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Rankings & Research

The 2014 Kia Sorento ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Kia Sorento has a score of 8.1 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 66 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 8.9
Reliability:
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2014 Kia Sorento Review

The 2014 Kia Sorento has acceptable performance and a reasonable number of amenities for an affordable midsize SUV. However, several competitors have more upscale interiors, larger cargo capacities, and stronger base engines.

Pros & Cons

 

  • Good fuel economy among 3-row SUVs

 

 

  •  Cheap cabin materials
  • Less cargo space than rivals

 

2014 Kia Sorento Overview

Is the 2014 Kia Sorento a Good Used SUV?

The 2014 Kia Sorento is a good option if you want a basic SUV at a reasonable price. The base engine is adequate, and the available V6 is strong. Cargo space isn’t large for the class, but it is functional. Two rows of seats are standard, but a third row is available. Rivals may cost a bit more, but they provide nicer interiors and more storage space.

The 2014 Kia Sorento has a 191-horsepower four-cylinder engine, which is fine for daily driving around town. The available 290-horsepower V6 performs better on the highway. The Sorento’s base engine provides up to 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Those estimates are typical for a 2-row midsize SUV and good compared to other 3-row midsize SUVs. The Kia Sorento has accurate steering and a comfortable ride. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

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Plastics dominate the Kia Sorento’s cabin. The base model seats five, and an available third row raises seating capacity to seven. The front seats are comfortable, and the reclining second-row seats provide good headroom and legroom. Like those of most SUVs, the Sorento's third row only has enough space for kids. Cargo space, at 72.5 cubic feet overall, is small for the class.

The Kia Sorento comes with a decent amount of features for the class, such as satellite radio and Bluetooth. There’s a long list of available features, including a panoramic sunroof, Kia’s UVO infotainment system, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The UVO infotainment system has user-friendly menus and is worth the extra cost.

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Used 2014 Kia Sorento Prices

The price of a used 2014 Kia Sorento ranges from about $15,250 for the base trim with front-wheel drive and a four-cylinder engine to about $24,000 for the fully loaded four-wheel-drive SX Limited trim with a V6 engine. The price varies depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Kia Sorento?

The Kia Sorento's reliability score is three out of five, which J.D. Power and Associates considers about average.

How Safe Is the Sorento?

The 2014 Kia Sorento's safety score is about average for the class. It receives a perfect overall score of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). However, it receives four stars in the rollover crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the 2014 Sorento the highest score of Good in all but the small overlap front test, where it scores Poor.

There are no standard active safety features in the 2014 Kia Sorento. Available features include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and a blind spot warning system.

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Should I Consider Another Used Sorento?

The Kia Sorento's second generation runs from 2009 through 2015. The 2014 model received several updates, including refreshed interior and exterior styling. You can save several thousand dollars by purchasing a 2012 or 2013 Sorento. Both lack the 2014’s improved styling but carry the same basic features.

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Which Used Kia Sorento Is Right for Me?

There are four trims: LX, EX, SX, and SX-L. The Sorento LX's standard features list is typical for the class and includes heated mirrors, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and an auxiliary jack. The base trim comes with a four-cylinder engine, while all upper trims have a V6. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, a 10-speaker Infinity surround-sound audio system, Kia’s UVO infotainment system, navigation, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, a blind spot warning system, keyless entry with push-button start, a power liftgate with programmable height, automatic headlights, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Finding a Sorento model with the UVO's easy-to-use and straightforward infotainment system is worth the extra cost. A rearview camera is also a great feature to have since SUVs typically have large rearward blind spots.

You might consider a certified pre-owned Sorento. Kia’s certified pre-owned vehicles receive the balance of the original 10-year/100,000-mile new-car powertrain warranty, plus a one-year/12,000-mile Platinum warranty for non-powertrain parts. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Kia warranty page carefully.

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We Did the Research for You: 66 Pieces of Data Analyzed

We've analyzed 66 pieces of data on the 2014 Kia Sorento, including crash test scores, total cost of ownership, reliability ratings, and professional assessments from auto journalists. We've done the work for you to make the used car buying experience easier.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our team of writers, researchers, and analysts has a combined 75 years of experience in the automotive industry, and we've been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs for a decade. We give you an impartial analysis of the vehicle, and we never accept expensive gifts or trips paid for by an automaker.

2014 Kia Sorento and Other SUVS to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Kia Sorento or 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe?

The Hyundai Santa Fe, like the Sorento, comes with two rows (Santa Fe Sport) and is available with a third (Santa Fe). However, the Santa Fe’s cabin is more upscale than the Sorento’s. Its front seats provide all-day comfort, and drivers can easily find their ideal driving position. The Sorento and Santa Fe have about the same cargo space, but the Santa Fe’s is a little more versatile. The second row slides forward when you need more cargo space and backward for more legroom. The Santa Fe also has a stronger engine, a more comfortable ride, better handling, and better safety scores. You’ll pay a little more for the Santa Fe, but it’s worth it.

Which Is Better: 2014 Kia Sorento or 2014 Honda Pilot?

The 2014 Honda Pilot costs considerably more than the 2014 Kia Sorento. It also offers more. The Pilot is one of the few 3-row SUVs that comfortably accommodate adults in its third row. It also comes with more standard features, including three-zone climate control, a rearview camera, and an 8-inch display. A 250-horsepower V6 engine is standard and delivers plenty of muscle for everyday driving. The Pilot’s ride is comfortable and its steering quick. Finally, it has a bigger cargo hold than the Sorento.

Which Is Better: 2014 Kia Sorento or 2014 Ford Edge?

For a high-quality cabin and a strong performance, consider the 2-row Ford Edge. Its cabin has top-quality materials. The Edge’s front seats have good support, and they offer great forward visibility. The reclining rear seats are also spacious for the average adult. As for power, the Edge’s V6 engine is much stronger than the Sorento’s, and its fuel economy is almost as good as the Sorento's. The Edge is also a sportier SUV to drive. The Sorento beats the Edge, however, in several areas. The Kia comes with more standard features and its infotainment system is easier to use. It also has more cargo room. For sporty driving, go with the Edge. For features and cargo space, the Sorento’s the better vehicle.

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