2007 Kia Sorento

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$19,995

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2007 Kia Sorento

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Value
  • Power
  • Offroad capability
  • Seat comfort
  • Impressive standard safety features
  • Towing capacity

The bad:

  • Unproven reliability
  • No third-row seat
  • Not as roomy as some competitors

3 trims

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Our 2007 Kia Sorento trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • New 262-hp V-6
  • Two available 4WD systems
  • Body-on-frame construction
  • Side-curtain airbags
  • Electronic stability system

2007 Kia Sorento review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Kia’s 2003 Sorento was the Korean automaker’s first foray into midsize sport utility vehicles. At less than 182 inches long, the Sorento technically is a compact SUV, but interior dimensions are comparatively closer to midsize SUVs such as the Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer and Toyota 4Runner.

Although the old Sorento’s 3.5-liter V-6 was not the most powerful engine among its competitors, its price — under $20,000 for a reasonably equipped Sorento LX — was competitive. For 2007, Kia bumps the Sorento’s V-6 to 3.8 liters, yielding a 36 percent power increase. Additional safety equipment, more standard features and a mild face-lift are also on the bill. Though Kia lists the same competitors as before, shoppers might also consider some recently upsized compact SUVs such as the Toyota RAV4 and Mitsubishi Outlander.

Trim levels remain the same, with base LX and uplevel EX models. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and two types of four-wheel drive are available. The 2007 Sorento hits showrooms in fall 2006.

Exterior
The Sorento’s updated fascia looks much like Kia’s smaller Sportage SUV. Shared Sportage styling cues include a multi-slat grille, narrower air dam and larger headlights with orange borders. The revisions add 0.9 inches to the Sorento’s length, for 180.7 inches total. Wheelbase, width and height remain the same.

Both the LX and EX have 16-inch wheels. An LX Sport Package upgrades to 17 inch wheels while also adding running boards and a rear spoiler. The Sorento EX includes fog lights, while an EX Luxury Package trims the door handles in chrome.

Interior
For 2007, the Sorento’s dashboard incorporates updated audio and climate controls as well as new instrument gauges. LX models include standard power accessories, remote keyless entry and a 10-speaker CD audio system. Amenities increase with each trim level, topping out with the EX Luxury Package, which includes dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery and a moonroof.

Rear seats fold in a 60/40 split. Cargo volume behind the seats measures 31.7 cubic feet. That’s notably less than a similarly configured RAV4 (36.4) or Highlander (39.7). The Explorer beats all three, with 45.1 cubic feet behind its second-row seats.

All three competitors have optional third-row seats, which the Sorento lacks.

Under the Hood
The 3.8-liter V-6 generates 262 horsepower and 260 pounds-feet of torque, a healthy gain over the previous 3.5-liter V-6’s 192 hp and 217 pounds-feet of torque. It’s not as dramatic an upsurge as Kia might have you expect, as peak torque now arrives at 4,500 rpm instead of the previous 3,000 rpm, but it’s a welcome increase nonetheless.

Rear-wheel drive is standard, while part-time four-wheel drive is optional on the LX, LX Sport Edition and EX. It includes a shift-on-the-fly provision and a low-range transfer case. With the EX Luxury Package, Sorento owners get Kia’s Torque-on-Demand system. Similar to all-wheel drive, Torque-on-Demand automatically transfers power if it detects wheel slippage. It also includes a low-range transfer case.

Kia discontinued the Sorento’s five-speed manual, leaving a five-speed automatic as the sole transmission. It now offers a sequential-shifting mode.

Thanks to the larger engine, towing capacity increases from 3,500 to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped. That puts the Sorento past the V-6 RAV4 and Highlander (both 3,500 pounds) and close to the truck-based V-6 Explorer (5,210 pounds).

Safety
Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes are standard, as are an electronic stability system and active front head restraints. Side curtain-type airbags cover the interior, and a knee airbag underneath the steering wheel aims to prevent drivers from sliding under the seat belt in a frontal collision.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.3

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

SUV on steroids with towing capacity

We have owned and operated this Kia Sorento AWD for 5 years and aside from maintenance it has been a solid and stable SUV. The engine is one of the best designed and plenty of power when needed.

1.6

Engine stalls while driving.

I bought this car used about a year ago, at 127,000 miles. It ran fine until a couple months ago when it began to stall while driving. The engine just shuts off completely. It will start again and go for a short distance, but stall again and again. I've barely made it home several times. VERY scary, as I live where there's traffic and a sudden stall like that could be fatal! Two mechanics have looked at it and cannot diagnose the problem, as it throws no codes. The second mechanic gave up trying to figure it out and told me to take it to Kia Dealer Service, which I did. However, I retrieved it the next day without them working on it, because after extensive research on the internet regarding Kia engine stalling and reading hundreds of reviews by Kia owners, I concluded that Kia does not know what's causing this engine failure either, but they will fix many things and you will end up with a great big bill only to have the engine continue to stall. I can't afford to put thousands of dollars more into this Kia Sorento only to have the same problem. I'm afraid to drive the car at all now, so its a useless pile of metal sitting in my driveway, and I'm not sure what to do with it. I have around $5,000 into it and can get around $650 to junk it. So this car has lost me over $4,000 worth of hard earned money. If you're thinking of buying a Kia, I'd advise you to read all you can about it first. Read all the consumer reviews about all the problems they've had with their Kia's, including but not limited to the engine stalling. You will see what I'm talking about. I've come to hate this car and wish I had never bought it. I would never buy another Kia.

2.0

biggest waste of money

there should be a class action lawsuit for the 07-09 sorento with the 3.8L engine. timing chains fail at 60-80k miles. the engineers who came up with the poor design of plastic for guides and such should lose their jobs. it’s plastered all over forums

See all 28 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 years or newer/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles
Powertrain
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
165-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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