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2008 Kia Sorento

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2008 Kia Sorento Review

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Styled and sized like a modern crossover utility vehicle, Kia's mid-size Sorento SUV retains the rugged body-on-frame construction preferred by off-road enthusiasts and those who need to tow heavier 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 at hauling the kids and family dog. Of course, the Sorento's long list of standard features, a choice of impressively powerful V6 engines, easy-to-swallow low sticker price and Kia's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty are also big draws. Safety is another area where the Sorento shines, with a five-star government crash-test safety rating, full-length side-curtain airbags and 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 2008 Kia 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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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 two V6 engines perform well but deliver mediocre fuel economy.

What's New for 2008

The Sorento LX receives a new 3.3-liter V6 engine good for 242 horsepower and 228 pound-feet of torque. A 3.8-liter V6 remains standard on the EX trim level.

Driving the Sorento

Driving Impressions On the road, the 2008 Kia 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 somewhat 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.

2008 Kia Sorento Details
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, with substantial plastic components, rich textures and plush surfaces. Standard front and rear side-curtain airbags and a driver's knee airbag comprise a worthwhile safety bonus.

Exterior

The 2008 Kia 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 3.3-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, driver's knee airbag, fuel tank skid plate, cruise control, tilt steering wheel, four 12-volt outlets, alloy wheels and a rear wiper and washer. The EX with Luxury Package adds a 3.8-liter V6, fog lights, side cladding, power sunroof, eight-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, leather seating and interior trim, automatic headlamps, 16-inch machined alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic temperature control and full-time four-wheel drive.

Optional Equipment

Options include Torque-On-Demand full-time four-wheel drive, fog lights, remote start and a rear spoiler. Stand-alone options and accessories include a power moonroof (EX), trailer hitch and side step bars.

Under the Hood

The Sorento's 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 3.3-liter V6 in the LX reduces weight and cost, but delivers nearly as much power as the larger 3.8-liter. Those who need to tow up to 5,000 pounds, however, will want to opt for the larger engine, as the 3.3-liter is tow rated up to only 3,500 pounds.

3.3-liter V6
242 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
228 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22 (2WD), 15/22 (4WD)

3.8-liter V6
262 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
260 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 (2WD), 15/20 (4WD)

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2008 Kia Sorento Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.9
Out of 10

Based on 623 Ratings for the 2003 - 2009 models.

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  • Value
    8.1/10
    Quality
    8.0/10
  • Reliability
    8.3/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

I really like this automobile.

By on Sunday, October 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great vehicle"

Cons: "Could get better gas mileage"

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

"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."

11 people out of 20 found this review helpful

great, great vehicle.

By on Saturday, October 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 103,000

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"I bought my Sorrento 4x4 LX. New, and now have 103,000 trouble free miles on it . In 9yrs I have changed the timing belt,and a sensor, and that is the only repairs besides routine maintenance that the vehicle has needed.What more can you ask of a vehicle ?"

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

This KIA has been totally reliable,drives well

By on Friday, October 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,656

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I have been really happy with the overall quality of this car; drives great up in the Sierras,good power when needed,if any downside would be the 15 mpg in city. I think these KIA's are under rated."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

SUV drives like a luxury vehicle, I really like it

By on Friday, October 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 112,300

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I was surprised at the smooth ride while driving as well as being a passenger. Great value for the price."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

this is one of the best vehicles i ever owned !

By on Tuesday, September 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "very reliable; good mechanical works"

Cons: "i cannot think of any for my baby !!!"

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

"I thought when I went into the sport utility range of cars, that they would be very "tippy" as far as handling and driveability was concerned - was I wrong! thi is undoubtedly the best suv ive ever had, and with the time to replace it coming in the future, I am most likely to stay with this size and class of vehicle - it just suits our lifestyles just fine !!!"

13 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Have owned many; this is among the BEST!!!

By on Thursday, September 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 136,000

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: "You name it, this car qualifies!!!!!"

Cons: "Haven't encountered them yet."

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

"Bought this car new and have loved every second of my 10+ years of ownership. Reliable and dependable beyond expectations. Creature comforts and thoughtful amenities afforded for the price are exceptional. Definitely ahead of it's time in it's body styling. I am reluctantly parting ways now only because of a recent accident, after which my insurance company has declared it totaled. I AM HEARTBROKEN!!"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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