I recently read the novel "Beautiful Ruins" by Jess Walter, which features a small hotel nestled in an uncelebrated town along the northern Italian coast. This hotel's name translates to "Hotel Adequate View." This seems like an unflattering name, but the hotel's existence and merits are simply overshadowed by the posh hotels in the surrounding towns.
The 2014 Kia Sorento could be similarly called "Midsize SUV Adequate Performance, Price and Looks." In a crowded market segment that's full of superstars, the unassuming Sorento deserves a look. It offers solid satisfaction and is acceptable for most people's daily needs.
My test car, a Sorento EX, came with the available 3.3-liter V-6 engine that produces 290 horsepower. It also had available all-wheel drive that directs power to the tire with the most traction. The ride quality, acceleration and handling were all agreeable. I was able to maneuver in and out of tight city spots and pass others on the highway without too much struggle. The Sorento even handled a winding canyon climb without hesitation. The only thing that's not entirely satisfactory about the V-6's performance is its EPA-estimated 18/24/20 mpg city/highway/combined.