2014 Kia Sorento

MSRP $24,100

Ranked #5 in Suv

8.1

Overall Rating

2014 Kia Sorento Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 10, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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In today’s urban jungle, compact or midsize crossover SUVs make more sense than sedan vehicles because they are high on practicality and offer better space for the passengers along with their cargo. The Kia Sorento is a modern mid-size SUV that is designed to offer a combination of a soothing exterior, the latest technology for its class, and a well laid-out interior for its price range.

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Pros

Good Fuel Efficiency

Redesigned Interiors 

Peppy V6 engine 

Cons

Smaller Cargo Space 

Cabin materials could be better 

Underwhelming base engine 

What's New?

Revamped Exterior and Interior styling 

New Chassis 

New Telematics 

New Infotainment system 

New V6 Engine 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24100

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

124 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

144 cu.in.

horsepower

191 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

181 lb.-ft. @ 4250 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspensin w/anti-rll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

184.4 in.

width

74.2 in.

height

66.9 in.

curb weight

3594 lbs.

ground clearance

7.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

107.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

72.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

1650 lbs.

payload capacity

1525 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/23/26 mpg

highway range

452.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

LX$24,100 onwards

Colors and Styles

2014 Kia Sorento in Bright Silver color
Bright Silver

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

9.0

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.1

Overall Rating


The Sorento now features an available V6 engine, better interior space with available third row and is a better option for someone looking for something bigger than a usual midsize SUV. It faces competition from the likes of Hyundai Santa Fe, Honda Pilot and the Mazda CX-9 in the market. 


8.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2014 Kia Sorento Features

8.0/10

The Kia Sorento is available in four trims namely the LX, EX, SX and SXL. The prices for the base trim LX starts at $ 24,100 and go up to $ 38,300 for the top of the line SXL trim. The base trim gets a smaller 2.4L inline 4 engine and the remaining trims get a bigger and powerful 3.3L V6 engine. Kia also offers many optional packages to further muscle up the trims as per your desired taste. 

Trims 

LX

EX

SX

SXL

MSRP

$ 24,100

$ 30,000 

$ 35,000 

$ 38,300 

Key Features 

2.4L Gasoline Direct Injection 4-cylinder engine

Adds to or upgrades to the LX trim

Adds to or upgrades to the EX trim

Adds to or upgrades to the SX trim

 

6-speed automatic transmission w/Sportmatic

3.3L Gasoline Direct Injection V6 engine

UVO eServices infotainment system

Nappa leather seat trim

 

Dual body-color heated power mirrors w/LED turn-signal indicators

Roof rails - silver finish

19" tires w/machined-finish alloy wheels 

19" tires w/chrome-finish alloy wheels

 

17" tires w/alloy wheels

Tilt & telescopic steering column

Front fog lights

Roof rails - low-profile w/chrome finish

 

Tricot cloth seat trim

USB/auxiliary input jacks

Rear-camera display

Xenon HID headlights with self leveling

 

40/20/40 split-folding 2nd-row seats

Steering mounted controls 

Push-button start w/Smart Key

Rear LED tail lamps

We Recommend 

The SX trim is equipped with most of the creature comforts and comes at a price of about $35,000 which is less than the SX-L trim by $3,300. So it would be more wise to save that money and use it for future maintenance of the vehicle. It is equipped with many desirable features like a powerful 3.3L V-6 engine, push-button start, backup warning system, heated front seats, rear LED tail lamps, LED accent lights etc. If you are willing to shell out more bucks to pamper yourself even more then you can opt for the SXL trim. 

2014 Kia Sorento Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The 2014 Sorento is available with two engine options. The base LX trim gets a 2.4L inline four engine producing about 191 HP and 18 lb-ft of torque. However, other trims get the more powerful 3.3L V-6 engine from the Azera, which bumps up the power to a healthy 290 HP and 252 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and comes with FWD as standard. Although you can also opt for a AWD configuration if you require more traction and are keen to use it on weekend getaways.

