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2011 Kia Sorento EX Review

A Crossover with Character

A three-quarter rear view of a red 2011 Kia Sorento EX

In short: A smartly-designed and affordable crossover SUV.

Featuring a radically redesigned chassis and fresh new styling, the 2011 Kia Sorento trades in the truck-like handling of previous generations for a ride that is well-balanced and noticeably rattle-free. While it would be wise to keep this front-wheel drive sport ute off the dirt roads, the Kia Sorento nonetheless provides excellent value and utility for a reasonable price.

Warranty/Service: Five-year/60,000-mile limited basic warranty; five-year-100,000-mile limited anti-perforation warranty; ten-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty; five-year/60,000-mile 24-hour roadside assistance

Base Price: $22,595 / As Tested: $29,340

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door crossover

Engine: 2.4-liter, DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder engine
Horsepower: 175 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 169 lb-ft @ 3,750 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic with Sportmatic

Curb weight:
3,796 lbs
Wheelbase: 106.3 in
Length/Width/Height: 183.9/74.2/67.3 in
Turning circle: 35.7 ft

front ventilated disc brakes; rear solid disc brakes; power-assisted braking system; ABS
Suspension: MacPherson strut front independent with coil springs and stabilizer bar; multi-link rear independent with stabilizer bar

Traction: electronic traction control via ABS and engine management; stability control

0-60 mph: 10.5 seconds
Top Speed: 118 mph

EPA City:
21 mpg
EPA Highway: 29 mpg

driver and front passenger front airbags and seat-mounted side airbags; front and second row side curtain airbags

Likes: roomy; finish; value

Dislikes: mpg could be better


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