Review: 2014 Kia Sorento

Review: 2014 Kia Sorento

As I mentioned in my review of the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, I’m a big fan of SUV’s, particularly my Ford Explorer. I also told you how I sold my Explorer to my sister then went to her crying like an idiot asking for it back. Of course, I gave her money back but I still felt horrible for not following through with our deal. But, I just couldn’t get rid of my Explorer.

But that was then and this is now. After driving Kia’s CUV (crossover SUV), the 2014 Kia Sorento EX, I know I could trade it in and be perfectly happy with that decision. There wasn’t anything that I didn’t love about this CUV. Okay, maybe one thing, but certainly nothing of a deal-breaker. But, more about that later. KiaSorento-1-Post This particular Kia Sorento EX had the optional Touring Package and V-6 motor and came in Wave Blue with beige interior. While I’m not really a huge fan of dark blue cars, it worked very well on this CUV, and it was gorgeous with the cream leather interior. And, inside it was loaded with all of the bells and whistles I love in my vehicles. Some were standard, others are a part of the Touring Package.

Safety First

We all want to feel safe when we climb into our vehicles and Kia did a great job of making that happen. The Kia Sorento has just earned a five-star crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as well as a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

It has dual front advanced airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags for driver and passenger, side curtain airbags for the front and back seats, and front active headrests.

All this to not only make you feel safe, but to keep you safe.

Interior Features

From the steering wheel you can control the radio and cruise control but also has hands-free controls for answering your phone or calling out.

KiaSorento-7-PostSyncing my smartphone was very easy and I was able to listen to my playlists easily without any hassle.

Another great thing about this Kia Sorento was that it had several USB and 12 volt receptacles in both the front and back seats. Charging several devices at the same time is a breeze.

But one of my very favorite features of the Kia Sorento was the ability to move the headlights up and down. I live in a very rural area of Indiana, and it can be difficult to see at night without street lamps so this feature, for me, was awesome. It’s amazing how much of a difference this feature makes.

Another great feature, there really are just so many, is the sensor in the side mirror letting you know there is a car next to you. Although the Sorento doesn’t have much of a blind spot, this feature was very helpful to me. It allowed me to keep my eyes on the road rather than craning around to look over my shoulder before changing lanes. Between the Blind Spot Detection and the Rear Camera Display, you’re covered all the way around, bumper to bumper.

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The 2014 Kia Sorento EX is loaded with so many great features that make this CUV so much fun to drive.

  • Dual zone Automatic Climate Control and Rear Air Conditioning.
  • Heated and Cooled Power-adjustable front seats. Heated front seats come standard in the EX, SX, and Limited models. And, although the model I test drove didn’t have this feature, I thought it was worth mentioning. You can get Heated Second Row Seating and Heated Steering Wheel in the Kia Sorento Limited. I love my heated seats, so I think this would be a fantastic feature to have.
  • 8-Way Power Adjustable Driver’s Seat with Lumbar Support
  • 4-Way Power Front Passenger Seat
  • Memory Divers Seat and Mirrors – This is always a great feature to have when you have more than one driver in the family. My legs are longer than David’s so he needs to slide the seat forward when he’s driving. With memory set we can easily switch back and forth without being uncomfortable for days before we can find our sweet spot again.
  • Auto Dimming Mirror with HomeLink – HomeLink is a great service to have. With it, not only can you open your garage door without needing a separate remote but you can also control things in your home like your thermostat, televisions, and even your home security system and outdoor lighting, all by simply pushing one of 3 little buttons on your rearview mirror.
  • Steering-Wheel-Mounted Audio, Hands-Free Phone and Cruise Control Buttons
  • FlexSteer Driver-Selectable Steering Assist – To suit your style of driving, FlexSteer tunable electronic steering offers a series of settings including standard, sport, or comfort. 
  • Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column
FlexSteer Driver-Selectable Steering Assist

FlexSteer Driver-Selectable Steering Assist

  • Integrated 2nd-Row Window Sunshades – For anyone with children, this feature is invaluable. Nothing is more miserable for your little one than to have the sun in their eyes.
  • UVO eServices Infotainment System – If you’re like me, you haven’t heard of eService before and are completely aware of what is and what it does. Well, eService is kind of like KIA’s answer to OnStar, only much better. Not only is eService totally free (who doesn’t love free?), it is much more than just an emergency services tool.

