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2011 Kia Sorento



  • That is the only reason I am holding off on purchasing this car. I like everything about it, but safety of my kids is very important. Still trying to find out what is the truth.
    Was promised by a rep who will be getting training from Kia to call me next week on this topic.

    Either way, its a stupid thing not to extend an airbag - mazda cx9, highlander and pilot all have full length, if Kia is trying to compete, why not finish the job well?
  • onefunkaronefunkar Posts: 113
    i agree its a nice feature but sorento does not have it. if i had kids riding in the 3rd row i would buy something a little bigger anyway. the third row seat is right at the back of the vehicle.if you were rear ended with someone back there it seems pretty unsafe. i like my sorento but when the kids were still at home i had vehicles with more third row room from the back of the vehicle. in the 19 months ive owned my 2011 sorento someone rode back there only one time.
  • A reporter is interested in talking with owners of a 2011 or 2012 Kia Sorento who are also parents. If you are interested in commenting on your experience, please reply to no later than Monday, October 31, 2011 and include your city and state of residence, the model year of your vehicle and the age of your child/ren.

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  • rkennrkenn Posts: 9
    My steering wheel is peeling leaving pieces of black vinyl all over my hands. Dealer is ordering me a new one. Anyone else have this problem?
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,946
    edited October 2011
    On of our editors at Inside Line has contacted Kia and the word is that Kia does not offer any airbag protection in the third row.

    (One batch of donuts coming up Kyfdx :D )
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,881
    Even a blind pig finds an acorn, every once in awhile... ;)

    Moderator - Prices Paid, Lease Questions, SUVs

  • Bought a 2011 Kia Sorrento for my wife after doing a lot of searching. Seemed to be a great buy for what we got. I was somewhat leery of past problems Kia had had with quality, but thought they had improved their product greatly. WRONG! We have had this vehicle in for several recalls, one that took a week to get the parts in! My main concern though has been with the push start ignition. Beginning in Feb. 2011 (one year after purchase) we have had to have the car towed in 5 times because it would not start! This is in addition to several times the car not starting until repeated (over 30 minutes) attempts. So far, the dealer has replaced the brake switch 2 times, the shifter unit once, and the battery once. One time they could not find a reason why it would not start, but it finally did start so I was sent on my way. Like many couples, my wife always gets the "new" vehicle to drive because I don't want her stranded on the road someplace. While we usually drive our cars till the wheels fall off, this vehicle is destined to be traded soon. We'll never buy another Kia product!
  • guess ive been lucky with mine. will be two years old in a couple weeks and no problems yet. one question . when it wont start will it still not start when putting key fob into emergency start slot?
  • Unfortunate that Givens has had problems. My 2012 is flawless at 5K miles. Terrific gas mileage, sporty handling, good power, and looks like a million dollars. Haven't used the GREAT warranty, but glad it's there. Can't believe I got such a nice vehicle for only $20, 500 plus titling tax and processing fees.
    So far, I'm ecstatic.
  • Is there anyone who knows where to get aftermarket rear suspension parts for a 2011 Sorento. V6 auto USA. I would like to keep the rear level when towing. I know there used to be air bags you could install inside the rear springs but dont see anything like that for the 2011 year model. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks, Sean
  • agnathaagnatha Posts: 1
    edited April 2012
    How efficient is the new 4 cyl engine? What kind of a load can it carry?
  • harvittharvitt Posts: 9
    We just got the 2013 SX and love the 3rd row. But, i don't mind helping to move the 2nd row seat for them. We have a 6 and an 8 yr old, and they like riding back there, and I like having them a little further away! We plan on mainly using the 3rd row seats locally, when we are taking along friends of theirs. For trips, it might not be practical because then you don't have much cargo space.
  • winter2winter2 Posts: 1,796
    I am new to this particular forum. I am interested in purchasing a new Sorento to replace a fourteen year old Chrysler Concorde.

    I am interested in hearing what you as owners have found to be the strong points as well as the weaknesses of your vehicle.

    I am interested in a FWD, four cylinder version. Have any of you done long trips, say greater than 500 miles? How comfortable did you find the seats and ride? Is the interior noisy?
  • benson10benson10 Posts: 15
    I find my 4 cylinder FWD 2011 Sorento to be a superb combination of fuel mileage, manageable size, price, and warranty. The one thing that I have noticed is that the ride is a little firm, but some like that sporty feel. JB
  • We live in NW Pa and we have snow and during certain conditions like when the surface has not yet forzen we just can't get the Kia stopped. The anti lock don't help. The tires are now 3 1/2 years old but passed inspection with tread to spare. Our other car is a Honda Ridgeline and we have no issues. I'm not sure new tires will help but we are actually thinking about trading.
    Your & other Kia Sorrento owners thoughts
  • Trade your Kia Optima? Why.
    Just get new tires.
  • derindadderindad Posts: 1
    edited April 2013
    I had the same exact problem last night. I have a 2011 Sorento also. I had to have my car towed from work last night. It turned out to be a break switch with has something to do with the break lamp that caused it. $ 180.00 to fix. It took less than an hour. But my mechanic did tell me this switch was recalled April 1 2013. I hope this helps you.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,663
    edited April 2013
    Kia should cover that fix and pay for your tow charge because you're under Warranty. Make Kia pay for it. You're not over 60,000 miles on the odometer yet, are you?

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • onefunkaronefunkar Posts: 113
    brake light switch has just been recalled and you should be reminbursed. if it ever goes out again you can still start the car (see manual for procedure). i think it is push button twice to get into on mode then hold button for 10 seconds. also as for traction in snow its the worst car ive ever owned in snow but it is the tires. when tires are replaced it will be much better. newer sorentos have different tires.
  • jfm27jfm27 Posts: 1
    Regarding the 2011 ex v6 Sorento. I have owned one for 3 years and have 79,000 miles on it . I have to say it has been a joy to own. Only two negatives. Would like a little better mileage and the ride is a bit stiffer than I prefer. Other than that, it is a fine automobile. It is as tight as the day I bought it and the quality is worth every penny. Very responsive engine and transmission, and very comfortable on any trip. No fatigue at all, even after 10 hours on the road. The fact it is built in America, makes it all the better. I am looking at a new sxl now, although, it is really crazy, since there is absolutely nothing wrong with the one I have now. Just feel its time to upgrade.
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