I remember being in High School and daydreaming about my first car. I always wanted an SUV or something bigger. Maybe it’s a bit of a complex since I am about 5’2, but nonetheless SUVs were THE car I always wanted. My first car was a little clunker and since then, I have always had small, economy vehicles. I still always wondered if I missed the boat with SUVs, especially now that I have a family of my own. All that wondering was about to be vanquished because Kia decided to send me a Sorento to drive my family around for a week.
It was beautiful. Seriously, this amazing car was so done up- it was hard to believe the price tag started at $23,000. Most cars that look like this and have all the features the Sorento has are over $30,000 or more. The first thing I noticed was the space. I mean duh. It’s a crossover so it is HUGGGGE. Much bigger than any of my little cars I am so used to driving. We are a family of three but believe me when I say we can really pack in a car.
Being a blogger in LA, I drive a lot. Whether it’s to the grocery store, to my daughter’s preschool or to events in Hollywood and Beverly Hills (lemme tell ya, I felt awesome driving up to the Beverly Hills Hotel and giving this to the valet wad pretty freaking cool). People are crappy drivers in LA (sorry my fellow Angelenos- but come on- you have a turn signal for a reason!), so in my little car I often feel like people cut me off or near run me off the road just because I have a small car and they think they can. In this car, maybe it was just me- but man, I felt powerful. No one was cutting me off and I felt like I was the queen of the road. It did a lot to get used to. It took more time to rev up to a speed I wanted and I had to adjust to breaking sooner because of the weight of the vehicle. I gotta admit, driving on the freeway I was so scared. My depth perception was off. I totally thought it was bigger in my head than it actually was. The man thought it was hilarious- here I was in the car I have longed for, and I was driving like a grandma because I was so scared of it. A few days into it, I finally got a handle of it and it was amazing.
As you can see my daughter got really comfortable using this car. Actually we all did. It was roomy and reliable. Plus it had Sirius/XM as well as a way to link up my bluetooth, and I was able to stream Spotify through it. So it made those traffic bound Los Angeles drives such a breeze. The drive was smooth and parts of the road where I usually felt bumps and blips, I felt little to nothing. I don’t know if that’s cause of the tires or the suspension (so car-clueless here) but whatever it was- thank you. We have a lot of crappy roads (to go along with our crappy drivers), so this made the drive extra comfortable for everyone in the car.
I know I have said it a lot already, but OMG the space! OK, so what I posted up top was when we had the car in a 2 row seating for 5. There is a pull up 3rd row, easily making it a car for 7. When not in use, it can be extra trunk space, as modeled by my family below.
As you can see, I stuffed them in the trunk. My husband is 6’3 and our daughter is pretty tall herself, plus I had them in there with boxes. You know what? They still had room for more. Actually we had a hard time getting my daughter out cause she was having way too much fun back there.
So, here is the con. The gas? EXPENSIVE. I spent $60+ to fill this car back up after 6 days of use. I typically fill up my car with $42 every 9-10 days. And yes, this is driving everywhere daily which is kinda a must out here.
Is a bigger car better? I think that depends on the family. If you had 2+ kids, this is the vehicle for you. I absolutely loved driving it. It was comfortable, smooth and easy to navigate. If you are in the market for a family vehicle, I’d definitely suggest taking a look at the Kia Sorento.
Disclosure: I was loaned a vehicle for my honest review by Kia Motors and drivesti. All opinions are my own.