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2014 Kia Sorento SX FWD Review
It’s hard to believe that it has only been three years since Kia introduced its first midsize crossover utility vehicle, the Sorento, to the world.
But that is a long time in the auto industry, which is why the newly designed 2014 Kia Sorento SUV is being so warmly welcomed.
The changes with the 2014 model begin under the hood, with the addition of a powerful 3.3L all-aluminum DOHC V6 with dual CVVT and gasoline direct injection (GDI).
The vehicle comes standard with a 6-speed automatic transmission that features Kia’s Sportmatic Sequential shifting capabilities for a better driving experience.
The new Sorento also comes with the Flex Steer system that allows drivers to choose between three different steering modes: Normal, Comfort, and Sport.
Without going into too much technical detail, there were an number of changes made in platform department, including a redesigned independent MacPherson strut setup, dual-flow gas-charged shocks and a stiffer H-shaped subframe cradle, all of which helps improve the comfort of the ride.
Road noise is also lessened to a considerable degree, and the Sorento feels a whole lot roomier on the inside, which again adds to the comfort level.
2014 Kia Sorento styling changes
As you would expect with an updated model, the Sorento has been given an exterior redesign, featuring a lower, broader stance.
The changes are even extended to the signature Kia tiger nose grille, which now has a silver mesh appearance.
The headlights have been given the HID treatment, with LED positioning lights also added. The new foglamps on the SX have been flipped and moved to the far corners of the bumper to increase front and side visibility.
Horizontal combination lamps are featured in the rear, with glow they give off making the Sorento instantly recognizable from behind.
Chrome has been strategically added in certain spots to give the vehicle a more refined look, although the other exterior changes, such as the steeply raked windshield A-pillars, give it an aggressive, athletic stance.
The interior can best be described as sophisticated and elegant, thanks to a redesigned instrument panel and soft touch materials.
The large center gauge cluster features a 7-inch LCD screen that displays a digital speedometer, as well as other data such as vehicle info and navigation updates.
The center stack has been rearranged in a way that makes it much more user friendly for the driver.
Techonology is also featured on the inside, with UVO eServices, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity and more available, depending of course upon the model you select.
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Standard features on 2014 Sorento SX
Standard features on the SX model include a programmable power liftgate, a power adjustable driver’s seat, sliding sunshades dual zone automatic climate control, rear A/C system, push button start/stop, quality faux dark wood trim on the dashboard and doors, cruise control, variable speed wipers/washers, rear wiper/washer, leather seats trim and much, much more.
Standard Sorento safety features include front/side impact airbags, 3-point seatbelts for all seats with front pretensioners/load limiters, Blind Spot Metering, front/rear parking sensors, 1st and 2nd row side curtain airbags, front active headrests, height adjustable front seatbelt anchors, front/rear crush zones, steel beams in each door, LATCH system for child seats and child prove rear doors. [Source & Kia image credit: Automotiveaddicts.com]
2014 Kia Sorento specs
- Engine: 3.3-liter DOHC Direct-Injection V6 290 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm / 252 lb-ft. of torque @ 5,200 rpm
- Wheelbase: 106.3 inches
- Total length: 184.4 inches
- Total width: 74.2 inches
- Total height: 68.3 inches
- Headroom: f/m/r-39.2/39.2/36.7 inches
- Legroom: f/m/r-41.3/38.8/31.7 inches
- Cargo volume: all-rows down/3rd row down/behind 3rd. row-72.5/36.9/9.1 cu.ft.
- Turning circle: 35.8 feet
- Curb weight: 3,722 pounds
- EPA mileage: 18mpg/city, 25mpg/highway
- Price: $35,000.00/$36,050.00 as tested