2014 Kia Sorento Review

March 12, 2014
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The 2014 Kia Sorento is a more refined crossover that offers practicality and ride comfort for family trips. It is a vehicle to consider if you’re looking for a well-equipped SUV that does not bust your budget.

NEW FOR THE 2014 SORENTO

  • refreshed exterior and interior
  • more powerful V6 engine
  • SX-L trim level
  • improved steering, ride quality and UVO voice activation system

UNDER THE HOOD

The base engine for the 2014 Kia Sorento is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that puts out 191 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque.  A 3.3-liter V6 with 290 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque is optional on the Sorento LX and standard on the other models. All Sorentos are front-wheel drive and equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is optional.

The 2014 Kia Sorento’s fuel economy ratings from the EPA are:

City

Highway

Combined

2.4L 4 cyl (FWD)

20 mpg

26 mpg

22 mpg

2.4L 4 cyl (AWD)

19 mpg

24 mpg

21 mpg

3.3L V6 (FWD)

18 mpg

25 mpg

21 mpg

3.3L V6 (AWD)

18 mpg

24 mpg

20 mpg

ON THE ROAD

The Sorento is quiet while on the move and there’s minimal road noise that can be heard from the cabin. Aside from good noise insulation, another thing that contributes to Sorento’s good ride quality is its suspension’s efficiency in smothering bumps. The big Kia SUV is also more maneuverable in parking lots than many other large SUVs.

However, some test drivers think that the base four-cylinder engine gives the Sorento less power than it should and recommend the V6 instead. Others think that both engines give the SUV adequate power. In addition, steering and handling aren’t sporty but the Sorento performs well enough and provides a comfortable ride, which are both necessary in a family vehicle.

INSIDE THE 2014 SORENTO

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The larger touchscreen multimedia interface in the Kia Sorento is attention-grabbing. It features improved graphics and more intuitive menu. Edmunds.com considers the system as one of the most user-friendly interfaces in the market. The UVO voice activation system is very efficient in allowing hands-free control over the vehicle’s functions.

The cargo space is impressive at nearly 37 cubic feet without the optional third-row seat. With the second-row seat folded down, the cargo space expands to 72.5 cubic feet.

There’s really no need to step up to the pricier Sorento models because the base model is already well-equipped. The available features are mostly advanced technologies that are offered across the lineup.

KEY FEATURES

The 2014 Kia Sorento LX comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, USB/auxiliary jacks, Bluetooth, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, cloth seating surfaces, split-folding second-row seat, keyless entry, second-row armrest cup holder, antilock brakes, hill-start assist, brake assist, stability control, and traction control.

The Sorento EX gets 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, UVO infotainment system, rearview camera, keyless ignition with push-button start, leather seats, 8-way power driver seat with lumbar support, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, dual-zone automatic climate control, and rear spoiler.

The Sorento SX adds 19-inch alloy wheels, 10-speaker Infinity surround sound system, navigation system, blind-spot detection system, driver-selectable steering, 4-way power front passenger seat, driver memory function, ventilated front seats, panoramic sunroof, and power liftgate.

And the new SX-L or SX Limited trim level features 19-inch chrome-finish alloy wheels, Nappa leather seats, leather/wood-trimmed heated steering wheel, and self-leveling xenon headlights.

Kia offers a wide array of optional features too like split-folding third-row seat, rear air conditioning, and power side mirrors.

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