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FEATURES | 7 out of 10
lots of features for not much money
Car and Driver
Impressive list of standard features
long list of standard features
Kelley Blue Book
The 2009 Kia Sorento offers some great value in terms of features for the price, but many features that consumers come to expect are unavailable.
According to Kelley Blue Book, notable standard features at the LX trim level of the Kia Sorento include "four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS)...illuminated entry, remote keyless entry, auto-off headlamps, electronic stability and traction control, dual heated power mirrors, power windows, power locks...fuel tank skid plate, cruise control...[and] four 12-volt outlets."
As with most cars reviewed by TheCarConnection.com, the more you are willing to pay for your 2009 Kia Sorento, the more features are available. Kelley Blue Book reports that optional equipment on the Sorento Kia "include[s] Torque-On-Demand full-time four-wheel drive, fog lights, remote start and a rear spoiler" and that a la carte "options and accessories include a power moonroof (EX), trailer hitch and side step bars."
Edmunds reports that most optional features are bundled into two packages: "The LX Sport package adds 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, side step bars, the leather-wrapped wheel and shift knob and specialized black cloth trim," with black leather seating as an additional upgrade. They further report that the Kia Sorento's "EX Luxury package adds special wheels, a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seating, heated front seats and a six-disc CD changer."
Two features that buyers have come to expect—even in this price range—aren’t even available on the 2009 Kia Sorento. A navigation system isn’t offered, nor is an integrated Bluetooth hands-free calling interface.
The 2009 Kia Sorento offers an excellent value, but some advanced options are notably absent.