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My family and I recently traveled to Southern California for our yearly Disney vacation and I was given the opportunity to drive the 2015 Kia Sorento SX . This was actually my first time driving a Kia, I currently own a 2012 Honda CRV, the most basic of basic small CUV’s. With two small children I used to think I wanted a vehicle that could be used and abused and not have to worry, well that all changed the minute I drove the 2015 Kia Sorento. Oh, is this a lovely ride! It has everything and when I say everything, I mean it has everything you could possibly ask for and more.
I never really thought I needed much in a car beyond a radio, seatbelts and a steering wheel. But let me tell you, once you sit down in the 2015 Kia Sorento it is honestly changes everything. Beyond the outside appearance which was a beautiful Cherry Red was a fully loaded interior including leather seats, Infinity Surround Sound Audio system, Voice-Command Navigation, rear-camera display with a back-up warning system, blind spot detection, Panoramic Sunroof with Power Sunshade and the most advanced navigation system I have used to date. This is to just name a few of the awesome features.
I was a little nervous when first getting into the Kia Sorento as it looked much larger than my CRV. It has so much more leg and shoulder room than I am currently used to. The first thing I noticed was the Push-Button Start with Smart key and Immobilizer, basically a keyless way to start the car, so cool! I have to admit I was a little afraid I would lose the key so I kept it in my pocket, but the convenience of this was really great and when I went back to my CRV I definitely felt a little old school, spoiled much!
The first feature my children noticed (ages 2 and 5) was the Panoramic Sunroof, how can you not! It takes up the entire roof of the vehicle, its very dreamy, especially in the evening time. It was already dark outside when driving home from our vacation and I can tell you that the sunroof was more entertaining for my children than the iPad. They were both completely enthralled with being able to see the stars at night through the roof.
The 2015 Kia Sorrento is a 7 passenger vehicle, this is fabulous. Even though we only utilized the first two rows on our vacation it was really convenient to have all the extra room to hold our baggage, stroller, Disney dresses (without getting wrinkled) and toys. The very back row folds down easy providing twice the cargo volume, which is a huge plus when traveling because having children you can never have too much storage. I feel like we travel with half our home and never enough space to store everything we “think” we need. Typically we end up leaving several items at home to make room and having this option to bring everything was really a luxury for our family of four.
Installing car seats in the 2015 Kia Sorento were easy! It literally took me less than 10 minutes to install two convertible car seats. This was record time for me. The extra room in the CUV really helped to be able to move around and adjust the car seats as needed. Also, installing car seats can be very tiring and it gets SO hot in the back of the car, I’m normally dripping sweat in the summer because of this. The Rear Air Condition was seriously a life saver! Each side has its own adjustable air vent right at mid height, perfect to reach each person in the back seat. Not only did we take full advantage of this during our trip but it helped me when installing both my children’s seats.
This CUV offers some really great options for drivers that were not available in my CRV, including Memory Drivers seat & Mirror position , Height-Adjustable Front Seat Belt Anchors, adjustable headrests and the oh so wonderful 8-way Power-Adjustable Lumbar support for the driver. If you are a person that travels often and takes long road trips then you really know how important the Lumbar Support it. More and more cars are beginning to add this as they are starting to realize how important proper support is for drivers and their overall health. Having a slumped posture can affect driver’s long term.
Our drive to Disneyland took us close to 8 hours with several stops in between. Having the Memory Drivers seat & Mirror position option is so wonderful when you and another person are taking turns driving. With one press of a button your seat adjusts right where it was the last time you drove and you can get right back on the road again, it really is great.
The dual front cup holders are large and easily held both of our children’s water bottles. There is also a USB/Auxiliary input jack right underneath the navigation which was perfect for charging our phones and iPad. In my current car I have to keep my navigation plugged in at all times when traveling and I do not have the option to charge my phone, this is really great to have. There is also an additional output in the back for the children that was perfect for their games and tablets.
One of my most favorite and helpful features was the Blind spot detection and backup cameras. This was my first time experiencing a vehicle with back up cameras and is nothing short of amazing! I have always struggled with being able to see behind me fully reversing out of parking lots. I am not very tall and with children and other object in the view it makes it very difficult sometimes to be able to see every corner behind me. The backup camera in the 2014 Kia Sorento is fabulous and provides security and safety for families!
The blind spot detection is a feature you definitely want when traveling, especially with children. It made me feel so much safer to have this while driving. The mirror will automatically light up when a car is in your blind spot or next to you, until they pass. Being this is a large car and if you are small like I am, it can be very difficult to see through your blind spot. This is a must have feature and really amazes me how far technology has come.
Check this out! Yes, that is Disneyland on the navigation, it even has a picture on the castle. I actually didn’t even notice this, my daughter pointed it out to me and that’s how she knew we were down the street. So awesome!
We left Anaheim for our road trip home in the early afternoon and it was sunny out and hot. The fold up side shades were really great to keep the sunlight out my children’s face and the vents in the back also came in handy as well as it started to get warmer outside. My two year old started to get really cranky with the heat but immediately was okay once the air was turned on for him.
As you can see, returning from our trip we are leaving with much more than we came with. I was so happy to have the backup camera to make our drive home a safe one.
We stopped for a quick snack on the way home and pulled over to have a picnic outside. I really do admire the sleek and fancy look of the 2015 Kia Sorento, it has a completely different feel than any other CUV I have driven.
I let dad take over on the way home, he didn’t ask to drive but I knew he wanted to. This was the perfect opportunity for me to relax and take in all the this CUV has to offer.
This meant I was able to control the radio, my heated seats and the navigation. Awesome Infinity Surround Sound Audio system with SiriusXM on an 8″ touch screen for operation which was very helpful when driving.
Having toddlers you know how important it is to be able to find the nearest restroom. I absolutely love the navigation the Sorento has to offer. It lists each location coming up and exactly what you will find. Restroom, gas station, hotel or restaurant. I must have the old school navigation because in order to find any of this you actually have to manually search it which is obviously very inconvenient not to mention dangerous while driving. The built in navigation automatically pre populates this on your route to your destination.
Once returning from our trip we noticed we didn’t use the AWD much during our drive so we decided it was a good opportunity to take the Sorento the pumpkin patch to test this out.
As you can see it was out in the country through windy off roading. We were able to keep up pretty good and only had one minor situation where the tires did spin.
A grippier tire would of helped with this but it really was not a huge issue, the ride was actually very smooth for all the bumps in the road and hard turns we went through to get to the pumpkin patch.
Once we picked out our pumpkins we headed back to the car to pack them up and take them home.
We all picked out fairly large pumpkins, we normally go with smaller once but since we knew we had the extra room, we took full advantage of this opportunity. As you can see they all fit great with lots of room to spare.
The Kia Sorento SX AWD fit perfectly into our family vacation and allowed us to ride in not only style but comfort as well. With a wide variety of customized options our entire family felt very fortunate to have been able to test out this SUV, it was a great luxury to have for our family vacation.
The 2015 Kia Sorento starts at $24,300 and gets an average of 18 city/ 24 highway MPG. The model I drove, the 2015 Kia Sorento SX AWD, will run you around $39,195.00.
Disclosure: Kia provided the Sorento SX AWD for our family vacation to review, opinions are 100% my own.