2014 Kia Sorento Review and First Drive

02.19.13

2014 Kia Sorento

Starting a Kia Sorento is an adventure taken in style. Starting a family is an adventure. Many might say it is the greatest adventure of your life. It’s a journey that we take with our children from birth until we die so why shouldn’t it be taken in style. Enter the Kia Sorento.

When I think of starting a family, like most parents, I think of it as a great blessing but at the same time it’s a time of great sacrifice. The saying that a baby changes everything is the truest statement ever made. It does and it usually starts with the car you drive. It’s a little difficult driving around town with a kid in a cool two-seater.

The 2014 Kia Sorento lets you take the journey of parenthood in style, high tech and affordability. You might have to sacrifice your sports car for something to keep the twins safe in but that doesn’t have to mean that you have to sacrifice all style and sophistication. Kia has made safety a priority in this vehicle because they know that you are carrying around the most precious cargo of all but they have also made it pretty freaking cool.

The interior has anti-static and anti microbial qualities, which is great for little hands that stick everything in their mouth, and then promptly drop it to the floor. It has a stronger, safer body design and fast-response AWD system. It also has a blind spot detection system to help protect you from any unforeseen accidents while dropping off and picking up the kids from school. Let’s face it we don’t always check the blind spot as well as we ought to, sometimes there’s dry cleaning hanging right there or when you’re up a little high some teeny Miata-like-thing will merge next to you in total stealth mode. Blind spot detection systems are a godsend. The 2014 Sorento also has a programmable power liftgate, which is great when unloading packages in the garage, especially if you have a low ceiling and are distracted by little people running off in all directions. This means that if you have a height restriction you can set the liftgate to open only to a given height so it won’t pop up and hit the top. Also if you’re really tall you can have it open up higher each time so you’re thunking your head less often. My husband is 6’5″ and this is a feature that he loves.

Speaking of style that the whole family will enjoy; it has built in 2nd row sunshade blinds to protect little eyes from the bright sun while napping on the road and a new panoramic roof which provides endless hours of name that cloud entertainment for the toddler set. It also has 5-speaker premium Infinity sound system, so you can blast Yo Gabba Gabba to get the sillies out or Fun to remind yourself that you are still young enough to take this car out for a spin in the mountains.

The new design is technologically advanced; this is not the station wagon our parents were doomed to once they had kids. The optional console screen is eight inches and integrates navigation, SiriusXM Traffic with real-time road information updates, SiruisXM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, vehicle settings and UVO eServices. Who says you can’t have kids and still be cool? A fully loaded Kia is a shockingly luxe vehicle with everything the big boys offer including heated and cooled seats.

With three rows of seating there is plenty of room to expand your family or pile in and head out for a family road trip that none of you will ever forget. With the 2014 Kia Sorento, you can make your family journey as exciting as the destination.

2014 kia sorento trunk

2014 dash Sorento Kia

 

Kia UVO

The UVO interface is going to need a blog post of it’s own.

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Here are the numbers you know you wanted:

2014 KIA SORENTO MSRP
MODEL DESCRIPTION MSRP
Sorento LX 2.4L I4 FWD – 6 A/T $24,100.00
Sorento LX 2.4L I4 AWD – 6 A/T $25,800.00
Sorento LX V6 3.3L V6 FWD – 6 A/T $25,700.00
Sorento EX V6 3.3L V6 FWD – 6 A/T $30,000.00
Sorento SX 3.3L V6 FWD – 6 A/T $35,000.00
Sorento SX-L 3.3L V6 FWD – 6 A/T $38,000.00
Sorento LX V6 3.3L V6 AWD – 6 A/T $27,400.00
Sorento EX V6 3.3L V6 AWD – 6 A/T $31,700.00
Sorento SX 3.3L V6 AWD – 6 A/T $36,700.00
Sorento SX-L 3.3L V6 AWD – 6 A/T $39,700.00

And here are some comparison stats including the two engine models. The four cylinder (hello city driver!) with 191 horsepower and the six cylinder which boasts 290 hp. The four cylinder version has 181 lb. ft. of torque at 4,250 rpm and the six boasts 252 lb. ft. of torque at 5,200 rpm. If all you can afford is the four cylinder version I’d highly recommend not test driving the larger engine as those numbers are far enough from each other that you might experience some disappointment in the power going from 6 to 4…. or you could go ahead and embrace The American Way and buy a car you can’t quite afford. I’m not here to judge.


Here’s a little comparison sheet on three of the 2014 Kia Sorento Specifications.

 

 

Review: 2014 Kia Forte EX Road Test

02.13.13

kia Forte EX rear

I had the opportunity to send a contributor to drive the 2014 Kia Forte EX. Yes, I know it’s still early 2013 but you’re going to want to know about the Kia Forte. Debi Cruz was kind enough to take the trip and keep us up to date on what’s new at Kia. 

I had the opportunity last week to drive the 2014 KIA Forte EX. I won’t lie; it takes a lot to impress me in a car. I have my taste and I like what I like. I am not easily swayed and let’s be honest, I get a little more excited about what I’ll be walking around town in than what I will be driving around in. Still, I was excited to test-drive the new 2014 Forte EX.

My first thought was that this car would be the perfect graduation gift to buy for your high school or college graduate who’s going out into the professional world. It’s very sporty looking like a European sedan but at a very reasonable price. It’s sleek looking, it’s modern, it’s safe and it has a driver-oriented and intuitive cockpit. Which was one of my favorite things about the car. I don’t like to be distracted when I am driving so it is nice to know that all the controls are front and center. You’ll never have to worry about your driver being distracted trying to change the channel on the radio, adjust the temperature or load the GPS with their destination.

The Forte is made to drive fast and it definitely handled great hugging the curves of the Arizona dessert but it is also has dramatically improved driving dynamics. I felt safe accelerating around corners. The new rigid body structure has an increased rigidity of 37% and 63% of the body is made of high-tensile strength steel and that means your baby is going to be safe. Let’s face it, our kids no matter their age will always be our babies and it helps to know they are safe on the road. There is also optional rear-camera display and navigation, just to be sure no one accidently backs into a pole or a person walking behind the car.

Your graduate will love it because it is sporty looking, high-tech and has all the bells and whistles they could ever want in a new car including heated and cooled front and rear seats. It’s a really fun car to drive. You will love it because you will feel safe with them driving it.

One of my favorite features, aside from the intuitive cockpit is the UVO by Microsoft system that comes standard in the Forte. It is a hands-free infotainment system that makes sense with great value. It is compatible with your android, blackberry or iPhone and works using your existing data plan. It also has a kick-ass sound system. UVO will undoubtedly get it’s own post shortly.

With UVO the steering-wheel controls controls almost everything: audio, digital dash  and bluetooth. UVO connects to 911 when the airbags deploy (which hopefully no one ever needs, but realistically they do). I like the finer things so power windows and seats are a must and the Forte EX has them but the heated and cooled seats delight me and heated mirrors are fantastic in a cold climate.

This is a compact car and though one of the drivers on this trip was 6’5″ and fit in there fine it’s not quite a family car. There wouldn’t be much room left in the back seat but with kids in lower elementary years it should be workable.

I found that the Kia Forte EX is the perfect balance of safety and style and the perfect car for your graduate or commuter this spring.

2014 kia forte ex blue

 

The UVO interface

Kia Forte UVO console

 

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