2016 Kia Sorento: Fall in Love at First Sight #DriveKia

Disclosure: I was given the 2016 Kia Sorento to test drive for a week. And one lovely week it was. As always, all opinions are my own.


When I tell you that I was pleasantly surprised by the 2016 Kia Sorento, trust and believe that is the whole truth and nothing but the truth! I am hanging my head in shame to admit that I was not jumping for joy when I found out that I would be driving this car for a week. So if you’re in the market for a new car, don’t do anything until you’ve had a chance to check out this vehicle because she is a beauty.

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A week ago, I was naive. I was in the dark. Before I was in possession of the 2016 Kia Sorento, this brand of cars wasn’t even on my radar. I had never considered purchasing a Kia before spending even 24 hours in this beauty (because it truly was love at first site). When the car pulled up to my house, I had to do a double-take (*que the symphony orchestra*).

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The folks at Drive Shop spoiled me by handing over this baby that was fully loaded with all of the bells and whistles I didn’t even know existed!

I loved this car so much I did not one but two Periscope broadcasts to talk about my favorite features. It was that serious. I may or may not have shed a tear (or maybe that was allergies) when they picked up the car on Friday.

For starters, let’s talk about this panoramic moonroof, shall we? I literally could sit in the car just looking out through the roof forever.

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And as if the panoramic views weren’t enough to keep me in the car, it had Sirius XM Radio on steroids. First of all, if you have XM radio, my new favorite station is channel 47 – all hip hop and R&B from the 90’s & 2000’s (err…but not with the kids in the car – that’s what Kids Bop and Radio Disney are for). But back to the 2016 Kia Sorento: it allows you to record your favorite stations. It was hard enough getting out of the car. But when my old school jams would come on, it brought me so much joy to know I could come back in the car later, and pick up where I left off.

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I may or may not have been caught grooving once or twice without a care in the world 🙂

We have a family of five, and this car seats seven comfortably. I loved the two-toned leather interior, and there was ample leg room for everyone. Even the back seats were adjustable. Speaking of comfort: I love the fact that the seats are heated in the front and the back (and you can also cool them down in the warmer months). There is also a heated steering wheel. And I appreciated the fact I could control just about everything I needed to right from the steering wheel itself. I also really loved the fact that my son could control his own temperatures from the very back – no more trying to make sure everyone is comfortable with the temperatures.

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The third-row seating is optional. So the seats are fully collapsible creating even more trunk/storage space if needed.2016 Kia Sorento - MomsNCharge.com Review_19

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The safety features on this car are epic as well. Like other cars I’ve shared before, there is the blind spot monitoring. But can we talk about this dual backup camera? Not only can you see what’s directly behind you. In the 2016 Kia Sorento, they’ve added some serious camera magic by also allowing you to see yourself…ok, not exactly, but close. You can see the entire car as if you’re looking down from the sky. If there are cars parked next to you, you will be able to see them when you start to reverse. Doper than dope. And it will also beep if there are any cars near you or getting ready to pass you. So there will never be any reason for you to back into anything or anyone. This car won’t allow it.

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Seriously, I’ve been sitting here trying to think of some constructive criticism I can give on this car and I’ve got nothing. Even the hubs enjoyed the car as much as I did, and that is saying a whole lot. LOL. Simply put, this car was amazeballs.

I know at least two people just from Periscope that are now interested in this car. So, uh Kia…can we please talk about an affiliate link? Or better yet, can I just keep the car? Pretty please? #WillBlogForKia 🙂

Click below to see my review and comments live on Periscope:

Video 1: My live apology to Kia

Video 2: Jammin’ and singing Kia’s praises

Comment below and let me know: what are some of the most important safety and/or style features you look for in a car?


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  • Reply
    J. Kristina
    December 14, 2015 at 5:15 AM

    These are really nice cars. I test drove one a few months ago and was so happy with it. Great review.

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      Christine St.Vil
      December 14, 2015 at 11:25 AM

      Thanks so much Kristina! I was thoroughly pleased with it, so now trying to justify a new car right now LOL

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    December 14, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    I like Kias. They have some nice cars. I like the panoramic roof. Great view and warmth from all the sunshine. I love a good sound system
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      Christine St.Vil
      December 14, 2015 at 11:26 AM

      Oh yes Holly, the sound system was definitely on point! Thanks so much!

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    LaQuisha Hall
    December 14, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    I remember when the Sorentos first came out a few years ago. The Kia brand has made such a great comeback! I love the way this vehicle looks!
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      Christine St.Vil
      December 15, 2015 at 7:59 AM

      They have truly revamped and made an amazing comeback. I was pleasantly surprised, and loved how sleek it was without compromising the comfort.

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    Chasing Joy
    December 14, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    This just reminds me that I want a new car. When the time comes I’ll have to consider a Kia.
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      Christine St.Vil
      December 15, 2015 at 7:58 AM

      Yes indeed, you should definitely consider this car…but check back with me first to see if I have an affiliate link by then LOL 😉

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    Joyce Brewer (@MommyTalkShow)
    December 14, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Hey Christine. I’m like you. When I first drove the Kia Sorento I was blown away. It’s definitely on my favorite car list.
    We’re a family of 3, but even we need the space from time to time.
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      Christine St.Vil
      December 15, 2015 at 7:57 AM

      And you kept this secret from me Joyce?! LOL I can absolutely see why it’s on your favorite car list now 😉

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    December 15, 2015 at 12:24 AM

    You know Kia has come a long way when you see seats like that…yasss. I love it! I need a new truck and I must have my 3rd row seat and that sunroof that’s all I need.
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      Christine St.Vil
      December 15, 2015 at 7:56 AM

      Girl, yes!!! We absolutely need third row seating and I loved how the third row is optional.

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    Shantel Collins
    December 15, 2015 at 5:15 AM

    Love the stylish interior of the car. I’m a diehard Ford type of gal but this ride could definitely grow on me, especially with the safety features.
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      Christine St.Vil
      December 15, 2015 at 7:57 AM

      Definitely Shantel! Safety features are so important, and this car did not compromise on the safety features.

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    December 15, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    We used a Sorento on our trip to Lego land. It drove well, but it was too small to fit luggage for 7 people driving from Florida to NYC.
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    Ty Knighten
    December 15, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    I love this car, especially the interior and the sunroof! Makes me want to look into a Kia for my next car!
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      Christine St.Vil
      December 15, 2015 at 9:34 PM

      Yes Ty!!! You should definitely look into it as an option for your next car 🙂

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    December 15, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    I have been eyeing these for a while now. This joint is nice! I’ll be considering vehicle next year when I upgrade!
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    December 16, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Kia seems to make good cars and the Sorrento looks nice. Sleek little SUV would be perfect for a family.
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    Valerie Robinson
    December 16, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    That Kia looks good on you girl! Looks so spacious and amazing on the inside! Perfect for moms on the go!
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      Christine St.Vil
      December 23, 2015 at 12:11 PM

      Haha! Thank you Valerie! And yes, it’s definitely perfect (and stlish) for moms on the go!

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