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.

Comparison to Prior Model

2011 Kia Sorento 2009 Kia Sorento
2011 Kia Sorento 2009 Kia Sorento
Price Range ($) $19,995 - $33,595 $21,545 - $29,245
Length (in) 184.4 180.7
Wheelbase (in) 106.3 106.7
Width (in) 74.2 73.3
Height (in) 67.3 68.1
Track (in) 63.7 62.2
Exterior Volume (cu. ft.) 457.5 442.9
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3605-3935 4068-4290
Legroom Total (in.)
  • 78.9 (First 2 rows)
  • 110.2
78.7
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.)
  • 105.6 (First 2 rows)
  • 141.4
104.4
Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)
  • 37.0 (Behind row 2)
  • 9.1
31.7
Driven Wheels
  • FWD
  • AWD
  • RWD
  • 4WD
Engines
  • 2.3l I4 (171-bhp)
  • 3.5l V6 (273-bhp)
  • 3.3l V6 (242-bhp)
  • 3.8l V6 (262-bhp)
Transmissions A6, M6 A5
City MPG 19-21 15-16
Highway MPG 25-29 20-22
Combined MPG 22-25 17-19
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