New 2016 Kia Sorento – Release Date, News and Rumors

2016 Kia Sorento Release Date, Review, Colors, MSRP Price – It can be tough to be at the middle as titular Malcom would attest. And yet, the new 2016 Kia Sorento which is set to be released, and all models before it have managed to beat all odds by occupying the middle ground between mid-size Sports Utility Vehicles and compact ones.

2016 Kia Sorento side view, alloy wheels,exterior

For 2016 year, the new and redesigned Sorento will continue to carry the mantle of tradition. The upcoming Sorento is regarded as a likely alternative to the smaller and compact SUV’s most notably the Toyota RAV4, while still being a popular choice for larger and more sophisticated family SUV’s like the Toyota Highlander.

2016 Kia Sorento
2016 Kia Sorento

The vehicle will still score highly given its five and seven seat configurations set to challenge mid-size crossovers such as the Ford Edge. The changes that will come in the new vehicle will go beyond just the interior and cargo volume. As a matter of fact, those changes are negligible in comparison to those in the driving refinement and interior design.

2016 Kia Sorento side angle, white color, headlights and alloy wheels

In a nut shell, there will be extensive use of high-quality materials. The interior designers were generous to give high-tech features that are only exclusive to pricier SUV’s. Furthermore, there will be mechanical improvements which include a strengthened structure, improved steering and an upgraded suspension system.

2016 Kia Sorento rear view, exterior, taillights and alloy wheels, silver color

Despite the fact that we’ve only driven the upcoming 2016 Kia Sorento briefly, it won’t take long to be impressed by it. The forthcoming Kia Sorento is a strong, value-rich alternative to conventional 5-passenger crossovers like the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Ford Edge, and 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Exterior Body Styles & Interior Accessories – 2016 Kia Sorento

The upcoming new Sorento is a mid-size Sports Utility Vehicle that is available in both five or seven passenger configurations and five trim levels as well. The trim levels include L, LX, EX, SX, and SX Limited.

2016 Kia Sorento front
2016 Kia Sorento front

It is imperative to note that the base L model and all models equipped with the mid-range turbocharged drivetrain will be for five passengers only, while V6-powered Sorentos will be for seven-passengers only.

The base model will come with 17” alloy wheels, three mode drive settings (transmission shift points and altering steering), LED running lights, cruise control, air conditioning, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, stain-resistant fabric upholstery, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, 40/20/40-split second row seats (fold, slide and recline), a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack, satellite radio and a USB/iPod interface.

2016 Kia Sorento back
2016 Kia Sorento back

Still on the lower trim levels, the LX model adds sound reducing windshield, auto headlights, a rear view camera, a 4.3” touchscreen interface, Uvo eServices, and two rapid-charge USB ports. For those who will add the Convenience package, it will add rear parking sensors, heated front seats, an eight way power driver seat, a leather wrapped steering wheel, and an auto-dimming mirror.

2016 Kia Sorento interior
2016 Kia Sorento interior

On the other hand, top trims such as the SX will come with Premium and Touring package equipment, LED lights, 19” wheels, upgraded exterior trim, driver memory settings, a 10-way power driver memory settings, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a fabric headliner.

2016 Kia Sorento interior, lcd screen, leather seats, steering wheel

As for the top trim model, expect chrome-clad 19” wheels, ventilated front seats, upgraded leather upholstery and heated second-row outboard seats. With added technology package, buyers should look forward to xenon headlights, an electronic parking brake, a multi-angled parking brake, lane departure, forward collision system and electronic parking brake.

2016 Kia Sorento trunk

Engine Reviews – 2016 Kia Sorento

Under the hood of the new 2016 Kia Sorento will be several drivetrains. Beneath the bonnet of the L and LX models will be a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine capable of generating around 185 hp and 178 pounds of torque.

