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2011 Kia Sorento

2011 Kia Sorento

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5-Star Safety - I am a believer

by 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 ...
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 whole family. The back up camera and hands-free phone system added additional comfort. Earlier this month I was in a crash, hit on the passenger side by a full size pick up. My daughter was in the front passenger sit, and with the side curtain & seat-side air bag deployment and reinforced passenger compartment - we both walked away. My Kia was totalled, with est. damages over 18K, but I am a firm believer in the sorento and it's ability to keep my family safe. I will be getting another one.
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Best "new" crossover

by from Rockland, NY on November 29, 2010

I'll start this review by saying that I am a lifetime Toyota driver but try to keep bias and abstract opinion at bay. I took a great deal of time to research, testdrive, and shop around for the car th...
I'll start this review by saying that I am a lifetime Toyota driver but try to keep bias and abstract opinion at bay. I took a great deal of time to research, testdrive, and shop around for the car that fit my specific needs best. Must haves were fuel efficiency, all wheel drive, reasonable space, and navigation. These attributes narrowed me down quickly and left me shopping for the newest industry rage; the crossover category. I kept my budget under 35k to get a nicely equiped car meeting the aforementioned qualities with the flexibility of adding or subtracting some bells and whistles. I'll save you some of the exhausting research I did on my own. I quickly narowed my search down to the ford edge, gmc terrain, Nissan rogue, Toyota rav4, a few others which I dismissed quickly, and the Kia sorento. After equpping the ford edge the way I wanted and it's mediocre fuel efficiency, it went to the bottom of the list. Also, learning that he brain of the car is manufactured by Microsoft, I became concerned about the long term diminshing capabilty of the programming as Microsoft products seem to become troublesome after prolonged life. The edge was out. Rav4 was out on size, styling, comfort, interior design, and price after loading it up. However, I will note it's excellent fuel mileage and dependibility based on history. The Nissan is more appealling to a female consumer but does meet my rigorous standards. However, a bigger driver or full occupancy might find the interior a bit tight. With many available trims and variations, it is a nice option for somebody who is wiling to shop around for a close to perfect fit. A bit girlie for me and the interior isn't much to see. The gmc terrain is a great awd with good gas mileage and great interior style. The options are there at A decent price but stepping it up to more bells and whistles got a bit pricey quite quick. The performance is impressive too but got away from my budget with the options. This is also less of an SUV type crossover and more of a sportwagon type car similar to design as the Subaru. Not my style. Then I found the instantly appealing sorento. Let's just say that Kia is not the kia we are used to from previous years. Any research into the 2011 sorento andfull line of kia vehicles will prove to be impressive and eye-opening. The sorento has everything And more. I testdrove, priced, and equipped a 2011 sorento ex awd with all the bells and whistles for less than all the other cars in it's class. The exterior is sharp and sleek with a subtle rugged look much more appealing than it's competition. The front looks like the infinity SUV and the size and design is similar to the ford edge. The interior is where the car wins. Mine has leather, navigation, backup camera and a nice third row. Granted, these features really stack up on the luxury and beauty but do not fear because even without he extras this car is a great deal and very hard to dislike. The driving is super quiet, smooth gear shifting, and perfect for gas without sacrificing capability. You'd be hard pressed to find a more stylish, options enhanced crossover at a competitive price. Overall, the 2011 sorento is dollar for dollar the best crossover while capable of being equipped without sacrificng awd, fuel economy, styling, and new top of the line dependibility.
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pulling power

by from Acworth, GA on May 31, 2010

I purchased the 4 cylinder base model with the convenience package. The backup camera is handy for backing up to a trailer. I have driven V-8s forever but looking for the gas mileage now. I pull a uti...
I purchased the 4 cylinder base model with the convenience package. The backup camera is handy for backing up to a trailer. I have driven V-8s forever but looking for the gas mileage now. I pull a utility trailer for work, but thought I would see how it pulled my 4000 lb. boat?? The engine didn't even strain pulling it out of the water and up the ramp. The manual does say not to pull anything for a 1200 mile break in period, but the 4 cylinder 2.4L will pull a 1650 lb. trailer all day long in any condition! I love the way it drives!
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Lots to love, a little to dislike.

