• sore Posted: 9/22/2009 3:25pm PDT

    You might call this a crossover but the profile looks very SUV like. I hope for Kia's sake they can keep all their buyers convinced that it is not an SUV

  • greedo Posted: 9/22/2009 3:31pm PDT

    Can't wait to see more of this...I've been really impressed by the Kias I've seen lately. Not cheap by any means, especially compared to similarly-priced cars.

  • autoguy Posted: 9/22/2009 3:38pm PDT

    What great value- they really are putting on the pressure- watch out for Kia-they are coming in strong!!

  • jim Posted: 9/22/2009 3:51pm PDT

    Kia and Hundayi are going to role the usa market in 5-6 years. With these great offers and cost/effective cars, lots of people will buy them and not much more expensive cars like honda,toyota. Not to mention brands from detroit.

  • SUVcrossoverWhatEVAH Posted: 9/22/2009 3:59pm PDT

    Weird. Looks like the rear (which I like) and the front (bleccch) were designed in two different countries. At least the front is fixable easier than the rear.
    I've been impressed by Kias lately too. The Forte is sharp. This one is sharp too ... from the rear.

  • AutoBoy Posted: 9/22/2009 4:55pm PDT

    marty, sounds like a solid product. very curious to get more details as the offical launch date is set.

  • Edward Posted: 9/22/2009 8:33pm PDT

    A little derivative from the pics, but I haven't seen one in person yet, obviously. Kia/Hyundai is doing well with the split-personality thing in the U.S. Seems like Hyundai is the new Toyota and Kia is the new Honda, eh?

  • Franky Posted: 9/23/2009 2:11am PDT

    That's an interesting car. Can't wait to read the full review for it...

  • Sorento Owner Posted: 9/24/2009 9:27am PDT

    Marty, This car is not same class in Honda CR-V & Toyota RAV4 grade.
    Hyundai Tucson/Kia sportage are Honda CR-V & Toyota RAV4 grade car.
    Check, Official Honda and Hyundai website.
    Hyundai Tucson/Kia sportage are Honda CR-V grade. Hyundai Santa Fe / Kia Sorento are NOT same class in CR-V class.
    Check Euro NCAP classification.
    Hyundai Tucson = Honda CR-V = Toyta RAV4 ; Same Class
    Hyundai Santafe & Kia Sorento are cleary out of CR-V class.

  • Sorento Owner Posted: 9/24/2009 9:36am PDT

    1. Hyundai Tucson / Kia Sportage = Comapct SUV.
    Honda CR-V & Toyta RAV4 class
    2. Hyundai Santa Fe / Kia Sorento = Midsize SUV.
    Toyota Highlander & Honda Pilot & Nissan Pathfinder.

  • Charlie Posted: 9/24/2009 12:31pm PDT

    @ Sorento Owner: I totally agree with you, and I'm so happy someone pointed this out. It is mind-boggling when auto journalists compare the Santa Fe and the Sorento to the CR-V and the RAV-4. This new Sorento is nearly identical in size to the new Highlander, and nobody would ever compare that SUV to the CR-V. It would be absurd. I don't get it.
    Anyways, I'm so ready for this to go on sale! I'm going to get the Limited in Black with Tan Leather! Kia is really stepping up their game as of late! Go Kia!!!!

  • marty avatar Marty Posted: 9/24/2009 5:04pm PDT

    Say what you want Sorento Owner..but the Kia press kit in my hand says "CR-V and RAV4."

  • Simpleton Posted: 10/22/2009 7:45am PDT

    I have been searching the US market in vain for years for a vehicle with AWD, a manual transmission and 6-7 seats. Until the 2011 Sorento came along, only the Mazda 5 came close, but doesn't have AWD.
    Will the new Sorento offer a manual with the AWD model? In both V6 and I-4 models? No article is clear on this. Are my simple needs too basic for the US market? There are plenty of options outside the US for such vehicles.

  • fb_1591840160 avatar Marangely Posted: 12/1/2009 3:27am PST

    you sold im picking on up today!!!

  • Johnny P. Posted: 2/5/2010 7:37am PST

    Simpleton, the base model manual will only be available in the 2.4L I4 and will not be available with AWD. The 6 speed transmision in these are great! They now come with a fully sealed transmission that doesn't require any maintanence until 100K miles which is great for saving money as opposed to spending 3-400 every 50-60k miles for a flush and top off.

  • beertender Posted: 2/19/2010 9:58am PST

    I picked one up on tuesday and now I'm seeing commercials for other cars similar so I'm comparing and for what I got and the prices I'm happy.The other cars START at what I got mine for fully loaded. I love it!!And kia has the Best warranty. The only prob was out of 3 different dealerships they only had one car that had the sunroof. Thats the one i got. hehe :)

  • Uncle Big Rocks Posted: 2/23/2010 7:12pm PST

    Before purchasing the 2011 Sorento last Wednesday I looked at the Toyota Rav4, Honda CR-V,Hundai Sante Fe, Chev Traverse, and the Ford Edge. I bought the 2.4L LX version without the 4 wheel or all wheel options. I absolutely love my new cross-over and can't wait to drive it to and from work everday (not so much the work part). I live around the Ann Arbor, MI area and we get the occasional snow storm, so I knew I was taking a chance in cheaping out and not going with the AWD or 4WD. I had the first test of its winter weather performance on Monday morning with a 8-10inch snow storm (before my flight to Minneapolis, of course), which caked the roads with about 1-2 inches of ice and other winter-related crud. I was extremely impressed with the distance to stop when approaching an icy itersection, the ability of the vehicle to stay on track while driving at reasonable winter speed (40-45ish), and what happened when I hit a large pile of snow, slush, and winter crud on the highway at 65mph. This similar scenario caused my wife to do a 360 on the highway earlier this winter in her Impala. The electronic stability control is awesome! I feel even more safe and I stand by my decision to purchase my the 2011 Sorent (first import purchase ever..I'm a long time GM buyer, being from near the Motor City) as well as not splurging for the AWD or 4WD.

  • Matthew Weiner Posted: 3/14/2010 8:34pm PDT

    Just leased the 2011 Sorento (4 cylinder FWD-automatic base model, white/beige fabric interior). Me and my wife (but mostly me) LOVE THIS CAR/TRUCK/CROSSOVER...WHATEVER! It's pretty, sleek, smooth and FUN. I had a 2008 Kia Sportage LX(which we loved for our first new car), and this is a more than upgrade to that. Our lease is $110 more ,but I was able to end my Sportage lease 16 months early. I'm really excited and can't stop looking at/driving my new...vehicle. You get so much in the basic model..you don't really need to add much (although the sunroof looks really great)..just doesn't fit into our budget to add more. Kia, you guys really know what you're doing.

  • Sorento in Toronto Posted: 8/11/2010 7:54am PDT

    The 6-7 seats are a great option for familys who need the space and want the AWD