Lately I have been having a ton of fun driving and checking out some of the new cars that are coming on the market – I know, I know, what about my beloved 1950 Bel Air? She’s still here and getting her time in the sun, but I can’t help but find the discovery of progression in the newer cars intriguing! I love to discover what changes they are making in the newer cars. What aspects of the past are still coming up tried and true? What do these newer models sound like when you start them up? Are the new cars on the market today still swoon worthy? I mean – like would you name them, talk to them and create a bond with them? (Don’t play – you know you do)
2016 Kia Sorento SXL AWD
Cars have always been a big part of our lives and like it or not have been there for us during many of our pivotal moments. Who remembers the very first car they drove after getting their license or the one they brought their babies home from the hospital in? I do.
While Kia is a brand that is newer to the United States, since selling their first branded vehicle in 1994, they have really come to make a name for themselves. Kia is building their brand family and I’ll be the first to say the new additions are pretty darn cool – like the 2016 Sorento SXL AWD that I drove all week long.
I’ll be honest, the first thing that I notice about a car is how it looks – go ahead, call me car shallow. It’s true though. If I don’t like the look of a car off the bat, I probably wont be that interested in taking it for a test drive. So did I think the new Kia Sorento looked good? You betcha! This SUV style vehicle had a nice broad stance and the details like the ice cube lights next to the front grille gave it distinction. The interior was soft and organized – plus it had this ginormous panoramic roof that allowed the sunlight to just flood in!
There were also little extras, like a nice spot up front to keep my phone in with a USB plug nearby.
After noticing the style upgrades Kia has made on the 2016 Sorento, the next thing I wanted to know was what kind of space it had. With my active family we need a car that accommodate a lot of stuff – but I also want it to look clean and not cluttered. The Kia Sorento was perfect for keeping things put away because it had a large trunk space and even extra storage under the trunk floor!
When I’m driving a car, I need things to get moving when I tell them to – no sluggish “Am I gonna go or am I gonna hold back” for me! This Kia not only got up and went, but it also had different drive modes to accompany my many different moods. There was the NORMAL drive mode for when I am too busy to care, the ECO mode for when I want to conserve gas and money, and the SPORT mode for when I want the car to engage to make driving more fun.
Overall, I think Kia has really come a long way and the newer vehicles they are putting on the market today are worth building a future with. Thinking about making a commitment to a Kia Sorento? Take a quick tour of the vehicle we drove and see our reactions.
Disclosure: This vehicle was loaned to me for review purposes. No compensation was received for this post.