The 2016 Kia Sorento is a great Mom Car for Los Angeles, comfortable enough for driving around in traffic, and plenty of high tech touches that make it fun. I recently got the chance to drive a Kia Sorento SXL V6 AWD for a week, and it was a pleasure and a half.
The Sorento I got to drive was beautiful inside and out, and I loved the feel of the driver’s seat. I also loved how it automatically “remembered” my preferred adjustment and would revert to it when I got into the seat each time. I’m sure you can set several seat adjustments in case you let other people drive your car, but I didn’t let anyone else touch it, so it wasn’t necessary in my case.
Of course my kids liked playing with the heated and cooled seat function, and I know I would like that function more if I lived in Minnesota or Phoenix, but since I don’t, it’s not my favorite part. Apparently the steering wheel can also be heated or cooled – and my feelings about that are the same as the seats: very accommodating, but not my thing.
I really liked the individualized climate control functions, allowing me to set a different temperature than my passenger. And the back seat controls were very responsive, according to my back seat passengers. (I only sat up front.)
Speaking of which, my kids and their friends loved riding back there and quite frankly, playing with the seats: reclining them, adding the last row seats and then getting rid of them. It was all fun to them.
I also loved the entertainment system and the ability to connect to my phone via bluetooth, very handy for those last-minute phone calls during carpool. It was also very practical to have a compass right in the dashboard. I liked knowing where I was going.
But the best, and by far the coolest part of the Sorento, is the back-up and side camera system. The first time I saw it, it blew my mind. I actually wondered for a minute if they had a drone flying over the car (they didn’t). But the camera views, however they are obtained, are super helpful for making sure you’re 100% safe when parking or backing out of the driveway.
Sarah Auerswald is the co-Founder of MomsLA.com. The 2016 Kia Sorento V6 AWD model she drove around Los Angeles for a week seats up to 7, has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $46,495, and gets an EPA rated 19 combined City/Hwy mpg. She returned the car, albeit reluctantly.