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You'll Like The 2007 Kia Sorento If...

If you're looking for an SUV that's bigger than a Honda CR-V but smaller than a Dodge Durango, the Sorento might suit you perfectly. Its long list of standard equipment, low base price and comfortable ride make it a good choice for the casual off-road warrior or those who keep their driving strictly on the pavement.

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Powered by their rear wheels, the two-wheel drive Sorento models don't offer the level of traction in ice, snow or mud provided by their front-wheel-drive competitors. The V6 performs well but delivers mediocre fuel economy.

What's New

The Sorento has a new, all-aluminum V6 engine good for 262 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The Sorento's interior receives revised gauge faces and center console, new wood trim appliques, active headrests and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.

Interior Features

This is a five-passenger vehicle, but we think that, if those passengers are adults, four would be a more comfortable fit. The Sorento's rear seats provide good headroom and legroom and allow for a fairly large cargo area behind them. The interior quality is commendably good, using substantial plastic components, rich textures and plush surfaces. Standard front and rear side-curtain airbags are a worthwhile safety bonus.

Exterior Features

The Sorento looks sharp and, on appearance alone, could easily be mistaken for a high-end Japanese SUV. The flared wheel arches, high windowsill line and wide side moldings impart a feeling of solidity, while the high ground clearance and optional Torque-On-Demand four-wheel-drive system promise good traction in slippery conditions.

Driving Impressions

On the road, the Sorento seems as solid and secure as the best SUVs from Japan and the U.S, and the steering feels light but precise and controlled. The Sorento's strong V6 engine offers plenty of low-end torque and highway performance. The five-speed automatic delivers crisp shifts and rarely has to hunt for the proper gear. The Sorento's soft suspension displays more front-end dive and rear squat than we would prefer during harder acceleration and braking. However, the handling in turns does not seem to be affected in the same way, and the Sorento delivers good cornering ability without excessive lean or body roll.

Pricing Notes

The two-wheel-drive Sorento has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $20,665. The four-wheel-drive Sorento LX stickers for $25,265, while a fully-loaded EX four-wheel drive tops out around $32,000. Before you buy, be sure to look at the Fair Purchase Price page, which shows the typical price paid for a Sorento in your area. Also click on the Incentives tab to see if you qualify for Kia's additional incentive and rebate programs. The Sorrento is expected to hold about the same resale value as its closest competitors, at or just a few percentage points below the values projected for the Jeep Liberty, Hummer H3, Ford Explorer and Nissan Xterra.

Notable Equipment

The LX trim level includes the 3.8-liter V6 engine, a five-speed automatic transmission, air conditioning, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), rear defroster, illuminated entry, remote keyless entry, auto-off headlamps, electronic stability and traction control, dual heated power mirrors, power windows, power locks, AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatible CD player and 10 speakers, front and rear side-curtain airbags, fuel tank skid plate, cruise control, tilt steering wheel, four 12-volt outlets, alloy wheels and a rear wiper/washer. The EX with Luxury package adds fog lights, side cladding, power sunroof, eight-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, leather seating and interior trim, 16-inch machined alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic temperature control and full-time four-wheel drive.

Notable Options

Options include Torque-On-Demand (TOD) full-time four-wheel drive, fog lights and a rear spoiler. For the EX, options include power moonroof, leather interior, rear-seat entertainment package, side step bars and a trailer hitch.

Favorite Features

Wide Interior

The Sorento's wide interior provides for a roomy cargo area and offers plenty of shoulder room.

Array of Standard Equipment

For the money, few other SUVs can match the Sorento's array of standard equipment.

Under the Hood

The Sorento's new 3.8-liter V6 is a strong engine with good pulling and passing power, and it works particularly well with the five-speed automatic transmission. The new engine not only adds an additional 70 horsepower, it also achieves better fuel economy than the previous 3.5-liter V6.

3.8-liter V6

262 horsepower @ 6000 rpm

260 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/23 (2WD), 17/22 (4WD)

Editors' Notes

Styled and sized like a modern crossover, Kia's mid-size Sorento SUV retains the rugged body-on-frame construction preferred by off-road enthusiasts and those who need to tow heavy trailers. The Sorento's five-passenger cabin has the look and feel of an upscale SUV, making it as equally adept at shuttling business clients as it is the kids and family dog. Of course, the Sorento's long list of standard features, impressively powerful V6 engine and easy-to-swallow low sticker price are also a big draw, as is Kia's 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty. Safety is another area where the Sorento shines, with a five-star government crash-test safety rating, full-length side-curtain airbags, electronic stability control and traction control, all included as standard equipment.

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2007 Kia Sorento with 210, 000 miles that still runs great.

2007 Kia Sorento

I have had my Kia Sorento since I was a sophomore in high school and I am now 25. The car has almost 210, 000 miles on it now and I have still had no major issues. This car is the perfect car size. I have three dogs and they all fit comfortably. One of those dogs is a 110 pound black lab and he still has room in the back to move around. I travel 45 minutes to work every day just to get there and I have to fill up once a week for all that traveling. This car has been a perfect fit for how much a travel for work and leisure as well as being able to bring my animals with us.

- Taylor H

Excellent gas mileage 21 highway 16 city.

2007 Kia Sorento

Excellent car for 11 years. No major problems has occurred. Replace air conditioner has been the only major repair. Smooth driving in the city and highway. Plenty of legroom space in both front and back seat. You don't feel like a sardine in this Kia. . Very spacious. Excellent gas mileage in city and highway for a V6. After 11 years of ownership, it has never left me along the side of the road. I highly recommend Kia Sorento to anyone who wants reliability, comfort and class.

- Sharon L

With just the proper maintenance, this car will give you reliable transportation for years.

2007 Kia Sorento

It is easy to get in and out of. It is hard on my knees getting in and out of vehicles that sit lower to the ground, but the Kia Sorento is the right height to slide in and out. I also love the power of the engine. It accelerates promptly without any of the lag that some other vehicles have. The four wheel drive is a plus as well. I have had it for 10 years without any problems at all.

- Stacie P

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