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One of the larger small SUVs, the Sorento was redesigned and vastly improved for 2011. Higher trim levels get the smooth 3.5-liter V6 that delivers good power and fuel economy as good as the base 2.4-liter four-cylinder. The ride is stiff, particularly in the EX V6 model, but handling is responsive and secure. The seats are comfortable and the high seating position gives a good view out. The optional third-row seat, though tiny, extends seating to seven. Controls are easy to use, but the rear wiper switch is oddly located. The cabin is neatly finished with mostly high-quality materials.

See Reliability page for the latest 2011 Kia Sorento recalls.

Safety Equipment

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

Road Test

Redesigned for 2011, the Sorento is a capable and pleasant SUV, straddling the small and midsize SUV categories. It's one of the few to offer a third-row seat in this class. The Sorento's V6 delivers smooth and quick performance with decent fuel econ...

Highs

  • Interior room, fuel economy, powertrain, secure handling, controls.

Lows

  • Stiff ride.

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (175 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (276 hp)