A Review of the 2014 Kia Sorento SX AWD: Sporty, Roomy and Surprisingly Luxurious

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The Kia brand has come a very long way over the past decade and the 2014 Kia Sorento SX AWD is a shining example of the automaker’s progress – offering an impressive list of amenities inside and out in a roomy, sporty midsized SUV that packs a price under $40k.

There was a point in time where the Kia lineup was all about a low sticker price, but the days of Kia making “cheap little cars” is long gone and the 2014 Kia Sorento SX AWD is a clear indicator of how much the brand has evolved. This midsized SUV is everything that the early Kias were not with a big, roomy cabin packed full of high tech goodies and a powerful drivetrain that sends power to all four wheels while still offering solid fuel economy. Best of all, the 2014 Sorento offers a long list of features at a much lower price point than comparably equipped competition.

The subject of this review was a 2014 Kia Sorento SX AWD – which means that it was one step from the top of the line package with just the Limited sitting above the SX AWD. The SX package comes with so many standard features that there are no optional packages for the SX other than AWD and the 3rd row seats, both of which my test vehicle featured. In total, my test vehicle carried a price of $38,550. Honestly, I wouldn’t bother with the 3rd row seats (I will explain why in the interior section of the review) so you can enjoy all of the features of the Sorento SX AWD for under $38,000 before you do any haggling…thousands less than some other vehicles in the midsized SUV segment with similar features.

The Exterior
There is no question that the current Kia lineup relies on a design that stands out in the crowd and the 2014 Sorento SX AWD is no different from the rest of its siblings. Some critics of the brand will complain that all of their vehicles look too similar to each other, but in the case of the Sorento – I find those similarities to the likes of the Optima and Forte to be a good thing.

2014 Sorento SX front

The most attractive portion of the 2014 Kia Sorento SX is the big, bold front end that features common design cues with the rest of the brand and that leads to one sporty looking SUV. The LED trimmed projection headlights are sharply angled and they flow beautifully into the huge grille which is wrapped in chrome and filled with a unique oval mesh design. The inner portion of the large upper grille bears the same flared design that we see in different forms on the rest of the modern Kia vehicles and when combined with the connected headlights creates a look that I really like. There is a unique air opening mounted in the middle of what some might call the bumper portion of the front fascia with large fog lights mounted vertically on the outer corners of the lower fascia. Another strongly angled grille is found in the lower fascia with a silver roll pan design lining the bottom edge of this sporty front end. I like SUVs that have a look that is truly sporty and the fact of the 2014 Sorento is unquestionably very sporty.

2014 Sorento SX side


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Really enjoyed this when I had it to test drive. BTW, the rear cargo, with the second row folded down, will accommodate a full queen-sized air mattress. Add in that great panoramic roof.. viola! Date machine. :)