2003 Kia Sorento consumer reviews

$19,995–$21,900 MSRP range
side view of 2003 Sorento Kia
73% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 4.1
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 3.8
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Reliablist car ive ever owned

Great for my lil family i have 2 daughters it suits us well been outta town in this vehicle verry reliable great for commuting to work and for traveling out of town in i love it


execellent desighn handicaped by poor engine

love everything about this car except the engine is diffucalt and costly to service. lucky hasn't needed any big repairs since I bought it with 147k . has 160k now. previous owner spent a ton on repairs between 100k and 140k but its held up for me so far, build quality is execellent-on par with best Japanese cars.


A bulletproof offroad Suv!!

My only complaint is the mpg!! Other than that a very reliable bulletproof suv!! You will be impressed with its offroad capability!! Cheaper than a Wrangler or a fjcruiser or montero but same offroad capability!!


It’s lasted over 15 years, and over 160,000 miles

There is just one issue. My car has had an oil leak for the longest time, and no one can ever find it. It runs amazing, and i’m afraid ill never find a car like this one again. i love it so much, and I’m afraid i won’t come across something this good ever again.


Great vehicle! Great value!

Great Vehicle! Great value! Good gas mileage! Very stylish! 4 wheel drive when needed! Wife loves it! Would purchase another one next time too! Great Deal!


Favorite Vehicle I Have Owned

I love my Sorento. For being a 6 cylinder, I'm impressed with the gas mileage. Great smooth ride. Wonderul handling, I was even able to handle it when I blew a tire at 60MPH on the freeway.


unemployed worker

it ride is good but the gas miles could have been better. the Dealer that sold me ths car at first did not want to help me after i Drove off. two miles down the road the check eng light came on only to fine that the catlicy convertor was bad. But the help me get it fix. othen that i like my truck


The most costly car I've ever owned!

Purchased used, in 2006, was great at first, started with electrical probs., then at about 96k, I heard that the timing belt should be replaced, did that, and it's all down hill from there from loosing coolant, air going out, replaced air compressor, radiator, throttle body, belts. Still had same problems, 4k in repairs later. Couldn't wait to get rid of it. I'm done with Kia. Buyer beware!


Great Car for the money

I bought the car 7 month ago for $4400 from a dealer. And I must say it is a great midsize SUV, it is reliable, swift and doesn't need lots of gas about the 2WD. No electrical problems at all or whatever your read in Forums. Make sure the timing belt is ok when you buy one because it is about $650 at a KIA Garage.It has 2 recalls who should be done, if its not done, KIA gonna do on guarantee! Overall, a very good fun SUV for this money! I would buy it again without a doubt!


Beware of Kia's

Bought this car used in 05, The first year or so the car seemed OK, but them I did some routine service. From this point on, I don't think there is any one that is really trained to work on these cars and it seems the car is falling apart in the driveway. A routine timing belt repair has been done three times over the last 25,000 miles. The dealer that did the repair has fixed this issue three times the timing keeps jumping. The air went at 99,000 lucky for us we had bought the extended warranty. But at 101,00 it went out again a different dealer from the timing belt, tried to sell us unneeded repairs, took it to a reliable small service shop, for a fraction of the cost. Electrical issues are numerous, air bag, windshield motor, temperature control module, corrosion of starter, transmission module and timing sensor. You would think this car came over under water from Korea. Paint not sticking to front bumper. The 4x4 jerks when making tight turns and to top it off the sun roof motor came loose . For me to even consider another one of these cars it would have to be given to me, and then I think I would still turn it down. The money we saved instead of buying a slightly higher priced car has been offset, I am way behind, and the fuel economy is poor at best. I should have traded this as a clunker so no other person had to deal with this poor quality of a car. I have spent thousands on repair of this car.