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2011 Kia Sorento



  • mtnman1mtnman1 Central OhioPosts: 431
    edited June 2010
    in the end it really doesn't matter much what class a vehicle is in as long as it's the right size for the buyer!
    That is exactly what counts in the end. I hope that the choice my wife and I made in buying the Sorento will feel like the right choice 5 years from now. We really loved our Mountaineer and struggled with our decision to trade it in. We where concerned with some of the forums that I have read where people have had the transmissions on the Mountaineers and Explorers go bad at about 60,000 to 70,000 miles and especially concerned where gas prices might go in the next few years. Anyway good luck with your car shopping.
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  • robbiegrobbieg Posts: 339
    I guess I don't get the size classifications. My belief is that the Pilot is the bench mark for midsize SUVs. CR-V for small SUVs. I think the Sorento is closer in size to the P{ilot than it is the CR-V and therefore should be compared to the Pilot. The Sorento is pretty close in size to the Pilot. About 3 inches in lenght and 6 in width. Same for the Equinox. GM always seems to compare their larger cars to smaller competitors. Another example is the CTS which GM compares to the 3 series even though it is closer in size to the 5 series.
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  • mtnman1mtnman1 Central OhioPosts: 431
    I can't see how you would consider the Sorento in the same classification as the Pilot. The Pilot weighs 600lbs more, is 7 inches longer, 4 inches wider, and 5 inches taller. It is much larger than the Equinox in all respects except that It is only 4 inches longer. Whether you view them in the same class of vehicles is irrelevent. They aren't. The Pilot is in the same class as the Explorer, Envoy, Trailblazer, Highlander, etc. If you want to believe otherwise, then that' your choice. But everyone else in the world including CR and Edmunds places them in different classifications. On top of all that the Pilot gets a lousy EPA rating of 17/23 vs. the Sorento's 20/26. If you need the room of the Pilot, get the Pilot. But don't believe that a Sorento or the equinox is the same size as a Pilot.
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  • mtnman1mtnman1 Central OhioPosts: 431
    I was just thinking that maybe you are looking at a 2009 Sorento which was more of a Mid Sized SUV. The 2011 is a crossover and much smaller. I know because I own one. I bought as a down size of another Mid Size SUV, the Mountaineer. Now I would agree that the Pilot is more Mini Van than SUV. That's why in 2004 we didn't buy the Pilot because after owning Mini Vans from 1986 to 2004, we were sick of Mini Vans. After 3 test drives trying to convince ourselves that the Pilot would work we just couldn't get by the utter blandness of it. Like I said, if you need a larger vehicle because of kids, get the Pilot. A better choice would be a Mini Van because they wouldn't get the crappy MPG the Pilot gets. If you want the feel of sitting up higher, but don't need a ton of room then get the Sorento. We bought the Sorento because we only have one Kid left at home and he will be going away to college next year. If I had two or three, I would think the CRV, Equinox, Rav 4, forester, Sorento, etc. would be too small.
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  • Skruppa, the issue isn't your speakers.. I have the very same issue with mine. I just bought a 2011 KIA Sorento EX about 3 months ago. It's loaded and nice, however I had a problem with the electrical system and all the lights on the right side of my car went out, they fixed them and now I've been complaining about the speakers since I drove it off the lot. Anytime you turn up the radio past 15 you hear reall bad distortion coming from the speakers. I've taken my Sorento back 5 times & they couldn't figure out what was wrong with it. Someone from Corporate finally said that there is a wire somewhere on the car that is making contact with metal & they're trying to find a fix for it as we speak.
  • I actually had the exact same problem with MY Sorento only it was the entire right side that the bulbs went out on. It wasn't the bulbs though. It is a copacitor that was bad. They told me they couldn't get the parts because it is a 2011 so I bacically told them that's unacceptable. I bought the car brand new if they don't have parts to fix issues with the vehicle, then they have NO business selling it. So I told them they're either going to need to canabalize one of the other Sorentos on their lot or exchange my Sorento for a different one. I'm still fighting with them on issues with the sound system on my car.. it sounds TERRIBLE & not because it's cheap, but because there's a wire somewhere in the car making contact with metal. These cars do have some issues which is expected especially being that they released these cars far earlier than scheduled.. BUT remember people, they have NO RIGHT to tell you "We have no fix for it, sorry". They HAVE to find a fix within a reasonable amount of time if they try to argue that the car was sold "As is" fine.. but the car also has a bumper to bumper warrantee for 3 years.. so either way, they're screwed & need to fix these issues.
  • I'm actually looking to buy the upgraded infinity sound system.. I just have the stock.. soooo.. if you buy it with the upgraded sound system and want to get rid of it.. let me know.. lol Good luck to you..
  • rjsjsnrjsjsn Posts: 1
    picked up ex/v6 with premium package for 28000. Love the car so far although have to take it back after 1 week for sunroof issues.
  • auyomanauyoman Posts: 5
    hi, i have 1100 miles on my 2011 sorento. Four times i have had the "NO RESPONSE" problem that rick174 describes on june 12. usually after a corner i push on the gas and nothing happens. if you lift off the gas pedal and get back on it, it starts to pull normally. this can be a safety problem if someone runs into the back of you because you are slowing down. HOST!!! has kia been told of this problem? i hope there is a recall on this soon.
    i'm a toyota guy but the toyota highlander could not match this sorento in 6 speed, warrenty, power, price, and gas mileage. on a slightly down hill trip from temecula to anaheim calif at 70 and 75 the read out was 27.4 mpg. around town is still 17 mpg. break in time? sam
  • auyomanauyoman Posts: 5
    hosts steve and tidester, I have read and posted on tundra solutions for years. i have learned many things that could be problems with my tundra. i know truck people are perhaps more creative to do things to their vechile but if we could get more people posting we would all benifit. i personally like to see the exhaust tips, so i cut off the down turns, cut thru the plastic, and welded on stainless steel tips that bearly show past the bumper. how can you get more people on our site?
    someone had a great idea to seperate pre 2011 into generation 1 and posts on 2011 and newer as generation 2. i don't need to read all those posts on older Kia's. do you host for free? thanks, Sam
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    edited July 2010
    Hey Sam, keep posting and that'll generate more talk.

