Kia Sorento Named CarsGuide Car of the Year
After beating out the sporty, fun Mazda MX-5 and luxurious Mercedes-Benz GLC, the Kia Sorento was named the CarsGuide Car of the Year for 2015. The family-friendly SUV won unexpectedly despite competition from several more exotic and expensive vehicles on the market; however, the judges were unanimous in their choice of the 2016 Kia Sorento.
The vote has not been unanimous since CarsGuide’s original Car of the Year competition in 1997, nearly two decades ago. The Sorento is also the second Kia to receive the honors, following the Rio hatchback’s 2011 win. Joshua Dowling, National Motoring editor and frequent writer for CarsGuide, referred to the Sorento as “the best Kia yet.” The full judging panel decided on the Kia Sorento because it met all of their criteria, from starting price, to fuel efficiency, to its warranty, to small details such as third-row air vents and seating flexibility.
Because the CarsGuide Car of the Year competition doesn’t separate vehicles by segment, the judges had some tough decisions to make regarding how to even judge several different classes of cars against one another. Despite this, the Kia Sorento rose to the top of the rankings, proving its well-rounded appeal to a mass market. As CarsGuide says – “real cars on real roads for real people.”