It’s been a joke around here for years that I should drive a bus. And these days, it has never been truer.
For months, we rented a 15 passenger van each day to pick up kids for football practice and for games on Saturdays, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to participate. Because my small 4-door sedan that seats 5? It just wouldn’t cut it.
And honestly, on a regular daily basis, it’s not cutting it very well with our 14 year old who is nearing 6 foot.
We recently had the opportunity to test drive the 2014 Kia Sorento. And y’all. While it’s not the size of a bus, compared to my smaller 4-door sedan, it proved to be just what this momma needs.
With seatbelts for 8, I could haul nearly half of a football team. For real. While Bryan is all about the gas-mileage and practicality, one of my favorite features? The panoramic moon roof. It opened across the back seat, and made for great views on a clear night.
I will have you know – we put the cargo area to the test with a trip to Sam’s Club. Food to feed these growing teenagers takes up a lot of space. As does football equipment.
Here is a Vine video of just how much the cargo area of the Kia Sorento will actually hold ::
Features I Loved About the 2014 Kia Sorento
- It was luxurious and sporty – all in one. The space offered was a dream for this mom of tweens and teens. As was the way it handled.
- UVO – It’s the Onstar system for Kia. I am all about safety, especially with as much traveling as I do with the kids. This feature was very important to me.
- Satellite Radio – There are actually 3 different Satellite Radio options with this model. Hello? A dream for my music loving teens. Especially on a road trip.
- Blinkers on the side-view mirrors. It really is the little things, y’all.
- Rear camera. Since our driveway is often full of bikes, skate boards, and rip-sticks, this mattered. Greatly. It often came in handy too in parking lots.
- The seats were large and comfy. As simple as that sounds, comfort in a vehicle matters – especially on long trips. And both front seats were electronically powered – not just the driver’s seat.
- The dashboard was like a candy store for kids. After a week, I know I didn’t take advantage of all this car had to offer. I am a fan of the radio and phone controls on the steering wheel. And the blue tooth ability to talk on the phone through the radio speakers. Hello, added safety feature.
- We could also connect an iPod and operate it through the touchscreen interface.
- Both front seats offered heating and AC controls, as well as the back seat. Despite the fact we live in south Florida, I am a fan of heated seats. Anything less than 70°, and I am cold. Bryan, not so much. So, the dual-control feature allowed for a win-win.
- The third seat was optional. You can see in the video above that we laid the third seat for added cargo space. And the third row was roomy enough to fit tall teens, or an adult.
As a family, we thoroughly enjoyed our time in the car and would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a vehicle with space, but does not want to feel like you are driving a bus. And also does not want the investment of a large SUV gas-guzzler.
The 2014 KIA Sorento – a highly recommended mommy-mobile. That you will look forward to driving.
Every single time.
** I was given a 2014 KIA Sorento to drive for a week and share my experience. No other compensation was provided. All opinions are my own. Because y’all know I have them.**