As is the norm with every Kia Sorento, there will be a 6-speed auto and FWD system coming as standard while the AWD will be provided optionally. With the front wheel drive system, the fuel economy is rated at 22/29/25 mpg in the city/highway/combined. The AWD will have 1-2 mpg lower.

2016 Sorento
2016 Sorento

The SX Limited and EX models will come equipped with a 2L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine capable of producing 240 hp and 260 pounds of torque. The fuel economy is 23 mpg combined while their towing capacity is 3,500 lbs.

There will also be a 3.3L V6 engine that will be mandatory on the SX model. It will be capable of generating up to 290 hp and 252 pounds of torque. The fuel economy ratings for the engine are 18/26/21 mpg in the city/highway/combined. The towing capacity for the FWD is 3,500 lbs. and 5,000 lbs. for the AWD system.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 109.4 in
Length: 187.4 in
Width: 74.4 in
Passenger volume: 154 ft³
Cargo volume: 11 ft³
Curb weight: 3704 lbs
Top Speed: N/A mph
0-60: 7,2 sec
MPG: 18/26 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Ebony Black, Sparkling Silver, Titanium Silver…
Towing Capacity: 5000 lbs

Price & Release date of the New Kia Sorento 2016

The base 2016 Kia Sorento L model will be available for just under $25,000 while the Limited edition will come with an MSRP of around $40,000. The figures may however go higher depending on the packages.

2016 Kia Sorento release date
2016 Kia Sorento release date

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New 2016 Kia Optima – Release Date, Specs & Info

2016 Kia Optima Release Date, Price, Review, Interior – The new 2016 Kia Optima is wholly redesigned in anticipation for next year’s release. The vehicle is now slightly larger than the vehicle it will replace, which now means the vehicle will now offer more legroom, headroom and cargo volume than its predecessor.

2016 Kia Optima 
2016 Kia Optima

Not only is the interior larger, but it’s now better and nicer than it’s ever been, with more comfortable seats, a wide center console and more sound dampening. Coming optional will be an advanced driver-assist safety feature.

2016 Kia Optima exterior, white color, side view, alloy wheels

Kia’s newest entry features a new engine among a total of three which will be offered with the vehicle. There will be a 2.4L four-cylinder, 2.0L turbocharged and the novel 1.6L turbocharged 4-cylinder engines. The latter engine will be the newest entry under the hood of the new 2016 Kia Optima.

2016 Kia Optima SXL rear view, taillights, silver color

Specs, Safety Equipment and Trim Levels – Kia Optima 2016

The Kia Optima will be available as a 4-door, five passenger sedan in one among the five trims to be offered. The Base model will come equipped with a rear-view camera, cruise control, USB input, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, and Bluetooth connectivity.

2016 Kia Optima side angle, red color, alloy wheels

The SXL trim level will be exclusive for the United States market and will feature a special grille (shared with the SX variant), a 360-degree parking camera, 18” wheels, sport suspension, s retuned power steering system, HID headlights, heated and perforated front seats, a sunroof, and others.

2016 Kia Optima trunk

All Kia Optima vehicles that will be provided as 2016 year models will come with driver and passenger airbags, anti-lock braking, side curtain airbags for the front and aft, and side airbags. Other advanced features to be provided will include back-up warning system, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, smart cruise control and autonomous emergency braking. Lane departure warning will be provided optionally.

The Optima is going to have the standard set of vehicles that it is going against as the segment has already been established with the inclusion of such models as the Honda Accord, Chevrolet Malibu, Toyota Camry, Mazda 6, Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata.

Exterior Review & Interior Design

As expected, Optima’s new design language is evolutionary as opposed to being revolutionary and has built on the handsome cues of the 3rd generation sedan. The slightly redesigned ‘tiger nose’ grille is now both narrower and wider, while the headlamps have been restyled to blend in perfectly.

2016 Kia Optima  front
2016 Kia Optima  front

The front fascia is now more aggressive thanks to the modified foglamps that have now received vertical surrounds and moved further towards the fenders while the lower grille is now wider on the new car.

