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Kia Sorento 2004 4-door SUV
Trim Shown: Sport Utility
The Sorento competes among small SUVs even though it's larger than most of its competitors. It's an old-style body-on-frame truck powered by a 3.5-liter, 192-hp engine from Hyundai. Acceleration is quite spirited and the engine sounds civilized, but fuel economy is abysmal. The interior is fairly roomy, with good fit and finish. With its low-range gearing, the Sorento is competent off-road. We tested a 2004 LX model and found the ride improved, but still stiff. It handled clumsily in every day driving and was slower through our avoidance maneuver than in our original tests.

Safety Equipment

ABS available, standard from 2007. ESC standard from 2007. Head protection air bags standard from 2011.

Road Test

The Sorento makes a good first impression. It has a roomy interior, fine attention to detail, a long list of accessories, and good off-road capabilities. But poor gas mileage and clumsy handling count heavily against it. Suspension revisions did litt...


  • Off-road ability, controls and displays, towing capacity, interior features.


  • Ride, fuel economy.


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (192 hp)