The 2014 KIA Sorento has a lot of bells and whistles to keep its driver and passengers happy. In fact, I’d say this crossover vehicle (aka a “small SUV” that gets 20 mpg) has some extra-special features especially when it comes to comfort and safety. Here’s a peek at some of the perks:
Backup warning system with rear camera display: I know this isn’t so atypical in many cars with navigation screens these days, but to someone like me, who typically drives a dated Toyota minivan, I very much appreciate this safety feature. I like seeing what’s behind me without having to turn my head; if there’s an object in my way, there’s an audible sound.
Blind spot detection system: I fell in love with this feature when I test-drove the Mazda CX-9 this summer. When the driver initiates a turn or signals to pass a car on the highway, and there’s a car in the blind spot, a “warning chime” (ding) will sound, and a little icon is illuminated in the side-view mirror. This actually saved my butt a couple times when I was driving the KIA Sorento over the past 10 days.
Built-in, second-row sunshades: Easy to pull up and attach, these shades offer protection from the sun, but still allow passengers to see outside. Note: Kids in the back need to be reminded that they’ll snap shut quickly, startling the driver; you can guide them down quietly.
- panoramic sunroof that lets in light for both the front and back seats, with option to let in fresh air, as well)
- dual front advanced airbags, front seat mounted side airbags and side curtain airbags in both the first and second rows
- Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free phone calls
- push-button start with a smart key (fob)
- 115-volt power inverter in the back seat (nice for plugging in laptops or other kids’ gadgets — it’s just like your wall plug at home)
- heated and ventilated front seats (cool air can be circulated through perforations in the seat leather)
- second-row arm rest and cup holder (which helps keep kids “separated” in the back seats.
The 2014 KIA Sorento EX AWD with standard features and Touring Package (Navigation System with 8-inch display, the blind-spot detection, 4-way power passenger’s seat and more) has a MSRP of $36,550. Learn more the car and its many other cool features at www.KIA.com.
I enjoyed the use of the KIA Sorento for 10 days for purposes of editorial review.