The 3rd generation Optima cues are more conspicuous around back, however there are tons of details that make this sedan unique. The taillights are new and come equipped with LED technology, while the trunk lid now features crisper character lines.

2016 Kia Optima  back
2016 Kia Optima  back

As with most designs, the new 2016 Kia Optima now features a comfortable and larger interior design. Kia’s designers put a lot of emphasis on designing the cabin. The details are simply exemplary while the stitching on the dash and doors, and tasteful metallic accents all contribute in making the new Optima’s interior a comfortable place to be. New features that will make the Optima a worthwhile expenditure include a stiffer seat frame to reduce vibration, heated passenger and driver seats, Nappa leather upholstery and others.

2016 Kia Optima interior
2016 Kia Optima  interior

There will be two interior colors to choose from: Dark Aubergine and Rich Merlot are the new entrants in the existing color palette. Technological updates will include Kia’s UVO2 connectivity system, a 6-speaker audio system, 8-inch color system integrates both Android Lollipop and iOS 8, and fancier Infiniti Premium Audio System6, which includes Clari-Fi technology, 14 speakers, and a 630-watt digital amplifier.

2016 Kia Optima interior, leather front and rear seats, steering wheel

2016 Kia Optima Engine Specs

Beneath the bonnet, the vehicle will continue to offer the naturally aspirated 2.4L 4-cylinder engine as well as the 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine of the previous model. The transmission system will also remain as 6-speed auto transmission system.

However, both engines will have better fuel economy and slight drops in torque and power. The 2.4L’s output has now dropped to 185 horsepower and 175 pounds of torque up from 192 hp and 181 pounds of torque.

2016 Kia Optima engine

The 2.0L turbo, on the other hand, yields 247 hp and 260 pounds of torque. The 0-60 mph ratings have not been made available by Kia but we expect them to be better. Also, no talks of a hybrid powertrain have been made public yet but we expect the details soon.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 9 ft. 2.4 in. (110.4 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 11.1 in. (191.1 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 1.2 in. (73.2 in.)
Passenger volume: 105 cu ft
Cargo volume: 16 cu ft
Curb weight: 3399 lb
Top Speed: 135 mph
0-60: 7.5 sec
MPG: 24/35 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Ebony Black, Horizon Blue, Moss Grey, Sangria, Snow White Pearl, Sparkling, Silver, Titanium Silver …
Towing Capacity: N/A

Price & Release Date of the New 2016 Kia Optima

Kia has made it clear that the new 2016 Kia Optima is going to go on sale in the winter of 2015. No pricing details have been divulged yet, but we should expect the vehicle to come with a price not exceeding $20,000.

2016 Kia Optima  release date
2016 Kia Optima  release date

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2016 Kia Sedona Release Date and Review

2016 Kia Sedona Release Date, Review, Interior, Specs – Perhaps not the most popular brand in the minivan world but in fact the 2016 Kia Sedona is a viable alternative to any of the top four rated currently available minivans in the world. It offers a very spacious interior with some high end and luxury specs inside it as well which is bolstered by a contemporary infotainment system as well. Add to that a smooth driving ability and you get everything that you may need out of your minivan vehicles.

2016 Kia Sedona
2016 Kia Sedona

An important updated to the Sedona vehicle was made with the 2015 redesign when a lot of interior spacing has been added to the car and provided a suitable basis that was expanded with this update. The 2016 additions include upgrading the equipment and adding some comfort elements and continues the started changes which were made with the previous car.

2016 Kia Sedona front angle, grille and headlights, white color

With the given updates made the previous two years it launches the Kia Sedona to the upper tier if minivans. It does not hurt when a car has a very affordable price which the Sedona can also offer its fan base. We are expecting that the Sedona enhances its sales a popularity from this model onward and as you can see from the pictures it also comes with a pretty handsome exterior. Read the review and find out what else is offered with the 2016 Kia Sedona minivan.

