Last year I reviewed the 2013 Kia Sorento and completely fell in love with it so when Kia asked me to test drive their 2014 Sorento model my first question was, “What’s different about it?” and now I’m here to tell you.
The newest Sorento is comprised of over 80 percent all-new or significantly redesigned parts, not the least of which is a new 3.3 liter GDI V6. This new engine generates 290 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 252 lb-ft of torque at 5,200 rpm and comes standard on four of their trim models, including the LX V6, EX V6, SX (the model I drove) and the new top of the line SX-L (Limited). It also has a new chassis, new independent front suspension, new brace in the front and reinforced setup in the rear. What does all that crazy talk mean exactly? It means you get better performance, less weight, and more interior room. So sure you have all the good specs that the vehicle comes with but being a women I car about looks and the little details too.
This is no ordinary steering wheel; it’s completely power in your hands. An Electric Motor Driven Power Steering system replaces the hydraulic steering system on the 2013 model. This new system allows for driver-selectable steering modes ranging from Comfort to Normal to Sport. Meaning whatever your driving style the wheel is made to fit you and the way you make turns on the road and react. My favorite setting is Sport while my husband likes Normal.
Another great feature in the 2014 Sorento that no other Kia Models have is the Blind Spot Detection. When someone drives along side of you you’ll see an orange car symbol popup in your side mirror. If you have your blinker on you’ll also hear a noise. I took a picture with my phone
A new 7-inch TFT display that projects a digital speedometer, trip and vehicle information and optional navigation updates. I honestly was not a fan of the digital speedometer. I found that it was never bright enough during the day so I couldn’t quickly look down to see how fast I was going with just once glace. The settings were turned all the way up but when the sun shines on it you cannot see it, just like looking at a computer or your phone in direct light.
In the 2014 model your center console gives you the UVO eServices Telematics w. Read Camera Display, Navigation System w/ 8″ display, SERIUS.XM satellite radio, plus AUX and USB plug-in for your electronics (IE: charge your iPhone). Both driver and passenger seat have adjustable power, cooled and heated seats.
I want to now focus my attention on something I believe all moms will love, especially moms of little ones.
BUILT-IN SUN SHADE! The middle seat (The Sorento has 3 rows – seating 7 people total) has a sun shade built right into the door. Just pull up on the little tab and the shade hooks in 2 places at the top of the window.
Why is this a good thing? Well because you still have full use of the window so if you want sun protection and airflow you can have both. Also, as you can see the shade fully protects the seat from top to bottom. I don’t know about the ones you buy but no matter what shade we buy it only protects the child partly. And lastly, unless you purchase the cling on sunshade you should be using the shades that have suction cups on them. They can instantly come off during even a low impact car accident and become a projectile. I want to hug the person who thought of the built-in shade. Seriously – THANK YOU!
At the end of the day I am still impressed with Kia. I definitely feel they have raised the bar, especially where the entry-level auto segment is concerned. The 2014 Kia Sorento SX has an MSRP of $36,900 so it’s not too bad as far as I’m concerned. Everything that came with the SX model I reviewed is completely stock so what you see is what you get. All the bells and whistles without the extra cost? I love it.
Other Great Features Include:
- plug outlet in the middle row
- power open and close back lift gate
- 40/20/40 split folding seats
- push button start with Smart Key
- Push button door unlock
- dual-zone climate control (You can have your side blowing 74°, while the hubby has 63° air blowing on him!)
- tilt and telescopic steering column
- leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob
- 50/50 split folding 3rd row and rear A/C controls
- 25MPG highway. (I received about 28MPG)
- 10year/100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty
- panoramic roof with power sun shade
- heated outside mirrors w/ turn signal indicators
Check out the (ton of) additional pictures for a more up close look into this fabulous Kia.
Curious about other Kia vehicles? Check out my other reviews:
- 2013 Kia Sorento
- 2013 Kia Soul
- 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid
- 2012 Kia Optima Turbo
- 2013 Kia Rio
- 2014 Kia Forte
- 2014 Kia Soul
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Disclosure: I was loaned the Kia Sorento for 7 days for the purpose of review. Thoughts, opinions, and photos are my own. You’re opinion may differ. Purchase after doing your own research.