My family had a wonderful time riding around town in the 2016 Kia Sorento SXL and we were able to test it in a variety of weather conditions. Thanks to the crazy California weather our Sorento was in the rain, sun, heat and fog. It was great to see how the car performed in all of these conditions.
Our current family vehicle is a 2005 minivan and we were thrilled with all of the automobile technology advancements over the past 10 years. My girls were excited about having access to power ports in the second row seating so they could have fully powered electronics while on the road. We have been thinking about replacing the minivan because we don’t need all of the space. There was a time when having a minivan plus two little girls was a great idea. We all know how much gear comes along with little kids. But now they are older and don’t have as much gear to transport around, the Kia Sorento is the right size for our family.
Many of the safety features are remarkable and helped me to be a more confident driver. Features such as the Blind-Spot Detection System, the Back-Up Warning System and the Advanced Smart Cruise Control are technologies that I must have in my next vehicle.
My husband loved testing out the Advanced Smart Cruise Control when we took a day trip. The Advanced Smart Cruise Control uses a radar-based system to keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you. It was remarkable to see the feature in action.
It’s the little things that make a difference with the Kia Sorento. Before you even enter the vehicle you can tell that this is more than just another car.
The Smart Welcome Lighting available on the Sorento gives you a warm welcome as you approach the vehicle. When the Smart Welcome System detects your Smart Key, the outside mirrors automatically unfold and the door pocket lights illuminate, this is helpful when it’s dark and it’s just pretty darn cool.
Speaking of the Smart Key, it is by far the best part of the Kia Sorento because it makes the Smart Power Liftgate and the Push Button Start possible. I was able to walk up to the vehicle, the door unlocked automatically, I sat in the driver’s seat and with a push the start button I was on my way. All of this occurred while the Smart Key was in my purse. I never had to search for the keys in the bottom of my purse and this was a great feeling to be able to walk up to the car, get in and drive away.
Additionally, with the Smart Key in your hand, pocket or purse you can stand behind the Sorento and the liftgate will open automatically. You don’t need to use your hands or feet to activate this feature.
Imagine walking up to the vehicle with your hands full, unloading all of your items into the cargo and then getting in the driver’s seat and starting car with the touch of a button and drive away without reaching for your keys. Check out the video review below as I demonstrate the Smart Power Liftgate.
I have a long commute driving over 30 miles a day in heavy traffic, sometimes even longer depending upon the kids after school activities. Keeping my attention on the road is a must. With the Voice-Command Navigation I had full control of my phone and music functions and the SiriusXM Traffic provided real-time highway conditions. This was helpful so I could get around town and avoid traffic congestion.
The Panoramic Sunroof with Power Sunshade lets the sunshine and fresh air inside your car with just the touch of a button. The generous size of the sunroof allows all of your passengers to enjoy the view.
My family enjoyed the SiriusXM radio with the large 8″ touch screen. Having a large touch screen made it easy for the passenger to make changes to the music selection and the 2nd-Row passengers could see the names of the songs. I liked keeping it on the 80’s station but the kids loved being able to listen to the KidzBop and RadioDisney as well.
The 14-Way Power Adjustable Driver’s Seat seemed like to many options but then once I started to make adjustments to the seat I was able to find the perfect fit for a comfortable drive. Once you find your perfect settings you can set these in the driver’s seat memory feature. There is room to save two seating options so my husband was able to have a perfect fit at the touch of button when he was driving the Sorento.
Heated Front and 2nd-Row Seats, Ventilated Front Seats and Heated Steering Wheel were all put to the test during our week. We were blessed with rain in California and had a few chilly days. The heated seats and steering wheel were nice creature comforts for our family. On the sunny days in California the ventilated front seats were a nice treat.
The Surround View Monitor is by far my favorite feature because it helped while parking and backing up. This was a FANTASTIC feature for me because for some reason I have parking issues and I need to be perfectly within the lines. There are four cameras installed outside the vehicle that allow the driver to see a virtual view of the Sorento when parking.
As long as the vehicle is below 13 mph, you can click on the Surround View Monitor feature, it will also turn on automatically when the car is in reverse.
Pulling into tight spaces like my garage was a breeze as well. Check out the Surround View Monitor in action in the video review at the bottom of the post.
All of the available features on the Kia Sorento can be viewed on www.Kia.com
Disclosure: I was provided the opportunity to test drive the 2016 Kia Sorento through DriveShop for one week, no compensation was provided and all opinions are my own.