Rainy Ride: A Challenging Commute In The Kia Sorento
It’s always easy to test drive a vehicle when the sun is out and the weather is stellar. If I’m telling the truth, great weather can sometimes make you feel better about a car that you really don’t love as much as you think you do.
I had to host an event in Lorton, VA about 20 miles from my home outside of Washington, DC. Sounds like an easy commute, but it was a Friday, post-rush hour and as my mother would say, ‘it was raining cats and dogs.’ And this just wasn’t a light drizzle—I’m talking thunder, intense lightening and heavy rain. While the aggressive storm didn’t go on for two days, I did have to make this drive to my event in the storm which was a perfect test for this larger mid-size SUV.
Though I love the vehicles sunroof, the first thing I did when I got in the car was close it so I wasn’t seeing the lightening so vividly. The handling of the Sorento was solid and firm, and while I wasn’t blown away by its handling, I did feel safe maneuvering in the inclement weather.
The windshield wipers were affective at keeping my view clear so that I could focus on the road. The vehicle lights were also bright enough that even with the rain – quite heavy at times – I could see everything around me, including cars that may have slowed down on the highway.
The ride was comfortable despite the intense circumstances. The seats were extremely comfortable and I had great appreciation for the stylish interior design of the Sorento.
The functionality of the vehicle didn’t have me stressed or worried driving in such challenged conditions and though I took this ride with intent, I thought about how owners of the vehicle could get caught unexpectedly in a storm like this while making their way home from work in their evening commute. In that mindset I could truly say that the durability and safety features on the Sorento would make that customer as at ease as I was on that challenging Friday evening.
This SUV has a third row for those who may be car pooling from work or playing the soccer game parent that week. That third row is quite snug – so smaller people climb back there only – and more times than not I would have it dropped for additional cargo space in the trunk area.
Spin Control: It has a starting price of $26,890 and you can upgrade your Sorento enough that it could run you $45,680, but overall it’s a solid SUV that you can adapt to whatever your budgetary needs are.
VIDEO: So check out my inside look into the 2019 Kia Sorento and determine whether it’s automobile that meets your needs.