2016 Kia Sorento: Car Seat Check

2016 Kia Sorento;

Kia's largest crossover got a more aggressive look for 2016 along with some new powertrains. Inside, the automaker upgraded the Sorento's interior materials and increased passenger space. We tested a two-row version of the Sorento; a third row is optional. Accessible Latch anchors and plenty of second-row legroom made installing child-safety seats a breeze. Although we were able to fit three car seats across the second row, we couldn't easily access the seat belt buckle for the booster seat, so it doesn't meet our fits-three criteria.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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What We Like

  • The outboard seats' two sets of Latch anchors sit about an inch into the seat bight, but the seatbacks recline for better access. This made it easy to access the anchors with both rigid and hooklike connectors. There are three tether anchors midway down the seatbacks that are also easy to use.
  • In both rear- and forward-facing modes, the convertible installed easily, and we did not need to move the front-passenger seat forward to accommodate the car seat in rear-facing mode.  

What We Don't

  • The rear-facing infant seat installed easily and fit well, but we had to move the front passenger seat forward about an inch to accommodate it.
  • The booster fit well on the lightly bolstered seat cushion but the seat belt buckles are floppy, so kids might have trouble buckling up independently. Parents also should note that the center position's seat belt sits behind the booster seat, so buckling up could get complicated for someone sitting there.

Grading Scale


A: Plenty of room for the car seat and the child; doesn't impact driver or front-passenger legroom. Easy to find and connect to Latch and tether anchors. No fit issues involving head restraint or seat contouring. Easy access to the third row.  

B: Plenty of room. One fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing third row when available.

C: Marginal room. Two fit or connection issues. Difficult to access third row when available.

D: Insufficient room. Two or more fit or connection issues.

F: Does not fit or is unsafe.

About Cars.com's Car Seat Checks

Editors Jennifer Geiger and Jennifer Newman are certified child safety seat installation technicians.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 infant-safety seat, a Britax Marathon convertible seat and Graco TurboBooster seat. The front seats are adjusted for a 6-foot driver and a 5-foot-8 passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver’s seat, and the infant and convertible seats are installed behind the front passenger seat.

We also install the forward-facing convertible in the second row's middle seat with the booster and infant seat in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit; a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. If there’s a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible. To learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks, go here.

Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat, and that Latch anchors have a weight limit of 65 pounds, including the weight of the child and the weight of the seat itself.

 

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