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Older Pre-2014 Kia Sorento Overview And How To Buy At The Lowest Price
The Kia Sorento is a solidly constructed and well-equipped midsize SUV that offers a higher level of ruggedness and off-road ability than is traditionally available in its rather affordable price range. And older, lower mileage versions can still be found out there making them a viable and economical used SUV option.
We particularly like Sorentos beginning with the 2007 model because they were given significantly more power, more features and a higher-quality interior. For those possibly interested in purchasing an older, here's some general backgound information, as well as different ways to purchase one at a substantial savings.
The first-generation Sorento made its debut for the 2003 model year with LX and EX models, both equipped with a competent 3.5 liter 192 horsepower V6 engine. The Sorento LX came with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission, while the EX was automatic only. Beginning with 2005 models, a 5-speed automatic replaced the 4-speed. In addition, there was a choice of either part-time or full-time AWD systems, depending on the model, with both including low-range gearing for off-roaders.
While there are some differences between model years, generally LX models came with standard features such as full power accessories, a 10-speaker audio system, cloth upholstery, an 8-way adjustable driver seat and 16 inch wheels. The Sorento EX added a power-adjustable drive seat, steering-wheel audio controls, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, adjustable headrests, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and wood grain interior trim.
Some pre-2007 used Sorento LX models can be found with the Sport Package which added black leather upholstery, foglights and 17 inch alloy wheels. And some Sorento EX models can be found with the Luxury Package which added heated front seats, a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control and a 6-disc CD changer.
For the 2007 model year, a base model was added, all Sorentos were equipped with the current EX model's all-aluminum 3.8 liter V6 engine and the new 5-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift override was added. With this engine, overall towing capacity increased to 5,000 pounds. Also for 2007, the dashboard was refreshed, cabin materials were improved and the front fascia was slightly revised.
For the 2008 model year, the current base and LX models were given a 3.3 liter V6 (the Ex still came with the 3.8 liter) that produced 242 horsepower and 228 pound-feet of torque. The EX's 3.8 liter V6 delivered 262 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are now mated with the 5-speed automatic transmission and are available in both rear-wheel and four-wheel drive (still with low-range gearing).
Standard features on the base model include full power accessories, air conditioning, a CD/MP3 audio system, multiple power points and 60/40-split flip-and-fold rear seats. The Sorento LX now adds cruise control and keyless entry, while the EX comes with the bigger engine, a power driver seat, a sunroof, heated power mirrors, foglights, a trip computer and 16 inch alloy wheels.
The LX Sport Package now includes upgraded interior cloth or leather, 17 inch wheels and special exterior trim accents, while the EX Luxury Package adds a leather interior, dual-zone automatic climate control and heated front seats.
All 2007 and newer Sorento models also come standard with antilock disc brakes (ABS), traction control, stability control, full-length side curtain airbags, a driver knee airbag and a tire-pressure monitoring system. This Sorento has also earned top five-star ratings in both front and rear side impact government crash tests.
Other SUVs of similar size and features (although likely more expensive) that you may want to consider include the Ford Escape and the Honda CR-V. A capable off-road competitor would be the Nissan Xterra.
The second-generation Sorento debuted for 2011 and was produced through 2013 (there was no 2010 Sorento) and changed from a a traditional, trucklike body-on-frame design to a carlike unibody construction (crossover). While less capable off-road, this new version is particularly adept around town and offers a usable third-row seat option, standard four-cylinder power with an optional V6 and midsize SUV versatility and refinement at an impressively affordable price.
Powering the new Sorento is a standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 175 horsepower and 169 pound-feet of torque. It's mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission on all models except the base which has a 6-speed manual. The EX model also offers an optional 3.5-liter V6 that pumps out 276 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque and is coupled with the 6-speed automatic.
EPA gas mileage estimates range from 21 mpg city and 29 mpg on the highway for the front-wheel drive four-cylinder Sorento with the automatic to 19 mpg city and 25 mpg highway for the all-wheel drive EX V6.
Available in base, LX and EX trims, even the base model is well-equipped with standard features such as full power accessories, air-conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, alloy wheels, a tilt/telescoping multifunction steering wheel and a CD audio system with satellite radio and a USB audio jack.
And used LX and EX models can be found with standard and optional amenities such as dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, a ventilated driver seat, a rear entertainment system, a back-up camera, rear parking sensors, navigation, UVO voice activation and an Infinity audio system.
Overall, and particularly with 2007 and newer models, the Sorento is an attractively priced, well-equipped, solid all-around vehicle that offers the added bonus of decent off-road capabilities and towing power (pre-2010). Post-2010, the new crossover version impresses with a smooth and quiet ride, confident handling, many available luxury features, an adult-useable third-row seat and a high driving position with excellent visibility.
How To Get The Best Price
There are actually several different ways to buy an older Sorento at the lowest price, and even at wholesale. You can click on the links to each of the following methods to get the specific instructions.
In addition, you can also try the Public Auto Auctions in your own geographic area. While there can be a lot of junk vehicles at these auctions, there are often absolute gems sprinkled in as well. This article reviews what to expect at open-to-the-public car auctions and how to locate them in your own area.