Models 

2014 Kia Sorento 

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe 

2014 Honda Pilot 

2014 Mazda CX-9 

MSRP

$30,000

$29,900

$29,670

$29,985

Engine

3.3L V-6 

3.3L V-6 

3.5L V-6

3.7L V-6 

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

5-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Shiftable Automatic

Power

290 hp @ 6,400 RPM

290 hp @ 6,400 RPM

250 hp @ 5,700 RPM

273 hp @ 6,250 RPM

Torque

252 lb-ft @ 5200 RPM

252 lb-ft @ 5200 RPM

253 lb-ft @ 4,800 RPM

271 lb-ft @ 4,250 RPM

0-60 mph (seconds)

7.3

7.1

8.1

7.7 

Quarter-mile (mph)

15.7

14.8

16.3

15.8

Top Speed (MPH)

124

125

125

125

The Kia Sorento and Hyundai SantaFe are based on the same platform and hence they share the same engine. However, the SantaFe is a bit faster in the 0-60 mph sprint. The Honda Pilot offers the least power output and is the slowest in the 0-60 mph sprint. The Mazda CX-9 offers better performance than the Pilot and its performance is closely matched with the Korean twins. 

2014 Kia Sorento Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The 2014 Kia Sorento is one of the most fuel efficient SUVs in the segment. It offers 18 MPG, 25 MPG and 21 MPG in the city, on the highways and combined driving conditions respectively. It is equipped with a 17.4-gallon fuel tank which can help it offer a range of 313 miles, 435 miles and 365 miles in the city, on the highways and in combined driving conditions respectively.

Models 

2014 Kia Sorento 

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe 

2014 Honda Pilot 

2014 Mazda CX-9 

MPG (City) 

18

18

18

17

MPG (Highway) 

25

25

25

24

MPG (Combined) 

21

21

20

19

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

17.4

17.4

 

21.0

 

20.1

Range (City/hwy)

313/435

313/435

432/525

342/482

The Korean twins offer almost the same fuel efficiency and are equipped with the same capacity fuel tanks. The Honda Pilot is equipped with the largest capacity fuel tank and with a fuel efficiency of 20 MPG combined, it offers a range of 420 miles combined. The Mazda CX-9 is the least fuel efficient owing to a bigger engine and with a fuel tank of 20.1 gallons, can travel upto 382 miles in mixed driving conditions

2014 Kia Sorento Interior

7.0/10

The 2014 Sorento comes with updated interior and can now seat seven people with available third row seating. The interior is now roomier than ever, with more legroom for second- and third-row passengers, for them to be comfortable over long journeys. Kia has tried to provide a good driving position and adequate passenger space across all the rows. The front seats provide good bolstering and are comfortable. It also has a good adjustment range of the steering column to suit different drivers. As you move up the trim hierarchy, creature comforts like heating and ventilation, power adjustability of the front seats, push button start with smart key, rear camera display etc become more prominent. However, the third row seats are best suited for children rather than adults. 

Overall, the cabin of the Sorento is a good place to be in but offers lesser passenger volume than some of its larger rivals like the Pilot or even the Mazda CX-9. The materials are of better quality on the SXL trim and with the V6 powertrain you can hear only some tire noise on the highways. So we can say that the NVH levels are well under control for most driving conditions.

Models 

2014 Kia Sorento 

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe 

2014 Honda Pilot 

2014 Mazda CX-9 

Seating Capacity

7

7

7

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.2/59.3/41.3

39.6/59.4/41.3

40.0/61.5/41.4

39.6/59.4/40.9

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.2/58.7/38.8

39.1/58.3/39.4

39.8/62.2/38.5

39.0/58.7/39.8

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

35.7/53.8/31.7

35.7/53.9/31.5

38.2/58.9/32.1

35.4/56.9/32.4

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

9.1 

13.5

18.0

17.2

The Sorento is more compact than some of its competition and thus offers cramped third row seating and a lesser cargo capacity of just 9.1 cu-ft. The Honda Pilot is a bigger SUV with respect to its exterior dimensions and hence it offers better interior space as well. It offers a very good cargo capacity of 18 cu-ft behind the third row seats. That said, the Sorento’s cabin does have a lot of nice amenities to it, some of which are:

  • Steering wheel mounted controls
  • Rear-camera display
  • Push-button start w/Smart Key
  • Dual-zone automatic temperature control
  • Power liftgate w/programmable height

How intuitive is the 2014 Sorento’s infotainment unit?