by from Wisconsin on October 18, 2010

I'd like to qualify this review by stating that my previous vehicle was a 2005 Chevy Aveo SVU w/ no trimmings (AM/FM radio and manual transmission and seatbelts....that's it!). I also did a lot of co...
I'd like to qualify this review by stating that my previous vehicle was a 2005 Chevy Aveo SVU w/ no trimmings (AM/FM radio and manual transmission and seatbelts....that's it!). I also did a lot of comparative driving. I test a 2006 and 2008 Chevy Equinox, a 2009 Nissan Rogue, a 2006 Buick Rendezvous, a 2009 Mazda CX-7, and a 2011 Kia Sportage before deciding the that 2011 Kia Sorento was the one for me. There were two convincing factors: the Sorento had all of the features I wanted, and a couple more, for the best price (the others were around $4,000-6,000 less, but had 40K+ miles and either barely any or no warranty remaining), and the warranty beat. For a few thousand more than a used car, I get a new one with a long-lasting warranty. For the peace of mind, I even took the sales pitch on upgrading to the 10-year/100K bumper-to-bumper warranty. I intend to get every mile out of it, and hopefully then some. I know some people recommend not buying that, but it felt like the right thing to do to best protect my investment. I've had my 2011 Sorento for about a month, and have put on about 1500 miles. Compared to my last car, this one is heaven on wheels. I love the exterior styling, which makes me feel rich every time I look at it. The interior is very comfortable, except for the third row. Honestly, though, who wants to sit in the third row of ANY vehicle? They're all cramped and meant for kids. Mine has the heated front seats, which are a God-send when you're on break at work or riding home and need that lower back relaxation. The biggest negative about the interior thus far is the material of the seats. It has already gathered a couple off-color spots. I plan to have this car a very, very long time. So, I'm not that hung-up on the interior staying perfect. But it is a little disappointing that it doesn't hold up to much when it comes to staining. I tried a Tide pen, and that just left a waterspot in place of the chocolate (oops). I work in a factory, so my clothes are dirty often. I am going to buy a cover for the driver's seat, just to be a little gentler on it. Other than that, I love the interior. The cupholders are well positioned. I would rather they were both the same size, but they work well just the same. The center storage makes a great armrest, and the ability to hide my iPod is nice. I love the little tray under the climate controls where the TWO power adapters are located. It's good for keeping the phone in place. AND THE BLUETOOTH IS AMAZING! I used to wear an earpiece, but having it piped through the radio is so much nicer. It can be a little frustrating to figure it's quirks at first (like when you start the car after starting a phone conversation, you lose audio from the phone call), but once you get the full hang of it it is awesome. OH! And the back-up camera is nice. I wouldn't recommend relying on it, but it certainly does not hurt to have the extra vision. It shows clear as day in the nightime, too. As far as performance goes, I bought mine with the 4-clyinder. I don't own any boats or anything to haul, and therefore did not need the towing capacity of a V6. Acceleration is as expected for a 4-cyl in a vehicle that size.....weak. I wouldn't go trying to race the kids at the stop lights or gunning it over the tracks to beat a train. However, the fuel-efficiency is nice. It is rated at 26. We all know the EPA ratings are always inflated. But I'm averaging 23.5 MPG. My five-speed manual Chevy Aveo averaged about 29-32 depending on weather. So, considering the size difference, I'm happy with 22-24 in the Sorento. It has an "ECO mode" which gives you an indicator that tells you if you're driving in a fuel-efficient way. It's corny, but I find it helpful to teach me to be a more patient driving and not "gun it" everywhere. My car also has AWD, but I have not had the opportunity to try it out. Living in Wisconsin, though, I'll get plenty of opportunities. Overall, I love my Kia. It has all the bells and whistles I love, with a few minimal flaws. Obviously, it's still pretty new. So, there may be some unforseen flaws that crop up in the future. You just never know, right? But, I would definitely recommend this vehicle to others. It is stylish, comfortable, has good seating and cargo room, and good fuel-efficiency.
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Overall pleased

