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 economy. A direct-injection four-cylinder engine was added to the lineup for 2012.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Handling is better than most SUV's in the price range, but acceleration and fuel mileage could be better."

STEPHEN C., GA (2013 Kia Sorento)

"Great acceleration."

BRIAN D., CA (2013 Kia Sorento)

"handles easy in parking lots. good visability."

Anonymous, GA (2013 Kia Sorento)

"It doesn't react as much as I'd like it to to road conditions"

STACY P., CT (2013 Kia Sorento)

"acceleration / handling"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Kia Sorento)

"Have 4 cly engine... would be better acceleration and less noisy with v6. Longer wheelbase would improve handling also..."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Kia Sorento)

"Excellent turning and acceleration, very smooth ride on the highway."

SHAWN W., TX (2013 Kia Sorento)

"Would have preferred the 6 cylinder engine. The 4 just has barely adequate power. Mileage advantage is minimal."

ERNEST W., NC (2013 Kia Sorento)


WAYNE B., ON (2013 Kia Sorento)

"Has good power"

JAMES C., MA (2013 Kia Sorento)

"lacks the burst of speed when needed"

WALTER G., NC (2013 Kia Sorento)

"Great acceleration - very nice handling. Great driving experience"

DAVID P., PA (2013 Kia Sorento)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"rear fold down seat controls broke in the down position had to pay $600.00 for repairs(Beyond 60,000 miles)"

MICHAEL R., FL (2013 Kia Sorento)

"Noisy and not enough leg room for second row seating."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Kia Sorento)

"I wish the seats had better lumbar support. Also the seats need more support near the knees."

Anonymous, ON (2013 Kia Sorento)

"Ride noise is a bit loud and summer stale or mold smell through a/csystem."

Anonymous, MO (2013 Kia Sorento)

"fairly hard ride Quiet inside on road climate control - very good Seats are comfortable and quite adjustable"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Kia Sorento)

"One of my sisters owns a Honda Odyssey van, which was considerably more expensive than our Kia Sorento. During a trip with me, she commented several times that the Kia rode just as well as her van, and was very comfortable."

LINDA S., SC (2013 Kia Sorento)

"outside noise level ishigh"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Kia Sorento)

"First time I had an A/C cooling seat, which is a great comfort item. Unfortunately the car lets us feel the road too much... which over time is making the car noisier on the inside."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Kia Sorento)

"This SUV rides like a truck - rough."

MARY A., GA (2013 Kia Sorento)

"The suspension is way too stiff."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Kia Sorento)

"Suspension is a little stiff, often causing a bumpy ride. Seats more firm than I like, but I do have heated seats when I need them which is a nice feature."

CARL C., SC (2013 Kia Sorento)

"Drivers seat is uncomfortable with the edge on left side pressing on the edge of leg and thigh"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Kia Sorento)

"Not enough leg room in rear or third seat. Third seat only good for children. Difficult to access."

JOHN W., TN (2013 Kia Sorento)

"The size is great for me. Saves on gas. The only things that gets to me is it feels like the front windshield leaks air and I can't get the vendor to fix the problem. Other wide I love it. I like their mats but I should be given the option to get theres or the ones I ordered. Next time I won't get theirs."

MINNI P., TX (2013 Kia Sorento)

"The Sorento is adequately comfortable but is noisy and doesn't handle very well."

STACY P., CT (2013 Kia Sorento)

"A little noisier than I like while driving, especially on highways."

JAN S., MI (2013 Kia Sorento)

"My wife is MOST comfortable in the Kia front seats. The handling, braking and Bluetooth/Audio are very good. We tried many vehicles before buying this comfortable one. The gas mileage is MUCH below our expectations, and if we could find a hybrid with equivalent seat comfort, we would trade!"

J W., PA (2013 Kia Sorento)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"This SUV is a wonderful vehicle to drive and ride in we often use the third row seat for two adults, it's a little tight but it works. I have the V6 engine great acceration rides and handles well. I would defenently purchase another Kia Sorrento, price is great to other SUV'S"

CHESTER O., NY (2013 Kia Sorento)

"I've had my KIA Sorento for three years and have never had a mechanical problem. I love the reliability and worry-free driving."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Kia Sorento)

"Operates as tested though mileage is lower than advertised"

MARJORIE G., VA (2013 Kia Sorento)

"I went from a Honda Civic to this Kia Sorento. It was a huge leap but it was at a time when grandkids were visiting frequently and we needed at larger vehicle to get around in. My Kia came with a third seat which has been a Godsend many times. I am at a point right now that I find it difficult to manouver such a large vehicle. Am thinking of getting something smaller and with better gas mileage."

Anonymous, VT (2013 Kia Sorento)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"body shape"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Kia Sorento)

"Smooth lines"

JAMES C., MA (2013 Kia Sorento)

"The seats are made from some fabric that stains terribly. Just a drop of water from rain leaves very noticeable stains. Never had a car seat before that stained so easily."

JOYCE J., GA (2013 Kia Sorento)

"Paint seems poor. Lots of scrathes"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Kia Sorento)

"I came out of a shop one day and found that a silver Lexus SUV was parked right next to my silver Sorento. Although I don't know what the interior Lexus features are, my Kia was just as attractive on the outside as the Lexus."

LINDA S., SC (2013 Kia Sorento)
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