I had the chance to drive a Kia Sorento SX LTD AWD for a week. All opinions – and husbands being attacked by emus – are my own.
Last week, we had family in town. My brother, his wife, and their three kids all stayed with us over Halloween…and we booked every.single.day with activities. We were on the road a lot – we had two cars between us, and I believe we put about 1,000 miles on each car over the course of five-six days. We spent a lot of time in our cars!
The kids are all small (ages 16 months to six years) – so, not at super fun ages for lots of car travel. Having a car designed for families, like the Kia Sorento, was a huge factor in everyone’s comfort as we traveled around Texas for the week.
Honestly? The only thing I knew about the Kia Sorento before driving one was from commercials – and those commercials taught me that the Sorento has a huge sunroof and that it’s the car of choice when Muno and his sock monkey friend want to party like rockstars. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Google it – if you do know, you’ll appreciate my interpretation below.
We knew that the Sorento would be a great car for a week of driving around – with its third row of seats (this car could seat seven passengers, and we did use that third row), navigation system, and dual climate-control (which meant the kids could be nice and cool in the back), it had a lot of features we already love.
What surprised me, though, were the unexpected details and functionality that we discovered as we used this car. Here are five my of my favorite features.
1. The ginormous sun roof (aka, panoramic roof). I am actually not a fan of sunroofs – I have one in my car, and I never open it. But this sunroof was too much to pass up – we had it open all.the.time. It’s somehow…different, I guess? The best part of the sunroof, though, was when I fed a giraffe through it. Because that’s how we roll.
2. The Sun Shades on the windows in the back seat. You guys – These. Are. AWESOME. I’ve bought sun shades before, and I hated them! In theory, they’re great – but the rare time you need to roll down a window, or your kid wants a better view, you have to remove them and store them somewhere and all that fun stuff. These ones roll up from the door and attach to the top of window (super easy, I was able to do it from the front seat while the car was moving – as a passenger, of course!). The best part is that you can roll the windows up and down with the shades attached – such a convenient little feature I didn’t realize I was missing until I tried them!
3. Navigation. I’m pretty much always stoked to drive any car that has navigation, because, well…I suck at getting places. This navigation system was no exception. In fact, it even used fun graphics like this one to illustrate its point.
4. Seat heaters (and coolers, too). If you haven’t tried cooled seats, you need to. They’re…awesome. And cold. And refreshing. And awesome.
But what I realllly love about this car’s seats are the seat heaters. They are, without a doubt, the best heated seats I’ve ever sat on (and I’ve driven in many cars with heated seats). What makes these ones different is that the heat goes all the way up your back. I was driving this car one day with an achy back, and I turned the seat heaters to high (which I regularly do in my car if my back hurts). Within minutes, I noticed heat everywhere – not just on my butt, but all the way up to my shoulders. Heavenly, I tell you!
5. Blind Spot Detection. If a car drives into your blind spot, a little light flashes on your side view mirrors letting you know a car is there. If you put on your blinker to move over, a little alarm dings at you, warning you that a car is in you blind spot. Such a little thing, and yet, so helpful (and potentially life-saving). This is definitely another thing I’ll be adding to the list of features I want in my next car!
I loved it, and I loved driving it. It fit right into our busy lifestyle and was perfect for our week of traveling (we not only did we feed giraffes, but we also visited a big cat sanctuary AND an alligator farm – more on those places later). The only thing Charles wanted to change was the driver’s seat – he wished he could lower it another two inches or so. Although…maybe he wouldn’t have noticed that if we weren’t trying to escape a hungry emu. 😉
Have you driven a Kia Sorento before? I was pleasantly surprised!