2009 Kia Sorento

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$21,545

starting MSRP

2009 Kia Sorento

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • LX

    $21,545

  • EX

    $25,345

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2009 Kia Sorento trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

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

2009 Kia Sorento review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Kia’s Sorento is the automaker’s midsize SUV offering. The Sorento is available with two different V-6 engines and three different drivetrains in two trim levels, LX and EX.

The Sorento competes with the Ford Explorer, Chevrolet TrailBlazer and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

New for 2009
There are no significant changes to the Sorento for 2009.

Exterior
Up front is a three-bar grille with chrome overlays. The lower body features optional side cladding with a two-tone paint scheme. Front-end skid plates and front and rear towing hooks come standard. The rear liftgate has a flip-up window.

Ground clearance is 8.2 inches. At 180.7 inches long and 73.3 inches wide, the Sorento is the smallest of its competitors.

  • Available 16- or 17-inch wheels
  • Standard automatic headlamps
  • Standard rear window wiper
  • Available roof rack
  • Optional power sunroof
  • Optional rear spoiler on EX
  • Dual heated power mirrors on EX

Interior
The Sorento has 105.8 cubic feet of passenger space, which is about average for its competition. The Sorento lacks a third-row option, which is becoming increasingly common on midsize SUVs.

Cargo volume behind the seats measures 31.7 cubic feet, with a maximum of 66.4 cubic feet when the rear 60/40-split bench is folded. The Sorento has less cargo volume than the Explorer, TrailBlazer and Grand Cherokee.

  • Available cloth or leather seating surfaces
  • Available metallic or wood-grain trim
  • Standard air conditioning with rear air vents
  • Standard 10-speaker audio system with steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Standard power windows, locks and keyless entry
  • Optional dual-zone automatic climate control on EX models
  • Optional leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter (standard on EX)

Under the Hood
The Sorento has a body-on-frame design, which gives the vehicle offroad and towing potential.

Rear-wheel drive is standard, while part-time four-wheel-drive and full-time four-wheel-drive systems are optional. The part-time system has a shift-on-the-fly provision and a low-range transfer case. Kia’s Torque-on-Demand system, which is a full-time four-wheel-drive system, comes with the EX Luxury package. The system can automatically transfer power if it detects wheel slippage.

The Sorento has a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds when properly equipped. That places the Sorento close to the truck-based V-6 Explorer (5,210 pounds).

  • 242-horsepower, 3.3-liter V-6 with 228 pounds-feet of torque (LX)
  • 262-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 with 260 pounds-feet of torque (EX)
  • Standard five-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift mode
  • Standard rear-wheel drive
  • Optional part-time four-wheel drive
  • Optional full-time four-wheel drive (EX with Luxury package)
  • Optional tow hitch with four-pin connector

Safety
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Sorento its highest rating, Good, for frontal collisions, and its lowest, Poor, for side impacts. The Sorento has no side thorax airbags, which are a common safety feature.

Other standard safety equipment includes:

  • Side curtain airbags
  • Driver-side knee airbag
  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Active front headrests
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability system

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior design 4.2
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.4
  • Reliability 4.2

Most recent consumer reviews

4.9

Most reliable car I have owned

This car has met all of our needs. Tons of power when you need it. 4x4, roomy and well designed. Very easy to maintain and sure to last. Great family car that is safe and reliable!

4.0

You get a lot for your money

If buying this vehicle used you are getting a lot for your money. When comapare with other name brands. This SUV will give you similar if not better quality and features while spending a lot less.

5.0

Love this car. We own two!

I originally purchased a 2011 Kia Sorento LX and while out of the country, my husband drove my car, instead of his Jeep Grand Cherokee. He loved my car. So much so, when his 1998 Jeep died, he purchased a 2009 Kia Sorento LX, with super low miles. I'e had my car for 5 years and he's had his for 3. Still love both of them.

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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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