2016 Kia Sorento Grows Up For Families

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Kia seems to be growing up in front of our eyes even faster than my tween daughters. I was happily surprised by my recent test-drive of the new 2015 Kia Sedona minivan, and that growth in maturity is clearly going to be a theme for Kia based upon the all-new 2016 Sorento shown at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Sure, its dimensions have stretched a bit to create a slightly roomier feel inside, but the real story is its upscale fit and finish and attention to usable features in this three-row crossover.

By Kristin Varela | November 21, 2014 | Comments (1)

2016 Kia Sorento Photo Gallery (46 Photos)

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Kia's redesigned three-row crossover grows in size, gets fresh interior styling and a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine for 2016. The new Sorento debuted at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Outside, the Sorento adopts a new, clean look thanks to a larger wraparound grille, upswept headlights and quad-pattern fog lights. Inside, there's a new control panel layout and cargo room grows by about 20 percent.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears. 

By Jennifer Geiger | November 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Kia Sorento Video

Showcased at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, Kia's three-row crossover is updated for 2016 with a clean look outside thanks to a wraparound grille, upswept headlights and quad-pattern fog lights. Inside the 2016 Sorento, Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says families will be happy with the cabin's additional storage spaces and roomy first and second rows. 

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In the way back, things are pretty tight, however. Third-row headroom is lacking and although cargo room behind the third row is up by around 20 percent this year, Mays says "20 percent of terrible is still terrible." Check out the video for more.

Watch on YouTube

By Jennifer Geiger | November 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Kia Sorento: First Look

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Competes with: Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder

Looks like: Kia Sedona minivan meets the Toyota Venza

Drivetrain: 185-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder or 290-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 with six-speed automatic transmission; front- or all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: First quarter of 2015

The redesigned 2016 Kia Sorento grows in size, has all-new interior styling and is offered with a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Like its predecessor, the 2016 Sorento is available with seating for five or seven. Pricing will be announced nearer to the crossover SUV's on-sale date early next year.

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By Mike Hanley | November 20, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 L.A. Auto Show: What to Expect

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If you like luxury vehicles, SUVs or sports cars — and even luxury SUVs that perform like sports cars — you're gonna love the lineup of debuts at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. Organizers say there will be 60 premieres, 30 of them global and nearly two-thirds will be luxury and performance offerings.

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Set to bow at the 107-year-old event — the last major auto show of the calendar year and the first of the new auto-show season — are a host of SUVs, from compact crossovers to midsize models. Performance coupes, convertibles and sedans also abound from automakers ranging from Scion to Cadillac.

And perhaps fitting for the Southern California city famed for its air of affluence, nearly half of the anticipated entrees on our list of what to watch for are from luxury automakers. Among those are SUVs and sports cars from the likes of Audi and BMW. Moreover, during the Connected Car Expo on Nov. 18, Volvo's "Drive Me" autonomous vehicle will make its North American debut, at which time executives will discuss the automaker's driverless technology.

Here's what we'll be looking for as Cars.com covers the L.A. auto show from the event floor:

By Matt Schmitz | November 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

Kia Releases Photos of Redesigned Sorento

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The Kia Sorento's looks didn't change much in the past few model years, Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek noted in his review, but he'll definitely notice the difference now. The Korean automaker today released the first official images of its third-generation Sorento SUV, which is longer and lower, and pulls a few styling cues from the space-agey Kia Cross GT concept we saw back at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

Related: Kia Cross GT Concept: Photo Gallery

The new photos reveal an elongated, more swept-back profile and lower stance, as well as a somewhat more aggressive visage courtesy of its grille's less-smiley maw, angrier stare and trapezoidal fog lights in place of upright, rectangular ones. The rear end doesn't appear drastically different, save for newly shaped, less-squinty wraparound taillights. The new Sorento owes its low, muscular stance in part to its updated dimensions; it's 3.7 inches longer and more than a half-inch shorter in height. Moreover, a 3-inch-longer wheelbase provides increased passenger space in all three rows, according to Kia.

By Matt Schmitz | August 12, 2014 | Comments (10)

Kia Teases Next Generation Sorento SUV

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Kia's Sorento SUV is about due for a redesign, and the South Korean automaker has given the world a blurry look at the next version through the release of a couple of concept sketches and an accompanying video. The new look bears more than a passing resemblance to the recently unveiled Sedona minivan, which itself adopts a more SUV-like stance with a distinctive hood instead of a sloping front end like most vans. The new Sorento builds on that theme, but still maintains some distinctive design cues.

Rumor has it that the new Sorento will debut in South Korea next month, with an international debut at the Paris Motor Show in October. Our first look at it stateside could come at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show in November, if Kia decides to bring it over.

By Aaron Bragman | July 29, 2014 | Comments (1)

Ford Escape Again Walks Away With 'Most-Stolen' Title

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As stolen SUVs go, crooks are still most likely to abscond with the Escape. Once again, the Ford Escape topped the National Insurance Crime Bureau's list of most-stolen SUVs and crossovers. The Des Plaines, lll.-based nonprofit today released the 2014 SUV hot list, which examines model-year 2011-13 SUV and crossover thefts that occurred between Jan. 1, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2013.

Ford Escape Tops List of Most-Stolen SUVs

According to the NICB, a total of 21,711 SUVs and crossovers were reported stolen in that time; that's up from just less than 20,000 on the list released in February 2013. The consistently coveted Escape did its share in making up the difference in the increase. At 1,421 thefts, the Escape logged 407 more thefts than reported in the 2013 list, a nearly 29 percent spike. Ford also dominates the balance of the top three, with 1,140 Edge thefts and 958 Explorer thefts.

By Matt Schmitz | June 16, 2014 | Comments (2)

2014 Kia Sorento: Family Checklist

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I recently read the novel "Beautiful Ruins" by Jess Walter, which features a small hotel nestled in an uncelebrated town along the northern Italian coast. This hotel's name translates to "Hotel Adequate View." This seems like an unflattering name, but the hotel's existence and merits are simply overshadowed by the posh hotels in the surrounding towns.

The 2014 Kia Sorento could be similarly called "Midsize SUV Adequate Performance, Price and Looks." In a crowded market segment that's full of superstars, the unassuming Sorento deserves a look. It offers solid satisfaction and is acceptable for most people's daily needs.

My test car, a Sorento EX, came with the available 3.3-liter V-6 engine that produces 290 horsepower. It also had available all-wheel drive that directs power to the tire with the most traction. The ride quality, acceleration and handling were all agreeable. I was able to maneuver in and out of tight city spots and pass others on the highway without too much struggle. The Sorento even handled a winding canyon climb without hesitation. The only thing that's not entirely satisfactory about the V-6's performance is its EPA-estimated 18/24/20 mpg city/highway/combined.

By Courtney Messenbaugh | October 2, 2013 | Comments (0)

For $24,000, Is The Kia Sportage or Kia Optima a Better Deal?

"For $24,000, is the Kia Sportage or Kia Optima a better deal?"
Dawn B., Plano, Texas

By Rick Popely | September 21, 2013 | Comments (0)

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