Review: 2011 Kia Sorento | The Truth About Cars

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Review: 2011 Kia Sorento

my first mile in the original Kia I couldn’t help but wonder, “Is a live rear axle I I stopped the vehicle, peered it and, sure enough, it was. The Sorento looked a car-based crossover, but body-on-frame a two-speed transfer case, and a rear axle dwelled the Mercedes-inspired sheetmetal. The upshot: off-road capability, but subpar economy and ride quality.

the Sorento has been redesigned, and as the Sportage before it the trucky have been tossed in of a Hyundai car-based foundation. the 2011 Kia Sorento is now a Hyundai Fe beneath the surface. Now that much like all of the others, why buy the

Ironically, the second-generation car-based Kia has angular, and so truckier, exterior than the original did. It more upscale and sophisticated the utterly forgettable Santa Fe, but induce double takes. has been drawn from other SUVs, including from Acura, BMW, and such that this there’s no clear source.

But there’s nothing obviously Kia aside from the badge,

Interior appearance is a matter of level. The design itself is plain, with a detail here and there from the RX. In base trim the interior borders on cheap. The EX Package 2’s leather does much to the interior a place worth some time in. Even the interior only seems if you don’t touch anything or at it too closely.

Kia has turned out nicer in the past.

One possible reason for the materials: the new Sorento is assembled in diminishing the savings from labor. Given that is a new design assembled in a new plant, could be some early Some fit and finish flaws evident in all of the Sorentos I examined, and of those I drove suffered minor rattles and creaks.

Kia’s got some tweaking to do.

compact SUVs have so car-like that I was surprised to the seating position of a conventional SUV in the new You sit high relative to the instrument and the windshield is upright by current As a result the cabin feels even though the specs asserts an impressive 59.3 of front shoulder room.

seeking the character of an SUV will the high, upright driving those essentially seeking a wagon won’t. Only the drivers will see a point to the seat’s height adjustment.

One trick abandoned by the Santa Fe for but adopted by the Sorento: an available seat within a relatively 184-inch-long exterior. To fit three within such compact something’s got to give, and that something is legroom and cargo Second-row legroom looks in the specs, but in reality it’s adequate for adults, and the seat is a low to the floor.

The third row is very low to the floor, as is the case, and my 5-9 self barely For transporting kids, though, more than enough Just don’t count on more than a single row of bags behind the third-row

The EPA fuel economy ratings certainly improved with the The 262-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 in the 2009 was no 2010) was rated for 15 city, 21 The 276-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 in the 2011 both numbers by five, to numbers for such a powerful in a fairly tall, two-ton

Step down to the 175-horsepower and the EPA suggests 21/29. I didn’t such numbers during my test drives, though. with both engines the computer reported an average in the

With a lighter foot 20 be possible, but anything higher a stretch.

As the specs suggest it the V6 feels much stronger the four. Sounds much too. The four provides acceleration, but its kitchen appliance lends an economy feel to the package.

Since the four’s economy isn’t substantially than the V6’s, the choice them seems obvious: the extra $1,900, plus $700 for the then-required third-row

Handling isn’t sporty, but no float at speed and not much in turns compared to other tall vehicles. The suspension firmer than that in the Fe, such that the ride jittery—but not harsh—over patchy There are quieter, smoother SUVs to be found.

More than not, people buy cars to save money. So how is the new Sorento? Well, it starts at Load one up, and the sticker tops

TrueDelta’s car price comparison finds that a similarly Chevrolet Equinox lists for more—and also includes features, such as no third Adjust for these, and the Kia’s is around $1,500. Compare four-cylinder models with no and the Chevrolet lists for $395 but includes about $600 in features, bringing them a couple hundred dollars.

Run comparisons with the RAV4, and the lists for less, but the Kia more compensates with additional Adjust for these features and invoice prices—Toyota gives its larger margins to play the difference is too small to matter. to other compact SUVs, the new Kia is clearly a good value, but no longer the bargain Korean used to be.

The Kia is a little wider the Equinox, and longer as well compared to the RAV4. And Kia offers the Sportage for people seeking a compact SUV. So perhaps Kia is people will cross-shop it intermediate SUVs like Highlander and Honda’s Pilot.

The price difference in this $4,000—is much more But the Sorento is closer to the compacts the intermediates in size.

If the new Sorento’s position was more car-like, the a little better finished, and the a bit more polished, Kia would a clear winner. As it is, the SUV delivers no punch, so the decision comes to the judges’ buyer’s personal Need an occasional-use third row and want a semi-luxurious, leather-trimmed but don’t want to pay Pilot/Highlander

Then the 2011 Kia Sorento well be your best Don’t need the third Then suddenly there are that are better at one thing or if never everything, and that cost about the same.

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