by from Chicago on March 24, 2011

After months of research, and test drives my wife and I decided on the Kia Sorento EX V6 FWD with LTD and Prem. packages. We compared it to the RAV4 (Too boring), the Equinox (no third row), Ford Edge...
After months of research, and test drives my wife and I decided on the Kia Sorento EX V6 FWD with LTD and Prem. packages. We compared it to the RAV4 (Too boring), the Equinox (no third row), Ford Edge (pricey and no third row) and Outback (Ugly), and Kia came out the winner in every category-except ride. It was a very rough ride on any uneven surfaces. After reading up on some owner forums, I found out that the SX trim had an upgraded suspension which smoothed out the harshness. I also learned that all Sorento trims would be similarly equipped at the start of the 4th quarter 2010. So, we waited. We picked up the car in late December and I can tell you the ride issues that many owners have complained about are resolved. If you're in the market, please drive one made after October 15, 2010 and compare it to an earlier build date and you'll feel the difference. This is not a sports car, but it handles capably without the numb steering found in most SUV's. The main reason for this is that Kia uses hydraulic power steering instead of electric resulting in a superior feel for the road. The 6 speed transmission is perfectly mated to the 276 bhp V6. Someone complained about engine braking and inconsistent stops, and I have no idea what they're talking about. There is no jerkiness in upshits or downshifts and the 6th gear helps with fuel economy while preserving the power band in other gears. This CUV is a real value when compared to it the other cars in this segment. As other reviews describe, the Sorento has all of the creature comforts that other manufacturers charge an arm and leg for. Bluetooth, rearview camera, heated mirrors & seats, keyless entry, hill descent control, etc. Look out for rebates, including the competitive buyer. Our dealer did not offer that until I brought it up. Fuel mileage has been inconsistent. I have consistently ranged between 22-24 mpg combined, but now that the weather is warming up, it's looking more like 25 combined in mixed driving. The more this engine breaks in, the more I expect my mpg's to go up. EPA estimates 22 mpg combined. Overall, the Sorento has been a fantastic purchase. Enough power to keep you interested, comfortable for long trips and commuting, and 5 star stafey ratings made this an incredible value that has already exceeded my expectations. I'll check in again in a few months to update fuel mileage.
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Quite happy with my purchase

by from Georgia on July 13, 2010

I have driven this car for 2 months. It's my first Kia and I am very happy with my choice. Compared to the older model, the styling is much improved and it definitely looks more expensive than its act...
I have driven this car for 2 months. It's my first Kia and I am very happy with my choice. Compared to the older model, the styling is much improved and it definitely looks more expensive than its actual cost. The interior is also impressive. The chrome trimmings around the cup holders and gauges add a touch of luxury to the interior. The backseats have enough legroom for large adults as well. I have previously driven a coupe and the unibody Sorento made it easy for me to transition into my new car in terms of handling. The ride is very quiet even at high speeds. However, the 4-cylinder engine is a bit short on power than I would like. Overall, it's an elegant looking car inside and out. The standard features far exceed the competitors for the price range and with the dramatic rise in Kia's vehicle quality, it is a great buy.
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Great Vehicle!

by from Maryville, TN on August 12, 2010

We enjoy this vehicle very much. It is a great family vehicle and has met or exceeded all of our expectations! We had all intentions of purchasing a 2010 Chevy Equinox until I test drove the 2011 Kia ...
We enjoy this vehicle very much. It is a great family vehicle and has met or exceeded all of our expectations! We had all intentions of purchasing a 2010 Chevy Equinox until I test drove the 2011 Kia Sorento. But,in comparasion, we were able to get so many more options on the Sorento. Examples of this are: a rear back up camera, panoramic sunroof, electronic stability control, V6, dual climate control, keyless engine start, bluetooth, and leather seats (front seats heated) etc. The leather seats alone in the Equinox was going to cost $1200 more and bluetooth was also an extra expense. Finally, we liked the 10yr. warranty on the Sorento as well. Our 3yr. old daughter loves the panaramic sunroof, calling it her sunroof! I feel as if we were able to get a lot more car and options with the 2011 Kia Sorento! Another factor in our decision to purchase the Sorento was that the Chevy dealerships would not come down from the MSRP very little. But at Kia, we paid $6,000 less than MSRP with no trade in!
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New Sorento Fan! This 2011 Sorento SX is 5 stars!

