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2014 Kia Sorento: Used Car Review

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The 2014 Kia Sorento is Kia's largest, most capable crossover vehicle. It's also well-equipped and has a long roster of standard equipment. The Sorento is available in both 2-row, 5-passenger and 3-row, 7-passenger configurations. Cargo space is generous on 2-row models, with 37 cu ft. available aft of the second-row seat and 72.5 cu ft. with the second-row seat folded flat. The maximum towing capacity is 3,500 pounds.

Both front- and 4-wheel drive are offered, with the latter sporting a lockable electronic center differential that routes drive torque effectively to all four wheels. Also aiding back-road and poor-weather driving is standard hill-start assist, which keeps the Sorento from rolling back when starting on a hill, and downhill brake control, which helps keep the vehicle pointed straight ahead when descending steep downslopes.

Standard safety gear on all Sorento models includes dual front- and side-impact airbags, overhead airbags for the first two seat rows, active front-seat head restraints, 4-wheel disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist and stability and traction control.

The 2014 Sorento receives a mild face-lift with revised fascias, LED accented headlamps, vertical fog lamps and wider tail lamps. Inside, there's a revised instrument panel with a larger available infotainment touchscreen. A beefed-up structure and retuned suspension strike a new balance for ride and handling. The 2014 Sorento also switches to electric power steering and debuts Flex Steer, which lets the driver choose between Comfort, Normal and Sport boost levels. The available 4-wheel drive system now comes with torque vectoring control to improve handling response. Also new for 2014 is an optional blind spot monitoring system, a power lift gate, ventilated air-cooled front seats, second-row sliding sunshades and a 115-volt inverter/power outlet.

What We Like

Well-equipped for the money; 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty; flat-folding second- and third-row seats; panoramic sunroof

What We Don't

Fuel-economy ratings fall for 2014; lacks rear cross-traffic alert system; wind noise at highway speeds; third-row configuration a bit cramped

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The 2014 Sorento is available with a direct-injected 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine or a new direct-injected 3.3-liter V6. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard. All Sorento engines use regular unleaded fuel.

The LX and EX come standard with the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 191 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. It has an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rating of 20 miles per gallon in the city and 26 mpg on the highway with 2-wheel drive and 19 mpg city/24 mpg hwy with 4-wheel drive.

Standard on the SX and optional on the LX and EX is a 3.3-liter V6 rated at 290 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque. On front-wheel-drive versions, the engine is EPA-rated at 18 mpg city/25 mpg hwy, while 4-wheel-drive models receive an 18 mpg city/24 mpg hwy rating.

Standard Features & Options

The 2014 Kia Sorento is available in LX, EX, SX and SX Limited trims.

The Sorento LX offers standard air-conditioning, Bluetooth, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio with SiriusXM radio, USB input jacks, cloth seats, cruise control, remote keyless entry, a trip computer, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel with remote audio controls, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated outside mirrors and power windows and door locks. LX options include a power driver's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, UVO infotainment, a backup camera, heated front seats, fog lamps and roof rails.

Sorento EX models gain leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power driver's seat, 18-in alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, fog lamps, auto headlamps, push-button starting, UVO infotainment, backup sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter. EX models can also be optioned with a panoramic sunroof, voice-activated navigation with real-time traffic, a 10-speaker Infinity premium sound system, a power passenger's seat, interior mood illumination and rear-seat DVD entertainment.

The Sorento SX upgrades to voice-activated navigation, a 10-speaker Infinity surround-sound audio system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, the HomeLink garage-door opener, stainless-steel pedals, an air-cooled driver's seat, a power front-passenger seat, illuminated sill plates, chrome exhaust tips, polished 18-in alloy wheels, LED tail lamps and more.

Sorento SX Limited adds 19-in chrome wheels, red brake calipers, Nappa leather seat upholstery, a heated wood-trimmed steering wheel, heated rear seats, a soft-touch headliner and self-leveling high-intensity discharge headlamps.

Pricing

The Sorento is one of Kia's best-selling vehicles, so there should be a decent supply of used examples on used-car lots. Expect to pay more for well-equipped, V6-powered EX models. Four-wheel drive is nice to have but doesn't command a huge premium, because front-wheel-drive Sorentos with all-weather rubber can handle the vast majority of inclement-weather driving situations.

For a good idea of the 2014 Sorento's price range, check out KBB.com. You can also search the Autotrader Classifieds to see what models are for sale in your area.

Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued the following safety recalls for the 2014 Sorento:

On models with the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder, the right front axle shaft may fracture, resulting in a loss of control and increased crash risk. Also, an unattended vehicle may roll away if the parking brake is not applied.

Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed and, if not, will fix the car at no charge to you.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

NHTSA gave the 2014 Sorento a 5-star overall rating, with five stars in side impacts and frontal impacts and four for rollover performance.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2014 Sorento Good ratings for side- and moderate-overlap front impacts, as well as head-restraint and seat performance, but a Poor rating for small-overlap front impacts.

Kia sold the 2014 Sorento with a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, an industry-leading 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty (for original owners only), a 5-year/100,000-mile corrosion-perforation warranty and 5 years/60,000 miles of roadside-assistance coverage.

A Kia certified pre-owned vehicle can't be more than 5 years old or have more than 60,000 miles on the odometer. Every certified pre-owned Sorento receives a 150-point inspection. Each receives a 1-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and the remainder of the vehicle's original 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Also included is a Carfax vehicle-history report and roadside assistance.

Other Cars to Consider

2014 Chevrolet Equinox -- Chevy's Equinox seats just five, but its rear seat slides fore and aft to allow owners to custom-tailor passenger and cargo space according to the task at hand. A new 301-hp 3.6-liter V6 boosts performance, and revised shocks improve ride and handling. The base 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine beats the Sorento with an impressive 22 mpg city/32 mpg hwy EPA rating.

2014 Dodge Journey -- The Journey packs a lot of interior space and can carry up to seven passengers as long as the rearmost passengers are on the smaller side. The Journey excels in offering hidden storage compartments, with one under the front-passenger seat cushion and two under the rear floor. Power comes via a 173-hp 2.4-liter four or a 283-hp 3.6-liter V6.

Autotrader's Advice

The Sorento's direct-injected 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine offers a decent mix of around-town power and fuel economy, but if you do a lot of highway driving, the 3.3-liter V6 provides better oomph for passing and merging situations. We'd go with a well-optioned 7-passenger EX for the best in day-to-day livability and resale value down the road. Selecting a Kia certified pre-owned vehicle can help take the worry out of buying a used car. Always look for a vehicle that's enjoyed obvious care and maintenance. Check with the dealer to make sure any applicable safety recalls have been addressed on the vehicle you are considering purchasing.

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