The 2014 Sorento is powered by Kia’s UVO infotainment system. It gets a larger touchscreen as compared to the previous gen models. The system is intuitive with a better set of graphics, well laid out menu and a secondary control knob to let you control the functions in a more natural way.For connectivity you get Bluetooth wireless technology and UVO eservices support for integrated navigation with voice-command on the go.

In terms of features, the AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM audio system is standard across all the trims. The SX and SXL trims get a more sophisticated Infinity surround-sound audio with 10 speakers, external amplifier & subwoofer for better musical experience on board. Some of the standout infotainment features of the 2014 Sorento are:

  • AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM audio system
  • Infinity surround-sound audio (SX and SXL)
  • UVO eServices infotainment system w/voice-command navigation (SX and SXL)
  • USB/auxiliary input jacks

2014 Kia Sorento Exterior

9.0/10

The 2014 Sorento gets refreshed exterior styling. The front fascia imbibes the signature Kia grille and the headlamps are shaped to match the grille and taper towards the end on both sides. The Sorento gets the much awaited proper SUV stance but it is not very overpowering and seems minimalistic from every angle. The sides are a plain affair and the rear profile looks good with appealing tail lamps. It comes with 17-inch, 18-inch or 19-inch wheels depending upon the trim you choose and all of them complement the overall design language.

Models 

2014 Kia Sorento 

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe 

2014 Honda Pilot 

2014 Mazda CX-9 

Curb Weight (lbs)

3594

3459

4306

4323

Length (in.)

184.4

184.6

191.4

200.6

Width (in.)

74.2

74

78.5

76.2

Height (in.)

66.9

66.1

70.7

68

Ground Clearance (in.)

7.3

7.28

8.0

8.0

Wheelbase (in.)

106.3

106.3

109.2

113.2

The Honda Pilot and the Mazda CX-9 offer better ground clearance than the competition but not by a huge margin. The CX-9 is the heaviest here and offers a longer wheelbase which helps with better stability on the highways. The Sorento and the SantaFe are closely matched in every exterior dimension but the Sorento is on the heavier side. That said, the design of the Kia is pleasing and not radically different from what one expects from a vehicle in this segment. Some of the standout exterior features of the 2014 Sorento are:

  • 19" tires w/chrome-finish alloy wheels (SX and SXL)
  • Xenon HID headlights with self leveling (SX and SXL)
  • Rear LED tail lamps (SX and SXL)
  • Panoramic sunroof w/power sunshade (SX and SXL)
  • Dual body-color heated power mirrors (Standard)

2014 Kia Sorento Safety

6.0/10

The 2014 Kia Sorento is one of the safer SUVs in its class, with an overall NHTSA rating of 5 stars safety rating and an IIHS rating of “Good” in most safety parameters. The Sorento also gets many safety and driver assistance features like Traction control system, brake assist, hill start assist control, reinforced body etc to ensure complete safety of the occupants. Some of the standout safety features of the 2014 Sorento are:

  • Rollover sensor
  • Brake Assist System 
  • Hill-start Assist Control 
  • Side-impact door beams
  • Blind Spot Monitor (Optional) 
  • Front active headrests

2014 Kia Sorento Final Verdict

The 2014 Kia Sorento is definitely one of the better options in the SUV market.However, it's not the perfect one. It has a minimalistic but impactful design and offers very good fuel efficiency but lacks in the cargo department with less space behind the third row. However, it is equipped with a fun to drive engine and comes at a good price point with respect to the features on offer and also scores well in the safety department making it a definite look before making a buying decision.

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