We were given a week to test drive and experience a Kia Sorento. What better way is there to find out all the things you love, like, and what didn’t work then taking the car on a road trip! We took our spin on the 6 hour drive to Los Angeles on our recent family vacation to Disneyland. We needed a car that could seat 7 passengers as we would have our three kids as well as we would be driving my husband’s parents along with us once we were in town. While we were checking out the car before loading up all our gear for the trip we immediate noticed how roomy the interior felt in the main two rows. The built-in dashboard console area was extremely convenient with satellite radio and a backup camera. The car handled really nice and drove very smooth so we loved driving the car!
Once we had the car loaded with car seats and packed for our trip, we quickly realized the 7-seater option isn’t really a solution for those who need the third row for full time use. The 3rd row gives plenty of room from side to side and even a lot of height, but is lacking space in the leg area. It is also a bit of a pain to lower the middle seat to have access to the back row. The seat lowers quickly, but it is an extra step that would be a lot of extra work for every day use. The biggest downside of the 3rd row, though, is the extremely limited trunk space. Below you can see that all I was able to fit in the “trunk” was an extremely slim umbrella stroller or a few small backpacks would have fit instead. We felt that the 3rd row would be a great feature to have for when you might occasionally need an extra seat or two for around town driving. It won’t work well for day trips or vacations when you need the space for any amount of luggage. The 3rd row definitely need the optional air vents, which were not added as a feature in the model we test drove.
We loved the leather interior which made it simple to keep the car clean and tidy even when we had to eat on the road! A really cool feature on the Kia Sorento is that the mirrors fold in which made it easier to park in all those slim parking spaces and also not have to worry about others hitting the mirrors when trying to walk between the car. The Sorento had a loaded steering wheel with just about everything you need within fingers reach including phone access. Youou can connect your phone to the speaker system using Bluetooth for easy hands free calling. We also thought the touch button start was cool and being able to unlock the car from the handle of the car if you had the key in your pocket or purse so you didn’t ever need to reach in to grab and fiddle with your keys! Overall we really liked the look, feel, and experience test driving the Kia Sorento with the exception of the downsides of the 3rd row.
The Kia Sorento with all the options and features as pictured above retails for $30,600. The Sorento starts at $23,150 for the base model. This car averages 22 city and 32 Highway MPG. It also comes with Kia’s standard 10-year/100,000 mile Warranty. When you’re in the market for a new car, be sure to swing by a Kia dealership and take the Kia Sorento for a test drive!
Disclosure: I was able to test drive Kia Sorento for one week in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated in any other manner. The opinions expressed above are my own and any claims should be verified on the sponsor’s site.
Saturday 12th of May 2012
i like the kia sorenta when it first came out...but now i am not that fond of it, too big for me, and not that great a gas mileage....Hyundai owns KIA...you would think they would make suv that get better gas mileage these days,,,,i do like the warranty... ..
Thursday 10th of May 2012
I like the mirror folding in feature and have heard repeatedly about the third rows not being appropriate for full time use, especially giving up that trunk space. And if you are on a vacation you'll need the trunk space :)
Tuesday 8th of May 2012
I certainly appreciate the timing of this review! I need a new vehicle and this is one on my list...Many thanks for your complete view... Cindi