2014 Kia Sorento Interior Review

The 2014 Kia Sorento is a 5-passenger SUV that’s available in four trim levels: LX, EX, SX and SX-L. While every trim has many standard and optional features, the specific interior features you’ll find will vary based on which trim you choose.

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Kia Sorento

The Flexibility Drivers Want

One of the biggest selling points of the Kia Sorento in NJ, is that so many of the features are offered as options. This may initially lead some folks to think that Kia’s trying to nickel and dime them for every feature they’re looking for, but the opposite is actually true. When you have so many options to add on exactly what you want, without paying to upgrade to a trim that includes features you don’t need, you have a lot more control over the price of your vehicle. Drivers are able to select exactly the bells and whistles they want without paying for those they don’t want.

Generous Standard Features

Kia was quite generous with the standard features on the base LX trim, which includes air conditioning, a full range of power accessories, a 40/20/40 folding back seat, Bluetooth connectivity, tilting and telescoping steering wheel, and a 6-speaker stereo with CD player, USB jack, and satellite radio.

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2014 Kia Sorento Trunk NJ

2014 Kia Sorento Trunk

The quality of the materials in the cabin is quite impressive, though some may be surprised to see so much hard plastic. The good news is that this plastic is incredibly easy to clean, which can keep this vehicle looking sharp for years to come. There is a new, larger touchscreen in the 2014 Kia Sorento, and said touchscreen utilizes a more intuitive menu structure, upgraded graphics, and a secondary control knob. Together, these features come together to create one of the more user-friendly tech interfaces not just in its class, but on the market altogether.

UVO Voice Activation System

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2014 Kia Sorento UVO

Many are familiar with Ford’s Sync system, and the Kia’s answer was the UVO voice activation system. It is incredibly adept at understanding voice commands for a variety of systems, including cell phones and the stereo. This system does indeed provide users with a truly hands-free experience, which is not just convenient – it also increases safety for drivers.

Spaciousness and Ride Quality

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2014 Kia Sorento Interior

The driver and front passenger can enjoy truly commanding views of the road and ahead, and the seats manage to perfectly balance comfort and support. Adult passengers have plenty of head and legroom in the second row, though the third row is best for children – not only because of less legroom, but because it can be somewhat difficult to access. There is a ton of cargo space – a full 36.9 cubic feet when the middle row of seats is upright. When you fold them down, the cargo space is expanded to a truly impressive 72.5 cubic feet.

Materials and Gauges

The specific materials in your 2014 Kia Sorento will vary based on which trim you buy. The base line is upholstered in quality cloth, while the EX and above get quality leather upholstery. Upper level trims also add convenience and comfort features like two-zone auto climate control, heated seats for the front, power adjustable eight-way driver’s seat (including power lumbar), LCD gauges, automatically dimming rear mirror, rear camera, ambient interior lighting, and sunshades for the back seats.

High End and Optional Features

The EX and SX have tons of standard interior features, most of which can be added to lower trims as optional features. For example: panoramic sunroof, driver seat memory settings, upgraded eight-inch touchscreen display, ten-speaker Infinity surround-sound stereo, blind-spot monitoring system, navigation system, and ventilated front seats.

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