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2011 Kia Sorento Review

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The 2011 Kia Sorento takes a right turn in its transition from off-roader to all-weather wagon: It’s sized right, timed right, and packaged right.

If you’ve gazed at a CR-V, RAV4, or Edge with lust in your heart, you may want to back away from those flirtations and take a look at the 2011 Kia Sorento.

You probably know the Sorento as a truck-based SUV with frame rails and some real off-road capability—but all that’s changed. The new Sorento leaves the trails behind for a new mission that’s all about toting families in carlike comfort. It’s now built off the same architecture as the Hyundai Santa Fe, which means carlike construction and carlike handling.

Offered in LX, EX, and EX V-6 versions, the 2011 Sorento just might be the perfect vehicle for today’s downsized budgets and value-conscious shoppers. It splits the niche of crossovers in the middle, delivering the space and performance of some bigger names with the fuel economy of some smaller entries, with the addition of a third-row seat, a choice of engines, and a class-leading warranty. Suddenly, the dull-ish Sorento is all things to a much bigger group of potential buyers looking at a Honda, a Toyota, or even a Ford Edge.

We’re giving the 2011 Sorento an overall rating of 8.0 out of 10, with high scores in the safety and features and green categories. It falls a bit behind some compact utes on performance, but the styling is spot-on, and gas mileage is near the top of the class—as are standard features like USB for your music player and satellite radio. Can you rock with that? We think you can.

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Sunday, December 6, 2015
2016 Kia Sorento FWD 4-Door 2.0T EX

The car is even better than I expected.

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I don't know where to start. It is extremely quiet. It has more than adequate power. The adaptive cruise control is seamless. Not only doe it have a rear view camera, it also has a top down 360 degree view... + More »
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Sunday, November 15, 2015
For 2016 Kia Sorento

Best vehicle for the money.

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I think the 2016 Kia Sorento has improved in all areas. I have a 2013 Kia Sorento also the 2016 is quiter and the ride is smoother.
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Monday, November 9, 2015
2016 Kia Sorento AWD 4-Door 2.0T EX

This is a great midsized SUV

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This is a great SUV for the money. Basically compare any other brand in this category, similar size, price, appearance and you won't find better than the Sorrento. You can buy the upper end Kia and pay much... + More »
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