2014 Kia Sorento SUV - Rating Details


B
Edmunds Rating
Vehicle Tested 2014 Kia Sorento SX AWD SUV (3.3L V6 AWD 6-speed Automatic) Driven On 2/26/2013 Ratings Summary The Sorento is a near-perfect-sized SUV. Just large enough to squeeze in a third-row seat, but small enough so that it's not unwieldy in parking lots. While not a performance machine, the Sorento SX pleases with its powerful, but admittedly fuel-thirsty, V6 and cushy ride.
B
Performance The Sorento isn't a performance SUV, but it acquits itself pretty nicely nonetheless. The 3.3-liter V6 gives decent thrust and the handling has a nice feel, if the numbers are only average. Around-town driveability is excellent.
Acceleration
B
V6 is nice and smooth. Sportier growl and burst of power at 5,000 rpm. 6-speed automatic is silky and quick to kick down. Was a bit too shifty on the long climb out of Camarillo.
Braking
B
Around town the Sorento's brakes are nice and linear, not touchy. Panic stops were performed with little drama at the track, despite significant nosedive.
Steering
C
The steering is light for our tastes and the front tires give up grip quickly. Still, initial turn-in has some precision.
Handling
C
Handling can feel floaty and the stability system cuts in with just a bit of aggressive driving on a twisty road. But the Sorento leans less than you'd expect with its cushy ride.
Driveability
A
Smooth V6 and automatic work in concert, there's always plenty of power to squirt past traffic. Nice standard rearview camera on SX model. Only gripe is a slightly abrupt throttle.
Towing
B
The Sorento SX AWD V6 combo has a tow capacity of 3,500 pounds, which is about average for the class.
Off-Road
B
A typical soft-roader, meaning it's not designed for off-road duty much beyond a rough fire road. But our tester's all-wheel drive makes this one a bit more useful.
B
Comfort This is a very quiet and comfortable SUV. Road and wind noise are barely perceptible and the plush suspension is always up to the task. Ultra-thick D-pillars can give third-row passengers a claustrphobic feeling.
Seating Comfort
C
Front seats are fine. Second-row seats move fore/aft, have reclining seatbacks and a center armrest. Third row is comfy enough, with near-adequate head room but cramped foot room.
Ride Comfort
A
The ride is supremely plush and the suspension soaks up almost all bumps with ease.
Quietness
A
The Sorento is exceptionally quiet, almost no road noise to speak of. Just a bit of wind rustling around the base of the A-pillars. The V6 is barely audible at highway speeds.
B
Interior The interior is a mix of good and bad. We love the large knobs and soft-touch buttons, but front-seat occupants will find an overly large sill to step over upon exit. Rear three-quarter vision is poor for lane-changes.
Ergonomics
A
Nice big knobs for the temperature control, smaller but still very useful knobs for radio volume and tuning. Quality-feeling controls and buttons. Upright driving position.
Ingress/Egress
C
The front sill is so wide that driver rubs left leg, passenger right leg as you put your foot out on the ground. Easy in/out of 2nd row. Third row difficult to access for adults.
Space/Room
B
Good front head room, excellent elbow room. Second row has plenty of foot and knee room, good head room. Third row has poor foot- and knee room but surprisingly decent head room.
Visibility
C
Narrow A, B and C-pillars, but hugely obstructive D-pillar. Roof sloping dramatically into slit of a rear window doesn't help things. Standard rearview camera is large, though.
Cargo/Storage
B
Smallish but handy front bin. Deep center armrest bin. Narrow door pockets do have bottle holders. Center cupholders are useless, no anti-tip. Near-zero space behind third row.
B
Value Good value here, but in an attempt to move slightly more upmarket, the Sorento, especially this up-level SX model, no longer seems an exceptional value. The Sorento starts at $24,100, but our test car was $38,550.
Build Quality (vs. $)
B
The interior could use more soft-touch materials, but this Kia seems put together fairly well. Did notice a rattle in the front passenger door area when driving on coarse surfaces.
Features(vs. $)
B
As the second-from-the-top Sorento model, the SX comes loaded with features at its $36,700 base price, including Bluetooth, navigation, ventilated seats and blind-spot detection.
Cost
C
With an as-tested price of $38,550, the Sorento SX doesn't seem like an amazing bargain. But you get a lot of SUV for your money, including the optional third-row air conditioning.
MPG
C
The EPA rates the Sorento SX AWD at 18 city/24 highway/20 mpg combined. We averaged a lackluster 17.4 mpg overall, but a reasonable 21.7 mpg on our Edmunds-specific drive route.
Warranty
A
The Sorento's basic warranty is for 5 years/60,000 miles. The powertrain is covered for 10 years/100,000 miles. Other than Hyundai, no manufacturer can compete with this.
Ownership
B
The Sorento has roadside assistance for 5 years/60,000 miles, but no free maintenance program.
B
Fun To Drive This certainly isn't the most fun-to-drive SUV ever, but it's far from the least. The powerful and very smooth V6 makes passing easy and somewhat entertaining. And all-wheel drive gives this Sorento a good excuse to head for the ski slopes.
Driving Experience
B
A comfortable ride, gutsy engine and smooth-shifting automatic make the Sorento a pleasing driving experience. Poor fuel mileage and outward visibility diminish it somewhat.
Personality
C
This is a fairly vanilla mid-size SUV. But one with a stout V6. Though it doesn't have outstanding on- or off-road talents, it's a quiet, comfortable way to move people around.
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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2014 Kia Sorento Suv in VA is:

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