Pros: "There isn't enough good I can say about this car."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought this car off the show room floor. I only had the cassette player installed extra. It has been the most reliable car I have ever owned. No recalls and nothing major to fix. I love my Kia and if I ever did trade it in it would be for another one!!"
"The Sorento EX offered most buttons and whistels for the money. Paying cash, I found best buy researching fair price and then approaching fleet dealer for best deal.
This driver found all makes and models of SUVs test driven handled poorly. But Kia did not display the drawback of high balance center so obvious in others.
Airbag function (as indicated by dash light) took several trips back to dealer, and one to a neighboring state, before Kia issued a recall.
Beyond that, independant mechanic i.e. not dealership, replaced AC compressor and one window motor in door. A few minor electrical issues at first. And I replaced struts on rear hatch door once in the 10 years of ownership.
Kia was new manufacturer at time of purchase. I was pleased that make has established reasonably good reputation.
I would buy another Kia."
"I bought this used about a year and a half ago before I moved down to Mexico for a job. I needed a 4-wheel drive SUV to get me through some rough dirt terrain on occasion and to be able to carry a lot of stuff. I have been really happy with how it handles, the size, the space it offers and the amount of storage. The size is perfect because it is big enough to fit a lot in (I fit a washing machine in the back with the seats laid down!) but still small enough to fit in most parking spaces with ease.
However, I am now looking into trading it in. When I bought it, we went through and changed all the hoses and spark plugs and other little things to know that most of it was up to date (you just never know with a used car when the last time things were changed). About 9 months later the coolant reservoir broke- a known problem with this make and model apparently. Then a couple months later a hose burst and it was back in the shop. Then my check engine light started going off because of a sensor that goes bad. Now my air conditioner is shot. As much as I love this car, the environment I am driving it in requires that I can truly trust this car to not break down or blow a hose or overheat and I just can't say that about my 2004 Kia Sorento."
"Prior to owning this SUV I had never kept a car longer than 1-3 years. Also until this car I went through every series of BMW's and MBZ's with the exception of the MB SL sports car and the C series. I only bought new cars and they were all German. I bought this vehicle when I decided to retire young and needed it for my kids and their soccer playing. This car has had no problems that I can remember. I replace the oil and filters regularly and have the car aligned regularly, the wheels balanced and I only run Synthetic Oil in it. I have never burned any oil in this car. The gas mileage could be better but the car is faster than I would have expected. If you take care of this car it will take care of you."