Intro: Kia introduces the completely redesigned 2011 Sorrento crossover. Utilizing a state of the art unibody platform, Kia reduced the Sorento's weight by over 400 pounds while adding to its curbside appeal with larger alloy wheels and impressive exterior styling.
Features: The Sorento is offered in Base, LX, and EX models. While iPod USB connectivity and Blue Tooth Hands-Free Link are standard, the EX offers a Limited Package that boasts 18-inch chrome-finished wheels, navigation system with real-time traffic and an Infinity premium surround system with (10) speakers.
Performance: All models are offered with a 175 horsepower 2.4-liter inline 4, while the EX is also available with a 276 horsepower 3.5-liter V6. Base models send power to the front wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission while LX and EX models send power to either the front wheels or full-time all wheel drive through a 6-speed automatic.
Fuel Economy: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
Pricing/Warranty: Base MSRP for the 2011 Kia Sorento is $19,995. An all wheel drive EX V6 trim starts at $28,895. The Sorento is backed by Kia's generous 10-year, 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.
Summary: With an eye catching re-design, outstanding fuel economy and a wealth of standard and optional features at a price well below the competition, the 2011 Kia Sorento is a standout in the burgeoning crossover market place.