However, if an airbag deploys, UVO eServices will call 911 for you and provide the emergency response agent with your location. Also, with the touch of a button you can reach the call center and request roadside assistance.

eService also provides you with important information about your vehicles maintenance such as maintenance reminders and diagnostics.

Link eServices to your smartphone and you can not only control all of your entertainment using voice command, you will also have access to useful tools like detailed directions to where you parked your car. Having that information at your fingertips is so helpful when you’re flying home from vacation and can’t remember where you parked in the airport garage. 

With eService you can do everything from controlling your entertainment with voice command to calling for emergency or roadside assistance.

  • SeriusXM Satellite/AM/FM/CD/MP3
  • BlueTooth Technology
  • Push Button Start with Smart Key and Immobilizer – The immobilizer function prevents the vehicle from starting without the Smart Key.
  • Power Windows with Driver & Passenger One-Touch Auto-Up/Down - I love that Kia added this convenient feature to the passenger side window as well.
  • Heated Outside Mirrors with Blind Spot Protection
  • Power Folding Side Mirrors – This is another feature I just love. With the flick of a button you can fold in your mirrors to keep them from being bumped and banged up in crowded parking lots.
  • Voice-Command Navigation with Large 8″ Display & SiriusXM Traffic - This is the one thing I mentioned that I disliked about this CUV, but it’s not something that is exclusive to Kia. When the car is in motion you can no longer program or change the navigation system. My Chrysler is the same way and it’s terribly frustrating. I understand the safety reasons behind designing the navigation system this way, but they have to understand there are non-driving passengers that can program it, too. If they can place a sensor in the front passenger seat to turn off airbags, surely they can do the same for navigation.
  • Infinity┬« Surround Sound Audio System with Ten Speakers, External Amplifier & Subwoofer, HD Radio – You all know I love my music and the Infinity Surround Sound System with 10 speakers did not disappoint.

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    Interior Power Liftgate

  • Power Liftgate with Programmable Height Adjustment- Again, I love this feature. There are two switches that operate the power liftgate; the first is up front just above the rear view mirror and the other is on the liftgate itself. So, whether you’re in the car and opening it for someone else or you’re the one loading the back, all you have to do is push a button and the back opens and closes effortlessly.
  • Panoramic Roof with Power Sunshade – The great thing about the panoramic roof in the Kia Sorento is that it actually opens, unlike others I’ve seen. And, I have to admit, I really like the panoramic roof. I like the way it looks and it makes the inside feel so much roomier.

But the Kia Sorento is already very roomy. There is plenty of legroom in both the front and back seats and there is a large cargo area in the back. But, if you find you still need more storage room, Kia added the under-rear-cargo-floor storage compartment as well.

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The cargo area is so large, in fact, that Kia offers 3rd-row seating in the Sorento. Not having children, we don’t have a need for the extra seating but it’s a great option for those who do.

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Under-Rear-Cargo-Floor Storage Compartment

Also, along those lines, another great feature of the Kia Sorento is that they provide a lot of cup holders, both in the front and back seats. Also, standard in this model, Kia provides Front & Rear Door Bottle Holders.  Both front and rear doors offer a space for water bottles.

Final Thoughts

Honestly, there just isn’t anything about the Kia Sorento EX CUV that I didn’t like. Kia went all out on the 2014 model and it’s absolutely no wonder people like myself are raving about it. There just isn’t much Kia didn’t include in the Kia Sorento EX.

It’s a great vehicle with a long list of amenities and I had a wonderful time test driving it. Such a great time, in fact, as I said in the beginning, I wouldn’t have any trouble trading in my beloved and reliable Ford Explorer on a Kia Sorento EX, just like this one.

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