From the Sun to Snow with The 2016 Kia Sorento
The all-new 2016 Kia Sorento is one the best family cars of the year. We recently took the Sorento from the beautiful beach community of Orange County to the snow covered mountains of Yosemite for the Thanksgiving holiday.
We had just come back from a couple of days in Mexico building a playground and painting an orphanage, and we had less than 24 hours to pack up the Sorento before making the drive up north to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with family. Since we had just gotten notice the evening before that it was snowing in Yosemite, we rushed to dig out our snow clothes and was able to fit all our snow gear in the Sorento with plenty of room to spare for the three kiddos in the back.
The easy to use navigation helped to guide our family over the grapevine and towards the beautiful National Park. As the temperatures began to drop, our family stayed nice and warm with the front (and rear) heated seats and heated wrapped steering wheel. The one complaint that my third child has always expressed when riding in the third row of an SUV is the lack of air circulation. Kia has thought of everything when designing the Sorento, including his biggest concern, and added a separate temperature control in the third row for kids to be able to stay comfortable while on a long road trip.
Since we were not expecting it have snowed the day before arriving in Yosemite, we began to get nervous as the roads went from shiny black to being covered with bright white ice. We slowly rolled up to the CHP road closure to find out if we were going to be able to proceed, and since the Sorento featured AWD, the CHP allowed us to continue to the National Park without the use of chains. In fact, they recommended that we not use chains with the AWD vehicle, and keep the car under ten mph, and we would be okay.
I was nervous as we continued into the snowy National Park, and the nerves slowly went away after seeing how the Sorento handled on icy roads. Not once did we feel like the car was going to slip when braking using the anti-lock braking system, and felt just as safe driving it on the icy roads as we did on the sunny streets of Orange County. While there was some roads that we couldn’t possibly walk on without slipping, the traction control system in the Sorento held strong and outperformed any other car on the roads of Yosemite.
The 2016 Kia Sorento took our family safely around the Yosemite National Park during the holiday weekend. It allowed our family to do what we love most – explore nature. We were able to hike to Bridal Veil Falls and catch snowflakes on our tongues while admiring the beautiful Mirror Lake.
The 2016 Kia Sorento that we drove featured Titanium Grey exterior with Ivory Nappa leather seats. It gets an average of 19 mpg city/highway with 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. Kia stands by their product by offering families a ten year/ 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty. Find your local Kia dealer, and bring home a 2016 Kia today.
A loaner car was provided on behalf of Kia
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