When Kia introduced the significantly updated 2014 Sorento crossover SUV early in 2013, they talked about another trim level, the Sorento SX Limited, that would follow during the second quarter of 2013.
The Sorento SX Limited was said to offer some additional subtle sophistication to the already well equipped SX trim level.
We have now had the opportunity to drive the new 2014 Kia Sorento SX Limited and were pleased, as we expected to be, with the driving experience and owner value that the 2014 Kia Sorrento provides across all of the standard trim levels.
The new Sorento SX Limited adds some unexpectedly subtle touches that make the driving experience indeed just a bit more sophisticated.
The SX Limited sets itself apart from the already nice SX trim level visually with unique self-leveling Xenon HID head lights, exclusive 19-inch chrome wheels and sporty red painted brake calipers along with, of course, exclusive SX-L badges to complete the look.
On the inside, the SX Limited - sporting exclusive soft-touch head liner and pillar accents - adds luxurious Nappa leather trimmed seats, a wood-trimmed, heated steering wheel and heated rear seats.
The 2014 Kia Sorento SX Limited is exclusively available in Ebony Black, Snow White Pearl and Titanium Silver.
Our test 2014 Sorento SX Limited came in the Snow White Pearl with a very soft look and matching touch premium Black Nappa Leather seating both front and second rows.
Riding on the very nice 19-inch Chrome Alloy Wheels, the SX Limited was powered with the very responsive new all-aluminum 3.3-liter GDI V-6 producing 290 horsepower at 6,400 rpm with 252 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,200 rpm.
The Sorento SX Limited delivers its power through the nicely tuned 6-speed automatic transmission, with the Sportmatic manual feature, to an enhanced Torque On Demand all-wheel drive system that seamlessly directs power to the tire with the most traction and now includes the benefit of Torque Vectoring Cornering Control (TVCC) that aids stability under certain driving conditions.
The fuel economy ratings for the 2014 Kia Sorento SX Limited we tested were 18/24 MPG City/Highway with the average rated at 20 MPG.
Also standard on Sorento for 2014 are the new Electric Motor Driven Power Steering that features an available Flex Steer system (on the SX Limited) that offers drivers a choice of three steering modes: Comfort, Normal and Sport.
With its Traction Control System (TCS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) systems and an all-new chassis that increases torsional rigidity by 18-percent, our test SX Limited was responsive and agile yet firm in all road conditions and a delight to drive.
Other features included standard on the 2014 Sorento SX Limited exterior were a Panoramic Roof with Power Sun Shade, Heated Outside Mirrors with Turn Signal Indicators, Power Liftgate and a Rear Spoiler.
On the inside were Hill-start Assist Control, Push Button Start, Dual Automatic Climate Control, Ventilated and Heated Front Seats, Power Adjustable Driver Seat, Heat Second Row Seating, Heated Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel, Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column and Blind Spot Detection.
The Sorento SX Limited also came with an Infinity Surround Sound Audio system, the next generation UVO eServices Telematics with Rear Camera Display, Navigation System with 8-inch Color Display, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Bluetooth Wireless Technology
The MSRP for the 2014 Sorento SX Limited is $39,700. Our test vehicle included the optional Third Row Seating (also in leather) for $1,100 and a Cargo Area Net for $50.
Delivered, the 2014 Sorento SX Limited we tested had a sticker price of $41,600.
The Kia Sorento line for 2014 comes in several trim levels - all with automatic transmissions - with front wheel (FWD) or all wheel drive (AWD) starting with the LX model that is powered by the 2.4L 4-cylinder engine (MSRP FWD $24,100 / AWD $25,900). The LX with a V-6 and FWD is $25,700 with the next level EX FWD at $30,000 and the SX FWD starting at $35,000.
The 2014 Sorento is a standard two row and five passenger vehicle with an optional third row (seven passenger capable) available on certain trim levels.
The Sorento line for 2014 has redesigned front and rear fascias with a lower, broader appearance up front and a visually wider stance at the rear. The Kia "tiger-nose" grille is enhanced with an anodized silver metal or black mesh appearance, and the lower valance has been opened to expose an aggressive cross-hatched maw.
Front LED positioning lamps create dramatic eyebrows while projector style headlights peer from behind tapered clear lenses. Available fog lights on all trim models have been upended and pushed to the far corners of the front bumper for better forward and side visibility. Horizontally positioned rear LED combination lamps embrace the turn signal and back-up lights, making the 2014 Sorento instantly recognizable from behind.
Inside the redesigned instrument panel deftly combines technology with ergonomics. Standard on EX and optionally available on the LX trim, the large center gauge cluster features a 7-inch TFT LCD that projects a digital speedometer flanked by easy-to-read analog instruments for the tachometer, fuel level and engine temp. The TFT LCD readout also displays trip and vehicle information, along with navigation updates (optional).
The center stack’s appearance and layout has been modernized and provides room for Kia’s new larger eight inch touch screen. Other new available features in the 2014 Sorento include Kia’s first-ever programmable power liftgate, the redesigned panoramic sunroof with a one piece power-operated shade, integrated second row sliding sunshades, the available dual ventilated air-cooled front seats, a 115-volt power inverter, and illuminated door handle pockets.
Using advanced sonar sensors, the 2014 Sorento is also the first of many Kia vehicles to begin offering a blind spot detection system. The system continually monitors traffic around the Sorento, and if another vehicle is detected within a set distance, audio and visual elements alert the driver.
Whatever level of the new 2014 Kia Sorento crossover SUV you choose, you can expect a responsive and comfortable driver experience a reasonable price for all that it includes.