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2016 KIA SORENTO GAINS A NEW TURBO ENGINE!

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
It is bigger in wheelbase by 3.1 inches and width by 0.2 inches. Also overall cargo volume is up by 1.5 cubic feet and rear-seat passenger room by 0.5 cubic feet from its predecessor. Best of all, apart from the 2.4 and 3.3-liter GDI engines, the 2016 Kia Sorento is now equipped with an all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. This GDI power train puts out 240 horsepower @ 6000 rpm and 260 pounds-feet of torque @ 3500 rpm. Seating five (seven is also offered in other trims), our midsize SUV is coupled with the steadfast 6-speed auto transmission.
The front-wheel or all-wheel-drive (which was ours) Sorento sticks to an independent MacPherson front strut and multilink rear suspension. The Electric Motion Driven Power steering ensures a firm feel and response. Normal, eco and sport drive modes are offered.
Up front, we must admit the LED fog lamp pockets stand out more than even the narrower projector-style headlights, mesh grille and lower intake on the steel unibody SUV. But it is the sumptuous and elegant cabin, packed with abundant creature comforts, that wins hands down. The center gauge cluster shows off a digital speedometer, flanked by analog tachometer, fuel and engine temp readings. Space is plenty with a recline-and-fold 40/20/40 second-row seat with manual sunshades. All in all, you get 74 cubic feet of space with the seats down. Second-row passengers are treated to ample head, knee and leg room. Also standard are 14-way power driver and eight-way passenger seats, heated/cooled seats, dual-zone auto climate control, push-button start, 8-inch display screen, tilt/telescopic steering column, driver information center, Infinity sound system, power lift gate and piano black trim.
Dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag for both rows, Electronic Stability and traction control, Downhill Brake Control, Hill Assist Control, four-wheel antilock brakes with Brake Assist, front active headrests, side impact door beams, front/rear crumple zones, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, rearview camera and parking sensors, rollover sensor and tire pressure monitoring system are standard.
Our hats go to Kia for inducting the 2.0 turbo engine into the well-rounded Sorento lineup. By no means is the new power train inadequate to haul the 4,000-pound SUV. To top it all, the basic 5-year, 60,000-mile and 10-year, 100,000-mile limited power train warranties are tough to beat.

SORENTO SXL (AWD)
Tires: 235/55/R19
Wheelbase: 109.4 inches
Length: 187.4 inches
Fuel capacity: 18.8 gallons
Tow capacity: 3,500 pounds
City: 19 mpg
Highway: 25 mpg
Base price: $41,700
Web site: www.kiausa.com

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