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Rankings & Awards

The 2016 Kia Sorento ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Kia Sorento has a score of 8.3 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 19 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 9.8
Reliability:
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2016 Kia Sorento Review

The 2016 Kia Sorento is easy to drive, and its available engines really give it some punch. The Sorento also boasts a sophisticated cabin and offers plenty of advanced safety features. For these reasons and more, it sits near the top of our competitive midsize SUV rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Composed handling
  • High-end cabin
  • Peppy available engines
  • Plenty of available safety features
  • Underwhelming base engine

2016 Kia Sorento Overview

Is the 2016 Kia Sorento a Good Used SUV?

As long as you stay away from the base four-cylinder engine, you can’t go wrong with the Sorento. The base model has two rows, while a third row is available. Higher trims like the LX and SX offer the best combination of power, active safety technology, and features.

Why You Can Trust Us

We analyzed 19 Kia Sorento reviews and included information on safety, reliability, fuel economy, and more to give you a comprehensive overview of the 2016 Sorento.

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking vehicles since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry. To ensure our impartiality, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from carmakers or dealers, and an outside team handles our site’s advertising.

How Much Is the 2016 Kia Sorento?

Based on the nearly 1,700 2016 Kia Sorento listings on our site, you can expect to pay between $16,000 and $29,500 for a used 2016 Sorento. The average list price on our site is $21,200. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Kia Sorento Cost to Own?

The cost of owning a vehicle goes far beyond the sticker price. Estimated five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2016 Sorento are about $24,200, which is a little less than you’ll find for most 2016 affordable midsize SUVs. The 2016 Chevrolet Traverse will cost you an estimated $26,300 over five years, the 2016 Buick Enclave around $27,600, and the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe roughly $24,250.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Sorento?

With an average list price of $21,200, a used 2016 Kia Sorento will save you around $4,700 compared with the starting price of a new 2018 Kia Sorento. Both models feature the same engines – including the same base four-cylinder. It's possible, however, to find a used 2016 Sorento with a V6 engine for significantly less than you can get a new Sorento with a V6.

A new Sorento offers some available features that the used model doesn't, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, adaptive headlights, and automatic emergency breaking. These features are nice to have, but their price – $3,200 on top of the 2018’s starting price – may be too much for many shoppers.

The 2016 Sorento is a significantly better deal – even if it doesn’t have Apple CarPlay. The only potential downside? You don’t get the benefit of the 2018’s new-car warranty.

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Compared with the 2016 Kia Sorento, the 2018 model isn’t a good deal, but if you’re willing to step down a class in size, there are some new compact SUVs to consider. Several new 2-row options start at less than $24,050, including the 2018 Hyundai Tucson and Honda CR-V. Both SUVs are fun to drive and earn good safety scores, and the CR-V is competitive with the Sorento in terms of cargo space. If you want a third row, you should stick to a used midsize SUV like the 2016 Honda Pilot or 2016 Toyota Highlander.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Kia Sorento?

The 2016 Sorento has a reliability rating of 3.5 out of five, which is above average for the industry but slightly lower than the reliability rating of other top-ranked midsize SUVs, including the Chevy Traverse, Buick Enclave, and Hyundai Santa Fe.

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2016 Kia Sorento Recalls

At the time of this writing, there were five safety recalls on the 2016 Kia Sorento. They involve trouble with acceleration, a front passenger seat belt that may not latch, an inadequately welded driver's seatback frame, rear cross member weld fractures, and, when equipped, trailer brake lights that may stay illuminated. Make sure these recalls have been addressed before buying a used Sorento.

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Which Model Year of the Kia Sorento Is Best?

The 2016 Kia Sorento was a complete redesign and launched a new generation. The 2017 Sorento added available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as various active safety features. The 2018 model offers no additional upgrades over the 2017 model. They’re all good SUVs, but the 2016 model offers you almost as much as the two more recent models and costs considerably less.

If you’re on a budget, you might consider a Sorento from the 2013 through 2015 model years. While none of these models do as well in our rankings as the 2016 and later models, they all rank midclass. Avoid the 2013 Sorento and its mediocre base engine. Instead, look at the 2014 and 2015 models, which have a better four-cylinder. They don’t have the handling or poise of 2016 and later models, but they’re relatively quiet and smooth riding.

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Which Used Kia Sorento Model Is Right for Me?

If you’re looking for a five-seater, the Sorento EX is the best trim choice. It comes with a 240-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that has more power than the base four-cylinder and nearly the same fuel economy estimates. The EX also has many standard features, including dual-zone automatic climate control, Kia's UVO infotainment system, and leather seats. The SX Limited trim adds appealing features like a 14-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a 110-volt outlet, navigation, and a 10-speaker stereo. If you need seating for seven, you’ll have to buy the LX AWD.

