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2008 Kia Sorento

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2008 Kia Sorento Review

Good mix of on- and off-road capabilities.

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Overview

The 2008 Kia Sorento is a midsized SUV with a long list of options and standard features. This SUV is typically offered with an attractive price, especially considering the many standard features offered on all of the trim levels. Additionally, the powertrain and suspension system of the Sorento make it an excellent choice for those that want the comfort of a car on the road and the ability of a SUV off road.

Buyers are sure to appreciate the power offered by the 3.3-liter or 3.8-liter V-6 found under the hood. Paired with a five-speed automatic transmission the Sorento offers a good driving experience in most situations.

The standard goodies don’t hurt the overall outlook of the 2008 Kia Sorento either. It is equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels, a 10-speaker sound system, and full power accessories. This model features a leather-wrapped steering wheel and nice cloth seats in the lower trim levels as well.

The Range

Body Styles: midsize SUV
Engines: 3.3-liter V-6, 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Kia Sorento base, Kia Sorento LX, Kia Sorento EX

What's New

The biggest change for the 2008 model year is the new engine found in the base and LX trim levels of this midsized SUV. The 3.3-liter V-6 is new to the lineup and offers 242 hp. While it is less powerful than the 3.8-liter found in the EX, it offers slightly improved fuel economy.

Exterior

The exterior of the 2008 Kia Sorento is dressed to impress. This crossover SUV in the midsized class offers a lot of style and good looks. With its sleek, modern lines and car-like front end, it fits in well at the park, on your daily commute, or at the grocery store. Kia designed this vehicle to be incredibly versatile in a wide variety of situations.

Interior

The 2008 Kia Sorento has a lot going for it on the inside. While the design might feel a little dated to some folks, the placement of the gauges and controls is sound and comfortable for the driver. Additionally, there is plenty of high-quality materials in the cabin to make it feel more like a luxury SUV than a reasonably-priced crossover. The seats are very comfortable, and the third row can hold three adults. It’s important to note than taller passengers may find the third row to be a bit of a squeeze though. The third row is designed to fold in different configurations to maximize cargo space. The Sorento offers 66 cubic feet of space when the third row is fully folded, which is less than the Sorento’s competition.

Performance & Handling

In terms of driving and handling, with the 2008 Kia Sorento it’s necessary to take the good with the bad. On the plus side, the V-6 engine that's found in this SUV provides smooth riding and good acceleration on road or highway driving. Steering is good and responsive. The body leans around sharp corners, and its turns is kept to a minimum. The Sorento’s front end and suspension system allow for smooth, comfortable riding on smooth surfaces. Things get a little dicey when the SUV hits rough terrain. Any breaks in the road are sure to be felt in the cabin. Also, the braking system is adequate for most driving experiences, but it lacks responsiveness in certain situations.

Safety

Kia chose to add some impressive safety features to the 2008 Sorento. This SUV has airbags galore with full length side airbags as well as a driver’s side knee airbag. This model is also equipped with stability and traction control. Anti-lock brakes are standard on all models as well. In government testing for safety, the Sorento did very well in front and rear end collusions. However it did not fare as well in side impact collusion and received the lowest rating.

EPA Fuel Economy

Kia Sorento 3.3-liter V-6: 16/22 mpg city/highway
Kia Sorento 3.8-liter V-6: 15/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Useful off-road capabilities
  • Solid construction
  • High-quality materials
  • Long list of standard equipment

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Bouncy ride over rough terrain
  • Average braking in high stress situations
  • unimpressive side impact crash results

Sum Up

Good mix of on- and off-road capabilities.

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