2014 Kia Sorento First Drive Review
Kia is pushing for change in the 2014 model year. There is a slew of redesigned or all-new product coming down the production pipeline. One of the models ready for a refresh is the Kia Sorento, and the 2014 Sorento pushes the idea of a refresh to its limit.
It’s easy enough to take an existing model, update some exterior features, maybe add a new nav screen inside, raise the price and call it a successful refresh. This is not what Kia has in store for the 2014 Sorento. In fact, the automaker may be calling this a refresh but the crossover sport utility vehicle receives a brand-new platform to underpin its stylishly fresh new skin.
Speaking of this new skin, Kia is going to great lengths to push design as a selling point because the automaker realizes that the current generation of buyers are significantly motivated by what their car looks like. It should come as no surprise then that the man in charge of the North American arm is superstar designer Peter Schreyer. Additionally, it shouldn’t be so surprising that the 2014 Sorento is pretty darn stylish.
To achieve the new, nip-tucked look, Kia designers set about reducing the blockiness found in the overall shape of Sorentos past. There is no Borrego-ness going on, just an attention to sleek lines and sharp features. Up front, the signature Kia grille has been thinned out and extends into the winged headlamps to help give the eyes a feeling of width. Out back, the taillamps receive a similar treatment and it serves to further cut down on any perceived square-ness. Everything on the outside of the Sorento has been cleaned up, and the result is a vehicle that looks like it could play in a class above where it currently does battle.