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2014 Kia Sorento

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/10/2014 Austin Lott

New for 2014

The Kia Sorento is significantly updated for the 2014 model year, getting a new engine, new chassis, new exterior styling, and the latest UVO infotainment system.

Vehicle Overview

The seven-passenger Kia Sorento is the automaker's entry in the midsize crossover segment. It sits above the five-passenger Sportage and below the seven-passenger Sedona minivan in the lineup.


The 2014 Kia Sorento comes with a 2.4-liter I-4 or an optional 3.3-liter V-6, which replaces the outgoing 3.5-liter V-6. Power from either engine flows through a six-speed automatic to the front wheels, but all-wheel drive is available. The 2.4-liter I-4 makes 191 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque and is good for 19-20/24-26 mpg city/highway, with a small penalty for AWD. Stepping up to the 290 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque on the available 3.3-liter V-6 gets buyers an EPA-estimated 18/24-25 mpg, with one mpg lost on the highway to AWD.

The Sorento gets an 8-inch LCD infotainment screen as standard equipment along with the latest Google-powered iteration of Kia's UVO system. Two new features, both firsts for Kia, are the rear power liftgate that can be programmed to stop at a certain height and blind-spot detection system. A FlexSteer system allows the driver to choose between three steering feedback settings: standard, sport, and comfort.

The 2014 Kia Sorento received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and in IIHS testing it was considered a 2013 Top Safety Pick, because of a rating of poor in the new, more difficult small overlap front category, it did not meet the tougher criteria for 2014 (the highest possible rating is good).

What We Think

In a First Test of a redesigned 2014 Kia Sorento SX V-6, we said: "The numerous sub-surface changes are evident after just a few miles at the helm. Exterior road noise now barely penetrates the passenger space; the suspension happily soaks up nastiness below; and there's ample power throughout the V-6's entire rev range. The automatic gearbox smoothly knocks off gears and, if desired, can be shifted manually." We noted that the interior was simpler but has high-quality materials in all the right places and that the new all-digital speedometer and multifunction steering wheel help to give the dash a more high-end vibe. "Kia's engineers listened to their constituents and did something spectacular," we said. "They successfully, diligently, and quickly made impactful changes to a youngish model. That's a rarity in today's industry. In the end, they minted a Sorento that's their best yet."

You'll Like

  • New V-6 is more powerful
  • Refined ride
  • Updated looks inside and out

You Won't Like

  • FlexSteer system so-so
  • Fuel economy has decreased from 2013
  • Cramped third-row seating

Key Competitors

  • Dodge Journey
  • Ford Explorer
  • Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Toyota Highlander
  • Hyundai Santa Fe


4 star


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