2014 Kia Sorento

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2014 Kia Sorento: Flash drive review

By Staff of MSN Autos

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The Kia Sorento is big. It looks good, but it is so big that it reminds me more of a full-size American SUV (the Chevy Tahoe comes to mind) than it does a typical Kia. Such a big car must bring some new engineering challenges for Kia. Does it ride well and steer well? Does it manage all that weight? Can it accelerate well enough and stop well enough while still getting decent fuel economy? These are all things that a typical big American SUV does surprisingly well. The Kia is almost as good. It's a very good first try at a whole new class of car. The ride is good, the handling is good, and the power is good. But all of them are not quite as good as the best from Chevy or Ford. If the styling suits you, then the Sorento won't disappoint, but if you want the best big SUV, then the Kia might not be the right choice. But maybe next time it will be. — Paul Hagger

The latest version of the Kia Sorento is an impressive offering. The new Sorento has solid good looks, and while it doesn't look that large, it is quite wide, which makes for a spacious interior. The panoramic sunroof adds to the big feel inside. We drove the top-level Limited trim, and while it runs about $40,000, which seems a bit steep for a Kia, the interior is on par with the Acura and BMW SUVs we've driven recently. Seats are very comfortable and supportive, looking good with leather trim and contrasting stitching. The large center display is easy to read, and functionality is quite intuitive. There is plenty of cargo space behind the second and third row seats, but it's rather tight back there. The second row of seats can be adjusted forward or back to allow more room when the third row is in use. When all the rows are folded, there is enough space to carry a couple of bicycles. The Sorento Limited comes standard with Kia's new 290-horsepower V6 engine, which offers plenty of power, but you really have to put your foot down to feel it. The Sorento Limited may be a pricey Kia, but considering the competition, this midsize SUV is definitely worth considering. — Perry Stern

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