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2014 Kia Sorento

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2014 Kia Sorento Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.8

Having undergone a more extensive update than its mildly refreshed exterior would suggest, the 2014 Kia Sorento is now an even more appealing package for tech-minded shoppers who want 3-row flexibility but not the bulk of a typical midsize SUV. But the Sorento is also available in a 2-row configuration, making it a viable alternative to 5-seat SUVs like the Ford Edge, too. In either case, the 2014 Kia Sorento offers more features for the money – including a leading-edge infotainment offering – with little to no compromise in overall refinement. Similarly sized competitors include the Dodge Journey and Mitsubishi Outlander, but the Sorento is the clear winner in that race. That's why we named it one of the 10 Best SUVs Under $25,000 for 2014.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like the idea of maximizing your infotainment and seating capabilities while keeping vehicle size and price in check, you're going to like the more refined, mostly new 2014 Kia Sorento.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you need three rows on a regular basis, or need room enough for six or seven people and more than a couple duffel bags at the same time, you'll probably be better served by a more traditionally sized 3-row vehicle.

What's New for 2014

Kia says more than 80 percent of the parts in the 2014 Sorento are either all-new or redesigned. The net result is an SUV that looks a little different but feels significantly more refined, and offers an impressive set of convenience and infotainment technologies, including the new UVO eServices system.

Driving the Sorento

Driving Impressions What the 2014 Kia Sorento gives up in interior volume to its larger competitors, it gains in everyday maneuverability. The Sorento is seven inches shorter than a Honda Pilot, with a shorter wheelbase and tighter turning radius, making the Kia easier to navigate into and out of the many parking spaces it's likely to visit on a daily basis. Out on the road, the Sorento's new 290-horsepower V6 and smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission combine to deliver responsive, seamless acceleration. Our very first taste of the revised Sorento included a 6-hour drive from Arizona to California, and at no point did highway ride or seat comfort elicit a second thought. Powertrain and structural enhancements were a big part of the Sorento's upgrade for 2014, and the result is a crossover SUV that drives with a sense of refinement comparable to some of its best competitors.

UVO eSERVICES
In addition to a bunch of other cool infotainment capabilities – many of them voice-activated – Kia's next-gen UVO system leverages your smartphone to automatically call 911 in the event of an airbag deployment, and lets you send a navigation destination from your computer to the car.

FLEXSTEER
As part of its new electric power steering system, the 2014 Sorento includes a FlexSteer feature that lets the driver select between Comfort, Normal and Sport steering modes. Comfort mode feels the least artificial, making small corrections easier and mitigating some of the compromise of efficiency-enhancing electric steering.

2014 Kia Sorento Details
2014 Kia Sorento photo Interior

Interior highlights from the well-equipped 2014 Kia Sorento models we've driven include small touches like a leather transmission selector boot, unexpected features like an LCD speedometer, retractable 2nd-row window shades, and a huge panoramic moonroof. Combined with a next-gen level of refinement for Kia, you'll have a hard time finding a nicer interior for the money. The Sorento definitely gives up some passenger and cargo room to just about every other 3-row SUV worth considering, but a rear seat that slides, reclines and folds down in 40/20/40 sections adds valuable flexibility. The optional third row is best reserved for little ones.

Exterior
2014 Kia Sorento photo

If not for the new taillights, it'd be hard to distinguish the 2014 Sorento from its 2013 predecessor. But the front end has been redesigned, too, and there are a number of neat upgrades all around. The headlights now offer an LED design element, the exterior mirrors will fold in at the push of a button, and the exterior door pockets light up to welcome you back at night. Stepping all the way up to the SX Limited nets xenon HID headlights, unique 19-inch wheels and red brake calipers, but even the base models have a finished look that includes 17-inch aluminum wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A base model 2014 Kia Sorento LX starts at $24,950, including destination, with a 4-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive and two rows of cloth seats. Standard feature highlights include Bluetooth and USB phone/audio connectivity, air conditioning, cruise control, and steering wheel-mounted controls. Outside, alloy wheels, body-color side mirrors and LED taillights help the entry-priced Sorento present about as well as pricier trims. The full complement of electronic and inflatable safety equipment is also standard.

