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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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Tuesday, July 19, 2016
2017 Kia Sorento EX V6 AWD

Very impressed!

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I just got back from a vacation with my wife and two teenage kids in Estes Park, Colorado. We rented a new Sorento (it had 68 miles on the odometer when we got it). First impression was very positive and as... + More »
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016
2016 Kia Sorento FWD 4-Door 2.4L L

very satisfied

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have been more then pleased, price was good, rides very good, very comfortable
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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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