2016 Kia Sedona rear view, taillights and tailpipe

2016 Kia Sedona exterior

Minivans are usually aimed at performing a certain duty and giving to the driver something that is expected from them to do. It does not matter how they look as long as they get the job done. But the 2016 model of the Kia Sedona is not a vehicle that is hard to look at, in fact it looks quite handsome and appealing for the minivan world. It does get the job done of course but it looks fine while doing it. The design shows us that the produces have taken a lot of risk in fact as they have added some styling cues that are not that expected to be seen on a minivan. Yet it worked out very well for the car as it is more elegant than before and very appropriate looking. The front end carries the most weight for an elegant design as it has been given some swept back headlights design, some new LED lights which all results in a clean look for the car.

2016 Kia Sedona front
2016 Kia Sedona front

The profile of the car retains the traditional one of a typical minivan and there was no attempt to bring any innovation there as none is needed. It is a great looking basis for the vehicle and there was absolutely no need to change how the car appears from the profile view. There is a beltline that starts at the headlights up front and continues all the way to the back of the vehicle. The design of the window is made to step up just a notch and looks the same as the one added to Nissan Quest car. The back side of the car resembles the Sorrento vehicle and has the rear pillars tuck away at the back a bit in a fashionable sense as they wrap around the glass.

2016 Kia Sedona back
2016 Kia Sedona back

Interior

2016 Kia Sedona leather seats and steering wheel

The interior of the Kia Sedona vehicle is quite fashionably and luxurious styled. It has some very nice inserts and features that make it a fashion wonder and present it in a greater light compared to the previous forms of this car. As the outside has grown so has the inside of the car and it has been done by incorporating a horizontally laid dashboard, which combines with the two tone look and the glossy piano-black trim. generally speaking the inside is quite bulky but attractive as there are many interesting parts of the cabin that enhance its looks.

2016 Kia Sedona interior
2016 Kia Sedona interior

There are some soft-touch materials added to the upper part of the dash and the inside of the doors as well. Viewed generally the base level of the car does come with a very nice set of interior materials but these materials get even better and softer as you climb up the trim levels of the car that come offered. This is in fact an interior that does not come with many fancy and high end amenities and it manages to provide a great look without them. A fine inside for a minivan that will certainly serve its purpose and perhaps manage something even more than that.

2016 Kia Sedona trunk, cargo space

Engine

As there were a lot of changes done to the inside and outside of the car, the under the hood part of the 2016 Kia Sedona has been kept the same as before. The car will continue its use of the 3.3-liter V-6 engine that provides an output of 276-hp. The engine is a proper one and works well as the Sedona does not carry much weight with it as some upper end minivans on the market. The engine does not prove much noise and it keeps the inside of the cabin quiet and appropriate that way. It combines with a six-speed automatic that carries the power to the front wheels of the car and provides good maneuverability. The electric powered steering also gives you a better look when driving the car.

2016 Kia Sedona engine

Specifications

Wheelbase: 120.5 in
Length: 201.4 in
Width: 78.1 in
Passenger volume: N/A ft³
Maximum cargo capacity: 142.0 ft³
Curb weight: 4772 lb
Top Speed: 122 mph
0-60: 7.4 sec
MPG: 18/24 mpg (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Aurora Black, Bright Silver, Clear White…
Towing Capacity: 3500 lbs

Price and release date

Its price range makes it as one of the most attainable minivan vehicles on the market currently, and its usability gives it great value for its money. You may buy the new 2016 Kia Sedona for a base MSRP price of 26,400 USD. The car is going to be available next year in March when the release date is set. And if you are not happy with what this vehicle brings, there are always other choices like the 2016 Honda Odyssey and the 2016 Toyota Sienna as your alternates.

2016 Kia Sedona exterior, alloy wheels