2008 Kia Sorento

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Key Specs

of the 2008 Kia Sorento. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

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

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2008 Kia Sorento

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

Latest 2008 Sorento Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Has a lot of safety options

by 002685e from canyon country, ca on April 22, 2018

I was looking for safty options and it has it. Getting used to the bells and whistles , Ver comfortable and o so easy to drive. Stearinmg and brakes work well. Read full review

(5.0)

we love the color and, the factory tinted windows

by Kia from Noxon on April 2, 2018

Overall it is an awesome vehicle , plenty of leg room , nice four wheel drive, quiet ride ,good gas mileage, red is a nice color Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2008 Kia Sorento currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2008 Kia Sorento Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
acceptable
Right Leg/Foot
marginal
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Head Restraint
poor

Side

Driver Head Protection
poor
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
poor
Driver Torso
poor
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
poor
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
marginal
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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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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