It seems like only yesterday when we took the 2013 Kia Sorento out for a spin. However, out with the old and in with the new, as the 2014 Kia Sorento is here and it’s exactly what a crossover vehicle was meant to be. To that effect, it is that perfect nugget of automotive machinery that combines the best of what SUV and Minivans have to offer. The Sorento packs in the space, torque, and technological features that just can’t be overlooked. For 2014, over 80% of the parts in the 2014 Sorento are either all-new or redesigned. Some of the key new features include a new 3.3-liter GDI V6 engine and the inclusion of the next-generation of UVO with voice-activated telematics system.
We tested a Sorento powered by the all-aluminum 3.3-liter GDI V6. This V6 engine is optional on the L6, but comes standard in the EX, SX and Limited. The 2014 Sorento also comes standard with a smooth shifting six-speed automatic transmission, and Electric Motor Driven Power Steering. Most of the time we preferred driving on the normal setting which provided a smooth and easy ride, but there is some hesitation when you have the car in ECO mode and need to accelerate. The suspension is also still a bit stiff when you hit a pothole or two.
With that said, this improved handling and revamped mechanics offers an even smoother ride experience over the 2013 Sorento. Some fun bells and whistles included in the 2014 Sorento that we reviewed, are side-view mirrors that collapse when you lock the car doors, and they will swing back when you unlock. There is also a Blindspot detection feature in the side view mirrors and a digital Odometer which animates when you open and close the doors. There is even a welcome message when you first turn the 2014 Sorento on.
The Sorento’s exterior has been restyled with a new bumper and rear bumper, restyled fog lights, and the new body-colored trim has replaced the previous black color trim on the Sorento, making it look more refined and cleaner looking. When we recently tested the 2013 Sorento, we were already impressed with how much luggage and people it could pack in for a CUV. Fortunately, the 2014 Sorento ups the ante with even more interior space. On the other hand, even though you can fit 5 comfortably, that doesn’t mean you can also fit in loads of luggage or other items. The fifth seat will seriously eat up your cargo space.
Being the audiophiles that we are, we were especially excited about cranking up the Sorento’s new optional new Infinity Logic 7 surround system. This optional speaker system packs in 12 speakers in 10 locations, for a total of 550 watts! This is one powerful beast of a speaker system that knows how to make your chest beat to the music. Thanks to its next generation UVO infotainment with eServices, the CUV also sports some advanced techie treats. That said, the UVO system relies heavily on your smartphone for its brains and data connection. Overall, UVO is an intuitive infotainment system, and its latest generation is pretty much the best in-car infotainment system that we have used so far this year. It even played nicely with our iPhone 5s. Streaming music to the UVO or making hands-free calls is extremely painless and easy.
The 2014 Sorento really stacks up to many luxury vehicles for a lot less price point. We appreciate the Sorento’s newer more refined exterior looks, as well as its pretty luxurious interior options – like heated seats! But most of all, its revamped V6 engine and mechanics, all translate to a super smooth ride with plenty of pick up and great handling, even on tough roads. Finally, between the latest generation UVO infotainment system, and the optional powerful Infinity Logic 7 Surround Sound System, there are plenty of techie treats to be found in the 2014 Sorento. All in all, the 2014 Sorento is designed for someone who is passionate about having a super comfortable and smooth experience on the road. Pricing for the 2014 Kia Sorento begins at about $24k and tops out at about $38k with all of the premium additions.
The Good: Smooth ride with Lux features. UVO system is top notch and integrates with iOS 7 very well. Has everything you would want in a CUV. Priced aggressively.
The Bad: Gas mileage could be better. Still hits some potholes hard.