2007 Kia Sorento

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$19,995

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

SUV

Body style

5

Seating capacity

180.7” x 68.1”

Dimensions

Rear-wheel drive

Drivetrain

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

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2007 Kia Sorento trim comparison will help you decide.

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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 4.3
  • Interior 4.5
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value 4.5
  • Exterior 4.6
  • Reliability 4.4

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Safe Vehicle

Bought this car used 8 months ago. It runs and drives well, especially the 4 wheel drive in the snow and ice! I couldn't feel any safer driving any other vehicle. Felt like I was in a tank after a giant deer ran out in front of me @ 60 mph.

4.0

One of the more reliable cars I’ve ever owned

I hate to admit it but our 220,000 mile 2007 Kia Sorento has been extremely reliable. Repairs so far: new drive shaft; 4 door exterior door handles; driver door auto lock. I have performed regular oil changes and filters. No transmission service or fluid changes ever. In saying this, it has performed a little less than 2014 ACURA TL. As much as I would like to speak ill of Kia, I can not.

5.0

Great car

I bought brand new a 2007 Kia Sorento LX 4WD in May of 2007 and have used the 4WD every day just to get to the poorly paved county road. I now have 250,000 and have not had any major problems. It holds up very well and I am hoping to get another 250,000 miles out of it.

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Safety

Based on the 2007 Kia Sorento base trim.
Frontal driver
5
Frontal passenger
5
Nhtsa rollover rating
3
Side driver
5
Side rear passenger
5

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
60 months/60,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/100,000 miles
Powertrain
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years or newer/less than 80,000 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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