$7,622 - $9,105
Kelly Blue Book® Fair Market Range

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Base Key Features & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$7,622 - $9,105
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
20 City / 27 HWY

Mechanical Features

  • 2.4L DOHC dual CVVT 16-valve I4 engine
  • 6-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • Front wheel drive
  • Independent MacPherson strut front suspension w/coil springs
  • Independent multi-link rear suspension
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars
  • Hydraulic pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr ventilated front/solid rear disc brakes

Exterior Features

  • 17" x 7.0" painted alloy wheels
  • P235/65R17 tires
  • Pwr mirrors
  • Variable intermittent front windshield wipers
  • Fixed rear wiper

Entertainment Features

  • AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: auxiliary input jack, USB port
  • SIRIUS satellite radio -inc: (3) months free subscription
  • Bluetooth hands-free link

Interior Features

  • Tricot cloth front bucket seats
  • Tilt & telescopic steering wheel -inc: audio, cruise, Bluetooth controls
  • Trip computer
  • Pwr windows w/driver one-touch auto down
  • Pwr door locks
  • Air conditioning
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front/rear pwr outlets
  • Rear map pockets
  • Dual visor vanity mirrors

Safety Features

  • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes
  • Electronic brake force distribution w/brake assist
  • Hill assist control
  • Downhill brake control
  • Electronic stability control w/traction control
  • Side impact door beams
  • Front/rear crumple zones
  • Dual advanced front airbags -inc: passenger occupancy sensor
  • Front seat-mounted air bags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • 3-point seat belts in all positions w/front pretensioners
  • Height-adjustable front seatbelts
  • Front active headrests
  • Rear child safety door locks
  • Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Energy-absorbing steering column

2011 Kia Sorento Owner Reviews

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My Kia Sorento experience.

2011 Kia Sorento Base

I love my Kia. I bought the car at a used car dealership and expected some issues as it wasn't new. The interior fabric is a light cream which allows for stains to show easily, but it is also easy to clean. I was very happy with the interior design and having the radio/phone/cruise control on the steering wheel. I would prefer the display lighting to not be red, but that is just because red is not a calming color to me. The engine has been going strong and we haven't had any issues. The horsepower allows us to speed up quickly, sometimes a little too quickly. The optional 3rd row seating is plenty spacious for smaller children but once they are above 4 ft tall it could become cramped. Driver and passenger seats have a heated seats option and I keep mine on all the time. The only complaint I have about my Kia is that the ac does take a few minutes to cool down the vehicle.

- Devin R

I will not buy another Kia

2011 Kia Sorento Base

At first it seems really nice but they seem to get problems quickly. They have many recalls. An Kia itself don't listen to their customers. We had our back door handle just stop working from out of nowhere. After researching it many people had the same problem an Kia refuses to recall it. We also hear a sound in the front by the tire area. We have spent a couple thousand dollars trying to have it fixed. Nothing ever fixed it and yet again we researched it on again people have been in the same boat without any fix and again Kia won't recall it. Despite the fact that mechanics say it's a flaw in their design. I will not look to buy another Kia!

- Rachel C

easy when turning the car.

2011 Kia Sorento Base

The comfort of the car is great. The performance is amazing. Only problem is the airbag got recalled and it affects the features in the steering wheel. The features in the car are volume buttons on the steering wheel along with preset changing buttons. There is also cruise control on the steering wheel. There is a third row seat and the middle row lifts up easily to access the third row. While there is a third row there is still plenty of room for passengers legs. Driver's seat also has a lever that lets you adjust the height of the seat for it to be comfortable. Also has Bluetooth and aux.

- Miranda J

My summary would be that the car is nice, but it has issues manufacturer issues.

2011 Kia Sorento Base

The car is nice. The interior has room issues. Where you would set your drinks as opposed to where your arms would normally sit there is a gap, I guess you would say for the space. The car has plenty of legroom. It does not get very good gas mileage considering it is a newer type of car. The transmission does not shift properly when going uphill, even though the manufacturer has checked it out twice in their shop. Because it is not showing any error codes, they say there is not an issue.

- Sherry W

seats go down for more trunk space. Pick them up for more seats. Bluetooth radio

2011 Kia Sorento Base

Love my car. I have not had any problems with it other than the wiring. Sometimes I will press the steering wheel to dial and it will do another function. I have been getting alot of recalls about my car, but when you take it in, they do not give you any hassles. Rides smoothie. Baby falls asleep in it. Perfect family car. I can fit 3 in the middle 2 kore in the back with a tiny bit of trunk space. But the seats in the back do go down so it gives you much more trunk space.

- Michelle P

Spacious SUV, great for road trips

2011 Kia Sorento Base

I really like my Kia Sorento. It is very reliable and has never given me any issues. I love the 3rd row seating which allows me to fit more people into my car. It is somewhat comfortable, however I find the back support in the driver seat lacking. I use a pillow behind my back to help this issue. The only problem I have had with the vehicle since buying it in January 2018 is that the rear passenger side door handle broke off. Overall I really like the vehicle

- Skyler W

Interesting details if you park your car in an open lot have an antenna topper.

