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)

Department of Justice Fines Hyundai-Kia $100 Million

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Two years ago, after an EPA investigation spurred by consumer complaints, Hyundai and Kia announced they would reimburse owners of about 900,000 vehicles for misstated fuel economy ratings; today the Department of Justice is leveling a related $100 million civil penalty against the Korean automakers. They have also agreed to spend approximately $50 million on programs to prevent future violations as well as forfeit 4.75 million greenhouse gas emission credits that the companies previously claimed. The EPA estimates the credits, which can be used to offset emissions from less fuel-efficient vehicle models, to be worth more than $200 million. 

Related: Hyundai, Kia to Pay 900,000 Owners for Bad MPG Estimates

According to the EPA, the fine is the largest in Clean Air Act history, which the automakers violated when they sold close to 1.2 million vehicles that will emit approximately 4.75 million metric tons of greenhouse gases in excess of what they certified to the EPA.

The discrepancy stems from the erroneous coastdown procedures that resulted in the automaker's adjustment of the fuel economy ratings of around a quarter of its model-year 2011-2013 vehicles; combined city/highway ratings were reduced by 1-2 miles per gallon, bringing them in line with the EPA's numbers. 

By Jennifer Geiger | November 3, 2014 | Comments (3)

2015 Kia K900 Review

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"The 2015 Kia K900 feels like a Kirkland brand luxury sedan from Costco — tasty and much less expensive than a name-brand model, but falling short in sophistication, refinement and cachet," Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman says. Check out Bragman's review for more.

2015 Kia K900 Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Aaron D. Bragman

By Matt Schmitz | October 17, 2014 | Comments (7)

Five Things That Might Make You Spend $40K on a Kia Sedona Minivan

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Despite Kia's recent entrance into the uber-lux car segment with the 2015 K900, a full-size sedan, many of us may still think of Kia as a budget brand. With the launch of the reinvented 2015 Kia Sedona, some families may pause before spending around $40,000 for the fully loaded minivan, which you have to do to get all the nifty features. This puts the Sedona in the same price range as the bulk its competitors; read, no major cost savings here. So why should a family consider springing for the rather pricey Kia minivan? I spent some time with the new Kia in and around Laguna Beach, Calif., at a drive event and found five reasons.

By Kristin Varela | September 29, 2014 | Comments (12)

Improved 2015 Kia Soul Earns IIHS' Top Safety Pick, Forte Fails

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The 2015 Kia Soul hatchback has rejoined the ranks of vehicles deemed worthy of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick. Meanwhile, the 2015 Forte fell short again after losing its status the previous model year, despite improvements.

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The Soul redeemed itself this time around by earning a good rating in the IIHS' stringent small overlap front crash test, which simulates what happens when a car strikes an object such as a tree or utility pole. IIHS rates cars on a scale of poor, marginal, acceptable and good. The Soul scored poorly on the small overlap test for the 2013 model year, and wasn't even tested for 2014 because Kia said things had not improved. The hatchback came back strong for 2015, however, raising its rating on the test from poor to good (acceptable would have earned it Top Safety Pick status). As is necessary for the safety designation, the Soul also earned good scores in the institute's other four crashworthiness evaluations: moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats.

IIHS said the Soul improved by strengthening the front end and occupant compartment for 2015. "The driver space was maintained reasonably well with a small amount of intrusion," IIHS said in a statement. "The dummy's movement was well controlled, and its head hit the frontal airbag, which stayed in position during the crash."

By Matt Schmitz | September 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

Kia Prices Soul EV at $33,700

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The Kia Soul is one of Cars.com's favorite urban cars, and the all-electric 2015 Kia Soul EV aims to be the most city-centric Soul yet with its EPA-estimated electric range of 93 miles. The Soul EV Base trim level starts at $33,700 when it goes on sale later this fall, and a feature-heavy Plus trim starts at $35,700. Prices do not include a destination fee, which hasn't been announced, though a gasoline-powered Soul's destination charge is $800.

Related: 2015 Kia Soul EV at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show

The four-door Soul EV hatchback qualifies for the federal EV tax credit of $7,500, which is not reflected in the starting price. Californian markets are first to see the Soul EV on sale, and lease prices are expected to start at $249 per month; term and more details will be available closer to the Soul EV's launch date.

By Joe Bruzek | September 11, 2014 | Comments (2)

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