Guide: 5=Perfect; 3=Good; 1=Poor
Pros: What do you like about your 2011 Kia Sorento?
1) Unbelievable value!
2) MADE IN THE USA!
3) Style and substance...looks great and has the stuff to back it up!
4) Quality of the assembly and components are excellent.
5) Performance exceeded our expectations...mileage, handling, powerful aluminum dual cam V6 with 276 hp...and a KIA made superb 6 speed automatic is world class!
6) Side by side comparisons with the competition (including some luxury SUV's like Lexus, Acura, BMW) shows you that the KIA Sorento has standard and optional features that are either unavailable or a LOT of extra money!
7) The 10 year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty is just icing on the cake!
Cons: How would you improve your 2011 Kia Sorento?
2000 miles later (we bought it in Feb. 2011), not a single issue, we couldn't even find any flaws! And we tried!
2011 Kia Sorento Review:
The 2011 KIA Sorento accomplished the unheard of...by gaining sales at a record pace, and becoming #3 best selling SUV in 2011!
In the year since the all new 2011 KIA Sorento has been introduced, it has passed the sales of the competition, including 15,723 sold in the month of February alone! Since its introduction, the 2011 KIA Sorento has passed the sales figures of the Chevrolet Equinox, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rouge, Ford Edge, Chevy Traverse, Toyota Highlander, GMC Acadia, GMC Terrain, Subaru Forester, Lexus RX350, Cadillac SRX, Nissan Murano and Buick Enclave!
Only the Honda CRV and the Ford Escape sold more. KIA reports that well over 100,000 2011 KIA Sorentos have been built and sold since the introduction last year, and the new billion dollar KIA manufacturing plant in West Point Georgia has added a 3rd shift to keep up with the demand!
We bought our 2011 Kia Sorento SX in Peal White Snow with all the options doing some pretty extensive shopping with most brands of "CUVs" from all the brands available. Side by side comparisons, browsing reviews and ratings, talking to real owners and test driving all of them!
We had not considered the KIA...until we saw one on a dealer lot. We test drove a EX and loved it. We again went home and compared the KIA with all the others that we were looking at.
The KIA met our requirements that it be made in the USA (West Point, Georgia!), be good on gas, be well made, a better than average warranty (It has a 100,000 mile warranty!), all the safety stuff that technology can provide, be good looking and not an common, average and boring Honda/Toyota, and a bunch of features and extras.
KIA was all of the above and more!
We were, to say in the least..impressed! The V-6 engine is the superb 100% designed by KIA V-6 "Theta" engine...used by several brands of cars in the world. Probably the most modern engine on the globe! Efficient, powerful and reliable. And it's mated to the best 6 speed automatic that I've ever tried...and it's also built by KIA in their West Point factory!
This engine gets up and GOES! What acceleration! With with a roar of power and you're thrust back in your seat! I could see myself getting into trouble with this thing! Yet driven carefully, the dash has a green "eco" light to help you achieve an honest 26 mpg on the highway...my wife can do it..I can't!
The interior is a rich and unexpected surprise, real leather seats with cooling AND heating in the front! Deeply recessed instruments with red lighting, easy to see white numbers, a big navigation screen with voice of touch control and a cool Sirius satellite Radio, am/fm cd and IPod connections, USB port and micro jack for a MP3 player...all integrated with blue tooth, and a built in back up camera! And a 10 speaker Infinity 550 watt system! Dual zone air conditioner and heating, and the middle and 3rd row seats get their own vents! And more!
The exterior was designed by the same German Designer that was responsible for some best selling cars such as the VW New Beetle and the Audi TT! Different and better looking than any other CUV, just the right curves and lines, tasteful...with a new Corporate KIA front grill and flowing headlights that are remarkably BRIGHT! And LED stop lights that cause the drivers behind you to wince when they come on!
I have gone over this Sorento with a fine tooth comb, looking for defects or poor workmanship. NOTHING! Absolutely perfect..the paint job is the best I've seen (the pearl white snow is awesome!), the engine compartment is well laid out, neat and easy access, everything where it should be. The hood is help open by hydraulic struts...not "prop-rods"! And the interior is nicely done, black leather is of high quality, stitching is white, and the instrument panel pod over the dials is black leather with white stitching too. Nice touch! And the 3rd row is doable by kids or Adults for short jaunts around town. The 2nd and 3rd rows fold flat for huge cargo space.
And my wife really likes the giant full black glass roof includes a big power sun roof...makes the back seat a very bright "vista liner" experience!
The frosting on this cake is the 100,000 mile KIA warranty and the 5 years of roadside service! This vehicle is a real deal...and in just short of 1 year has broken sales records with over 100,000 sold, and the West Point Georgia factory working all 3 shifts to keep up!
Can you say "This KIA CUV is a winner."
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