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2011 Kia Sorento

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  • I am out of town now and don't have the contract in front of me. It listed for 26,130 and with rebates and etc. I got about $3,000.00 off that so it was $23,130. Some sales tax on top of that but the taxes were reduced by the value of my trade.

    It was all those extras that come with the EX that I didn't want. I would have paid for JUST the 6 cylinder but did not want nor wish to pay for the 3rd row seats, sunroof, etc. The only options that I got are the Convenience Package (heated seats, backup camera and sensors, fog lamps, roof rails), the rear cargo cover and the floor mats.

    We pretty much always buy white. Our '04 was white as were most vehicles before that one. We got the white with gray interior. The navigation is nice but we already have two Garmin units and I like being able to take them into the house to update software, add routes, etc. Plus the ability to move them from vehicle to vehicle. Just my preference.
  • I just realized that I probably didn't address the original question. Is the EX similar to the LX except for the engine? In my opinion, not really. As I said, I would have paid a bit more to get the V6 engine in the LX package but unfortunately, upgrading to the EX would have required me paying for a lot of other stuff that I just didn't care about. Just a few examples are rear air, third row seating, 18" chrome wheels.....etc. Those are all nice features but they weren't important to us. I just wasn't willing to pay a lot of extra money for features that I didn't care about just to get the V6 engine.
  • dboedboe Posts: 69
    It's true, going the V6 route gives you more than you ask for, or want to pay for.
    However, I did notice on one of the brochures I was sent from Kia, and it was mentioned in the cover letter they sent, under 'some Highlights'... that the 3 rows of seating, Panoramic Sunroof, Leather Seat trim, and AWD can be ordered as optional equipment, not only as part of a package. I suspect this is to satisfy LX purchasers who just want one or two more features from the EX package setups.
    However, on one of the brochures there is also a footnote that the upgraded radio and rear camera system are also available as individual options.
    In any case, I made it clear to my dealer that I am in no hurry, and would prefer to piece-meal out as many options as possible and order it built.
    He said considering it is new production vehicle things are still a bit slow, changeable and it will no doubt take some time, but that is certainly doable.
    He will need a $500 refundable (up until the car is delivered) deposit.
    I may well go that route...we'll see. No hurry.
    I may 'get stuck' with the 3 row seating, I don't need the additional 'a/c' for the back, but would like the chrome wheels. Saw a picture on the internet of a Dark Cherry with the wheels, and decided that was my car. LOL
    I am pretty jazzed on this car. I like how it felt when I drove it. And I like the room it provides in still a fairly compact vehicle with nice styling.
  • biker1biker1 Posts: 3
    Recently placed an order for a 2011 EX V6 4X4 (pacific blue) with premium package #2, auto dimming mirror with homelink, and floor mats. List price I believe was $32,690. Price negotiated $30,300 after $1,000 competitive vehicle rebate. Could have got an additional $1,000 rebate but elected to take 48 month no interest financing instead. Was told it would take about two weeks to get car (ordered Jan 13th).
  • dboedboe Posts: 69
    That's a pretty quick turn around, congrats!
  • I just picked one of those (FWD) off the lot at my Atlanta dealer. Kinda nice to have drive a really nice SUV made in Georgia.
    Price was MSRP $30815 but got them down about $2k before the competitive rebate was factored in. I also took the 0% financing for 48 months.
    This V6 and 6 spd auto is very solid and smooth. The I4 probably would have been fine, but I expect to load down the car now and then - so the V6 will make those trips much easier. I also needed the 3rd row, and you just can't beat this car for gas mileage and space for passengers. Nothing comes even close in the price range either.
    My kids like the voice command and dual sunroof. I like the USB plug for MP3 files I carry on a flash stick - which worked the first time I plugged it in.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    what is the recommended maintenance intervals on the 11 Sorie.....the early models had the vehicle in the shop every 30K for something, trans or diff fluid change, 60K for tuneup and timing belt change.....etc......have an 03 Sorie with 125K on it but repair intervals were often and expensive in order to maintain the 100K drive train warranty. Front dif failed on the AWD at 105K and dealer wanted nearly 4.5K to replace it.....stated it couldnt be rebuilt.....took it to an independent shop who rebuilt it and installed for 1K out the door....

    what does the 11 owners manual recommend for fluid changes, timing belt, and plugs.....just curious....
  • vrmvrm Posts: 301
    Host,

    Can you change the name of this forum to 2011 Kia Sorrento?
    Not sure why this change has not been done yet.

