Last week I had a chance to test drive the 2016 Kia Sorento SX Limited, thanks to Kia Motors and DriveShop. This was my first foray into the world of SUVs and it was quite interesting for me. I’ve always driven sedans and smaller cars. The Sorento always received high marks among my blogging friends who are parents, so I wanted to see what it was like for myself. Since it’s labeled as the “perfect getaway vehicle,” I requested the Sorento during a week where Tim’s parents were staying with us and we were spending a couple nights in Palm Desert. It’s always great to have a new car to drive for long distances, verses the 10+ year old clunkers we both own.
First let’s be superficial for a moment. This is a really pretty vehicle. Sleek curves, shiny paint, sharp rims. This paint color is called Platinum Graphite, in case you’re putting in an order right now. It’s a big car so it has big stylish lights, and look at that grill. Is it weird I notice the grills on cars? I think I started looking at grills because of Cars Land. The interior had leather seating (seats seven, by the way – with a convertible rear seat that folds down for extra trunk storage. The interior cabin is super roomy, and the two front seats have individual climate control. The navigation screen is easy to use, and the dashboard very easy to read with your speed digitally displayed right in the center.
Much like the Kia Forte I tested last year, the Sorento drives like a dream! It’s so smooth and quiet. I’m always amazed at how well these new cars run. The keyless entry and start button makes life so much easier, especially if you have a bunch of stuff in your hands and don’t want to dig your keys out from your purse or pocket. Gas mileage seems standard for a car of this size – 23 MPG on the highway and 19 on surface streets. The gas tank is much larger than our sedans, though. We only had to fill up once during our travels between Los Angeles and Palm Desert, and we drove around A LOT!
As for features, the Sorento I drove was fully loaded – what a luxury! The safety features are outstanding. My favorite part was some kind of camera magic that showed you a “bird’s eye” view of your car on the dashboard display while you are backing up or parking. I am a horrible parker; I can never quite judge how far I am from the curb or if I’m in the parking lines straight. What can I say – I have many talents but parking my car is not one of them. The magic camera solved this problem for me. There are also sensors that alert you whenever you are too close to a car or object, or if something is in your blind spot. And you know I love a good sun roof … well this one was AMAZING! The car is huge so it stands to reason the sun roof is huge, too. The panoramic sun roof ran the length of the car, practically. Only half of it opened all of the way, but just having the light come in was while we were gallivanting around Palm Desert was good enough for us.
I just want to highlight one other feature that my mother-in-law especially loved. When the trunk door is open, there is a button you press to close the door. My mother-in-law is petite so she has trouble manually closing the trunk doors on these bigger cars. It just goes the show you, the things you may take for granted!
Overall, I loved driving the Kia Sorento for a week, and it was awesome to drive it around Palm Desert. I felt really safe and protected while I was driving it; I can see why it has a 5-Star safety rating. But I think we now know we are not SUV people. It’s really too much vehicle for just the two of us. I can understand why it’s perfect for families, and it was so much fun to drive! You never know until you try, so I’m glad we tried it out and I’m looking forward to a future test drive of a smaller vehicle.
Vehicle pictured is the 2016 Kia Sorento SX Limited in Platinum Graphite; MSRP $43,100.
What do you think of the Kia Sorento? I know a few people told me via social media that they have one and love it.