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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
Sitting relatively close to terra firma means entering the Sorento is a breeze for both front and rear passengers.
…front buckets that provide a commendable mix of touring comfort and cornering support.
The second-row seat is also praiseworthy thanks to its relatively high cushion, which is a boon for longer-legged passengers.
Interior space is satisfactory, and although the stowable third row is more of a jump seat, it isn't a complete joke like the one in, say, the Mitsubishi Outlander.
Subtract the third row, and the Sorento is one of the roomiest stuff swallowers in the segment, offering 73 cubes of room with the second row folded and 37 with it up.
Car and Driver
With a body about 3 inches longer than before, the 2011 Kia Sorento totes passengers and their stuff more ably than the outgoing version.
The 2011 Sorento’s overall length of 184.4 inches and its 106.3-inch wheelbase split the crossover category with CR-Vs and Escapes below it and RAV4s and Edges above it in size. It feels larger than many of its competitors; the perception of space inside is better than in, say, the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. In its class, only the RAV4 also offers a third-row seat, though the smaller Mitsubishi Outlander has a relatively useless third-row bench for the adventurous.
Front to back, the Sorento fits most adults and kids well. The front seats are unexpectedly well bolstered (in leather-trimmed versions, at least) and have lots of headroom and legroom. The second-row seats are usable for six-foot adults, with reclining seatbacks added for long road trips. The third row is for children only, though; the seat cushion sits almost on the floor and headroom is lacking.
For flexibility’s sake, the third-row seat folds flat to reveal a cargo area with a decently low load floor, and the second-row seats fold forward to expose a total of 72.5 cubic feet of hauling room. With the third-row seat in place, cargo room drops to a measly 9.1 cubic feet, and the seatback itself sits close to the rear hatch glass.
The 2011 Kia Sorento hits a sweet spot in size, and if you really need two more seats, it has ‘em.