronics all they wanted! (Not that we are doing a lot of that anymore, because we aren’t.)
The only other issue I really had with the car is that I couldn’t reach an ATM or bank teller button to send the money tube because the door was too tall for me. I’m not sure if it’s a height issue for me or the door was really too tall. Things that I absolutely loved were the heated seats and steering wheel! It got cold again last week in Chicago so those came in handy! We all also loved the Panoramic Roof and the sunshades that you could pull out of the doors in the back seat.
One feature I could totally get used to was the rear assist. In the collage above you can see the side view mirror from the bottom. What you’re looking at there is a little camera. There are little cameras stationed around the car to help give you that view all around your car for parking assist.
I feel like I haven’t even touched on all of the features of this car. It really is a great car! I wouldn’t recommend it as a family vehicle for a family my size to be used on a regular basis that way, but the fact that we can fit our whole family, comfortably as needed is a great bonus!