    (oh, can't guarantee it, but I suspect that Kia has someone summarizing posts here for the home office).
  • m6userm6user Posts: 3,175
    If you notice the title of the this discussion "2011 Sorento" you should know that this is only supposed to be talk about the generation 2, or 2011 Sorento. So, it is already seperated. What more would you want? Some people will post in here about older Sorentos a little bit but it's not a burden. At least it hasn't been. It think you'll find that customization to these types of family vehicles is a lot less than you would see with pickups.
  • onefunkaronefunkar Posts: 113
    have had my ex v6 since march 8th. so far with 7400 miles its been perfect.its even one of the first built in georgia (number 1793) just got back from a 3800 mile trip thru dakotas, wyoming, montana idaho and washington. even had someone in the third row seat for about half an hour and they seemed somewhat comfortable. at least so far couldnt be happier with it. traded in an 08 saturn outlook for it.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 7,129
    edited July 2010
    anyone trading in any Saturn for a Kia has already made a humungously good decision. Enjoy your '11 Kia Sorento. Kia is certainly in to exceeding customer expectations lately. Then again, I loved my '99 Kia Sephia, even! Take a look at my Edmunds nickname.

    So I caught on to the goodness of Kia way back in the spring of 1999. Enjoy!

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  • onefunkaronefunkar Posts: 113
    thanks i hope to continue to enjoy the sorento. i see kia as a great saturn replacement now that they are gone. i still have a great 07 aura xr v6. saturn was very in to customer service and i hear kia doing the same. saturn went upscale at the end but gave up on the lower price customer. the last year the lowest price saturn started at 24,300 dollars. kia going upscale but not giving up on lower priced cars. kia plans to pass honda and toyota by 2015. dont know if they will but its a great goal.
  • onefunkaronefunkar Posts: 113
    anyone else think its strange that the average mpg on the dash resets on its own after gas fill ups? cant figure out why they made it that way.
  • mtnman1mtnman1 Central OhioPosts: 431
    Yes I think it's very odd.
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  • onefunkaronefunkar Posts: 113
    anyone else with smart key know if there is a way to turn it off? example if you go on a trip and want to bring an extra key inside the car or go swimming and want to hide the key somewhere in the car so it doesnt get wet. anywhere inside the car the car will start by hitting start button. that makes it tough to leave a key in the car somewhere.
  • auyomanauyoman Posts: 5
    Just for your information. When it is on the air conditioner compressor takes power from the engine and lowers gas mileage. some say 1/4 to 1/2 mpg. when the air is on the electric fan behind the radiator comes on part of the time to pull outside air thru the ac condensor. this makes the alternator work a little harder. i wanted to know when the radiator fan and compressor are on so i installed leds (light emitting diods which use very little power. i find out that the compressor and the fans cycle on and off after the inside is cooled down and you are moving along. To get just outside air, push the off button then speed up the fan.
  • So i own a 2011 Sorento 4cyl. AWD and let me say I love the car but, would hope that it wouldn't have all the problems. Im getting some really bad MPG an avg of 13.5 in city highway maybe 15mpg. I called the dealer and they say its the gas. Then 1mth later they had to replace all my bulbs since none worked they said that they had a recall on them.... NEVER got a notification. Took it back so they can replace the A/C compressor and now i got no cool air. Called them back they said to wait for the freon to work thru been a week already and just cools a small amount.

