2009 Kia Sorento

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Key Specs

of the 2009 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 2009 Kia Sorento

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

2009 Kia Sorento Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 ...
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



Latest 2009 Sorento Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

You get a lot for your money

by Kiasky on May 20, 2018

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. Read full review

(5.0)

Love this car. We own two!

by kismet on January 11, 2018

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 ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2009 Kia Sorento currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2009 Kia Sorento has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Kia

Program Benefits

164-point inspection, Carfax vehicle history report, 10-year/unlimited mileage 24-hour roadside assistance including trip-interruption services and lockout assistance

  • Limited Warranty

    10 years / 100,000 miles

    10-year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty; towing/rental/travel breakdown benefits; eligible for additional comprehensive mechanical failure. Comprehensive: 12 months/12,000 miles from date of purchase.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 164 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker