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2007 Kia Sorento

$3,447 — $9,147 USED
Sport Utility
5 Seats
19 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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

What to Know

about the 2007 Kia Sorento
  • New 262-hp V-6
  • Two available 4WD systems
  • Body-on-frame construction
  • Side-curtain airbags
  • Electronic stability system

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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 addin...
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

What drivers are saying

4.7
21 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

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(5.0)

Best New To Me Car I've Owned

by BlondeChineez from Hilo, Hawaii on October 26, 2018

My New Yo Me 2007 Kia Sorento is truly a great car and a joy to drive. She has Spunk! Acceleration will throw you back! Extremely quiet and comfortable ride. I test drove a Kia van in early 2000's and ... Read full review

(5.0)

I love the quiet ride.

by Happy Camper from El Paso, TX. on July 9, 2017

I wanted a car that had a quiet ride. I was tired of cranking up the radio just to cover up the road noise. This car is delivers a very quiet and smooth ride. The interior is well designed and very ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2007 Kia Sorento currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2007 Kia Sorento Base

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall Rollover Rating
3 Star
Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Sorento received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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