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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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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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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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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Love this car

by from Tucson, AX on April 14, 2011

I have had my SX(AWD) now for 4 months and simply love it. Traded a 2006 Lexus GX470 SUV which I really loved. But wanted some thing a bit smaller and easier on gas. So I drove the Lexus RX, Toyota Hi...
I have had my SX(AWD) now for 4 months and simply love it. Traded a 2006 Lexus GX470 SUV which I really loved. But wanted some thing a bit smaller and easier on gas. So I drove the Lexus RX, Toyota Highlander and Rav4, Cadillac SX, Volvo 6SX and the Sorento EX and SX all several times. Kept going back to the Sorento SX. For the money it is very comfy and very quick and responsive, which I really like in my cars. Even after reading some of the negative reviews I decided to trust Kia and go for it, even though I have been a Toyota man for my last 4 cars. I so far I am really glad I did. Thanks Kia.
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sorento comfort??

by from Manheim, PA. on May 13, 2011

I purchases a SX model with sunroof in Nov.'10. It has a sporty ride and is quick. One month after we bought the vehicle the alternator had to be replaced. Things happen. Since then, now 11k miles no ...
I purchases a SX model with sunroof in Nov.'10. It has a sporty ride and is quick. One month after we bought the vehicle the alternator had to be replaced. Things happen. Since then, now 11k miles no problems. Sometimes when cold the transmission is jerky from a start. Once warm it's fine and very responsive. My wife liked the car, that's why we bought it. Front leg room is just adequate for me (6'). With the front seats back all the way, it leaves you with very tight foot and leg room for another 6 footer in the second row. The front seat cushon could use more lenght and width as far as I'm concerned(260lbs). The third row seats are about as good as you'll find in any mid size SUV. The recline lattitude of the second row seats is a good feature. It handles good although the road imperfections feedback are harsh for a vehicle built on a car chassis. Drop down in trim level until you don't have to get the nav. system. Not worth it. Actually I don't think it's worth it in any vehicle. Get a nice Garmine instead. My advice to anyone looking at a Sorento would be to get the lowest trim level 6 cyl and save yourself 6g as opposed to the SX.
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How on could this be a KIA!? The 2011 Sorento!

by from SoCal on March 2, 2011

Seriousily, throw all of your misconceptions out the window and go test drive one of these 2011 Kia Sorento's! It was an eye opener for my wife and I, after going to Honda, Toyota, Suzuki, Mitsubishi...
Seriousily, throw all of your misconceptions out the window and go test drive one of these 2011 Kia Sorento's! It was an eye opener for my wife and I, after going to Honda, Toyota, Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Ford and GM dealers...we finally stopped by a Kia dealer. The 2011 Kia Sorento is made in the USA at a brand new Georga $1 billion Dollar factory! Since it came out in early 2010, it has outsold everything Kia has made in it's 16 year history! 100,000 and counting, and the brand new 1 Billion dollar Kia Georgia factory just added a rd shift to handle the demand! What we found was that the Kia 2011 Sorento has terrific looks, is well made and designed, rides and drives very well, has a brand new 6 speed automatic tht is one of the best, smooth modern efficient trannys made! The 100,000 mile warranty is just icing on the cake. Our SX has all the options, including the all glass roof with sunroof, leather interior, big screen navigation system with packup camera and blue tooth phone both with hands free voice activation. Huge BRIGHT LED tail lights, georgeous smooth and flawless pearl white snow paint, big 18" chrome spoke wheels, themost briliant headlights I've ever seen, comfortable interior with heated front seats, dual zone A/C with 2nd and 3rd row A/C. And a 10 speaker Infinity speaker stereo with Satellite radio! And the 3.5L V-6 276 hp engine is the famous "Theta" engine designed by Hyundai (they own Kia!) that gets 26 MPG and takes off like a high performance car when the accelerator is mashed down! The Theta engine design is also used by Hyundai, Chrysler and Mitsubishi and is called a "world" engine. As I said...yes this is a KIA! And a really, really good one. I'm a picky guy, and have gone over our Sorento with a critical eye, but can't find even a single flaw or poorly made part. The stitching on the black leather seats is white, and perfect. The paint is layers deep and deep..the pearl white is luminious and gleams, flawless in the sun. The engine compartment is thoughtfully laid out, neat and perfect. The wheels are chrome alloy, and the disk brake calipers are aluminum and show thru the wheels..nice performance touch! Even fake polished aluminum "skidplates" under front and rear bumpers, and turn signals in the heated outside mirrors, and push button, keyless starting! If I sound enthusiastic...its because I am!
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