Kia fits some useful features to every 2011 Sorento and adds some family-friendly options to the order sheet.
The Sorento LX has standard tilt/telescoping steering; steering-wheel audio controls; cruise control; air conditioning; power features; Sirius Satellite Radio; Bluetooth connectivity; and USB connectivity for audio players.
The EX adds push-button start; backup sensors; automatic headlamps; a power driver seat; dual-zone climate control; 18-inch wheels; fog lamps; a rear spoiler; and ionized filtration. The EX V-6 adds the third-row seats with rear air conditioning—along with that recommended V-6 engine.
Options include an Infinity audio system; a navigation system with a rearview camera; leather seating; roof rails; a panoramic sunroof; and a DVD entertainment system. We like Kia’s audio systems for their amply good sound quality, but the buttons don’t always do what you’d expect. Sometimes you have to push and twist one more way before the Sorento sound system obeys; another round of development would make the user interface Apple-worthy.
One last note: With the plethora of phone-driven navigation systems, we’re not sure we’d opt for a built-in GPS for the high price tag you’d pay even in the value-driven Sorento.