2016 Kia Sorento review

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In May of 2016 the Clark family here at Clarks Condensed went to Southern California for a vacation.

We enjoyed some great housing with Twelve Springs Resort. We went to Disneyland, California Adventure, Universal Studios, and Sea World. It was my first time doing all of those things.

However, one thing that made getting to every new destination as enjoyable at it could be was the 2016 Kia Sorento. I say ‘as enjoyable as it can be’ because for anyone who has driven much on Southern California highways driving can be demanding.

Plus, driving on unfamiliar roads while trying to make sure you are in the right lane for where you want to go is a bit extra stressful. If there isn’t a lot of congestion and stop-and-go traffic, then there are crazy people that take the extra space to mean they can drive how ever they wan’t. Several times we would put our turn signal on and start changing lanes only to find that another car was trying to take that spot too, and they weren’t backing down. We had some close calls.


Fortunately, our vehicle we were trying out during our vacation, the 2016 Kia Sorento, made our trip a lot easier.

It’s blind spot detector helped keep us from getting into accidents, it’s GPS got us to where we wanted to go, and it’s comfort features made a few of the long drives much more comfortable.

The Sorento, in my opinion is kind of a large SUV or crossover vehicle. There is an optional third row of seating which can allow it to seat seven passengers. As we discovered, it can’t really seat seven and their luggage for a week long vacation. It might have fit all of us (us, Katie’s parents, and Katie’s brother) if we had felt comfortable enough putting a luggage carrier on top of the vehicle, but since it wasn’t ours we didn’t want to scratch the paint. So, we rented another car. It was the simplest solution.

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However, for the times we could leave our luggage at the hotel we could all fit into the Sorento for the drive to Disneyland, which saved on parking fees.



The 2016 Kia Sorento had about every feature that I would want in a car. I love little details in craftsmanship, like the window blinds that you can pull up for kids in the back.

In sunny Southern California those came in handy. I liked that you could control the air conditioning from anywhere in the car, including the optional third row.

I liked how the car tells you how efficiently you are driving. I love the 360 degree camera angles while backing up, so you can see behind, beside, and in front of the vehicle.

I like how you can open the rear door of the Sorento with the key fob. I liked the satellite radio that kept my mind awake and alert during some of the more monotonous driving. I liked how we could fit two car seats.


Overall, the 2016 Kia Sorento handled well, had great comfort features, convenient steering buttons and dash displays, and, most importantly, has very accurate blind spot detection. It makes you think about how much progess Kia has made over the years. Their ‘regular’ cars seem like luxury vehicles.

Here is a little video review and commentary. Forgive the audio quality. We’ll try to do better with that in the future.



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