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2011 Kia Sorento



  • mtnman1mtnman1 Central OhioPosts: 431
    Upon checking this site closer I found that I was viewing the Kia International site. Also available for overseas are brown leather seats. Hopefully they make some of these items available in the states.
    2012 Highlander Limited AWD V6 and 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE
  • trunytruny Posts: 1
    edited April 2011
    red57, I see it's been awhile since your post so I am wondering if you ever ended up having the sunroof installed after-market? I am thinking about purchasing a 2011 Sorento and I also do not want the V6 so my only option would be to have one installed after-market. I have found this to be a bit more expensive than having a factory installed sunroof on other vehicles (equinox and terrain) that I am considering, so I am wondering if you had it installed and if so, if you have had any issues with it or would recommend it.
  • djruss84djruss84 Posts: 2
    I feel your pain. My engine blew up with less than 1000 miles on it over christmas none the less. I was without my car for over a month!!! I will never buy another kia. My SX is now beginning to fall apart with just over 3000 miles on it. All the little parts are beginning to break. My suggestion to anyone is to stay away from Kia.
  • antons911antons911 Posts: 61

    does any one know why the Sorento in Europe offers side curtain for third row but not in US. Any idea if it will be offered in 2012 models?

  • stratg6stratg6 Posts: 1
    at the top of the passengers side hood in front of the wiper blade their is rust coming thru the surface along the ridgelinethe dealer says it is due to stone chips but no sign of damage of chipping or denting elsewhere
  • toshietoshie Posts: 1
    I purchased a new Kia Sorento and with only 200 miles on it it just quit while on the freeway. Towed it to the dealed and they say that there is nothing wrong. They have checked everything electrical and found nothing. Any suggestions?
  • jerry158jerry158 Posts: 5
    Being produced in GA, shipped and sold at a number of dealers now.

    Changes include an optional 2.4L TDI I4 (191 HP and 34 mpg), power pass seat, heated steering wheel, Memory drivers seat and mirror position, power folding mirrors, hyper finish 18" alloy wheels, UVO infotainment system, YES seat fabric, cooleed drivers seat, No spicy red or Pacific Blue colors.

    When will KIA announce this change on their websites????????????
  • mc111mc111 Posts: 2
    Bought the 2011 Kia Sorento EX 4 cyl w/ push start Feb 2010 for my wife. She has about 20k miles on it now. She called me at midnight after work to let me know it would not start. AAA towed it to dealer next day, they looked at it and diagnosed the problem as a bad switch connected to the brake pedal. The good news is Kia has developed a new part to fix this problem, the bad news is the part is in Korea. Will be here sometime next week when the ship comes to port. Disappointing Kia would NOT provide a loaner but only a $20/day rental with the dealer logo all over the car. This is 3rd major repair on this vehicle after 2 previous recalls (1 for electrical, 2 for transmission). I'm on the fence with this car. I NEVER had these type problems with a TOYOTA. Looking for a used Toyota to dump this thing. Have you ever heard "you get what you pay for"? I got a Kia.
  • cannon3cannon3 Posts: 296
    Kia misleading ad..

    Opened up my paper to find a full page ad for the Kia Sorento. In one point is states "Built in the USA"*. Notice the asterix. Read the fine print. "Assembled with foreign and domestic parts". Doesn't say how much is forgien nor domestic..
    Kia Sorento "assembled" in the U.S. not "built". There is a very big difference.
    This just to educate those who think this vehicle is fully made in the USA and trying to purchase made in USA products.
  • mc111mc111 Posts: 2
    you are absolutely correct. If it's of any value, the dealer did call today to let me know the rental was on the house while we waited for the part to arrive from Korea. he also said the part was being expedited and could possibly arrive as early as today. The repair is anticipated to only take an hour or less so I may have my car back in time to go car shopping this evening. Awesome.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    I cant name one car fully built in the USA to include any of the big three....most if not all have some parts from outside the US.....I would venture to say most cars are assembled in this country per your definition and that there isnt a %100 truly built in the US car these days....
  • kmforestkmforest Posts: 1
    I also have the 2011 Sorento with push button ignition. I have thoroughly enjoyed this car....until today. I am a home health provider and drive 35-100 miles/day in this car. Well, today while 35 miles away from my home, the car would not start! My husband drove out to assist because he simply could not believe that the Kia was malfunctioning (likely thinking I did something). Well, he got the car to start by pushing really hard on the brake pedal, but the car would not shift into gear. Had to call for a tow. Ordeal took more than 3 hours. I was unable to work the remainder of the day. We have not been given a diagnosis as of yet but were told that they do not provide loaners.

