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Kia Sorento 2009 4-door SUV
Trim Shown: Sport Utility
The Sorento is priced similarly to many small SUVs, even though it's larger than most of its competitors. The 3.8-liter V6 makes 262 hp, and a 3.3-liter engine is in the LX trim. Acceleration with the 3.3-liter is quite spirited, the engine sounds relatively smooth, and fuel economy is a decent 17 mpg overall. The interior is fairly roomy, with good fit and finish. With its low-range gearing and ample ground clearance, the Sorento is competent off-road. The ride is still stiff and handling is clumsy, though stability control makes it ultimately secure. IIHS side-crash-test results are poor despite the standard curtain air bags.

See Reliability page for the latest 2009 Kia Sorento recalls.

Safety Equipment

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

Road Test

The Sorento LX is a traditional SUV with a worse ride than some pickup trucks. Further, its part-time four-wheel-drive system must be manually engaged and disengaged. Handling is clumsy, though standard stability control keeps it secure. On the plus...


  • Controls, transmission, off-road ability.


  • Ride, agility, steering, fuel economy, stability control disengages in 4WD mode.


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.3-liter V6 (242 hp)
  • 3.8-liter V6 (262 hp)