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2007 Kia Sorento

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2007 Kia Sorento Review

Attractive, well-equipped, comfortable, and rugged.

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Overview

The 2007 Kia Sorento provides one of the best options for a midsize SUV that does not cost a fortune to own or drive. With towing capability, four-wheel drive, and a powerful V-6 engine, the market doesn’t really offer any better choices than the Sorento. The attractive style of the SUV provides another benefit of owning it.

The truck-based SUV appeals to various types of drivers from the daily driver to the more serious off-road adventurers. For an adequate off-road ability and refined suburban driving, the 2007 Kia Sorento has almost everything combined to make it a very worthwhile choice.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Kia Sorento, Kia Sorento LX, Kia Sorento EX

What's New

The 2007 Kia Sorento receives significant updates, including exterior and interior redesigns, new safety features, and a powerful V-6 to keep competiveness among SUV rivals.

The improvements made for the 2007 model include a host of upgrades and redesigns to add to an excellent existing package. The old engine gets replaced with a 3.8-liter V-6 that generates 262 horsepower and gives it about 30 percent more than it had before. The addition raises the towing capacity to 5000 pounds for either drivetrain. The Sorento offers either four- or two-wheel drive, along with the newer engine in place. Exterior refinements may be noticeable to some owners because now the Sorento has a revised grille, redesigned front headlamps and tail lamps, new bumpers, and more updates occur inside.

Exterior

Along with the various body paint color options for sprucing up the exterior of the Sorento, Kia also offers several standard features. The two levels include the LX and the EX. Sixteen-inch wheels come on the LX and EX, but the option to add 17-inch alloy wheels and fog lights remains available through the Sport LX package. By opting for the Luxury EX package, the 2007 Kia Sorento also gets a sunroof to better the appearance of the SUV.

Interior

Inside the 2007 Kia Sorento, drivers find many indications of the redesign. Such aspects as the tasteful use of metal and wood trim, as well as the leather seating improve the SUVs interior. Cargo room seems fair with about 31 cubic feet with the rear seats up.

Standard features for the interior include full power accessories, a sound system with 10 speakers, cloth seats, and an adjustable driver’s seat for the LX. The addition of the audio controls mounted onto the steering wheel, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a steering wheel wrapped in leather, adjustable headrests, a leather-wrapped shift knob, wood grain accents, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror come standard on the EX. Additional packages remain available for adding more sporty touches such as the exquisite black leather interior or heated front seats and automatic dual-zone climate control.

Performance & Handling

When it comes to handling and performance, the 2007 Kia Sorento has more horsepower this year, as well as a refined rear solid-axle and front suspension for pavement driving. The Sorento gets a new 3.8-liter V-6 that generates 262 hp with 260 lb-ft torque and matches with a five-speed automatic transmission with an option for manual shifting. The upgraded power plant gives the Kia SUV an advantage in towing, raising the capacity to 5000 pounds. Two drivetrains include four-wheel drive or rear drive.

The ride feels very pleasant with adequate torque provided and improved engine acceleration and performance. Minimal body roll and accurate steering mark just some of the benefits of the upgraded Kia Sorento.

Safety

Several safety features improve the 2007 Kia Sorento. Complete curtain airbags, traction control, stability control, a knee airbag for the driver, a tire pressure monitor, and anti-lock brakes come standard on all models. The Kia Sorento earns five stars out of five in NHTSA tests for rear and front crashes. The Sorento receives a rating of ""acceptable"" for IIHS crash tests.

EPA Fuel Economy

Kia Sorento: 15/21 mpg city/highway
Kia Sorento LX: 15/21 mpg city/highway
Kia Sorento EX: 15/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Impressive list of standard features
  • Real off-road ability
  • Four-wheel drive available
  • Solid build quality
  • High-quality materials

You Won't Like

  • Excessively bumpy ride on rough roads
  • Mediocre fuel economy

Sum Up

Attractive, well-equipped, comfortable, and rugged.

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