    I hope this problem is resolved soon. The Sorento has really spoiled me with its features. I love this car and hope that I do not have a lemon. I purchased the car used with 17K miles. The tow truck operator stated that the car appears to have been towed before.
  • I have a similar problem since the first day I bought it. Two times I went to the dealership to complain about it same response they say everything is tight. Anyway how about your's? Is it fix now? What's the best thing to do? Any tips?
  • onefunkaronefunkar Posts: 113
    it seems like a few are having problems with push button start. luckily mines been fine. i think many dont know that you can probably still start the car if it doesnt work. if it is a problem with brake pedal or switch push button twice with foot off the brake, this will put car in acc mode. then hold down button for 10 seconds. car should start. if it is from a weak battery or fob problem put key fob in fob holder in console. car should then start normally....
  • linda3909linda3909 Posts: 1
    I purchased my 2011 in March 2010. Loved my car. BUT with less than 10,000 miles, problems.
    Cold weather? System shutdown. OK, then less gas mileage, then transmisan starts making a sound, minor problem I THOUGHT. Told at dealership, transmission gone, I had suburjed it under water. Laughed out loud. NEVER. I loved my car. Told by Kia, under their 100,000 warranty, as a one time goodwill gesture, they will replace my transmission. Thank You Kia, but have traded my car for A jeep Grande Jeroke. Not happy with the gas mileage difference, but with the Kia problems, it is about the same. I went from about 31 miles per gallon with the Kia, when right, to about 25 miles per gallon. Now in the Jeep for about 22 miles per gallon, but feel they will honor their warranty without a headache. ALWAYS FOR ME WILL BE
    AMERICAN MADE. BUYER BE WARE!!!! Still a beautiful car.!!
  • benson10benson10 Posts: 15
    You paid $37,000 for a nearly new Sorento???
    My 2012 4 cyl cost only $22,450.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    but he got the SX model..which is top of the line v6..and if AWD the base price MSRP for it is almost $35K, add the sunroof package and the MSRP tops out near $ with TTL its easy to reach the price, even after discounts....
  • benson10benson10 Posts: 15
    Geez ... a $15,000 difference. That's enough to buy another car!!!
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    edited August 2011
    pricing is all relative, plus with all the upgrades, GPS, stereo, AWD, it adds of my vehicles is a 09 cadillac some cases I could have bought three cars for the full price of the CTS....but I did get a great deal on it...almost 10K off sticker..... :)

    the other fleet is an 03 Sorie, 04 Chevy Malibu Maxx, 09 CTS and 11 Subaru Outback..... :surprise:
  • My Sorento would also not start. If you pump your break a few times really hard, then it will start. If that does not work, then push your ignition button in and hold for 10 seconds and that should help. They are ordering me a part for this, but it is on backorder. Hope this helps.
  • I have been researching online for several months now trying to find out if the 2012 Sorento has a side curtain airbag extended to third row.
    Yesterday I visited Anaheim International Autoshow where I saw Sorento with a summary display page that said that Side Curtain Airbags are for 1 and 2nd row only. I asked Kia representatives, and all three agreed that it probably does not have the full length side curtain airbag but took down my number to give me a definitive answer.
    Today I got a call from one salesman who said he called a designer who confirmed that it does have full length side curtain airbag. However, official website, brochures only mention first and second row.
    This is highly important for me because most likely my kids would be sitting there so I need a 120% guarantee that it does come with side curtain airbag for third row. Anybody know how to confirm that?
  • Third row airbags are not cost effective. Statistics show that rarely are third row seats occupied. If you want complete protection, stay off the road.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,571
    edited September 2011
    The question was whether anyone could confirm the presence of third row airbag coverage.

  • onefunkaronefunkar Posts: 113
    everything i have seen says they are ist and 2nd row only. ive never seen or heard of anyone or anything saying they are all 3 rows...
  • Read Edmunds review of 2012 Sorento, it says full length side curtain airbag.
    Another website mentions the same thing. Kia representatives from International auto show said it has it. But official Kia website does not.
  • onefunkaronefunkar Posts: 113
    many magazines and reviews have bad info as do many people in the business. nothing in writing from kia shows it has three row side airbags. brochure has two rows only. if it has three rows it was changed within the last month and i dont think it was...
  • steverstever Posts: 52,571
    edited October 2011
    Funny how just about every web site out there says "full curtain" yet Kia's site doesn't. Kia's says "first and second row" in fact. doesn't shed any light.

    Wouldn't be too hard to extent the curtain and maybe add another propellant canister to protect the third row. Bet you a Krispy Kreme that the Kia site is wrong. ;)
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 64,724
    I'll take that bet..

    The chances of them putting in airbags just for an optional third row seat... or, extending them on all models (to simplify assembly) just seems very unlikely... I have to think that airbags aren't cheap...

    Plus, does any make of SUV have a curtain that extends to the third row?

    Don't they have any better donuts up there than Krispy Kreme? ;)


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  • steverstever Posts: 52,571
    Mercedes R-Class comes to mind off-hand. Wagon, crossover, SUV, take your pick.

    Better donuts?

    Yeah, I'll buy some Pillsbury biscuit dough in the can and fry you up some myself. Dang tasty. :)
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