January 17, 2014

A-List Rides: 2014 Kia Sorento

Kia Sorento

Kia should hire me to oversee their new marketing campaign, because based on the response I get when I test drive their vehicles, the campaign slogan would be: “That’s a Kia?”

It’s the question I was asked constantly while driving the 2014 Kia Sorento. A modern, mid-side SUV that’s easy on the eyes is definitely a head-turner as people were intrigued and kept me engaged answering questions about it.

I put the Kia Sorento to the test just one day after a snowfall in DC to see how practical this SUV really was. Slick roads, some snow on the ground and not-so-ideal driving conditions, the Sorento managed well and maneuvered like there was no inclement weather. I felt safe in it, because the handling was easy and sturdy. The Sorento boasts all-speed traction control, stability-control, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, overhead curtain airbags, anti-whiplash head restraints and ignition disable are just a few of the standard safety features offered.

Now the Sorento was Kia’s entry into the crossover utility vehicle genre. The 2014 model is completely remodeled and offers so many luxuries.

Inside the vehicle, it’s extremely comfortable for the front seat passengers. There isn’t as much leg room for second row passengers, unless you have shorter drivers and front row passengers who don’t recline the seat. The quality of materials for the interior cabin are high grade, well appointed and exceeded my expectation of what the Sorento would include.

This crossover SUV packs a punch, something rare for a car in its segment. Surprisingly, the 2014 model has a new V6 engine. The gas mileage was average, 20 miles per gallon in the city and 26 on the highway.

My model also had alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, steering wheel audio controls, heated front seats, navigation system and a rearview camera. (I think rearview camera are a must for all SUVs.)

Spin Control: There’s a big spectrum in what you can get with the Kia Sorento and price tags have a big range from $24,100 to $40,100. (The price tag on my model was on the higher end.) But it’s a great drive, attractive car and worth the investment either way.

Industry Status: A

VIDEO: Get an inside look into the 2014 Kia Sorento.

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