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2011 Kia Sorento SX SUV

2011 Kia Sorento Review

(3 Stars)  Good conversion from SUV to crossover

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

Overview
After taking a year off from the lineup for a complete redesign, the Kia Sorento is again part of the lineup. In its new incarnation, it shares the unibody constructed structure with the Hyundai Santa Fe. The new, sleeker, model replaces the previous body on frame design. It has grown almost 4 inches overall, despite the fact that it's wheelbase has been shortened by .3 inches. This newfound space has made a pleasant increase in interior volume.

The improvements in the new Sorento don't end there. It has gone on a diet and the reduced weight when compared to the earlier models help the 4 cylinder engine, which makes 175 horsepower, feel like a more viable option, although he Sorento offers a much more powerful option as well in the form of a 276 HP 3.5 liter V-6. Regardless of which engine is chosen, they will be mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission.

While front wheel drive is standard, there is an option for all wheel drive. Trim levels to choose from on the Sorento are the LX, EX, and SX.

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2011 Sorento SX Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.5L V6 DOHC with variable valve timing and four valves per cylinder
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 20 MPG city, 26 MPG highway, 22 MPG combined and 396 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
18.0gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 276 hp @ 6,300 rpm; 248 ft lb of torque @ 5,000 rpm

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'11 Kia SX SUV Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Rear Spoiler
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Roof Rail
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Front Fog Lights
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Hill Decent Control
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Rear Side Airbag
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Rear View Camera
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
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Third row seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Navigation System
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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