by from Arizona on March 16, 2011

We bought a 2011 Kia Sorento SX in Peal White Snow with all the options 2 weeks ago after doing some pretty extensive shopping with most brands of "CUV's" and SUV's from all the brands available. We d...
We bought a 2011 Kia Sorento SX in Peal White Snow with all the options 2 weeks ago after doing some pretty extensive shopping with most brands of "CUV's" and SUV's from all the brands available. We did side by side comparisons, browsed reviews and ratings, talking to real owners and test drove all of them! We had not considered the KIA...until we saw one on a dealer lot. We test drove a EX and loved it. We again went home and compared the KIA with all the others that we were looking at. The KIA met our requirements that it be made in the USA (West Point, Georgia!), be good on gas, be well made, a better than average warranty (It has a 100,000 mile waranty!), all the safety stuff that technology can provide, be good looking and not an common, average and boring Honda/Toyota, and a bunch of features and extras. We were, to say in the least..impressed! The V-6 engine is the supurb 100% designed by KIA V-6. Probably the most modern engine currenty made! 278 HP and a efficient, powerful and reliable engine. And it's mated to the best 6 speed automatic that I've ever tryed...and it's also built by KIA in their West Point factory! This engine gets up and GOES! Almost scary acceleration, with a rich roar of power and you're thrst back in your seat! I could see myself getting into trouble with this thing! Yet driven carefully, the dash has a green "eco" light to help you achieve an honest 26 mpg on the highway...my wife can do it..I can't! The interior is a rich and unexpected suprise, real leather seats with "butt cooling AND heating" in the front! Deeply recessed instruments with red lighting, easy to see white numbers, a big navigation screen with voice of touch control and a cool Sirius satellite Radio, am/fm cd and IPod connections, USB port and micro jack for a MP3 player...all integrated with blue tooth, and a built in back up camera! And a 10 speaker Infinity system! Dual zone air conditioner and heating, and the middle and 3rd row seats get their own vents! And more! The exterior was designed by the same German Designer that was responsible for some best selling cars such as the VW New Beetle and the Audi TT! Different and better looking than any other CUV, just the right curves and lines, tasteful...with a new Corporate KIA front grill and flowing headlights that are remarkably BRIGHT! And LED stop lights that cause the drivers behind you to wince when they come on! I have gone over this Sorento with a fine tooth comb, looking for defects or poor workmanship. NOTHING! Absolutely perfect..the paint job is the best I've seen (the pearl white snow is awsum!), the engine compartment is well layed out, neat and easy access, everything where it should be. The hood is help open by hydralic struts...not "prop-rods"! And the interior is nicely done, black leather is of high quality, stitching is white, and the instrument panel pod over the dials is black leather with white stitching too. Nice touch! And the 3rd row is doable by kids or Adults for short jaunts around town. The 2nd and 3rd rows fold flat for huge cargo space. And the giant full black glass roof includes a big power sun roof...makes the back seat a very bright "vista liner" experience! And the icing on this cake is the 100,000 mile KIA warranty and the 5 years of roadside service! This vehicle is a real deal...and in just short of 1 year has broken sales records with over 100,000 sold, and the West Point Georgia factory working all 3 shifts to keep up! Best of luck to KIA's continued success!
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Bang for Buck...and then some

