The 2014 Kia Sorento SX , a whopper of an SUV that any parent would be proud to cruise up in at the drop-off line. Its roomy interior is full of creature comforts like front row heated seats, nappa leather trim, second-row window sunshades, dual climate controls, a heated steering wheel and a four-way adjustable passenger seat.
For larger families, there’s an available third row that can be split and folded and can accommodate up to 7 passengers. There’s plenty of amenities for traveling families, like the kick-butt infinity audio system, hands-free Bluetooth connectivity for mobile phones, media outlets for plug in devices, and voice-command navigation with an 8' touch screen featuring real-time highway conditions from SiriusXM Traffic.
On a recent trip to Disneyland with another family, we all fit in comfortably with four kids in child car seats and three adults plus our luggage. It was so comfy, quiet and smooth riding that when we finally pulled up in the Toy Story parking lot near the park we had to wake all four kids who had fallen fast asleep in the 45 minutes it took for the drive from Los Angeles.
The Sorento's 3.3 liter engine may not be the most gas efficient, burning 18-21 mpg, but the tradeoff is, well, everything else. Safety comes first with this vehicle, with a rear camera backup camera, blind spot detection and an advanced airbag system. Priced starting at $35,000 and up to $37,695 with upgrades and the third-row seat, it’s a steal for an urban assault vehicle packed with this much power.