Used 2014 Kia Sorento LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Consumer Reviews
We have bought new one Tuscon in the 90's, and four Hyundai Santa Fe's, 2008, 2009, 2011, and a 2012. This is our first Kia Sorento. the Pros; Strong motor, easier steering, a lot better suspension, better handling, better gas mileage 24.9 average, smooth automatic 6 speed transmission, easy to get in and out off, great visibility, awesome warranty. In all the years I have owned Hyundai's, and now Kia. I only had one minor repair under warranty years ago. Cons; none so far. We have 1350 miles on our new Sorento so far. I strongly recommend Kia Sorento.
Only real gripe I have about the Sorento as equipped (LX FWD) are the low grip eco tires they put on it. Being in the snowbelt, I should have gotten AWD, but the Eco tires are horrible in even light snow. I'd expect an all season tire to at least get you moving when there's an inch and a half of snow on the ground. Not so much. I put some winter tires on and all is well again however. The Sorento is roomy and has great cargo space and some hidden under floor cubbies in the cargo area as well. Very handy when camping / moving and etc. I'm averaging around 25mpg which I'm happy with given the Sorento's size. The ride is smooth and comfortable, interior materials have solid fit and finish and are soft touch for the most part. IP and center stack are very legible and usable. Heated seats work well. Overall I'd say this is a solid soft roader SUV that has lots of cargo room and would recommend it. Update: 40K miles. MPGs have dropped a bit. Still seems to be holding up well and there aren't any new squeaks or creaks to report. Interior materials are also still in like new shape. Backup parking sensors have been on the fritz sporadically over the past 2 years. Sometimes they just beep once when you put it in reverse indicating it won't warn you if you get too close to an object. At other times, the beep will stay on the entire time you are backing up which is super annoying. Had a rear control or sway arm replaced under warranty. Can't think of any other issues or failures. Just replaced the front brakes at 41k miles. Rears still have some life left as expected. Update: 55K miles. Transmission issue popped up where the doors didn't unlock when putting it into Park sometimes. On a roadtrip, the gear indicator on the dash disappeared. Dealer replaced the shift interlock under warranty. Had both rear brake calipers seize up within 6 months of each other. Replaced under warranty. Replaced rotors and pads as well since those were shot. I wouldn't think that should happen at 55,000 miles. . . . Update: 67k miles. Nothing noteworthy to report. Slightly concerned over the 2.4l engine failures and class action lawsuits that have come forth. My wife's 2013 Optima with that drivetrain...the same as in this Sorento, died while she was driving on the expressway in rush hour traffic 2 months ago at around 72k miles. Definitely not safe. Hopefully I don't suffer the same fate.
This is my first ever SUV or CUV ( whatever you call it ). I have been a loyal Kia owner for the past 10 years but this is my first time not buying a compact car. I am very impressed with my 2014 Sorento. It has all the extras that you can get on the LX model. Myself and my kids love the heated front seats, especially with the cold winter we have had this year. The UVO is a big upgrade from what I had in my 2010 Forte and the rear camera is useful as well. With my kids getting older I just wanted to get something that was bigger with more room and safer on the road. This is it!
We checked 6 different vehicles in this class before we purchased in April of 2013. Sorento had the best features for the price. Great ride. Little or no road noise. Acceleration is all we need. Handling is good. I am impressed with the breaking ability. The 6-speed trans sometimes downshifts more often than we are used to. We have the 7 pass and have not sat in the way back but mid seat is comfortable and roomy. Engine noise is a bit much on heavy acceleration as were all vehicles we tested. Cargo space with third seat down was good. Just took a trip with three adults w/luggage and a 50 qt(?) cooler. No problems and plenty of space. Exterior looks like many other brands. Ho hum.
I have had my Sorento for a few months now and I still love driving it. I like the handling, the lack of road/wind noise, and all the extras that came with the LX model. Mine also came with the 3rd row seat package. The 3rd row is pretty small, but I love how the whole middle row can slide forward and back to give the 3rd row a little more room if needed. With that option, it makes having bigger people in the back a little more realistic. The 4 cylinder engine is surprisingly strong(though I haven't driven the V6) and it is enough power for most peoples needs. If price isn't a concern, obviously the V6 would be the way to go. As of now, I plan to keep buying Sorentos in the future.