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Review: 2014 Kia Sorento EX

To say the Sorento’s transformation from body-on-frame SUV to car-based softroader has a sales success is putting it In the first 27 months of production Kia more Sorentos than did the 8 years prior. Sales like that catapulted the krossover (couldn’t help it) CX-9/Xtera/Murano competition to 7th place in the battlefield. Three model later, Kia is spicing things up a refresh. I know what thinking: why bother looking at a Because 2014 brings changes to call the 2014 a redesign.

After three most car companies slap on a new tweak some paint and options and call it good for three years. At first it seems that Kia has done the but the similarity is skin deep. The and rear get tweaks of course, but its the that’s been substantially with new floor stamping to interior room, new suspension different welding techniques, geometry changes, additional bracing in addition to a refreshed and exterior. In all, only 20% of the from last year If you doubt the magnitude of the change, out the curb weight which is 250lbs vs the 2013 model, no small feat.

As before, the offers your choice of 5 or 7 seating, yet the Sorento still a large SUV at 184-inches long. 15 inches shorter than a 7 inches shorter than a and even 6 inches shorter the other 5/7 passenger “tweener” the Dodge Journey. The RAV4, and Sportage are a half step putting the Kia and its Hyundai sister-ship in own small category. (Remember, the ditched its 7-seat option year.)

The Sorento has never been a vehicle, that’s not Kia’s Instead we get slab sides of the American competition and a front end could easily have turned into a new Saab Up front we get Kia’s new bow-tie/semi-kidney and our EX model came standard the rather vertical foglights. Out 2014 brings new tail and new sheetmetal to the tailgate giving the rear as much style as any mid-size crossover. Checking out side profile you’ll the Sorento still sports a vertical hatch thanks to the option. That means if you opt for the you still get a cargo area nice and square, making it useful (but perhaps sexy) than the sloping of the 5-seat-only crossovers.

On the surface the looks like any aspiring crossover. Until you put your on the dashboard. While everyone is doubling-down on squishy injection and stitched pleather, the Sorento’s shapes are cast from plastic. Before we start any Chrysler parallels, you should that Kia’s plastics attractive, they just feel premium. Is that a Not when the Sorento starts at but it is something to keep in mind if contemplating a fully-loaded 7-passenger Limited at $41,850. On the flip the Sportage offers a high of equipment for the dollar and a 5 year/ mile warranty with 10 / 100,000 mile powertrain How much are soft surfaces to you?

Thanks to tweaked designs, the Sorento’s thrones no feel as if they are cast concrete, but they still as cushy as GM’s seats. For our EX heated and cooled my backside As with every other seats get less comfortable as you to the back. The middle seats and fold in a 40/20/40 fashion you to carry long cargo and passengers at the same time. heated seats and integrated round out the Sorento’s compensation for the choices. While the middle are fine for long road the $1,200 third row should be for emergencies, enemies and mother-in-laws.

When you’re a half between the competition dimensionally but the same number of seats as the big something has to give, and that’s the area. With 36.9 feet behind the second the Sorento lags even the RAV-4 and CR-V (38.4 and If you don’t get that third you get an additional 9+ cubes under the floor, just under required to hide a journalist. know what that’s Click on that video.) If you put a of passengers in the third row, going to need a roof-top box or a trailer because the cargo shrinks to 9 cubic feet, 2 cubes more than a Convertible.

So is $600 a pop for two seats it? I’d do it, and here’s why. Despite considerably smaller than the Pilot, Durango and Explorer, third row offers about the amount of room with inches of legroom and 35.7 of headroom. I wouldn’t recommend third row for daily use, but it is in a pinch.

Base Sorentos well equipped with Bluetooth streaming/telephone integration, Satellite radio, a CD player, integration and six-speakers. I’m so used to “you won’t find one of base models on the lot” I did a double take when the Kia locator found 24 such (out of 174) within 50 of my location. The base system with excellent sound for the and if you don’t need navigation, is little to complain about.

