With the weather FINALLY starting to get nice in Chicago, I want to suck up every moment of it. From driving with my windows down to sitting outside at lunch, I want to take in as much of the bright stuff as possible. Which is why I absolutely loved the big glass roof in the 2014 Kia Sorento. What a nice feature for a vehicle that had an as-tested price of $36,850.
The test vehicle was a EX trim with AWD, having a base price of $31,700. In order to get the panoramic roof, it added the Touring Package ($4,000), which included other goodies such as navigation, surround sound, blind spot detection, driver's ventilated seat and memory positions for the driver's seat. The bad news, the panoramic roof isn't available on any of the lower trims, and it only comes as a part of a package. So, if you drop the AWD, you can shave a little off the bottom line, but not much. If you want this feature, you'll spend at least $35,250.
This Sorento, in addition to having a solid rice, decent acceleration and attractive styling, came equipped with absolutely everything I could want in a Chicago car (heated seats, back-up camera and AWD), and I thought it was well-priced for what was included.
I've said it before, and I'm sure I'll say it again: But if you haven't checked out Kia lately, now would be a really good time with a phenomenal lineup on their lots. Optima, Forte, Sorento, Sportage and even the little Rio are all top picks in my book.