The 2014 Kia Sorento may have a new face, but the Korean company assures us that the revisions to the model are far more than skin deep. Inside and out, from the oily bits to the touch points, this Sorento has been fussed over to be a better crossover than ever before.

Leading off the changes is the installation of an optional 3.3-liter V6 under the hood. The new mill makes a robust 290 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the 2.4-liter direct-injection four-cylinder becomes the default engine for the Sorento, and is still rated at 191 hp and 181 lb-ft. All Sorento models, in front- and all-wheel-drive flavors, make use of a six-speed automatic transmission, as well. Also standard across the range for 2014 is electric power steering with three selectable modes (comfort, normal and sport).

Visually, you'll see that Kia has tweaked both the front and rear fascia, added LEDs and available fog lamps to the nose of the CUV and widened the opening on the lower front valence. 17-, 18- and 19-inch wheels are available, depending on just how much shoe-bling you can handle.

Get up close and personal with our live gallery of 2014 Kia Sorento images, and be sure to peruse the press release for a few more details on the new crossover.
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KIA MOTORS AMERICA UNVEILS NEW 2014 SORENTO CUV AT THE LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
  • Kia's Popular U.S.-Built1 Crossover Returns with an All-New Platform, Sophisticated New Styling Cues and Significant Improvements To Ride, Handling and Comfort

  • Over 80-percent of the parts in the 2014 Sorento are either all-new or significantly redesigned, including a new 3.3-liter GDI V6 engine delivers 290 horsepower

  • New Sorento will be the first Kia vehicle to offer the company's next-generation UVO eServices voice-activated telematics system

Los Angeles, Nov. 28, 2012 – Kia Motors America (KMA) today unveiled a significantly redesigned version of its popular Sorento CUV at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. Just three years after U.S. production of the CUV began in West Point, Georgia, the 2014 Sorento comes to market as no mere refresh or facelift, boasting instead an all-new chassis, a new Gasoline Direct Injected (GDI) V6 engine, a substantially redesigned interior and a next-generation infotainment system. Expected to arrive in showrooms during the first quarter of 2013, the redesigned Sorento also adds a top-of-the-line trim level to its lineup – the SX Limited – which delivers an impressive roster of premium features and amenities.

"With each new vehicle launch Kia is advancing the concept of value to new levels of sophistication and with significant chassis, suspension, powertrain and comfort and convenience upgrades the new Sorento continues that trend," said Michael Sprague, executive vice president, marketing and communications, KMA. "With more than 80 percent of the 2014 Sorento including new or significantly redesigned parts, it's obvious that the improvements are not just skin deep; including technological enhancements such as UVO eServices, the next generation of our voice activated telematics system, and Kia's first-ever blind spot detection system.2"

Fundamental Changes Improve Performance, Ride and Handling
If the engine is to be considered the heart of any vehicle, it's safe to assume the new 2014 Sorento has a powerful ticker beneath its sculpted hood. New this year, the all-aluminum 3.3-liter GDI V6 produces a smooth 290 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and a stout 252 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,200 rpm. It's available optionally on the LX and EX, while residing as standard equipment in the LX V6, EX V6, SX and SX Limited. Power is routed to either the front wheels or, optionally, to all four using 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 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder engine returns, now as standard equipment in the LX and EX, and replaces the previously-standard 2.4-liter MPI 4-cylinder. With 191 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 181 lb.-ft. of torque on-hand at a low 4,250 rpm, the lightweight all-aluminum powerplant is efficient while still providing enough grunt to perform yeoman's duty day in and day out.

Regardless of engine or driveline choice, the Sorento comes standard with a smooth shifting six-speed automatic transmission. Also standard in the new 2014 Sorento, Electric Motor Driven Power Steering replaces the hydraulic unit from the 2013 model, which improves steering feel and reduces weight to aid efficiency. New available FlexSteer offers drivers a choice of three steering modes: Comfort, Normal and Sport.

Just three years into its product lifecycle, Kia's engineers saw fit to bring the new 2014 Sorento to market on an all-new chassis that increases torsional rigidity by 18-percent. A major focal point in designing the new chassis was to improve ride and handling. Within the engine bay, a strut-tower brace increases chassis stiffness and provides a solid platform for the new independent front suspension that incorporates a stiffer H-shaped sub-frame cradle which offers improved vehicle tracking. Around back, a reinforced multi-link setup utilizes new bushings and mounts to better isolate road noise vibration, while its compact design allows for more interior space.

