The 2014 Kia Sorento is almost completely brand new, and Kia has made some interesting decisions with this model. Instead of taking on minor modifications, as is typically done mid-cycle, this compact crossover SUV got a huge makeover. According to Kia, about 80% of the parts for this car are either completely new or majorly redesigned.
Changes under the Hood
The menu of engine options has been totally recharged for the 2014 year. The base engine, a 175-hp 2.4L 4-cylinder, is gone, and the standard option is now a 2.4L 4-cylinder with Gasoline Direct Injection. This new engine has an output of 161-hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. There’s also an all-new optional V6 that offers 290 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2014 model comes in four trim levels: LX, EX, SX, and SX-L. All trims are available in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The AWD system is a full-time system that includes torque vectoring cornering control, plus a locking center differential. This crossover SUV gets a full 7.3 inches of ground clearance, which means it can handle some light off-roading with the best of them. During regular highway driving, the ride is smooth and the cabin is quiet. One of the big changes to the ride quality was the suspension components which result in a ride that’s soft and comfortable – though not overly so.
New in 2014 is electronic power steering. Flex Steer, which is standard on both the SX and SX-L but option on the LX and EX, provides drivers with three settings to choose from: Comfort, Normal, and Sport. Typically a driver will choose the setting that feels best to them and leave it there permanently. For example, a driver who appreciates some steering wheel and feels that less is indeed more when it comes to power boost, may choose the Sport and stick with it.
Third Row Seating
It’s rare for a small or compact crossover SUV to have three-row seating, partially because it’s hard to stretch the size of the platform to have enough space for not only six or seven people, but their belongings as well. The 2014 Sorento manages to do it, and to do it well. Third row seating is available on all trims, and when it’s equipped this way, it does lower the gear space to 9.1 cubic feet when all passengers are on board. However, the cargo bay behind the second row offers 37 cubic feet of space, and the bay behind the second row offers another 73 cubic feet of space.
All models are well equipped, from the Base to the truly impressive SX-L. There are numerous features new in 2014 that are standard on the SX-L, including a panoramic moonroof with convenient power shade, heatable seats in the back, power liftgate, heated and ventilated front seats, and blind spot detection system. This last feature is standard on both the SX and SX-L, and optional on other trims, and lets the driver know if there are vehicles behind or next to them in their blind spot. This system is one of the reasons the Kia Sorento is earning top safety nods.
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