2007 Kia Sorrento

As usual, Korean brand Kia put on one of the best shows at the New York Auto Show. Although their charismatic President is gone, the PR flaks still livened the event up by bringing out that wacky “power to the people” spokesperson from the Kia commercials. This is a guy who’s seemingly able to get excited about almost anything, and his introduction of the all-new 2007 Sorento SUV was no exception.

As befits a bargain-priced midsize SUV, the Sorento is cleanly if blandly styled. Fortunately, there’s nothing ugly about it. The real news, however, is under the hood, where a new V6 resides. Kia has upped the motor’s power output by 36 percent over the last model, for a total of 262 horsepower-more than a V8 4Runner. The Sorento can now tow 5,000 pounds, and is sad to return better fuel economy than before, too. Safety equipment is loaded onto this truck as well; for 2007 Kia has added stability control, traction control, knee airbags, active headrests ad a tire-pressure monitoring system. Projector-beam headlamps and available 17-inch rims round out the additions. Kia now has the youngest model lineup in the industry, and this new, more powerful Sorento should help the brand continue its growth.

2007 Kia Sorrento

2007 Kia Sorrento

Kia, New York International Auto Show

Written by Roadfly Charlie

Charlie is Roadfly’s founder and publisher, and was taught to drive by his father in a 1974 Porsche 914. That made poor Charlie a Porsche fanboy for life, and after driving a 911SC at 16, he bought and campaigned a variety of 944s at racetracks up and down the East Coast, earning awards and track records in his twenties. Charlie never really got over the car bug, and after a career in real estate development he founded the Internet media firm that became Roadfly. Charlie lives in McLean, VA with his wife and two daughters, and between the demands of family and business doesn’t have much time to play with cars anymore, excluding the machinery we review.
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