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2011 Kia Sorento

At a Glance

Pricing $19,995 - $33,595
Drive Types FWD, AWD
Engines 2.3l I4, 3.5l V6
Transmissions A6, M6
Fuel Economy 19-21 (city), 25-29 (highway)

Our Ratings

Velocity Index 53*

Overview Information

Kia's Sorento has long been a consistent seller in the SUV marketplace, but its body-on-frame chassis and RWD/4WD driveline was a bit of a throwback in a segment where FWD-derived platforms dominate the sales charts. For the 2011 model year, the Sorento switches to a unibody chassis and a FWD/AWD driveline allowing the Kia to market the Sorento as a crossover. The Sorento, which is almost identical in size to the Hyundai Santa Fe, splits the difference in size between the Toyota RAV4 and the Toyota Highlander. With the optional third row, the Sorento can now haul up to seven passengers. The Sorento now equips a more fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine on most models, but a more powerful 3.5L V6 is available on higher trim levels.

What Changed:

The Sorento switches to a unibody chassis and a FWD/AWD driveline. The new model grows by an inch in width and almost 4 inches in length. The longer body allows for an optional third row of seats. The Sorento now equips a more fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine on most models, but a new 3.5L V6 is available on higher trim levels.

Official Word:

Launched in January 2011, the 2011 Kia Sorento compact utility vehicle (CUV) returned to the Kia line-up fully redesigned right down to the platform and quickly became the brand's best-selling vehicle in the U.S. Encompassing the brand's signature design cues as well as its distinct combination of value, style and safety features, Sorento presents consumers with a well-equipped, well-appointed CUV with impressive power and handling suited perfectly for the fun, dynamic and discerning driver. Sorento also...Read.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
Sorento 2.3l I4 (171-bhp) M6 FWD 20/27/23 $19,995
Sorento LX 2.3l I4 (171-bhp) A6 FWD 21/29/25 40 $22,395
Sorento LX Convenience 2.3l I4 (171-bhp) A6 FWD 21/29/25 40 $23,395
Sorento LX 2.3l I4 (171-bhp) A6 AWD 21/27/24 40 $24,095
Sorento LX Convenience + Third Row 2.3l I4 (171-bhp) A6 FWD 21/29/25 40 $24,095
Sorento LX Convenience 2.3l I4 (171-bhp) A6 AWD 21/27/24 40 $25,095
Sorento LX Convenience + Third Row 2.3l I4 (171-bhp) A6 AWD 21/27/24 40 $25,795
Sorento EX 2.3l I4 (171-bhp) A6 FWD 21/29/25 43 $24,595
Sorento EX Premium 2.3l I4 (171-bhp) A6 FWD 21/29/25 43 $26,095
Sorento EX 2.3l I4 (171-bhp) A6 AWD 21/27/24 43 $26,295
Sorento EX Premium + Third Row 2.3l I4 (171-bhp) A6 FWD 21/29/25 43 $26,795
Sorento EX Premium 2.3l I4 (171-bhp) A6 AWD 21/27/24 43 $27,795
Sorento EX Limited 2.3l I4 (171-bhp) A6 FWD 21/29/25 43 $28,095
Sorento EX Premium + Third Row 2.3l I4 (171-bhp) A6 AWD 21/27/24 43 $28,495
Sorento EX Limited + Third Row 2.3l I4 (171-bhp) A6 FWD 21/29/25 43 $28,795
Sorento EX Limited 2.3l I4 (171-bhp) A6 AWD 21/27/24 43 $29,795
Sorento EX Limited + Third Row 2.3l I4 (171-bhp) A6 AWD 21/27/24 43 $30,495
Sorento EX 3.5l V6 (273-bhp) A6 FWD 20/26/23 53 $27,195
Sorento EX 3.5l V6 (273-bhp) A6 AWD 19/25/22 51 $28,895
Sorento EX Premium 3.5l V6 (273-bhp) A6 FWD 20/26/23 53 $29,895
Sorento EX Premium 3.5l V6 (273-bhp) A6 AWD 19/25/22 51 $31,595
Sorento EX Limited + RSE 3.5l V6 (273-bhp) A6 FWD 20/26/23 53 $31,695
Sorento EX Limited 3.5l V6 (273-bhp) A6 FWD 20/26/23 53 $31,895
Sorento EX Limited + RSE 3.5l V6 (273-bhp) A6 AWD 19/25/22 51 $33,395
Sorento EX Limited 3.5l V6 (273-bhp) A6 AWD 19/25/22 51 $33,595