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Certified Pre-Owned Kia Sorento Warranty

Though a certified pre-owned Sorento is typically more expensive than a non-CPO model, it’s still much less than buying a new Sorento. Kia’s certified pre-owned vehicles receive the balance of the original 10-year/100,000-mile new-car powertrain warranty, plus a one-year/12,000-mile Platinum warranty for non-powertrain parts. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Kia warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

Kia has one of the lower-rated CPO programs. Better bets are the CPO program offered by Toyota and Honda.

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How Safe Is the Sorento?

The 2016 Sorento's safety scores are among the highest in the midsize SUV class. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it five out of five stars in the front and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test. Overall, the 2016 Sorento scores better on safety than top-ranked used 3-row SUVs like the 2016 Toyota Highlander and 2016 Honda Pilot.

Available driver assistance features in the Sorento include forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring with lane change assist, and rear cross traffic alert. If navigating an SUV through parking lots is a challenge for you, look for models with the available rearview camera and rear parking sensors or the 360-degree parking camera system.

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2016 Kia Sorento Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Kia Sorento or 2016 Toyota Highlander?

Like the Sorento, the 3-row Toyota Highlander has a comfortable ride, composed handling, and a powerful available V6 engine. Both also earn good safety and reliability scores. The Sorento offers more third-row legroom. The Highlander comes standard with a rearview camera and provides better overall cargo space, but you’ll pay mightily for those advantages. According to its average sale prices, a used 2016 Sorento is about $12,000 less than a used 2016 Highlander. Go with the Kia.

Which Is Better: 2016 Kia Sorento or 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe?

The Hyundai Santa Fe has much in common with its cousin the Kia Sorento. Both feature composed handling and straightforward technology, as well as strong available engines. The base Santa Fe Sport comes standard with seating for five, but the larger Santa Fe’s third row bumps capacity to seven (though this row is small, like the Sorento’s). Overall, you’re better off going with the Sorento. It offers more advanced safety and tech features in lower trims and provides better ride quality than 3-row Santa Fe models.

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2016 Sorento Performance

How Does the 2016 Kia Sorento Drive?

The 2016 Sorento has three available engines: the base 185-horsepower four-cylinder; a 240-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder; and a 290-horsepower V6. All engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Kia Sorento feels a little underpowered with the base engine. The V6 has ample power, but many prefer the turbocharged four-cylinder, which provides plenty of power in most situations and operates smoothly, with minimal turbo lag. The transmission shifts seamlessly.

The 2016 Sorento comes with standard front-wheel drive or available all-wheel drive. The Sorento has controlled handling and rides comfortably. The steering is responsive and provides a good amount of feedback to the driver. The Sorento feels more maneuverable than some rivals.

Does the 2016 Kia Sorento Get Good Gas Mileage?

Fuel economy on the 2016 Kia Sorento ranges from 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway with the V6 engine and AWD to 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway with the front-wheel-drive four-cylinder Sorento. The Honda Pilot comes standard with a V6 and gets slightly worse gas mileage: 19/27 mpg city/highway. The Chevy Traverse, however, falls well behind at 15/22 mpg.

2016 Kia Sorento Towing Capacity

The Kia Sorento can tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.

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2016 Sorento Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Sorento Seat?

The 2016 Sorento seats five in its standard configuration, but you can seat seven with an available third-row 50/50-split-folding seat. The third row has legroom comparable with the Honda Pilot but almost 2 inches less than the Chevy Traverse.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Kia Sorento?

The Sorento has two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the outboard second-row seats. There's an additional upper tether on the third-row middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Sorento an Acceptable rating – the second-best rating – for ease of use.

2016 Kia Sorento Features

The 2016 Sorento comes standard with satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a 4.3-inch touch-screen audio system. Available features include Kia's UVO infotainment system, a 10-speaker Infinity surround-sound audio system, proximity key, dual-zone automatic climate control, and navigation with an 8-inch touch screen. With either the standard or available touch screen, infotainment controls are easy to operate, and the larger screen has crisp graphics and large buttons.

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2016 Kia Sorento Dimensions

Kia Sorento Cargo Space

Both 2- and 3-row 2016 Sorento models have 38 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and 73 cubic feet behind the first row. The 3-row model has 11.3 cubic feet behind the third row. The Sorento's cargo area is small compared with rivals like the 2016 Honda Pilot and 2016 Chevy Traverse, which have maximum storage spaces of 83.9 and 116.3 cubic feet, respectively.

2016 Sorento Length and Weight

The 2016 Kia Sorento is 15.6 feet long and has a curb weight ranging from 3,704 pounds for front-wheel-drive four-cylinder models to 4,343 pounds for all-wheel-drive models with the V6 engine.

Where Was the 2016 Kia Sorento Built?

Kia built the 2016 Sorento in West Point, Georgia, at Kia Motors’ Manufacturing Georgia assembly plant. Kia also assembles the Optima sedan there.

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