Sophisticated Design, Inside and Out
In a segment more often known for bland utility, the new 2014 Sorento sports dynamic and sophisticated design elements, inside and out. Redesigned front and rear fascias enhance the Sorento's road presence with a lower, broader appearance up front and a visually wider stance at the rear. The ubiquitous 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, emitting a warm corona that makes the 2014 Sorento instantly recognizable from behind. The new Sorento rides on redesigned 17-, 18- and, a first for Kia's best-selling CUV, larger 19-inch wheels.

To step inside the new 2014 Sorento is to experience a new level of sophisticated elegance. A redesigned instrument panel deftly combines technology with proven ergonomics. On EX trims and above, 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 button positions have been rearranged for a more user-friendly experience. The new design also provides room for Kia's new larger touch screen. Diagonally spanning eight inches, the optional screen integrates navigation, SiriusXM Traffic™3 with real-time road information updates, a premium Infinity®4 audio system, SiruisXM™ Satellite Radio5, Bluetooth® hands-free connectivity6, vehicle settings and UVO eServices, Kia's next generation of infotainment and telematics. Other new available features in the 2014 Sorento include Kia's first-ever programmable power liftgate, a redesigned panoramic sunroof with a one piece power-operated shade, integrated 2nd row sliding sunshades, 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 to the issue.

Advancing Value to New Levels of Sophistication: Sorento SX Limited
Shortly after the arrival of the new 2014 Sorento, the Sorento SX Limited is destined for market within the second quarter of 2013. With the success of the Optima SX Limited launched earlier this year, offering a similar appearance package on the Sorento was a logical follow-up.

Offered only in Ebony Black, Snow White Pearl and Titanium Silver, the SX Limited is set apart visually from the Sorento SX by unique self-leveling Xenon HID head lights, exclusive 19-inch chrome wheels and sporty red painted brake calipers. Exclusive SXL badges adorn the exterior to complete the look.

Inside, unique and luxurious Nappa leather trimmed seats, a wood-trimmed, heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats are all standard. The exclusive soft-touch head liner and pillar accents make the Sorento SX Limited an inviting respite from the stress and strain of urban existence.


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      leo
      • 2 Years Ago
      killed it with all that chrome old face looked better and so did the rear i feel like they took a Saab 9-5 front end and rear end and implemented it here. Maybe Kia can fill that Saab charm
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is a pretty nice MMC. 290HP V6 sounds good to me as well...
      • 2 Years Ago
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      tony36619
      • 2 Years Ago
      Been drinking the same water as the LR Evoque
        FIDTRO
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tony36619
        That's what the front end looks like! I knew it resembled something I just couldn't put my finger on it.
      Alex Ellsworth
      • 2 Years Ago
      This US model just doesn't look quite as nice as the Korean-market one: the lack of the black trim around the lower body makes it look too tall and slab-sided, while the chrome grill is just too blingy. Doesn't match the modern, European style of Schreyer's designs. The black grill used here in Korea is how it should be. Schreyer is playing with void - rather than the grill being a gaudy focal point, we focus on the rim of the grill while the center seems to disappear. Schreyer meant for the Kia badge to appear floating suspended between the two protrusions in the center of the grill.
      Andyz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hmmm, Koren Bling and why would you choose this from a domestic product, hardly on cost..... I rarely go off topic but how many Americans realize that recently a Hyundai Motor Group official announced that the Korean company has ignored U.S. pressures against its trade relations with Iran, because Iran is a lucrative market with millions of dollars of profit. It is amazing that some many people are willing to but products from our "friendly" Korean allies, who then ignore what is going on in Iran.
      FIDTRO
      • 2 Years Ago
      Back end is Audi-esque, front end looks like an Evoque. Another original design from team Korea.
      tremaine_challenger
      • 2 Years Ago
      This looks amazing. This is what the Sorento should've looked like all along. The rear lights are now in line with the rest of Kia's line up. I love the addition of the daytime running lights and those chrome wheels. It looks upscale and expensive. I am really starting to like Kia a lot.
      Mets
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a Ford. Maybe its just me... but Kia and Ford looks to have the same styling.
      cpmanx
      • 2 Years Ago
      A rare misfire from Peter Schreyer and company. The newly blunted style of the front and back ends looks like a parking-lot mishap, and that grill is just ridiculous. Basic shape is still pleasant enough, but this update is a definite step backward.
      markventure69
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll give it a "mis-fire" rating as well. The taillights look 1 size too big and I'm not digging the Subaru Outback-style rear bumper reflectors. The front headlight are nice, but I prefer the current SX front bumper. They should show this with the side-steps as I think it improves the look a lot. Can't tell much about the interior but I hope that isn't "marbelized" plood :(
      Chuggowitz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does this look like a Chevrolet to anyone else?
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