Just saw a review of a similar lens, the Sony 16-105mm.

It got a recommended, but I think that was partly because it's entry level stablemate, the Sony 18-70mm was so poor that DPReview did not even give it an average. Sony wants $550 for this lens vs. the $679 for the Nikkor 16-85, and it doesn't have stabilization (Recall that Sony does build this into the camera).

Right now, DPReview is working through the various brands entry lenses, so it may be a while before they get to the 16-85VR. I hope it does better optically than the Sonys did.