Completely overhauled and redesigned for 2011, the all-new Kia Sorento boasts a fresh look and some cool new features. Host Emme Hall spent a week in the SUV and was thoroughly impressed. Previously based on a truck’s frame, the 2011 has been turned into a more reliable unibody frame, and the Sorento is all the better for it.
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The engine is improved as well–our tester came with a 3.5L V6 engine with 276 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, as well as the drivetrain changing from rear-wheel drive to front-wheel drive. Gas mileage is roughly 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
Inside, the Sorento has room to spare. With a new third row of seats, you can fit up to 7 passengers inside this modestly-sized crossover. With the seats down, your cargo space is enormous and well-suited to haul whatever your junk might be.
The interior, in addition, is improved. Amenities are bountiful, you have Bluetooth/wireless integration, iPod connectivity, dual-zone climate control, a whole slew of audio and satellite radio options. The seats are a little on the plain side, but match well with its no-nonsense exterior. Plus, the two-row sunroof is a great and much-appreciated addition.
And, all things considered, the list of safety options on the Sorento is staggering, with an onslaught of airbags and electronic safety features that will surely make for a safe ride for you and your family.
Manufactured at Kia’s brand new factory in West Point, Georgia, the 2011 Sorento is born and bred here in the United States, and is a welcome competitor in the hotly contested crossover-SUV market. Starting at $33,895, with an as tested price of $35,890, the all-new Sorento is a huge cause to give Kia a very serious look when compared to its many competitors in its segment.
Host: Emme Hall
Emme Hall’s racing team: http://www.hallassracing.com/
Vehicle: 2011 Kia Sorento
Base Price: $33,895
Price as tested: $35,890
Engine: DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Horsepower: 276 hp / 248 lb-ft torque
0-60 MPH: 7.1 seconds
Warranty: 10 years or 100,000 miles limited powertrain warranty, 5 years or 60,000 24 hour roadside assistance
EPA: 19 city / 25 highway MPG