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2007 Kia Sorento

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2007 Kia Sorento Review

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Styled and sized like a modern crossover, Kia's mid-size Sorento SUV retains the rugged body-on-frame construction preferred by off-road enthusiasts and those who need to tow heavy trailers. The Sorento's five-passenger cabin has the look and feel of an upscale SUV, making it as equally adept at shuttling business clients as it is the kids and family dog. Of course, the Sorento's long list of standard features, impressively powerful V6 engine and easy-to-swallow low sticker price are also a big draw, as is Kia's 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty. Safety is another area where the Sorento shines, with a five-star government crash-test safety rating, full-length side-curtain airbags, electronic stability control and traction control, all included as standard equipment.

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If you're looking for an SUV that's bigger than a Honda CR-V but smaller than a Dodge Durango, the Sorento might suit you perfectly. Its long list of standard equipment, low base price and comfortable ride make it a good choice for the casual off-road warrior or those who keep their driving strictly on the pavement.

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Powered by their rear wheels, the two-wheel drive Sorento models don't offer the level of traction in ice, snow or mud provided by their front-wheel-drive competitors. The V6 performs well but delivers mediocre fuel economy.

What's New for 2007

The Sorento has a new, all-aluminum V6 engine good for 262 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The Sorento's interior receives revised gauge faces and center console, new wood trim appliques, active headrests and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.

Driving the Sorento

Driving Impressions On the road, the Sorento seems as solid and secure as the best SUVs from Japan and the U.S, and the steering feels light but precise and controlled. The Sorento's...

strong V6 engine offers plenty of low-end torque and highway performance. The five-speed automatic delivers crisp shifts and rarely has to hunt for the proper gear. The Sorento's soft suspension displays more front-end dive and rear squat than we would prefer during harder acceleration and braking. However, the handling in turns does not seem to be affected in the same way, and the Sorento delivers good cornering ability without excessive lean or body roll.

Wide Interior
The Sorento's wide interior provides for a roomy cargo area and offers plenty of shoulder room.

Array of Standard Equipment
For the money, few other SUVs can match the Sorento's array of standard equipment.

2007 Kia Sorento Details
2007 Kia Sorento photo Interior

This is a five-passenger vehicle, but we think that, if those passengers are adults, four would be a more comfortable fit. The Sorento's rear seats provide good headroom and legroom and allow for a fairly large cargo area behind them. The interior quality is commendably good, using substantial plastic components, rich textures and plush surfaces. Standard front and rear side-curtain airbags are a worthwhile safety bonus.

Exterior
2007 Kia Sorento photo

The Sorento looks sharp and, on appearance alone, could easily be mistaken for a high-end Japanese SUV. The flared wheel arches, high windowsill line and wide side moldings impart a feeling of solidity, while the high ground clearance and optional Torque-On-Demand four-wheel-drive system promise good traction in slippery conditions.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The LX trim level includes the 3.8-liter V6 engine, a five-speed automatic transmission, air conditioning, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), rear defroster, illuminated entry, remote keyless entry, auto-off headlamps, electronic stability and traction control, dual heated power mirrors, power windows, power locks, AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatible CD player and 10 speakers, front and rear side-curtain airbags, fuel tank skid plate, cruise control, tilt steering wheel, four 12-volt outlets, alloy wheels and a rear wiper/washer. The EX with Luxury package adds fog lights, side cladding, power sunroof, eight-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, leather seating and interior trim, 16-inch machined alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic temperature control and full-time four-wheel drive.

Optional Equipment

Options include Torque-On-Demand (TOD) full-time four-wheel drive, fog lights and a rear spoiler. For the EX, options include power moonroof, leather interior, rear-seat entertainment package, side step bars and a trailer hitch.

Under the Hood

The Sorento's new 3.8-liter V6 is a strong engine with good pulling and passing power, and it works particularly well with the five-speed automatic transmission. The new engine not only adds an additional 70 horsepower, it also achieves better fuel economy than the previous 3.5-liter V6.


3.8-liter V6
262 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
260 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/23 (2WD), 17/22 (4WD)

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2007 Kia Sorento Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.9
Out of 10

Based on 640 Ratings for the 2003 - 2009 models.

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  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    8.0/10
  • Reliability
    8.3/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

Very reliable car, easy to drive and comfortable.

By on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Easy to drive and comfortable"

Cons: "Not good gas mieage."

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

"Have enjoyed owning this SUV for the past 10 years. Only selling it because we are moving out of state and only want to take one car with us. Will probably buy newer version of same model once we get settled. Only complaint has been gas mileage. Only about 15 mpg in mostly city driving around L.A."

Great car

By on Saturday, July 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Gre at car except the computer board is located underneath the drivers seat and can get water damage easily"

2 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Very reliable

By on Friday, July 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 109,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Reliable, safe"

Cons: "Need more room for growing family"

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

"I have owned this vehicle for 11 years. Hardly any issues at all with this vehicle. Comfortable for a family of 4 and lots of cargo room. I am looking to get another one with all the upgraded features now offered. The warranty and safety awards were what really made my decision for this vehicle. Great vehicle for long trips or just around block. I would definitely buy this again!"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Incredibly reliable

By on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 91,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Reliable, comfortable and trouble free"

Cons: "SUVs at full size are not best fuel efficiency (to"

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

"Bought this Sorento new in 2007, mileage now at 91k, car has required routine & preventive maintenance and, other than one minor, no repairs. Excl. control in bad weather/steep slope driving, mileage acceptable, great cargo space and excellent field of vision. Car has been a reliable workhorse and family car, comfortable & quiet ride. Fuel efficiency good for SUV."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Comfy, bumpy, and unstoppable

By on Monday, June 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 104,500

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Int. finish, seats, 4x4,winter/off-road capability"

Cons: "Harsh ride, low MPG, ext. molding poorly affixed."

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

"The ride is bumpy, as it's built on an old-style truck ladder frame (stiff). But it has exceptional clearance and angle of approach, is excellent in snow and off-road settings, deep puddles, or just a deeply rutted parking lot at soccer practice! Also great for driveways that get plowed in over the winter on main roads. Not great on gas, but ok, about 17 mpg. Nice fit and finish inside vs. the competition for the model year, and lots of storage bins/drawers. Very comfortable seats for those of us who are tall, and seating position make the bumpy ride fine to deal with. Great Sound system too with the premium sound."

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Not the long term vehicle I planned

By on Monday, June 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 142,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Cabin layout was good, folding rear seats"

Cons: "Enngine, AC, not up to a long life"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"I bought the Sorento new in 2004. Kia did stand by the 10 year 100K warranty. However after eclipsing the 100K make the repairs started coming often and very pricey. Each repair seemed hampered by and engine compartment that required extra hours. From 100k to 140K, I had to replace timing belt, timing belt sensor, water pump, alternator, power steering pump, and air conditioning. Right as I traded it in one of the rear window switches would not roll back up. I serviced the car on time and as recommended. To have it at a point that I just didn't trust it to take more than a few miles from home wasn't what I expected."

6 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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