As you have probably noticed, I’ve posted a couple of times already on a Northern Michigan Trip to the Upper Peninsula that we took. For this trip, we were given the opportunity to test drive, for an entire week, a 2014 Kia Sorento SX AWD. Now, one of the reasons that I really wanted to test drive this car is because last year we test drove the 2013 version, and I really wanted to see what kind of changes were made to the new model and because we are looking to replace my 2003 Saturn Vue and the Sorento is one of two vehicles we are looking at.
That is correct, the vehicle I own is 10-years-old. It still runs pretty good, has low mileage on it, and for the most part, works for our family. However, with two boys and two adults in the family there just really isn’t any room in my Vue if we wanted to bring another adult with us somewhere. Especially not if Thaddeus is in his booster seat. You definitely will not get another child who needs a car seat or booster seat in the Vue with us either.
So why am I looking at a Sorento? Well, one of the main reasons is because it is a seven-passenger vehicle! That means that if we were to have family over and we all wanted to go somewhere together, we could all fit! Granted, this doesn’t happen often, but there are times when we’d like to go up to Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill and have my mom tag along, well, right now there is no way for this to happen. She just wouldn’t fit in the car with both boys in the back and in their safety seats. So, if we were to have a seven-passenger vehicle, Thaddeus could jump in the back, even with his booster seat and my mom could sit in the 2nd row with Xman.
As you can see, there is plenty of room in the Sorento. We put the 3rd-row seats down and placed all of our items for our trip in the back. This time we didn’t pack a booster seat/high chair or the pack-n-play for Xman, instead we used a hotel roll-a-way crib and high chairs at the restaurants for him. This allowed for a little extra room, which we promptly included the smaller stroller for pushing Xman around town. We were going to bring our nice Stokke stroller that Xman loves, but we decided on the smaller one for right around town and rented a bigger stroller while we were on Mackinac Island.
We had a lot of room! Now, one of the problems we did run into is although the Sorento is a larger Crossover/SUV it does lack a little leg room for the taller people. This is mostly because they have to make sure there is leg room for the 3rd row and it’s not super bad. My husband was comfortable in the passenger seat with Thaddeus behind him, and Thaddeus did have a good amount of leg room, however, if my husband wanted to sit back and stretch his legs fully than Thaddeus wouldn’t have had any leg room.
The more significant problem for my husband was when he drove, because well, he does need to drive the vehicle too, especially if we plan to purchase one. With Xman right behind the driver’s seat and my husband is 6 foot, he was always getting kicked in the back from Xman. It was kind of funny because Xman was doing it on purpose, but at the same time, it does get annoying.
I love that the 2nd-row seats do slide forward and lean forward so that people can get into the 3rd row much easier. I also love that the 2nd-row seats recline some. This is great because when you are on a long trip like we were, kids do want to fall asleep in the vehicle. 2nd-row seats are a 40/20/40 split which is awesome, and the 3rd row is a 50/50 split. The 3rd row also comes with rear A/C which makes it great for those sitting way in the back to cool down.
I also love that the 2nd-row windows have the sunshade’s built right into the doors to help block the sun.
There are many features that I do love about the Sorento; Dual-zone automatic climate control, the navigation system, rear camera display, adjustable power driver’s seat with lumbar support, blind spot detection, power lift-gate, and ventilated/heated front seats just to name a few.
How is it?
The Sorento is by far the nicest vehicle that I’ve test drove. I’m an SUV lover and prefer driving them over just about anything. It handles great, has a nice smooth feel and drives to it. During our trip, we drove through sun, rain, and fog and it handled great each occasion.
How’s the gas?
For it being an all-wheel-drive vehicle, the gas wasn’t too bad. We filled up once on the way to our destination, and that was after driving the Sorento for three days before leaving. On the way back we filled up one full time and then added another quarter of a tank to be sure we would make it home all the way and that there would be gas in it when it was picked up. It’s estimated to have 18 city and 24 highway, with a 20 MPG combined. Estimated annual fuel cost is $2600.
- 3.3L DOHC GDI CVVT V6 Engine
- 6-speed automatic transmission with sportmatic
- Independent front and rear suspension
- All-wheel drive with locking center differential
- 19″ alloy wheels
- Duel front advanced airbags
- Duel front seat-mounted side airbags
- Side curtain airbags in 1st and 2nd rows
- Front active headrests
- Anti-Lock brake system
- Traction control system
- Electronic stability control
- Hill-start assist control
- Tire pressure monitoring system
The Kia Sorento SX AWD starts at $36,700, with the addition of the 3rd-row seating to the car the total MSRP with inland freight and handling it’s $38,550. Not too bad!