by from Philadelphia on April 22, 2010

I recently began a three year lease with the 2011 Kia Sorento. I received an EX, 4 cylinder, FWD, with premium package and third row. It is white on the outside with beige leather on the inside. Altho...
I recently began a three year lease with the 2011 Kia Sorento. I received an EX, 4 cylinder, FWD, with premium package and third row. It is white on the outside with beige leather on the inside. Although it has only been a few days, I am thoroughly satisfied with my purchase. Let us start from the outside and work our way in. The look of the Sorento is amazing. Although it is only slightly larger in dimensions than its competitors, it appears much larger on the road than it actually is. In addition, it has an athletic stance that separates it from other similar vehicles like the Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota Rav4. As for color selection I feel the best colors are white, black, silver, and dark grey. I wish they had a creamier white, they have white sand beige which is too much on the beige side and thus looks odd. The white I purchased is very nice and the quality is top notch, but I wish it was more of a creamy white a la cadillac escalade. As for the interior, in my opinion, it hands down looks best with beige leather. The reason for this is that the dash, steering wheel, door trims, and floor mats are all dark colored. The contrast of the beige with the dark looks great. Black leather, although nice, feels too darth vader for my taste. If you opt for cloth, they are actually quite nice and comfortable. The perforated leather looks and feels very nice. I would say nicer than domestics/honda/toyota, however, noticeably inferior to lexus, mercedes, bmw etc. The leather seats are supportive, firm, and comfortable. I have not had a long enough drive to assess how it feels over a long distance. The lay out of the dash and instrument panel is intuitive, easy to read, and generally appealing. Though hard plastics were used for the dash rather than soft touch materials, it is comparative to its competitors and if kept clean does appear nice. The leather steering wheel oddly does not really feel much like leather. It is quite coarse. This may, however, in the long run be beneficial as it may deter hand prints and stains. The steering wheel has many functions that are separated nicely and easy to use. Now for my only real complaint about the vehicle. The base sound system is not anything at all to brag about. Although it offers 7 speakers, it just doesn't do music any justice. CDs get away with sounding alright, but the radio sounds dull and without oopmh. It does, however, have many neat functions such as bluetooth that allows me to stream pandora radio from my blackberry through the speakers. The sound quality of this was on par with the radio. The built in sirius radio controls worked very well. If you keep the volume low, it sounds fine, turning it up, however, will be a slightly disappointing. As for the goodies, bluetooth works flawlessly. Minutes to set up and I was answering calls and streaming music. Reverse camera is a neat toy. It is only a picture on the lef 1/3 of the rear view camera but is sufficient to see if anyone or thing is behind you, and for parking. Push button start is unnecessary luxury that is just fun. No need to jumble for keys, just walk up and open the door, put your foot on the brake and press the on button. The addition of premium sound with navi and a panoramic roof would result in essentialyl a nearly perfect vehicle. Finally, and most importantly, performance. I am rating my performance based on my expectations of the vehicle. It is a relatively heavy vehicle with a 1 74 hp I-4, I am not expecting it to get to 60 in 6 seconds, not 7 seconds, and not even 8. I needed a vehicle that when I merged onto the highway could get up to speed in a timely manner. The Sorento does this and it does not feel like I'm pushing the vehicle to its limits. Acceleration is smooth. It does, obviously, have the higher pitched engine sound that many I-4 engines have. Not an issue for me. Accelerating and changing lanes is not an issue as well. The Sorento, similar to luxury vehicles, has the ability to reach high speeds while feeling the vehicle is travelling significantly slower. Handling is smooth and carlike, however, it isn't numb and boring. Is it overtly "fun" to drive, not particularly, but combining the nice seat height, excellent views, and plethora of interior amenities, the experience is a pure pleasure.
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Fun to Drive

by from Mechanicsburg, Pa. on May 27, 2010

We have had this car for 2 months and it is still fun to drive. I appreciate the safety features and the my cell phone is tied into the control on the steering wheel. The back up camera is helpful whe...
We have had this car for 2 months and it is still fun to drive. I appreciate the safety features and the my cell phone is tied into the control on the steering wheel. The back up camera is helpful when I am in neighborhoods full of children. It helps to see the low blind spots. The interior is not cheap looking and the seats are comfortable. Passengers have plenty of leg room, front and back. The AC cools passengers in back seat equally well. We haven't used the heated seats yet since we are now in May. The sunroof when opened all the way affects the the radio. You have to close the sunroof about an inch or two to avoid wind noise. This has been the only negative of this car.
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