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New Kia Sorento a high-tech family SUV (pictures)

The newest generation of the Kia Sorento, a 2016 model, can be had with a powerful turbocharged 2-liter engine, all-wheel drive with a locking differential, app integration and advanced driver assistance features.

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For the 2016 model year, the Sorento enters its third generation, incorporating Kia's latest production technologies.

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New styling features a floating bead grille and LED fog lights.

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Kia calls the Sorento a CUV, or crossover utility vehicle. With its SUV body configuration, it serves well as a family wagon.

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The example runs on a 2-liter four-cylinder engine, with direct injection and a turbo helping it produce 240 horsepower.

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Two-row seating is standard, but models with V-6 engines can have three rows, good for seven passengers.

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This side graphic is typical of SUVs, dictated more by body format than style.

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A front-wheel-drive platform, the Sorento can be had with all-wheel drive.

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The firm-but-comfortable ride will please most drivers.

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Cargo capacity with the second seating row up rates at 38.8 cubic feet.

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The interior feels as spacious as most SUVs.

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In this Limited trim model, front seats feature heating and cooling.

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The second row offers plenty of legroom.

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A panoramic sunroof comes standard in higher trim models.

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Kia offers the Sorento with its latest cabin and driver assistance technologies, but most features are only available at specific trim levels.

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Electric power steering adjusts slightly for different drive modes.

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An LCD center gauge shows a variety of useful information.

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The shifter for the six-speed automatic transmission sits in front of the differential locking button on the console.

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A surround-view camera system makes maneuvering the Sorento safer.

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The home screen for the dashboard electronics shows navigation and current audio track.

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Press the App button and you get all the cabin tech features shown as icons.

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Navigation system maps look good, but only show in 2D, not perspective view.

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Kia includes app integration, but only three apps were available during this review.

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Yelp comes in handy for looking up restaurants and other businesses.

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Kia also brings in data for traffic, fuel prices and sports scores through satellite radio.

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HD radio comes standard in the stereo.

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The SoundHound app, built into the Sorento, can identify any currently playing track from radio or a brought-in source.

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The music library interface shows up for iOS devices and drives plugged in to the car's USB port.

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The current track screen shows album art, when available.

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Kia's UVO telematics service includes roadside assistance, destination help and stolen vehicle recovery.

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A Bluetooth hands-free phone system comes standard.

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