Today we’re bringing you a look at autoblog.com’s review of the 2014 Kia Sorento in which they dispel the deception of appearances. Specifically, they disprove the assumption that some of you might make looking at the all-new Sorento: it doesn’t look all that new.
The people at Autoblog were surprised, too, but Kia says that the Sorento retains just eighty percent of its elements from the second generation model. When the previous Sorento was first introduced in 2010, it set the tone for design changes across Kia’s lineup. The subtle updates to the 2014 model give it a more mature presence that keeps it up-to-date in its outward appearances.
Powertrain-wise, the 2014 Sorento has a slightly smaller 3.3-liter direct-inject V6 when compared to the previous 3.5-liter machine. There is also an option for the 2.4-liter four-cylinder on the lowest trim levels, but both options work with a six-speed automatic transmission. The V6 will net you 290 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque, which Autoblog says greatly diminishes any extra weight that the Sorento might carry over other crossover utility vehicles. That extra weight goes to good use, though, as Kia has beefed up the chassis and suspension, giving this car a much smoother feel going down the road.
Other items worthy of applause include all new electric power-steering, a redesigned center stack and console with a bigger touchscreen display, and an additional 1.2 inches of legroom in the second row. Passenger seating offers sliding and reclining 40/20/40 second row seats and the option of a third row. The new Sorento is definitely a family first vehicle, as it features Kia’s LATCH anchor system to secure rear-facing car seats.
To read the full review from autoblog.com, go here. If you have any questions about the 2014 Kia Sorento, leave them in the comments, and if you want to look at one or take it for a test-drive, stop by Leith Autopark Kia.