The 2011 Kia Sorento is already on sale. In fact, it has been on sale since January 2010, well in advance of most other 2011 models from automakers. The Sorento is all new for 2011. It actually skipped the 2010 model year in the light of the production timeline for the new generation.
The new Sorento has a much sleeker, aerodynamic design that than 2009 model it replaces. It is poised to compete in the growing cross-over SUV segment. The Sorento is being manufactured in Kia’s new one billion dollar automotive plan in West Point, Georgia. Kia, South Korea’s second largest automaker is partly owned by Hyundai. Kia is making design a priority for fueling its growth. It shares its platform with the Hyundai Santa Fe.
The 2011 Sorento comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, AM/FM/MP3 Sat audio system, tilt and telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, brake assist system, downhill brake control, hill assist control, and electronic brake-force distribution. Optional features include leather, navigation, rear-camera display, and push-button start. It has improved handling, a smooth ride, and the interior is quieter than the 2009 model. New for 2011 is available third-row seating, allowing for up to seven passengers.
The 2011 Sorento is offered in LX and EX trims with pricing ranging from about $22,000 to $30,000 depending on the options selected. It comes standard with a 2.3-liter 4-clylinder engine procuring 172 horsepower. An optional 3.5-liter V-6 producing 273 horsepower is also available. Both feature a 6-speed automatic with select-shift transmission. The new Sorento is a fuel efficient in SUV. Even in top 4X4 EX trim with the V-6, it is rated at 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway.
The 2011 Sorento is a big step in Kia’s goal to produce quality vehicles with attractive styling and highly competitive price. It is a competitor in the mid-size SUV class and a new SUV to consider for the 2011 model year.