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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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 647 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

I love this car!

By on Friday, July 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Reliable, great HVAC, handles well"

Cons: "sits high off the ground"

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

"This has been the best car I've ever owned...and then a couple of days ago a lady t-boned me and now it's in the car cemetery. I am heart broken. The seatbelt and dual airbags worked properly in the accident and prevented me from what would have been some major injuries. This car has been the most reliable car I have ever owned. I've been averaging about 14-15 mpg in town. I drove it from California to Illinois a few years ago and it ran like a champ! All it has needed is normal maintenance and the only problem I have had is the dome light stopped working properly...I just never had it fixed. The few things I didn't like about the design were "girl" things...no suitable place to put the purse when carrying a passenger and cup holders in an awkward place. Also it sits high off the ground, so it's a little difficult to get in & out of for a 5'1" woman like me. The roof rack placement makes it difficult to install after-market moon-roof...should have gotten a factory-installed one. Other than that...great car...great value...I would have kept it forever!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

great vehicle

By on Monday, May 2, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 325,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Excellent service over time and miles"

Cons: "none really"

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

"I bought this 2004 Kia Sorento from my son several years ago when it had about 66,000 miles on it. Today, with the odometer registering 325,000+ miles, I sadly must put it to rest. Not because it has stopped providing exceptional service, but because of a fracture (unknown cause, perhaps old age) in the frame near the rear axle which would (at some point) likely cause a failure. I had hoped for 400,000 miles, and absent the fracture I have no doubt it would have happened. Now, I go off to find another Kia Sorento and hope for similar results."

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Excellent SUV.

By on Sunday, March 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 128,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "WELL MADE, GOOD LOOKING"

Cons: "LOW POWER, ELECTRICAL ISSUES"

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

"No mechanical issues with 128,000 miles. Still very good looking SUV. Interior looks new except for boot around parking brake. Occasional I have a flickering display on the AC display but goes away after a while. Does eat light bulbs. Not a lot of power but enough. Overall very happy with it."

9 people out of 13 found this review helpful

A great long term value

By on Thursday, December 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 132,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "solid construction, great value, well powered V6"

Cons: "Few. Almost certain rear end repair at 100K+ miles"

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

"I have owned my 2007 model Sorento for 3.5 years now, and have driven it from 75000 miles to 132000. My wife and I constantly talk about how pleased we are with it. It drives now just as smoothly and solidly as it did when we got it. it is comfortable and durable, has a great turning radius, and super pick up. It is solidly constructed. Reliability is the #1 quality I look for in a car, and the Sorento has been so for me with one exception. I find it to be very low maintenance overall, especially given its mileage range, and this pleases me to no end. One of the reasons it has cost little is because I own the 2007 model, the only one which has a timing chain instead of timing belt. This means it never has to be replaced, unlike the others years'. The one exception I can mention as far as maintenance is the rear differential. All of the Sorentos in this range have a standard problem caused by leftover welding solder inside the rear differential. In time (100K-120K miles) these rough edges break off and get into the bearings in the rear differential and start making noise. This does need to be fixed as eventually the bearings will wear out because of it. if you take it to the dealer they will want to charge you $1800 and replace the 'chuck,' the whole axle and differential all in one set. This is the surest and speediest repair (and easiest for the dealer, which is why they do it). you can bargain the dealer down to $1200 if you try, but in the end I refused this and had a local mechanic take the differential apart and fix it for $600. While this may sound scary, I still recommend the car wholeheartedly. It is a standard repair the dealers know about, and is the only issue I have had. To drive a paid off car for for 3.5 years, put 60K miles on it, and only have spent less than $1000 in maintenance and repairs...yes, I will take that. I fully expect this car to last me past 200K miles."

19 people out of 24 found this review helpful

love, love, love my Sorento

By on Tuesday, December 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Awesome SUV especially for the price"

Cons: "rust inside the doors and sunroof years ago."

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

"I bought my Sorento new in 2004. It has 150,000 miles now and I have had some things go wrong over the past couple of years, but other than that I have never put any money into the SUV except oil changes, tires and brakes. I would recommend this SUV to anyone. I love KIA and am the owner of two KIAs. The only problem I would say with KIA the Sorento rusted in all four doors and inside sunroof years ago and KIA would not stand behind the rust, even tho it is garage kept."

7 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Great vehicle

By on Friday, November 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "dependable, agile, quick. great vehicle"

Cons: "Electrical?"

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

"Last of the RWD Sorentos which is why I purchased. Short turning radius, lots of go. Should have been a column shift, center console a waste of room. Body Control Module and break switch failed at 145000, just after factory recall break switch was replaced. (Hmmm) Cost of repairs about $1200. Without question this was a great vehicle. Replaced brake pads once, rear torsion bar bushings at 100000. Pleasant to drive and a real workhorse for trailer. Would still be driving if electrical issues were backed by KIA"

17 people out of 28 found this review helpful

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