2011 Kia Sorento Test Drive – Nice Car – Now Made In The U.S.A.

A few weeks ago I received an email from Kia offering me $75 if I took a test drive in their new 2011 Kia Sorento. I had seen the Kia advertisements on TV and had noticed a few of the new models running around town already. So this morning I had a doctor’s appointment and on my way back stopped at the local Kia dealership. What surprised me was that there were only a two of the new models on the lot, but I noticed three by the main office with sold signs on them. I was greeted by a sales person and presented the form I had received from Kia and requested a test drive.

I had previously driven a 2008 Kia Sorento a few years ago and found the vehicle rode like a truck since it was built on a truck frame. The ride was solid but bounced like you were riding on a wash board. Though the Sorento I had driven came with a V-6 it felt more like a 4 and the interior was nothing to write home about. The exterior was OK, but looked dated, kind of like a Dodge Durango in styling that hasn’t changed in years.

The sales person brought up a new Sorento which was an EX model that had the new, 2.4 liter, 4 cylinder engine rated at 175 hp, coupled to a 6 speed automatic transmission and also included the convenience package which was an upgrade to the base model. I took the vehicle for a drive through mainly city streets with only one straight area of roadway in which I hit the gas. The 4 cylinder had plenty of power, was quiet, and the transmission shifted effortlessly.

While we were driving I asked the sales person a few questions and learned more information about the vehicle. He stated the new Sorentos were selling very well. Besides the three they had ready for delivery, they had another seven coming in next week, two of which had been sold already. Of course I have never talked to a car sales person that didn’t say their model was selling well. But in this case he may have been telling the truth.

The vehicle rides very well and is more car-like than the previous Sorento model. The fit and finish inside of the car is very nice and having the radio, cruise control, and blue-tooth controls on the steering wheel is a nice touch. The Sorento also comes with a camera backup system, dual moon roofs, navigation system, and more which drives the price well into $30k. The model I drove was $24k after a $1k rebate.

If you are looking for a CUV you may wish to test drive the 2011 Kia Sorento for yourself.

Kia Sorento Web site

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  • Denny

    . But Did You get YUR 75-Bucks , Ron

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      I had to mail in a certificate signed by the dealership and have to wait six weeks.
      I’ll get my $75 or I’ll be getting myself some KIA butt! LOL

  • John Kraemer

    I test drove a Sorento at the Cleveland Auto show and received a reward voucher to redeem by going on sorentotestdrive.com which I did and which I selected all options and found none that would redeem my reward.

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hi John,
      Sorry to hear that. Did you check the terms and conditions to confirm you did everything exactly?

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  • http://www.autochart.net Auto chart

    Can’t wait to see more of this…I’ve been really impressed by the Kias I’ve seen lately. Not cheap by any means, especially compared to similarly-priced cars.

  • http://www.sorentotoronto.com Sorento in Toronto

    Glad you liked the Sorento, the 2011 redesign is great.

  • SOCal guy

    We bought a brand new 2011 KIA Sorento SX Feb. 26, 2011. It’s White Snow Pearl and a beautiful, well made, top pick safety award winning SUV. Built in West Point Georgia in a brand new $1 billion KIA Factory.

    And their North American Global Headquarters and Design Center is right here in Irvine Calif, so KIA has made a huge commitment towards their continued growth, plus right now the KIA Sorento is selling so well, that the new American Factory has just hired a 3rd shift to build them!

    Bottom line is that for the money we paid, this new KIA is by far the best value, put together very well…I couldn’t find fault with the interior at all, leather, bluetooth and a voice controlled navigation system and voice command 550 watt Infinity stereo..and small but useable 3rd row seat with it’s own A/C controls! The handling and a modern V-6 dual cam engine mated to a KIA designed 6 speed automatic transmission is powerful yet gets decent mileage.

    We are picky, and we shop extensively before buying a new car. Toyota, Honda, Chevrolet, Subaru and Ford were all on our list…and we test drove all of them.

    But the features, safety ratings, quality and KIA’s reliabilty all convinced us…and the 10 year 100,000 mile warranty and free roadside service for 5 years was icing on the cake!