2016 Kia Sorento SXL V6 AWD Review

2016 Kia Sorento SXL V6 AWD

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I had the opportunity this first week of April to check out the 2016 Kia Sorento SXL in Platinum Graphite thanks for DriveShop. I always love doing car reviews because seeing all of the different options available as they come out makes it really easy for me to choose a car that is right for my family. Sometimes you see a vehicle that looks really beautiful, but then you test drive it, and end up disappointed. Luckily, for anyone looking to get a Kia Sorento for their family, this is not one of the disappointments in my opinion.

Check out my initial reaction when I got the keys for the first time.

If you’ve seen any of my other vehicle reviews, you probably already know that my favorite part is the panoramic moon roof. It just adds so much life to the interior. I usually leave it open everyday to keep the inside feeling bright and big. There is nothing saying you need to keep your moon roof closed and have the car looking dark inside! I do the same with my personal car although there isn’t an awesome panoramic style moon roof in it.

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Do you see how bright it is in the car? Look at all of that natural lighting! You can do your own photo shoot in the car.

The interior in this model is black nappa leather trim and ivory. Immediately after getting into this car, I was in love with how luxurious it looks and feels inside. The seats were so soft and cozy and the front AND middle seats all offer the controlled heated seat option with the front also offering air conditioned seats which is lux-urious! The steering wheel has a heated option as well which is great.

 

You can tell the difference in lighting when the moon roof is closed. Do yourself a favor, keep it open!

The way this car drove was amazing. The 6 cylinders gave great pick up and the car drove smoothly and very comfortably. The new age systems inside were a little difficult to navigate as far as all of the options available, but I am sure if I had longer then 1 week with the vehicle an actually read the manual I’d have it all down to a science.

The back up camera in this model is very efficient. It took a little getting used to, but it has an ACTUAL camera view on the top of the car that allows you to not only see the back of your vehicle like most, but also the front and sides. It gives you multiple camera options too depending on where you want to look. The car monitors and beeps at you to let you know if anything is in your path.

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My one complaint with this car, and again, I did not read the manual, but I couldn’t figure it out if it is an actual option, is that I cannot control the rear heat/AC. The 3rd row has the option for the passenger to control the heat/AC back there which is great… but who usually sits in the 3rd row? Kids rights? I don’t want them controlling their own heating and cooling without me having the option to “fix” it while I am driving on the highway. I can foresee numerous fights ensuing over it which a parent is stuck listening to it without the option to fix it without stopping or pulling over. That is something that would bug me if I was the owner of this 3rd row SUV.

The trunk space is really, really tiny and it is expected with the compactness of this vehicle. But when I say small.. I mean really small. It barely fit an umbrella stroller in it when I took some friends for a play date to the local mall an utilized the 3rd row. But hey, take the good with the bad right? The inside was cozy and spacious even with the 3rd row up. Also, the trunk has a good amount of space when the 3rd row is down.

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For the price of this specific model with all of the options, I think it’s a little high for a KIA in particular with a price tag of $46k, but this is fully loaded. I say for a KIA because before these models recently, KIA was seen as a cheaply made vehicle at an affordable price. It isn’t the case anymore as they’ve stepped it up a lot, but the resale value is currently not great on a KIA at the moment. As far as the interior that I was so excited about, the nappa leather seats leave a little to be desired because although they look beautiful and I’d probably pay extra to have them, they seem like they’d rip or tear easily for like “pleather” instead of real leather which is thicker. Here is the window sticker of this exact model with all of the options I spoke about;

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19MPG avg is a little lower then I’d expect for a smaller SUV such as the Kia Sorento.

Here’s some more look into the details. Look at the gas and break, they look like straight out of a race car!

Overall, we had a great time with this car for the week. It proved to be able to take on a ny task we had for it, including BOYS! My son was trying to participate in the vlogging review of the car and he was able to stand straight up in the back which was cool for him.

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iPlay America hosts Marvel Avengers Hyde & Seek (+ Giveaway)

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iPlay America hosts: Marvel Avengers: HYDE and Seek!

My kids and I love the Marvel Avengers so we are super excited to check out their live show at iPlay America in August! It is a 30 minute show with lessons to be taught to young kids. Everything you’d expect from Marvel with all of the fun you’d expect from iPlay America. The show is included with the purchase of an iRide Pass. If you’ve never been to iPlay America, there is no admission fee to enter, and they have affordable play packages. Credits never expire, an there is fun for everyone from laser tag, to bumper cars, to even iKidz soft play for the smaller ones. From the moment you step in, you’ll be in awe!

Lucky for you, I am giving away not one, but FOUR (4) iRide Passes for Sunday August 2nd which include the Marvel Avengers show at 3pm! Enter from 7/9-7/16, and tweet daily for your best chance to win! Remember, you can enter for yourself OR for a family member or friends! Goodluck!

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S.H.I.E.L.D agents Black Widow and Commander Stryker find themselves outmatched when the Green Goblin develops a serum that increases his intelligence, size and strength. Calling upon Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Avengers, the team thwarts the Green Goblin’s diabolical plans by tricking him into reversing his formula — making him smaller than he ever was and as weak as a kitten. Spider-Man joins the fun as Ant Man and Captain America team up to prove that “good always overcomes evil,” no matter what size. The positive message is that it’s never the size of the opponent, it’s simply the size of your heWebsite-Block_0art. Stryker inducts Spider-Man as an honorary member of S.H.I.E.L.D and The Mighty Avengers!

“Our fans expect the latest and best shows from us. They love the Marvel experience, so we’re hosting another action-packed show that will thrill young girls and boys,” said Jessica Schwartz, director of marketing for iPlay America. “The bonus is that families can use the ride passes anytime — before the show, after the show, or even on a separate visit to iPlay America!”

Children and parents are invited to come dressed as their favorite super heroes. General admission tickets are FREE with the purchase of a Super Hero iRide Pass for $14.95 or a Super Hero Plus Pass for $27.95 that includes a $10 game card. The ride passes and game cards are valid up to 90 days after the show. Those who purchase the Super Hero Plus Pass may also add a meet and greet for $9.95. Tickets may be purchased below (be sure to enter the giveaway above for your chance to win FREE passes!);

http://www.iplayamerica.com/special-event/marvel-avengers-hyde-and-seek

iPlay America is located on Route 9 at 110 Schanck Road in Freehold, New Jersey.