Most Sorentos on the lot will Kia’s refreshed 8-inch system (navigation is a further but standard on SX and Limited) and a large of them will have the 10-speaker audio system by (Standard on SX and Limited, optional on all For 2014 Kia has renamed and re-worked the “UVO eServices” must sounded better than UVO The software tweaks bring graphics, faster response and improved voice commands USB/iDevice voice control. In to improving the system, Kia has integrated a of smartphone apps with help. You can now download destinations to the car looking them up on your (there is only an iOS app at the moment), your lost car in a parking use your phone’s data to run vehicle diagnostics/heath checks and the car call 911 for you if the airbags deploy. of this is revolutionary, putting UVO in the middle of the pack. What is new is the for the service: there isn’t Unlike Toyota’s Entune, Kia there is no fee for the service even a few years. If you want to know about the infotainment options, click on that video at the top of the

While not strictly an infotainment EX models and above (optional on the LX) get Kia’s oddly named instrument cluster. The 7-inch LCD dash looked good in strong sunlight, but it will be as readable as a regular old analogue Rather than going modern, Kia stuck to a red analogue against white numbers for the while the center of the LCD is used for settings, navigation directions, details and a trip computer. Chrysler and Cadillac’s latest LCD this display isn’t customizable as there are no alternative or themes that can be applied.

Rounding out the refresh is a revised lineup. The 175HP 2.4L engine is gone with the optional 191HP, 181lb-ft direct-injection four taking its The 16HP and 12lb-ft bump are but a better torque curve possible by the DI sauce combined a 250lb weight loss the difference noticeable. On the downside, economy suffers from the dropping the AWD model from (City/Highway/Combined) to 19/24/21. Some of the is likely due to changes in the way the transmission but also perhaps to Kia re-stating MPG numbers to be more realistic.

on the Sorento LX and standard on EX, SX and Limited is newest 3.3L direct-injection V6 its way across the lineup. Cranking out 290 and 252 twists vs 273/247 for the old 3.5 mill, the behind the wheel is largely in the way is delivered. Our tester scooted 0-60 in 7.23 seconds, 2/10ths faster than year’s 3.5L model. If you go by the EPA the new engine is simply an even with the same 18/24/20 MPG as before. However, unlike the model, our Sorento averaged a than expected 22.1MPG in driving as compared to 19.5 in the old on the same route. Adding the V6 towing capacity from to 3,500lbs with or without

Sending power to the ground is the Hyundai/Kia 6-speed automatic For $1,800 you can add an AWD system with a center coupling. This quite the same as a locking in a traditional truck-based SUV, but it is than you find in most For 2014 Kia has also tossed in a vectoring system that the ABS system to brake wheels to shuttle power around for grip. Why bother? Because else is doing it and it doesn’t much effort to re-program braking system. Does it I didn’t notice a difference.

Despite the changes to the suspension and you won’t notice much of a out on the road either. The Sorento is of steering and soft of spring. the steering feel, or lack of on a new electric power steering (Yes, the Sorento offers assist electric steering, but of the three modes brings feel with it.) in keeping with its light-truck the Sorento wears some profile rubber, LX models out with 235/65R17s. our EX model things down to a still 235/60R18 and Limited models get tires. Tall tires, steering, soft springs and weight roll bars the Sorento almost as much roll in the curves as that SUV that came to mind Thankfully, the light curb which is only 140lbs than the RAV4 (four-cylinder means that despite the grip is on par with the small and slightly ahead of the considerably Edge, Explorer, Pilot, or Traverse.

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The Sorento is a textbook Kia. The exterior styling is to set your heart on fire, but it offend anyone either. The apes the style and features of the price class above, but it in durable, hard plastic. makes the Sorento sound a very average vehicle, but the key to success is value. When you for the standard features on the base LX the Sorento is a $1,500 better than the Dodge Journey, cited as the cheapest and most of the 7-seat set. Compare the to a comparable Ford Edge or Highlander and the Kia is $4,000-5,000 less. See why the dash plastics that reviewers complain about bother me? Because value to me, and judging by the sales it speaks to a number of shoppers. Toss in long warranty and the only that surprises me is that the is only “7th” in the mid-size SUV

Hit it

Finally a base model isn’t a penalty box.

the best MPGs for a non-hybrid, V6, crossover.

Quit it

The LCD speedo is but I expected it to “do” more just show me an analogue

The Sorento’s ride still a redesign.


Kia provided the vehicle, and one tank of gas for this review.

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