Substantially revised for 2014, Kia Sorento is among the largest of the compact crossover utility vehicles. Sorento boasts a roomy cabin, with lots of cargo capacity. We recommend Sorento as a five-passenger vehicle; it really isn't big enough for three rows of seats. Ride quality is smooth. We found the V6 smooth and quiet and recommend it over the four-cylinder because the Sorento is on the heavier side of the class. All-wheel drive is a smart option for wintry conditions. Hyundai and Kia have made huge strides with quality, and the Sorento has the feel of solid goods. Overall, Sorento offers a good value for buyers who can resist moving up the model line and adding options.
Tony Swan filed this report to NewCarTestDrive.com after his test drive of the Kia Sorento SX.
Model Line Overview
Kia Sorento LX ($24,100), LX AWD ($25,800); LX V6 ($25,700), LX V6 AWD ($27,400); EX ($30,000), EX AWD ($31,700); SX ($35,000), SX AWD ($36,700); Limited ($38,000), Limited AWD ($39,700)
2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve inline four-cylinder, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection; 3.3-liter DOHC 24-valve V6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
Safety equipment (standard):
front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, first and second row curtain airbags, rollover sensor, active front headrests; antilock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, stability control
Safety equipment (optional):
blind spot detection system, back up warning system, rear view camera
5 years/60,000 miles
West Point, Georgia
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Kia Sorento SX ($35,000)
dual zone automatic climate control, leather-trim front and second-row seats, heated and ventilated power front seats, heated outboard second-row seats, navigation with 8-inch touch-screen monitor, power sunroof with power shade, power rear liftgate, UVO telematics and infotainment, Infinity 10-speaker premium audio, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, 115-volt power inverter, 12-volt power outlets, tilt/telescope steering column, driver-select Flex Steer power steering, leather-wrapped steering wheel with auxiliary control buttons, LCD instrumentation, keyless remote entry, pushbutton starting,19-inch aluminum alloy wheels, fog lamps, body color heated side lamps with turn signal repeaters, LED front running lamps, LED tail lamps, chromed tail pipe, body color side sill and wheel arch moldings, illuminated door handles, rear spoiler
independent, MacPherson struts, coil springs, antiroll bar
multilink, dual flow dampers, coil springs, antiroll bar
11.9-inch vented discs/11.9-inch solid discs
17.4 gallons gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of January 25, 2013.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
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