2011 Kia Sorento Beefs Up With More Power, Better MPGs
After a one-year absence, the Kia Sorento returns for 2011 as a wholly more competitive vehicle. Plenty of updates result in a vehicle that is more powerful, fuel-efficient and family-friendly than ever before. Learn what's new on the 2011 Kia Sorento and review specs, features and mpgs.
What's New - 2011 Kia Sorento
The 2011 Sorento has been completely redesigned. Major changes include a switch from a truck chassis to car-like unibody chassis, new engine options and the availability of third-row seating. Thanks to the new chassis, the vehicle's on-road manners are much improved and should jive well with the typical suburban SUV driver.
Styling - New 2011 Kia Sorento
The Sorento exudes a confident stance and slightly aggressive styling slant. However, the vehicle is far from polarizing and for the most part offers a familiar SUV silhouette. For those who are interested in a vehicle that is mostly conservative, yet boasts slight bold undertones, the Sorento is likely to please in the category of aesthetics.
Inside, most reviewers praise the Sorento for its level of interior quality. Though the Kia Sorento undercuts much of the competition in terms of price, comfort and interior materials are on par with class leaders. With the available third-row seat, the Sorento seats up to seven. Keep in mind, however, that the third-row seat is a bit on the small side. With a maximum of 72.5 cubic feet of storage space, cargo room is class competitive.
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Performance - New 2011 Kia Sorento
Kia's new car-based chassis provides smoother handling than the outgoing model. Compare specs across 2011 SUVs, and you'll also find that the Sorento scores well in the performance category. The base engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 175 horsepower. A 3.5-liter V-6 is also available, and ramps things up to 276 horsepower.
The base Sorento earns EPA estimates of 21-mpg in the city and 29-mpg on the highway. Opt for a manual transmission and those figures fall to 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. The V-6 engine delivers 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. All-wheel drive is also available, which degrades mileage slightly. Overall, these figures are average for the class, but a big improvement over the previous Sorento.
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Safety - New 2011 Kia Sorento
Standard safety features for the new Sorento include six airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, traction control, stability control, hill assist and downhill brake assist. Available options include a backup warning system and rearview camera. Thanks to solid crash test scores, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety lists the 2011 Sorento as a "Top Safety Pick" for the year.
Pricing and Features - New 2011 Kia Sorento
Base price for the new 2011 Kia Sorento comes in at $19,995. For that price, car shoppers get air conditioning, full power accessories, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth, satellite radio, CD/MP3 player and USB input. The mid-range LX model is available with heated front seats, roof rails, fog lamps, second-row armrests and a few cosmetic changes. Available niceties on the top-tier EX include dual-zone climate control, keyless ignition, leather seats, panoramic sunroof, GPS and 12-speaker stereo. Opt for all the bells and whistles, and your price tag will ring up somewhere around $29,000.
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