2011 Kia Sorento Base

Excellent in the snow, has an eco button which helps save gas specially on the highway. Tons of cargo space, including in the floor in the trunk. Overall a true family car. Kia is superb at making sure to notify you of any recall on parts and are prompt in getting them fixed for no charge. Only issue is the key fob can be weird sometimes when it comes to starting your vehicle, I've had to use the plug in feature that in the console. Other than that no issues.

- Allison L

Kia Sorento: the mom mobile

2011 Kia Sorento Base

Very reliable, comfortable, easy to drive. It is very spacious; I am able to fit all 3 of my kids/car seats in the backseat fine. When you go over 60 the car 'jumps' when shifting. The control buttons on the steering wheel do not work. At one point, the lock on the rear passenger door got stuck and we were unable to open that door. We had it repaired, and later found out there was a factory recall for that specific issue.

- Mariah F

Kia could be better, paint already starting to chip and only 8 years old.

2011 Kia Sorento Base

I wish I would've gotten 4 wheel drive/4 cylinder over the 2 cylinder, power is horrible going up a hill. Paint around front windshield is already starting to chip off rust. Fabric of interior is horrible, any little liquid stains or keeps a lasting silhouette of whatever was spilled on seat, even water marks. For the price I paid I feel I would have gotten a better quality of vehicle in another make/model.

- Jessica O

The all wheel drive is perfect for MN winter

2011 Kia Sorento Base

The car is comfortable and roomy. It has third row seating. It's all wheel drive and the power is great. It comes with a backup camera. Had a lot of issues with the alignment and have put five sets of tires on it within the last year. The camera was also faulty and no longer works except for the backup sensors. Also wish the gas mileage was better but it is the best out of my two other vehicles.

- J K

Decent vehicle for average-sized person

2011 Kia Sorento Base

The vehicle doesn't have a lot of issues. The Bluetooth system in the vehicle does not always work correctly with syncing to phones and it's difficult to understand/edit the system. Sometimes a fuse will short out like in the headlines or with the USB outlets. Additionally, if you are a larger person, it's probably going to be uncomfortable, but for those of average size, it's good.

- Jay H

Our Kia Sorento is reliable and roomy.

2011 Kia Sorento Base

This car has over 200,000 miles on it. We are really just getting into the need for repairs. This car has been extremely reliable. Tire replacement has been out biggest issue. We seem to attract any nail on the road. It is roomy and comfortable. We choose the model with the third row. It is tight and not easy to get back to the third row. However it is a nice option to have.

- Sheri H

Kia Sorento: a great car.

2011 Kia Sorento Base

Drives great, has towing capabilities but could definitely be better on gas mileage. It's nice and spacious for long trips and there's plenty of storage room. The car lacks any kind of 'fancy ' features it's very basic in a sense. But overall it's a great reliable car and would be perfect for someone with kids or someone who needs lots of space

- McKenzie D

Some good some bad features but overall ok.

2011 Kia Sorento Base

It has a lot of room and fairly comfortable seats. I like the vents for every row of seats. This includes heat air and air conditioning. However the ride is very rough and stiff feeling. It is very loud but I am not sure if that is the tires or the vehicle itself. I feel it performs very well on snowy slippery roads.

- Sherry R

Kia Sorento - Great Value

2011 Kia Sorento Base

I really like my Kia Sorento. It has great interior space, including cargo room. It handles well and I am now used to the manual transmission. First gear is a bit tricky at first, but now I have it down. I do wish I had purchased a more upscale version, but for the price this is an excellent vehicle

- Amy T

It's a great mid size SUV.

2011 Kia Sorento Base

I have not had any big problems, it rides well, handles well on the road, easy to get in and out, has good pick up when passing other vehicles, has AM, FM,and CD Player, AC, Heater, Power Steering, Power Brakes, Leather, large cargo space, seats 5 with plenty of legroom, and I would say is very reliable.

- Hardy D

Tae's Review: Great car but a lot of recalls

2011 Kia Sorento Base

Haven't had any real problems other than all the recalls that needed to be fixed. It doesn't take off as fast as I feel it should. Other than that I don't have any complaints about the vehicle. I love the look of my Kia and it fits me. If I'm able to afford an upgrade I'm definitely sticking with Kia.

- Octavia R

Why I enjoy my 2011 Kia Sorento

2011 Kia Sorento Base

Overall, the Kia Sorento is a great car. I've had an issue with one of the window motors and a door handle that stopped working but all in all it has been a great car. I do wish it was a bit bigger but size hasn't been that big of an issue. I do enjoy being able to sync my phone for hands free.

- Tamara H

I don't love it but it's better than nothing.

2011 Kia Sorento Base

Its both big and small its kinda hard to get into if your over 5'3. Its gets average mileage and is somewhat comfy it has a rear camera and bluetooth radio its really big and annoying and I hate the color it's pretty ugly on the inside and . Out the handles break easy and the seats fold down.