Optional Equipment

A 2014 Kia Sorento SX stickers at $38,550 with a V6 engine and all-wheel drive, leather seats (heated and cooled in front), three rows of seating, a panoramic moonroof, keyless entry and touch-start, blind-spot monitoring, and the full UVO eServices infotainment setup including an 8-inch touch-screen display, navigation and a 10-speaker Infinity audio system. For another $3,000 you can step up to the SX Limited, with softer Nappa leather, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and a handful of exterior touches.

Under the Hood

Because the 4-cylinder engine isn't markedly cheaper or more efficient than the V6, and because the V6's 290 horsepower is a lot to feed through only the front wheels, we recommend the 2014 Kia Sorento with its new V6 engine and all-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive system features a locking center differential for especially difficult conditions, and incorporates a new Torque Vectoring Cornering Control system that further enhances drivability. All Sorento configurations offer the same 6-speed, manually selectable automatic transmission.

2.4-liter 4-cylinder
191 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
181 lb-ft of torque @ 4,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/26 mpg (FWD), 19/24 mpg (AWD)

3.3-liter V6
290 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
252 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 mpg (FWD), 18/24 mpg (AWD)

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2014 Kia Sorento Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 294 Ratings for the 2011 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

Gets you 80% of what you seek

By on Thursday, December 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Nice style, decent value, good on maintenance cost"

Cons: "Engine not smooth, seat movement"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"Liked the transmission feel over the Ford Edge and saved a little money with the v6 Sorento LX. Unfortunately, the tranny has slight heistations in normal acceleration now and then, even with high octane fuel. When you start it up, it is unsually loud for a new car, sounding more like a Toyota truck from the 80's. Seats are difficult to operate when moving the backs down and up and seats foward and back. Doesn't get the gas mileage we were looking for in a new SUV."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Compares to any high end SUV

By on Tuesday, December 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great value, drives well, Kia is the real deal"

Cons: "MPG but still better than rest of cars this class"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I wanted a lot for a little, and got it when I purchased my pre-owned 2014 Sorento SXLimited. Gave it an 8/10 for driving dynamics because doesn't drive like a MB, BMW, or Acura, but nothing does. The loaded Sorento is truly the next best thing to the expensive luxury SUVs. A luxury SUV with all the options that I have in my Sorento would have cost twice as much, TWICE AS MUCH people. I also liked the exterior stylings of the Sorento more than the Hyundai, GM, Ford etc counterparts."

24 people out of 43 found this review helpful

Excellent auto that gets 25 to 30 mpg

By on Tuesday, December 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,126

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "fun to drive"

Cons: "no flaws !"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have been very happy to have this car but I have gotten a disability that makes it difficult to enter and exit the car so I would like to replace it with something just a little lower with a wider front doors!!!"

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

reliable, dependable and versatile

By on Wednesday, November 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,250

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Lots of space, comfortable and fuel efficient."

Cons: "no trunk space with third row seat in use"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I've owned this car since new and have had no major problems. In fact the only complaint I've had is with interior trim on the third row seat not staying in place. The turning radius of this vehicle is as good as any small sedan I've previously owned. Lots of room with seats down - plenty of trunk space without third seat - virtually none when using it."

1 person out of 4 found this review helpful

Vehicle is ok. Over priced.

By on Saturday, November 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Plenty of power, Good looks, Roomy, 3rd row seats."

Cons: "Button start malfunction, not enough options."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"This is not a bad vehicle, just over priced. The push button start on this vehicle occasionally does not work. We have had it in for service and they can't find the problem. We may trade it in earlier than expected due to this unreliability."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

I got a lemon for a 2014 Kia Sorento SX

By on Thursday, October 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "nice design"

Cons: "Lemon"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"The idle surges when initially started in the morning and the shakes violently. It also jerks back an forth between 45-60 mph. Dealership cannot find out why it does not run properly."

16 people out of 23 found this review helpful

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