    Can i take it to another dealership to get serviced cause there no help where i take it to.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    yes...absolutely you can use another dealer....
  • mtnman1mtnman1 Central OhioPosts: 431
    Does it bother anyone out there that bought a new 2011 Sorento EX w/Leather that the new 2011 Sportage w/Leather has not only heated leather, but also the drivers seat is cooled? I just about went nuts when I learned the sportage got this option. I will be reminded every time we get into our Black Leather interior and it's about 120 degrees inside our Sorento. It will be comforting to know that Kia thought that the vehicle that can cost upwards of $36,000 when fully loaded wasn't worth adding this option while that driver in the 2011 sportage will be in total seat cooling comfort at about $10K less. When it's 95 degrees as it has been many times this summer and I sit on the BLACK leather in my Sorento and arrive to my destination with my pants seat and my shirt soaking wet with sweat the knife will just twist a little more in my back. Of course, now Kia will probably add it to the 2012 sold in probably early 2011 Sorentos.
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  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,788
    Not sure if there is a huge different. I feel fine with my Sorento with tan leather. It does heat up my back a bit with the summer heat. But it doesn't bother much. I do put a seat cusion on my seat for more comfort. Still wondering that there is no power front passenger seat for the new Sportage and Sorento. Hope they will add that (and HID headlamps and power liftgate) on the next year model.
  • mtnman1mtnman1 Central OhioPosts: 431
    edited August 2010
    Still wondering that there is no power front passenger seat for the new Sportage and Sorento.

    Don't count on the power passenger seat. Not too many vehicles in this class have it. Honda CRV, Toyota Rav4, Ford Escape, and Chevy Equinox all have manual adjustable passenger seats or at least they did in the 2010 model year. It seams like it would be a no brainer that the customer would be willing to spend a little more for that option. I had it in my Mountaineer I traded for the Sorento. It was one a several things that I had to give up when I moved down in size and price point to buy a vehicle in this class. The other major option I gave up and sorely miss is the memory driver seat. That is the one thing over the power passenger that I would love to have. My wife adjusts it the way she wants and when I had it in for service the service tech must have been 6' 4", but I have a terrible time re-adjusting it so that it's comfortable for me. Also, when I removed the key from the ignition of the Mountaineer the seat automatically went back 2 or 3 inches which made it easier to get into and out of.
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  • Just purchased my 11 Sorento LX 4cylinder 6 days ag o and have already put over 1000 miles on it. I took a 600 mile road trip in it this weekend and averaged 25mpg. I really put this thing through the ringer and was impressed. The driving conditions varied from prolonged 80mph cruising to stop and go traffic and even some light off roading and the sorento took it all. I admit i was skeptical to buy a kia but couldn't pass up the bargin price, now i feel very confident in my purchase.
  • Will there be a difference in trade in value on a 2011 Sorento purchased in 2010 vs.
    a 2011 Sorento purchased in 2011?
    I know that they skipped the 2010 model so that in 2011 the Sorento could be two
    years old.
  • a 2011 sorento is a 2011 sorento no matter when it was built. that is a big advantage to a person who trades alot. bought mine in march 2010 and can drive it a year and a half and still have a current year car to trade.
  • Yes but if you look at the vin # it will tell you if it was built in 2010 or 2011.
    I would rather buy the one that was built in 2011.
    So if I buy a 2011 this Jan. and trade in 2012 it will be 1 yr. old while yours will be 2 years old.
    Am I wrong to wait? .
  • they will both be worth the same. they are all B vin codes, which means 2011 so unless you happen to know where the sequence numbers ended off at the end of the year , which they wouldnt, you wouldnt be able to tell by the vin.
  • Am considering purchase of a 2011 6 cyl Sorento. I live in the Northeast where we have snowy winters. Will a FWD be sufficient? I'd rather not have to spend the extra $$ for an AWD if I don't have to, since I'll be moving to FL in a few years and taking this vehicle w/me. My current vehicle (a car, not an SUV) works fine with just FWD, but I don't know how an SUV would do with just FWD. ???
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