- jess A

Great vehicle and great mpg

2011 Kia Sorento Base

Reliable and smooth does good on gas mileage and fits all 5 of my family. Not a lot of problems mechanical wise with the exception of normal wear and tear issues that all vehicles have. Quiet ride and good stereo to listen to. I love having Bluetooth built in for phone calls and navigation

- Tiffany F

Kia Sorento: Good option for cheaper midsize SUV

2011 Kia Sorento Base

I haven't had any real problems with the car so far - and it's been 8 years! It's extremely reliable. The seats could be more comfortable, in my opinion. It's also a little slow when you punch on the gas, like trying to pass someone quickly or accelerating when merging on the highway.

- Courtney H

Performance and reliability are most important aspects.

2011 Kia Sorento Base

Performs great. Feel safe while driving it on interstate . Very reliable with regular maintenance . Decent gas mileage . Not so comfortable seats do not adjust well for varying people. Too much plastic. Lots of broken little pieces door handles fall off. Cheap plastic parts.

- Peggy C

It's nice that the car has heated seats and Bluetooth speakers.

2011 Kia Sorento Base

My car is nice and sturdy and with proper maintenance has lasted me 160,000+ miles but I would also say that it does require maintenance quite often. Also for being a base model the car has nice features like heated seats and Bluetooth phone use. Overall I would recommend the car.

- Lindsey D

Comfortable and reliable vehicle.

2011 Kia Sorento Base

I like everything about my vehicle with the exception of some extras not on this model, heated seats, outside temperature display. It has no problems and I like the way it drives, performs and it reliability. I would purchase another Kia Sorento if I was going to buy another car.

- Shan D

I love my SUV: I have traveled to the beach with seven adults.

2011 Kia Sorento Base

I have nothing to complain about. I love my vehicle, great gas mileage and the comfortable drive experience. Great for road trips and fun vacations. I can haul plants, fence equipment and furniture. It's easy to drive and has lots of storage space, I can seat seven adults

- Sharon E

Kia Sorento is a very dependable and safe SUV.

2011 Kia Sorento Base

My Kia is very reliable but I've had to have the manifold intake replaced because I didn't do some kind of motor cleaning maintenance(so I was told). I've had a couple of other problems that they had a recall on. But overall I love my car and would recommend it to anyone.

- Angela D

Great family car and great on gas.

2011 Kia Sorento Base

I really like the car, good on gas and stuff, reliable, a lot of trunk space, wish it was more updated with technology like the back up camera and GPS, would definitely recommend for a family car, has lots of space in the back also, great mileage for long distance trips.

- Marissa G

Used Kia Sorento Vehicle Review

2011 Kia Sorento Base

Very reliable vehicle. Family friendly. I have not had any major issues with the vehicle in the 5 years I have owned it. I have put many miles on it driving back and forth to work and I have only had to replace tires and brakes so far. I would love more modern features.

- Stephanie S

Overall a really great family vehicle

2011 Kia Sorento Base

I love the room and the comfort. It could use some pick up in the engine and a third row for seating. It gets great gas mileage. Fantastic on long road trips the kids have room in the back for comfort and reclining seats and window shades. Overall no real complaints.

- Jamie H

This Vehicle is Dependable

2011 Kia Sorento Base

I have had my Kia Sorento for 8 years and it has been a joy to drive the whole time. I have had my brakes serviced twice for making squeaking noises from being worn out. What is it. My Kia is basic and I don't have any fancy amenities but, I love how reliable it is.

- Robin C

Kia Sorento: An Amazing Automobile

2011 Kia Sorento Base

I have the base model Kia Sorento. I love my car. The comfort level is remarkable and sonic the reliability and performance. I have not had any problems with my vehicle since I have had it and feel lucky about it. I would recommend this car to anyone who asked.

- Marie A

Sleek and sporty steals the day

2011 Kia Sorento Base

I love my vehicle. It is extremely comfortable and reliable. I feel very safe driving me and my family around in it. I would recommend this vehicle to all friends and family. It also looks great which is a huge bonus. It looks sleek and sporty and is great on gas.

- Stephanie C

Reliable and roomy vehicle

2011 Kia Sorento Base

My Kia Sorento has been my most reliable vehicle yet!. The third row of seating makes traveling with a group easy and comfortable. I love that the third row can also fold down for room to load groceries. My only complaint is that the ride is rough on occasion.

- Kimberly H

No mechanical issues! Wonderful SUV!

2011 Kia Sorento Base

I bought my Kia Sorento new in Nov 2010. In the time I have owned it I have put 100k miles on it and have had no mechanical issues. It is a WONDERFUL SUV. My Kia is great on gas. With routine maintenance I am sure this car will last for many more years.

- Heather E

2011 Kia Sorento good vehicle for good price.

2011 Kia Sorento Base

I have not had any major issues with my car. It is comfortable and reliable. I have driven it a lot. There's plenty of room for my family including rear space for my dogs. The quality of the vehicle for the price paid is very good. I am happy with the car.

- Marie J

Comfortable Drive but Cautious About the Door Handle

2011 Kia Sorento Base

The door handle on the car broke very easily and was very difficult to replace. Other than that, the car seems to run very well and is reliable. It's seats are very comfortable and I like the way it drives. It's drives quietly and gets good gas mileage.

- Kari P

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