After an absence for the 2010 model year, the Sorento returns for 2011 as a refined, more carlike crossover utility vehicle, powered by 4-cylinder and V6 engines, with either front- or all-wheel drive. The new model is about three inches longer than the former model, with most of the added length going to passenger space. Technology and entertainment features are upgraded substantially, and 3-row seating is optional. Also of note is that the Sorento is Kia's first U.S.-built vehicle, made in an all-new plant in West Point, Georgia.
Just-right size; roomy interior; utility and cargo-friendliness; comfortable ride; standard tech features; available third-row seat
The new Sorento is sized between more compact crossover models like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 and mid-size models such as the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. Altogether, it's a little more maneuverable than the larger vehicles while offering just as much practical space. The Sorento offers more passenger space and more cargo space as the previous Sorento, while its modern engine lineup is both more powerful and more fuel-efficient. Kia says that the 276-horsepower output for the V6 is the best in its class, and EPA figures for the 4-cylinder Sorento are among the best for competing vehicles. The Sorento's strong warranty--ten years or 100,000 miles for powertrain and five years or 60,000 miles basic warranty, and five years or 60,000 miles of roadside assistance--also help make this a strong choice for families.
Select a 2011 Kia Sorento trim level
Utility 4D EX 2WD
Utility 4D EX AWD
Utility 4D LX 2WD
Utility 4D LX AWD
Utility 4D SX 2WD
Utility 4D SX AWD