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That money does buy an impressive assortment of technological goodies. Upper-level models like the SX we drove feature LCD screens in the center stack and gauge cluster, heated first- and second-row seats (seats for the driver and front passenger are cooled as well), a panoramic sunroof, blind-spot warning, and a ten-speaker Infinity sound system.
Other new equipment—all optional—includes a redesigned sunroof of considerable size with a power shade, ventilated and air-cooled power front seats, heated second-row seats, a 115-volt power inverter, illuminated door handles, and a programmable power rear liftgate.
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Vehicle diagnostics, customized maintenance schedules, roadside assistance and Google Maps join entertainment bits like Pandora and Twitter. Best of all, the services are all free for the first 10 years or 100,000 miles, minus, of course, whatever you already pay for your mobile data plan.
Kia's mess-resistant Yes Essentials cloth seating material is now standard instead of optional on all models, and there are two leather upholstery options.
The 2014 Kia Sorento comes in three versions: LX, EX, and SX. Standard on all versions are conveniences like power locks, windows, and mirrors; air conditioning; cruise control; 17-inch wheels; an AM/FM/XM/CD player; auxiliary and USB ports; Bluetooth; tilt/telescoping steering; and steering-wheel audio controls. All-wheel drive and a fold-away third-row seat are options on every model.
Major options on the LX four-cylinder edition include automatic climate control; a rearview camera bundled with the new version of Kia's UVO infotainment system. In this edition, UVO drops its Microsoft underpinnings and adopts a simpler smartphone-driven setup that can offer Google mapping and helpful functions like service scheduling and a parking-lot finder, all free of charge. Infinity audio, pushbutton start, a power tailgate, and blind-spot monitors and reverse parking sensors are also available.
The Sorento EX adds the V-6 engine as standard equipment; it also gets a large 7-inch LCD screen between the gauges for secondary display of navigation; 18-inch wheels; fog lamps; a leather-wrapped steering wheel; a 115-volt power outlet; and a power driver seat and heating for both front seats. Options include a panoramic sunroof, a power passenger seat, and ventilation for both front seats.
The Sorento SX gets 19-inch wheels; panoramic sunroof; roof rails; navigation; an Infinity audio system; ventilated front seats; and a power tailgate standard.
The SX Limited tops off the lineup with 19-inch chrome wheels, red-painted brake calipers, and inside, Nappa leather seats, a wood-trimmed and heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats as standard equipment.
New smartphone-based infotainment and premium leather offset the Sorento's price increases.