Never in a million years would I have thought that I would absolutely love a Kia. My impression of Kia (admittedly from years ago) hasn’t been the greatest, but if we only had 3 kids instead of 4 then we would have seriously considered the Kia Sorento when we were looking for a new (to us) vehicle.
It actually fits up to 7 people, so we were all able to drive around in it, but when all of the seats are up there is absolutely no trunk space so it wouldn’t work for us on a trip.
(For those of you who are new to STS and are wondering what in the world a car review is doing here, you can read the details in my first review here. We don’t get paid at all for these reviews, but thought it would be fun to test drive cars out every so often and let y’all know which ones we thought were good ones and worth the price! Plus, since most car reviews online are completely over my head with car-talk, I thought it might be fun to do some reviews from a mom’s perspective.)
The things I loved:
The steering wheel! Those of you who have read some of my previous car reviews know that the steering wheel is a big deal to me. I have to be able to put my hand at the bottom of the wheel while driving. Thank you to Kia and all of the other car manufacturers out there who design their steering wheel to accommodate bottom-of-the-wheel drivers like me!
The price. Vehicles that can hold a larger family can get pretty pricey, but the Kia Sorento starts out at $24,100.
The features. We tested the Sorento EX V6 (feature-wise it’s the middle of the line model) and it came with their UVO eServices Infotainment System, Rear Camera Display (which after having it, I would never buy another car without it), a backup warning system, blind spot detection display, bluetooth built in, USB/Auxiliary Input Jacks (which is also a must in my opinion), and a fuel-efficiency indicator (loved this!)
The safety. While there are convenience features that are upgradable for the different Sorento options, all of the safety features are exactly the same in all of the models. According to the US News ranking system, the Kia Sorento safety score was a whopping 9.4 out of 10!
The fuel economy. The base line model gets 21 miles per gallon in the city and 29 miles per gallon on the highway, which is pretty awesome for an SUV that seats 7. The V6 models get 18/24 mpg, but that’s still really good compared to other similar vehicles.
The look. It’s a very nice-looking vehicle that can hold several people without taking up as much room as a larger SUV or looking like a mini-van (although I happen to like the look of a mini-van, I have several friends who swear that they will never EVER be a “mini-van mom”).
The things I didn’t love:
The trunk. The trunk space is almost non-existent when both of the rear seats are up. Which is very understandable since they are trying to fit 7 seats into a much smaller space, but the trunk wouldn’t work for our family. You could probably still fit four in the back with one of the back seats folded down if you didn’t have any little ones in car seats.
3rd row seating. While I think that the 3rd row seating is great (and necessary for our family!) it would be pretty tough for regular-size adults to sit back there for any length of time.
The packages. Some features are only available with a different model. For example, if you want a moonroof then you have to have the model with the navigation system as well. If you want the V6 then you have to get the model that seats 7.
Some reviewers have said that the ride in the Sorento is a little stiff and that there is a lot of road noise, but I didn’t notice any road noise and it didn’t seem stiff at all. The road noise was low and the ride was very comfortable in my opinion. BUT, just know that what I was comparing it to at the time was our 2004 Honda Odyssey that we have had for several years with very high road noise.
If you are in the market for a great family vehicle then I would definitely consider taking a look at the Sorento. The other reviews online are overwhelmingly positive and the price is pretty awesome compared to other similar vehicles.
Do any of you have a Kia Sorento? I was only able to drive it around for a week, so I would love to hear any experiences (pros or cons) from those of you who have one!