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The midsize Sorento has played a major role in changing perceptions about the Kia brand. It has impressed buyers and journalists alike with its good road manners and extensive list of standard features.

What's New for 2014

Kia says 80 parts on the Sorento have been redesigned including styling tweaks and a new engine.

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Choosing Your Kia Sorento

The Sorento can be optioned to offer seating for seven—albeit with a cramped third row—or as a more spacious two-row five-seater.

All-wheel drive is optional across the range, and the Sorento is offered with two engines:

  • The standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder produces 191 horsepower and earns an EPA rating of 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway with front wheel drive, or 19 mpg and 24 mpg with all-wheel drive.
  • The 3.3-liter direct-injection V6 makes 290 horsepower and is rated at 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway, or 18 mpg city and 24 mpg for the all-wheel drive model.

LX

The base Sorento is the only one that comes with the less powerful four-cylinder engine. A six-speed automatic transmission and electric power steering are standard, as are Bluetooth, USB ports, cruise control, and LED taillights. Unlike entry-level models from many competitors, an LX has access to upscale options like automatic climate control, leather upholstery and heated seats. Opt for an LX with V6 power.

EX

Stepping up to an EX adds $6,000 to a Sorento's MSRP, but that premium includes amenities like leather trim, a second-row sunshade, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a backup warning system, an eight-way driver seat with lumbar support, and a7-inch LCD. There is also an option for a larger 8-inch touch screen with navigation, satellite radio and Bluetooth.

SX

Another startling $5,000 addition to the Sorento's price brings extras like a panoramic sunroof, navigation with traffic, satellite radio, an 8-inch touchscreen and a power tailgate. Also standard are blind-spot monitoring, a 10-speaker Infinity sound system, rear air conditioning. Opt for all-wheel drive.

Limited

The top-of-the-line Sorento costs nearly $14,000 more than a base LX, but is equipped like a luxury car with Nappa leather seats, Xenon HID headlights, 19-inch chrome wheels and red painted brake calipers, a wood-trimmed heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats.

2014 Kia Sorento Glamour Exterior

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CarsDirect Tip

The value-priced LX will appeal to buyers who have midsize needs and a compact budget. We recommend the EX or SX for most families—the Limited, though appealing, is expensive and we're still getting used to the idea of an expensive Kia.






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