2016 Kia Sorento

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Kia Sorento highlights

Customer rating


  • Nicely constructed
  • Easy-to-use cabin
  • Quiet and comfortable ride


  • Less spacious than some rivals
  • Underpowered base engine

Mileage (EPA estimate)

17 city, 23 highway, 19 combined

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The redesigned 2016 Kia Sorento is a great pick for a family hauler

The 2016 Kia Sorento is sized to fit in between smaller compact SUVs like the Honda CR-V and midsize rivals like the Toyota 4Runner. The Sorento is redesigned for 2016, and it offers an impressive cabin made with high-quality materials, along with optional third-row seating that's roomier than before. The Sorento also offers three powertrains to match your driving needs. The standard 2.4-liter engine produces merely adequate power, while a new optional 2.0-liter turbocharged engine feels significantly stronger. An available 3.3-liter V6 also provides nice power and higher towing capability.

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What is new for the 2016 Kia Sorento?

  • The Sorento is available in a new trim called the L.
  • Sorento trims have been upgraded with Turbo Charged Engine as standard equipment this year.
  • Automated Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The LX trim now comes with Rear View Camera as standard equipment.

2016 Kia Sorento trims

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  • Comes with LED running lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, 40/20/40-split second-row seats, three-mode drive settings, and more.



  • Includes 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, rear parking sensors, heated front seats, and more.

  • View all Kia Sorento EX in stock


  • Adds a panoramic sunroof, eight-inch touchscreen, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning systems, a navigation system, and 19-inch alloy wheels.

  • View all Kia Sorento SX in stock

SX Limited

  • Includes chrome-clad 19-inch wheels, heated second-row seats, ventilated front seats, and Nappa leather upholstery.

5 reasons to buy the 2016 Kia Sorento

1. Spacious cabin

2016 Kia Sorento Review: Back Seats | CarMax

Interior room is no doubt important if you're looking to buy an SUV. The 2016 Kia Sorento has seating for five in the standard configuration, but a third-row seat is available, increasing the capacity to seven. Second-row legroom measures at 39.4 inches, with 39.3 inches of headroom, whereas legroom in the front row is 44.1 inches, and headroom measures up at 39.5 inches. The available third-row seat is also relatively comfortable, especially for kids.

2. Attractive engine options

2016 Kia Sorento Review: Engine | CarMax

The 2016 Kia Sorento comes standard with a 2.4L four-cylinder engine that generates 185 horsepower. It's paired to a six-speed automatic transmission, with front-wheel drive as standard and all-wheel drive as an option. In addition to the base engine, the lineup includes a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 240 horsepower that's available on the EX and SX Limited trims, while a 290-hp 3.3L V6 engine is standard on the SX. These options make for a versatile engine lineup that is bound to contain something to fit your needs and driving style.

3. Stylish exterior

2016 Kia Sorento Review: Front Exterior | CarMax

In addition to performance and utility, the attractive exterior design is another strong suit of the 2016 Kia Sorento. It boasts a modern, elegant, and somewhat sporty look. A large front grille and narrow headlights—along with an imposing lower air intake and a striking fog-lamp configuration—make the front end look sporty and aggressive. The LED taillights, chrome door handles, and roof rails only add to the overall exciting exterior.

4. Generous cargo capacity

2016 Kia Sorento Review: Cargo Space  | CarMax

Storage room is another important aspect of every SUV, and the 2016 Kia Sorento has plenty of it. You'll find 38.8 cu ft behind the second row, while the maximum capacity is 73.5 cu ft when the rear seats fold down. With so much room, you'll have no problem hauling several large suitcases or lots of grocery bags, as well as sporting equipment, fishing gear, or similar bulky items.

5. Refined interior

2016 Kia Sorento Review: Cabin Interior | CarMax

On top of being quite spacious and accommodating, the interior of the 2016 Kia Sorento is pretty refined and upscale, too. Thanks to the use of quality materials and clever design solutions, all passengers can have an enjoyable and extremely comfortable riding experience. With soft touch surfaces throughout, as well as easy-to-use infotainment systems and various vehicle system controls, the driver and passengers will appreciate every ride and look forward to the next one.

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The Ford Edge is a midsize SUV with a spacious interior and an attractive engine lineup. 2017–2021 models come standard with a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder EcoBoost® engine delivering 245 horsepower—this is plenty for a spirited drive. They also have seating for five and come equipped with lots of standard tech features. Here's what you'll find on 2017–2021 models:

  • 4.2-inch infotainment touchscreen

  • Bluetooth connectivity

  • 18-inch alloy wheels

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2016 Kia Sorento is a great car for the price. Customers like the car's room, gas mileage, and features.
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Kia Sorento an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Kia Sorento 12th out of 29 among Compact SUVs.

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Kia Sorento features and specs

EX 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leather Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Infinity Sound System
  • Navigation System
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Running Boards
  • SiriusXM Trial Available
  • Smart Key
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 44.1"/R 39.4"

Head room

F 39.5"/R 39.3"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

350/3500 lbs.



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More about the 2016 Kia Sorento

2016 Kia Sorento Review: Top Colors | CarMax

Exterior colors:

  • Blaze Blue 

  • Dark Cherry 

  • Ebony Black 

  • Platinum Graphite 

  • Polished Walnut 

  • Remington Red 

  • Snow White Pearl 

  • Sparkling Silver 

  • Titanium Silver

Interior colors:

  • Black Premium Leather (SX) 

  • Dark Gray Leather (EX) 

  • Ivory Nappa (SX Limited) 

  • Light Gray (SX)

  • Merlot Nappa (SX Limited) 

  • Metallic Nappa (SX Limited) 

  • Satin Black 

  • Stone Beige (LX and higher)

Interior details

The 2016 Kia Sorento can seat five people in its standard configuration, with a third-row seat available that increases seating capacity to seven. The base trim comes with stain-resistant fabric upholstery, while the Limited trim gets an upgrade with Nappa leather interior. A leather-wrapped steering wheel is also standard on higher-level trims, along with heated and ventilated seats.

Child seat details

Two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors are in the 2016 Kia Sorento, located on the outboard second-row seats. There is room for one stationary infant seat and a forward- and rear-facing convertible car seat in the second row, as well as a booster seat, which can also fit in a third-row seat configuration.


The 2016 Kia Sorento gets its power from a 2.0L four-cylinder engine, paired to a six-speed automatic transmission, for a total output of 185 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque. It comes standard with front-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is optional. Models with front-wheel drive and 2.0L four-cylinder engine get an EPA-estimated 23 mpg combined and can go from zero to 60 mph in 9.1 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new).


According to EPA estimates, the FWD 2016 Kia Sorento's tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions are 377 grams per mile. This estimate is based on a brand-new model.

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