Redesigned in 2007 and starting at just over $20,000, the 2008 Kia Sorento offers a well-made, affordable 4-door 5-passenger midsize SUV. For 2008, the updated headlights, grille, and taillights from 2007 are carried over.
Engine choices are a base 242 horsepower 3.3 liter V6 or a 262 horsepower 3.8 liter V6, both sending power through a 5-speed automatic to rear wheel drive or 4-wheel drive.
Fuel economy ranges from 15 miles per gallon city to 22 miles per gallon highway.
Those selecting the larger engine and 4 wheel drive package will have the added benefit of Kia's Torque On Demand system which sends power to the wheels that it senses are slipping. This package also includes a low-range transfer case.
Base MSRP is $20,695, while a fully loaded EX trim will cost around $30,000. All Kia Sorento's come with a 10 year, 100,000 mile warranty.
With legitimate off-road equipment at a likable price, the 2008 Kia Sorento makes a versatile and capable midsize SUV easier to afford.