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2003 Kia Sorento

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Information shown for entry-level SUV.

Fuel Economy:
City 13/Hwy 17/Comb 15 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: V6, 3.5 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Korea Country of Assembly: Korea

2003 Kia Sorento Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.9
Out of 10

Based on 596 Ratings for the 2003 - 2009 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.1/10
    Quality
    8.0/10
  • Reliability
    8.3/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Best mechanically sound car I have owned

By on Thursday, April 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "reliability, mechanically sound"

Cons: "body construction, cheaper interior"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This vehicle has never caused me financial pain by breaking down. There are few small downsides to this Kia, namely the need to replace head lamps and other bulbs periodically, the low quality of body construction - but overall it has been the best, most dependable car I have owned."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Car broke down at 110000 miles....

By on Thursday, March 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"car has major issue with main pulley that comes off crankshaft, bolt has issues and breaks - -twice in 2 weeks at 100k miles."

2nd Sorento for me

By on Monday, March 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Best value I could ever have found"

Cons: "The KIA name....."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I used to get a new company car ever year. When I bought this for myself (2nd Sorento)everyone thought I was crazy. I've had many business execs from Fortune 500 companies in this car and when I tell them what it is they all say "This is a Sorento". Probably the best car in the snow I've ever driven. Lots of low gear pick up and quiet on the highway. It's a real truck and tows 5,000 Lbs. I would buy a new one of the same style if it was available. Lacks some of the conveniences of new cars. But rock steady on the highway. It handles just the way it did when I bought it. It now has 74,000 miles on it."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

not in for repairs much!

By on Tuesday, March 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 108,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "fair used price"

Cons: "light back end, interior door frame rust"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"This vehicle has been better then most as far as repairs. It is very comfortable to ride in or drive. It does have rust issues inside the door frames, which I feel is possibly a design flaw. It is also very light in the back end and not good on snowy roads unless you keep it in 4WD."

Great but for emission repairs

By on Thursday, February 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Nice ride, great headlights good towing"

Cons: "Emission parts failures..Oxygen sensors twice"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"I had 4 emission repairs done and I had to pay for one. That one was a repeat oxygen sensor and the factory rep refused to meet me at the dealership. Spoke on the phone with reps who were nice but would not assist me in the repairs. I do feel a 100,000 mile warranty should cover emission parts."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Would select the same vehical if price was right..

By on Thursday, February 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 81,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Cons: "would prefer power seats, on wheel accessarys"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Very pleased with the Kia..needed it to tow and pull out trailered boat, did it well....engine well powered, good sound on radio, best turning radius of all that I tested. Milage max 22-24 on road, would like better, but reliable and nicely styled for South Florida..better than average service, comparable suvs' four to five thousand more bucks."

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