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2011 Kia Sorento
2011 Kia Sorento
Available Price Range $7,505-$16,777 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 21-25 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2011 Kia Sorento

Our Take

The Kia Sorento moves from a truck-based SUV platform with two rows of seats to a car-based crossover platform with up to three rows. This also marks the first year the Sorento will offer a four-cylinder engine. In Kia's lineup, the Sorento sits between the compact Sportage crossover and the... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Cramped second and third rows
  • Lower towing capacity than previous Sorento

Notable Features

  • Redesigned for 2011
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Car-based construction
  • FWD or AWD
  • Available panoramic moonroof
  • Six-speed manual or automatic


Our Expert Reviews

While test-driving the 2011 Kia Sorento, I found myself behind a two-door soft-top Kia Sportage, circa 1995 or so. The contrast between it and the 2011 Sorento was stark and drove home how far Kia has come since entering the U.S. market. While the old Sportage looked like a chubby Suzuki Samurai, the 2011 Sorento could easily be mistaken for a BMW or Acura. Looks aren't the only place th... Read full review for the 2011 Kia Sorento

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5-Star Safety - I am a believer

by 5-Star Safety - I am a believer from Searsport, ME on October 25, 2010

I bought my Kia LX I4 in Feb '10 - I was a fan from day one. The third row seating and fold flat arrangements was very useful - Kids or Cargo it all worked. USB port and sirus radio was a hit for the ... Read Full Review


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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 6 recalls for this car.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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