    Thanks.
  • They are definitely dealing, even though this is a new car. Before incentives, I bought an '11 EX 4-cyl with premium and 3rd row for $700 below invoice. Final price was $24300 after $1000 competitor rebate and 0% for 48 mo. We have been extremely happy with the car over the last week. It is not a luxury vehicle, but the ride, handling, noise levels, and refinement are head of the group. The 4-cyl is OK, with 0-60 under 10 sec and relative quiet operation. For the 1st 300 miles on a new engine and mixed hwy/city driving we are averaging 22 mpg - good IMO. A new 200 hp theta engine comes out later this year with direct injection and better fuel economy. It would be good if it made it to the Sorento. The base stereo, on the other hand, sounds average at best, and I am no audiophile. The next package with audio and nav was only $2k more but we didn't need it.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    Can you change the name of this forum to 2011 Kia Sorrento?

    No, but how about 2011 Kia Sorento? ;)

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • 1hhead1hhead Posts: 18
    aggie94, Am shopping for this exact trim level... Was there a trade-in on this deal?

    Many thanks.
  • doug35doug35 Posts: 5
    We recently test drove a base EX with the 6-Speed Manual Tranny. Very impressive power considering how heavy this fairly large SUV is! Big improvement in every respect compared to our older model Sorento (even though we still like that one too). 29 MPG on the highway makes this a pretty compelling alternative showing how far Kia/Hyundai has come in their internal combustion engine technology. Very nice vehicle for the money, but we are still going to wait for bigger rebates - with Kia, you can count on it.
  • As a Costco member the Costco Auto Program identified a dealer for me in MD who could get me exactly what I wanted.

    Took the train one way to MD from Pittsburgh PA to be picked up by the dealer at the station in the car I wanted to buy and was on my way back in 2 hours. Thanks to Costco and King Auto in Gaithersburg MD.

    About the SUV - excellent for the price I paid with 2K discount and an additional Costco discount - EX 4x2 with premium package and third row seating cost me only 24350.00 before taxes and tags. I had to spend about additional 200 for going there and driving it back - of course added about 300 miles on the car from MD.

    It has been 3 days and wonder why people tailgate all the time - realized they want to see what make the car is - as it looks sturdy and a well designed SUV on the road. Drives very good - pickup as expected from a 4 Cyl vehicle . I am sure 6 cyl will be much better but less gas mileage and additional 2 K for KIA dissuaded me.

    The only task I have to get done is get the inspection stickers on the vehicle as per PA state law which will cost me additional 50 dollars.

    But price wise no PA dealer could beat the price - It is new had 80 miles on it when I took delivery of the vehicle.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    can any of the new Sorie owners answer this question(s):

    what is the recommended maintenance intervals on the 11 Sorie.....the early models had the vehicle in the shop every 30K for something, trans or diff fluid change, 60K for tuneup and timing belt change.....etc......have an 03 Sorie with 125K on it but repair intervals were often and expensive in order to maintain the 100K drive train warranty. Front dif failed on the AWD at 105K and dealer wanted nearly 4.5K to replace it.....stated it couldnt be rebuilt.....took it to an independent shop who rebuilt it and installed for 1K out the door....

    what does the 11 owners manual recommend for fluid changes, timing belt, and plugs.....just curious....
  • I'm out of town right now and in my company car so don't have the manual in front of me. If nobody else responds by the time I get home on Friday I'll do so. I did look at it briefly and saw nothing that bothered me. I pretty much do all my own maintenance though so don't spend a lot of time running to Kia for it. I document my oil changes and etc. and never had any problems at all with them refusing any warranty work on the 2004 that I traded in.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,955
    The Edmunds Maintenance Guide should match the manual.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    2011 maintenance schedule not posted yet online
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    thanks....no really concerned about the oil changes...but rather the differential fluids, timing belt, and plugs.....my 03 EX required dif fluid changes every 22.5k, coolant flush at 30K, timing belt and plugs at 60K. To me that is often and expensive for the dealer to do...In addition...some of the earlier Sories required Kia Red fluids only sold at the dealer and not available after market for the difs and trans....It was also a royal pain to change the plugs as it seemed you had to disassemble the engine to get to them....thus a larger labor cost...

    average 20-25K a year on a car...and these intervals come up quickly....my other vehicles..(all GM) dont required any major maintenance until the 100K mark as recommended.....I however do fluid flushes every 50K as a rule...
  • robbiegrobbieg Posts: 323
    Ok, I am sort of confused. What are the Sorento's competition. I know Sante Fe, and Equinox. What Ford, Edge or Escape? What Honda, CR-V or Pilot, What Toyota, Rav4 or Highlander? Any others?
  • luvwowluvwow Posts: 11
    rav 4,crv are consided utes I believe and would be competive models for kia sportage or the new tuscon the smaller cars I did test drive the 2010 tuscon
    really liked it but too small for our family no third row.

    hylander is considered a comparable for the sorento we have had one since 2001 been a good suv for us getting old time to replace soon.

    good luck on your search for new car

    fin :)
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