- suv 108,859
- below average 1,307
- 9,958 good
- Lexington Park, MD
- 2 years
- below average 1,307 suv 108,859 gasoline black
2011 kia sorento review this car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale. All-new car-based version of midsize suv. introductionthe 2011 kia sorento is an all-new crossover utility vehicle, completely redesigned from the ground up with a totally new structure. The 2011 sorento is much more like a car than before. The new suspension is nicely tuned to muffle rough pavement. On smooth curves when driving a bit more aggressively, it feels decently agile and easy to control with perfect steering feel. larger in every way than prior models, the 2011 sorento can be ordered as a three-row crossover seating seven. The new sorento also has 15-percent greater cargo volume than its predecessor. One walk around this stylish new sorento makes clear that it means to compete toe to toe with the premier midsize crossovers, chevrolet equinox, toyota highlander, ford edge, and honda pilot. the exterior styling of the kia sorento is crisp, freshly contemporary. It delivers adequate performance and adequate fuel economy, achieving an epa-estimated 21/27 mpg city/highway for sorento 4wd with 6-speed automatic. Its interior uses quality materials throughout. To keep the front-row proprietors amused, the well appointed sorento features an am/fm/satellite/cd/mp3 (or add available high-power 10-speaker infinity audio), bluetooth connectivity, usb audio input jacks, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and either an available rearview mirror with backup display or a full-on rearview backup camera. all in all, the 2011 kia sorento is a fully equipped contemporary family crossover. Sorento comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, lx and ex come with 6-speed automatic. Sorento ex v6 is powered by a 3. 5-liter v6 engine and 6-speed automatic. sorento 19,995) comes standard with cloth upholstery, air conditioning, am/fm/cd/mp3/sirius satellite radio, auxiliary and usb audio input jacks, bluetooth connectivity, tilt and telescope steering wheel, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, trip computer, 17-inch alloy wheels. sorento lx 22,395) and lx 4wd 24,095) add body-color heated outside mirrors with turn signal indicators, auto-up and down driver window, illuminated vanity mirror, second-row armrest with cupholder. Convenience package for lx 1000) includes roof rails, rear parking sensor, rearview mirror with backup display, heated front seats, fog lamps. sorento ex 24,595) and ex 4wd 26,296) upgrade with automatic dual-zone climate control with ionized air purification, fabric/leatherette seats, eight-way power driver seat with lumbar controls, fog lights, automatic headlights, rear spoiler, leather-wrapped steering wheel, push-button start, 18-inch alloy wheels. Premium package for ex 1500) includes roof rails, leather seats, heated front seats, rearview backup camera. Limited package for ex models 2000) includes navigation system with real-time traffic, infinity 10-speaker audio, 18-inch chrome wheels, interior mood illumination, and high-style leather trim. sorento ex v6 27,195) and ex v6 4wd 28,895) come with rear air conditioning. Premium package for ex v6 2700) includes roof rails, leather seats, heated front seats, rearview backup camera, panoramic sunroof. Dvd entertainment system package 1000) for ex v6 (requires sunroof delete) includes dvd entertainment with overhead screen and headphones. third-row seating package 700) includes 50/50 split-folding third-row seats. safety features include the mandated dual front airbags plus side-curtain airbags for head protection and front-seat side-impact airbags for torso protection. Active safety features include anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, electronic brake-force distribution, hill start-assist control, downhill brake control. It has a forward-lunging stance, the result of a low and compact nose, followed by long, dynamically rising lines to rearward. And kia has been particularly successful at executing the current high-grille look (dictated by body-integral front bumpers) without causing the nose to seem high and awkward. the grille is flanked on both sides by sly-looking upper complexes for headlights and turn signals. Lower complexes contain foglights and are finished in matte-black to match the grille mesh. to maximize interior volume, particularly in the third-row seats, the sorento roofline makes only a slight taper downwards at the rear. Similarly, the rear passenger doors extend back over the wheel housing to optimize access to third-row seats. the sorento's shape is more than just a pretty face; it slips through the air at highway speed with minimal wind noise. And sure enough, there is gray simulated-wood trim, not the real thing, in the driver's compartment. But to deliver good value, kia goes for simple but handsome fixtures. The controls and switchgear are of high quality, with good tactile feel. This lacked some of the more sophisticated onscreen visual aids for backing while turning, as found on some premium crossovers. Similar units in some other vehicles light automatically upon being opened. we found the driver's seat, with eight-way power adjustment and lumbar support, to be excellent, firm, supportive, confidence-inspiring. The right front seat, however, is adjusted manually. the second-row bench seat was comfortable, though even with the front seat well forward, second-row legroom was so-so. But then, this is not a large suv and kia has achieved no spatial miracles. On the other hand, the company says a 6-foot, 7-inch nba player can drive the sorento in full comfort. the third-row seats are a bit of a compromise, as they are in any but the most grandiose three-row vehicles. Tilt-folding the second-row seats forward to access the rear involves a bit of calisthenics, as the seats are fairly heavy. Once the unlucky, last-row galley slaves are in place and the second-row seats slam down and lock, the latches are hard to release and fold forward from the rear row. Headroom in the far rear is minimal, as well. The climate control worked flawlessly, offering strong volume when requested. And the rear roof-mounted dvd screen, which pops down behind the two front bucket seats, should provide plenty of amusement for those with nothing to do. Finally, with all seats folded down, maximum cargo volume is 72. 5 cubic feet, a massive improvement over the previous model. driving impressionwe're used to kias being small, cheap and cheerful, and this suv is certainly cheerful, in a roomy, upscale way. The new unibody construction isolates engine vibration well. Moving away from the curb onto choppy pavement, the structure again proves its worth, having excellent sound damping and an impressive feeling of sturdiness. the macpherson-strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension are nicely tuned to muffle and damp pavement irregularities the vehicle is passing over. On smooth curves when driving a bit more aggressively, this crossover feels decently agile and easy to control. Much of this is thanks to kia's firm, spot-on steering effort. Steering is power-assisted but requires the driver to make forthright moves to left or right, there's no light-headed wandering or numbness of any kind. This no-nonsense steering feel will prove invaluable when making an emergency accident-avoidance mane.
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