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Disclosure: We received a loaner 2014 Kia Sorento for one week for review purposes as always our post is our unbiased opinions on the car.
The first time I learned about the Kia brand, one of the guys in my high school football team came driving down to practice in a brand new Sportage. It was the pinnacle of awesome! I still can remember that it was gold similar to the color of Champagne. Fast forward 14 years, and here I am sitting in a brand new 2014 Kia Sorento, fully decked out and top of the line.
Kia has come a long way since that time, from an unknown, budget brand, localized to first time car buyers to taking that next step along with the Toyota’s and Nissan’s of the world.
When I stepped into the Kia Sorento the first thing I said to myself was WOW. As I mentioned in the first impression video I was really knocked out by the great interior. Obviously, the Sorento I tried out happened to be a fully equipped with all the fancy trimmings (MSRP $40,000) but the style and quality of the technology really shows the thought put into the SUV, it felt like Kia really was trying to move beyond the expectation most people have of the brand.
The interior which has been totally redesigned feels roomy, the boy’s car-seats fit easily within the backseat with a bit of space in between, not enough to fit another person in the middle but enough to for toys etc. The all leather seats is a must, first of all because it’s cool, but also they are so much easier to clean of food and drink. The driver’s console was well lite without being distracting and the speedometer was totally digital allowing for various bits of information to be shown like gas mileage, radio channel and other information without taking your eye from the road for too much time.
During our drive to Sesame Place, I noticed that the cabin was relatively quiet, though I couldn’t tell for sure since we had the SiriusXM radio playing most of the time. The ride itself was noticeably smooth. One function that I really enjoyed was the ability to change the feel of the steering well from Sport (the wheel was extremely sensitive with a bit more resistance when turning; you felt the road much better) Normal (no explanation needed; your basic power steering) and Comfortable (feels like a power steering overdrive; the wheel felt like it was floating no effort was needed to move the wheel).
Gas mileage was decent for an SUV of its size, the version we drove was the all wheel drive limited edition and it had 18/24 miles per gallon. In more realistic terms, during our trip we averaged around 20-21 miles per gallon which isn’t too bad. The Sorento also offers UVO, a digital service for voice activated directions, real-time traffic and the ability to connect your phone or music device directly through Bluetooth.
In terms of safety, the Sorento has all the latches necessary for a car seat along with the rear anchor supports. In addition, it comes equipped with dual front advanced airbags which sense the impact and deploy airbags at the right rate. The Kia Sorento also has side curtain airbags in the first and second rows that provides some of the best protection that you can get.
Overall, I had a great time with the 2014 Kia Sorento, it had all the high end options of cars 20-30 thousand dollars more with all the family comforts and safety features that honestly make it a great deal for most families.
Like Eddy said, this car is fully loaded and beautiful and I miss it now that is gone. It was excellent to drive through out the week with the kids and is perfect for a family always on the go. I do not usually like white exterior but the white exterior and black leather interior gave it a look that made you appreciate the car that much more. For all the products details and local availability go to http://www.kia.com/us/#/sorento.
Interior: So comfortable with spacious interior that fit a family of four, two dogs and two large car seats and large double stroller with ease. Love how had leather interior and gorgeous paneling that made it feel very luxurious and a 3 row option in case you have a larger family.
Performance: I have a mid-size SUV and I thought this mid-size SUV was little higher up and gave you a smooth ride all across town or two hours later for a family road trip. All wheel is great for us who new in New England and need the extra support.
Technology: What does this high tech car not have! Integrated GPS, UVO system, SiriusXM and infinity speakers! Plus when I was reversing the car the back camera made everything a breeze. Still all this does not compare that with one button the trunk door automatically opens making putting things in the back so much easier.
Fuel Efficiency: Crucial to any consumer. Downside is the KIA Sorento is a 6 cylinder car BUT they have this ECO button that happens you drive with the best fuel efficiency.