• StudebakerHawk Posted: 5/7/2011 12:12am PDT

    We bought our first KIA 3 months ago and have 1300 miles so far. It's a Sorento SX loaded, and by far the best made, best value SUV we found in our 6 month search. You name a brand..and we drove it and researched everything. The Made in USA KIA is a winner!

  • Larry Posted: 3/3/2011 10:24pm PST

    To Russell, obviously that is terrible luck. Btw, the engine is made by Hyundai, one of the top auto manufacturers in the world. The Sorento and Sante Fe are built at the same plant too. Just because this happened to YOU doesn't mean it's a widespread problem at all. Consumers Reports just chose the Sorento as their top pick in the SUV category. Obviously they are doing something right! Making a statement like "I will never purchase another Kia" makes me wonder about your logic...

  • Russell Alexander Posted: 1/2/2011 9:14am PST

    I purchased my Sorento SX AWD a month ago. I enjoyed driving it for the first three weeks. Then the beginning of the third week I noticed it was starting a little rough. I thought ok; it is December and is very cold outside; no big deal. Then Thursday morning the day before Christmas Eve I notice a ticking sound coming from the engine. So I call the dealership to see if I could bring it by to see if it is safe to drive. They basically told me NO its the day before Christmas Eve its probably your breaks you will be fine. Bring it in after the holidays. Ok sensing no help from the dealer I went out to finish my Christmas shopping with my wife. As we pull up to a major intersection I hear a nasty loud squeal then the sound of metal screeching and my car ceased and came to a dead stop in the middle of the intersection! I put it into neutral and I could not even get it to roll out of the middle. Everything under the hood had completely ceased up and locked up. Long story short we were able to have the car towed to the dealer but had no vehicle over the holidays so we had to cancel plans with our families. The next week they drained the oil and found metal fragments inside the engine. Now you tell me how a vehicle with less than 1000 miles on it has catastrophic engine failure like this? I will never purchase another Kia and I STRONGLY advise anybody thinking about the Sorento model reconsider until they get the kinks worked out.

  • suzannekane avatar suzannekane Posted: 12/22/2010 1:31pm PST

    Another selling point in the 2011 Sorento's favor is that it earned Top Safety Pick status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)-- for models built after March 2010. Overall, great strides for Kia and for Sorento.

  • Ryan Wilson Posted: 12/21/2010 4:41pm PST

    I agree that this is a great alternative to the Jeep Grand Cherokee, GMC Acadia, Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot.
    Looked at all 4 after owning 3 Grand Cherokees.
    The kia suspension is very weak, with a few boxes in the back of mine the suspension sags terribly. This is my only complaint. The AWD system is outstanding. Hill descent, ipod controls, comfort on long drives, and gas mileage make this car worth it. If it had any other badge on it, the car would be another 5,000.