The 2011 Kia Sorento is a compact option for those seeking a seven-seat SUV. This affordable SUV is all-new for 2011, and its larger dimensions give it an additional interior room advantage over some other new sport utility vehicles in its class. In addition to its three rows of seating, the 2011 Sorento can also swallow up to a maximum of 72.5 cubic feet of gear with the rear accommodations folded forward.
The Sorento can be had in either front-wheel or all-wheel drive editions. Value-oriented SUV shoppers will be attracted to the 2.4-liter, four-cylinder base engine found in Sorento. Offering 175 horsepower and 169 lb-ft of torque, this engine is rated at 29-mpg on the highway and is shifted through either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. A more robust 3.5-liter V-6 (rated at 276 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque) is also available, and it is matched exclusively with a six-speed automatic. Highway fuel economy drops to 26-mpg with this engine.