2014 Kia Sorento Review
by Philippa Lane
If you have been looking for a mid-size SUV that is fun to drive, spacious, stylish, and inexpensive with upscale interior, advanced technology, and excellent fuel economy, then the 2014 Kia Sorento is a great choice and a much welcomed alternative to its pricier competitors.
For 2014, Kia has made extensive and much needed improvements to the Sorento, such as equipping the vehicle with a stronger chassis and finer tuned suspension, a standard 2.4 liter engine, new technological features, an enhanced navigation system, soft touch upholstery, blind-spot warning, a more spacious rear cabin, electric power steering, a six-speed transmission, Kia's innovative UVO system, and options like a power lift gate, sunroof, and ventilated seats.
The Sorento is available in four unique trims- EX, LX, SX, and SX Limited. The Sorento's base LX model come fitted with a 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine that delivers 191 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque, while the higher level 3.3-liter V6 engine that is available on the higher trim levels, produces an impressive 290 hp, 252 lb-ft of torque, and offers quicker acceleration and sportier handling. Both the 2.4 liter and 3.3 liter engines are paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission, with either standard front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive (optional).
The base LX model has a starting MSRP at $24,100 and comes fitted with front-wheel drive and 2 rows of upholstered cloth seats. Standard equipment includes- heated mirrors, fabric/leatherette seats, satellite radio, UVO voice system, trip computer, Bluetooth, air conditioning, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, steering wheel-mounted controls, power windows/door locks, USB connectivity, traction control, and interior accent illumination. LED taillights, alloy wheels, and body-color side mirrors give the base model a higher priced appearance that is just as beautiful as the SX trim.
Safety features include stability-control, ignition disable, anti-lock brakes, overhead curtain airbags, and anti-whiplash head restraints. A rearview camera, heated front seats, and a navigation system are all optional features.
The Sorento SX has a starting MSRP of $38,550 and comes equipped with a powerful V6 engine, all-wheel drive, heated and cooled front Nappa leather seats, three rows of seating, keyless entry and touch-start, blind-spot monitoring, back up camera, a panoramic moonroof, 8-inch touch-screen display with complete UVO eServices and a navigation system. A power liftgate, 10-speaker Infinity Sound System. Heated rear seats, softer leather upholstery, and a heated steering wheel are optional.
The SX Limited trim adds some extra features that make the driving experience much more enjoyable, such as 19-inch chrome wheels, pillar accents, Xenon HID Headlights, a soft-touch head liner, deluxe Nappa leather trimmed seats, a heated steering wheel with wood-trim, heated rear seats, and stylish exterior SX-L badges. If you have cold, clammy hands or if you live in a cold climate, then a heated steering wheel will come in handy.
Both The Sorento SX and SX Limited AWD come fitted with heated front seats, leather seating for the first two rows, heated wood-trimmed steering wheel, a power front passenger seat, an air-cooled memory driver's seat, instrument cluster with stitched dash visor, rear view camera, voice-command navigation with Sirius XM Traffic, power-folding side mirrors, stainless steel pedals, auto-dimming rear view mirror, and stainless steel sill plates with illuminated scuff trim. The SX also has an upgraded exterior with chrome roof rails, LED taillights, body-color bumpers with stainless steel accents, panoramic sunroof, and mirror-finish alloy wheels. The Kia Sorento SX also delivers great fuel economy for its size of 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
The Sorento can accommodate five passengers comfortably, which makes it a great family vehicle and has a host of technologically advanced features, such as a voice-command system. The Sorento maneuvers sharp corners and curvy roads with ease due to it being smaller than larger SUV's and the rear back-up camera on the SX model, improves visibility when backing up, especially at night.
The interior of the Sorento is quiet and spacious with ample head and legroom for taller passengers in both the front and rear cabin seating areas. The seats are supportive, comfortable, providing enough cushioning for longer trips on the road, however, the vehicle does not always offer the smoothest ride, but handles extremely well on various terrains.
In the Sorento SX model, which has three rows, seating is comfortable and accommodates both children and adults without feeling cramped, but getting to the third row is somewhat difficult, because the second row does not have a sliding mechanism.
The Kia Sorento provides a great driving experience, handles extremely well on a variety of terrains with minimal road noise, comes with a host of features, includes a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and has a MSRP of just $24,100.
If you have been looking for a midsize SUV that is stylish, spacious, inexpensive, and versatile with solid on the road performance that is on par with many of its higher priced competitors, then I highly recommend taking a look at the new 2014 Kia Sorento.
To find out more information about the Kia Sorento, please go to- www.kia.com
Philippa Lane is an automotive writer, expert author for Ezine Articles, and staff writer for Cable Muse Network, LLC.