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Kia Sorento
2007-2008 Kia Sorento LX (US)
Manufacturer Kia Motors
Parent company Hyundai Kia Automotive Group
Also called Naza Sorento (in Malaysia)
Production 2002–2009
Class Compact SUV (2002-2009)
Mid-size crossover SUV (2009-present)
Body style(s) 4-door SUV

The Kia Sorento is a mid-size crossover SUV produced since 2002 by the South Korean automaker Kia Motors.


First generation (2002–2009)

First generation
2003-2006 Kia Sorento LX (US)
Production 2002-2009
Assembly Hwasung, South Korea
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Engine(s) 2.4 L I4
3.3 L Lambda V6 (2007-09)
3.5 L Sigma V6 (2003-06)
3.8 L Lambda V6 (2007-09)
2.5 L Diesel I4
Transmission(s) 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
5-speed automatic
Wheelbase 106.7 in (2710 mm)
Length 179.8 in (4567 mm) (2002-06)
180.7 in (4590 mm) (2006-09)
Width 73.3 in (1862 mm)
74.2 in (1885 mm)
Height 68.1 in (1730 mm)
71.3 in (1811 mm)
Related Hyundai Terracan

It has two transmission options: a 5-speed manual or 4/5-speed automatic transmission (pre-2005 models have a 4 speed automatic, whilst 2005 Sorentos come with a 5 speed tip-tronic style automatic transmission). Sorentos are equipped with a Hyundai-manufactured 3.5L 24-valve DOHC V6 producing 192 hp (143 kW) at 5500 rpm, and 217 lb·ft (294 N·m) of torque @ 3,000 rpm. The Sorento is very capable off-road, with an automatic four-wheel drive system featuring low range gearing. A sport package is available for the LX base model which adds a 5 speed manual transmission, fog lamps, alloy wheels, step bars, a leather wrapped steering wheel, a roof rack and remote keyless entry. All American Sorentos also come with dual front airbags and dual side-curtain airbags in the front and rear. The 4x4 system is a shift-on-the-fly knob located usually on the lower panel to the left of the steering column. Three modes available are Two-Wheel Drive, Four-High, and Four-Low. On-dash indicators show when the Four Wheel Drive System is active.

Common features of the Sorento family are 4 wheel disc brakes (standard on all models) Optional anti-lock braking system, and a 21.1-gallon (79.9 litres) fuel tank. Also standard is a battery saving feature which prevents wearing out the battery by leaving your headlights turned on (a shutoff engages when the key is removed from the ignition, even if the lights were left turned on). The chassis of the vehicle is also based on a ladder frame design which is more often used in building trucks. This lends a rigidity to the Sorento that other vehicles in its class lack, even at the same price point. (See Also: unibody)



2007-2008 Kia Sorento EX (US)

The 2007 Sorento has received upgrades, such as the transition from the 3.5L Sigma to the 3.8L Lambda that will almost double the Sorento's towing ability and boost Horsepower from 192 to 262. Projector beams were added in the head lamps, along with new tail lamps. The 5 speed manual transmission is no longer available; the 5 speed Sportmatic tip-tronic automatic transmission is standard for all trims. The 2007 Kia Sorento earned a five-star crash safety rating, the highest rating possible, for all seating positions in the latest frontal and side impact crash tests conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).[1]


2009 Kia Sorento LX (North America)

The Kia Sorento received another grille facelift, and went on sale in August 2008 in Canada. The facelifted 2009 model did not begin American sales until April 2009.

Dimensions information from the Kia Motors Website:

Wheelbase 106.7 in (2710 mm)
Track, front / rear 62.2 in (1580 mm)
Length 179.8 in (4567 mm)
Width 73.3 in (1862 mm) (LX)
74.2 in (1885 mm) (EX)
Height 68.1 in (1730 mm) (LX)
71.3 in (1811 mm) (EX)
Ground clearance 8.2 in (208 mm)
Approach angle 28.4 degrees
Departure angle 26.7 degrees
Head room (front/rear) 39.7 in (1008 mm)/39.5 in (1003 mm)
38.3 in (973 mm) /38 in (965 mm) (sunroof)
Shoulder room (front/rear) 58.9 in (1496 mm)/58.4 in (1483 mm)
Leg room (front/rear) 42.6 in (1082 mm)/36.1 in (917 mm)
Hip room (front/rear) 55.3 in (1405 mm)/58 in (1473 mm)
SAE volume, interior 138.4 cu ft (3.9 m3)
SAE volume, front seat 57.6 cu ft (1.6 m3)
SAE volume, rear seat 49.4 cu ft (1.4 m3)
SAE volume, cargo 31.4 cu ft (0.9 m3)
SAE volume, rear seat folded down 66.4 cu ft (1.9 m3)

Second generation (2009-present)

Second generation
MY2011 Kia Sorento EX (US)
Production 2009-present
Assembly Hwasung, South Korea
West Point, Georgia, USA
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Engine(s) 3.5L Lambda II V6
2.7L Mu V6(LPi only)
2.4L Theta II I4
2.2L R diesel I4
Transmission(s) 5-speed automatic
6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,700 mm (106.3 in)
Length 4,685 mm (184.4 in)
Width 1,885 mm (74.2 in)
Height 1,710 mm (67.3 in)
Related Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Veracruz

A redesigned Sorento (codename XM) was launched in South Korea in 2009. It will be Kia's first model to be assembled in the United States. The four-cylinder model returns to the lineup for North American models after being absent for 2007-2010. A preview was featured at New York Auto Show in March 2009. It use a unistructure body instead of the old-style frame[1] The engine is transverse, and the suspension is all-independent. The change in body construction as well as the loss of a low-ratio transfer case means it weighs 475 pounds less than the old one model for model, to the gain in performance and economy. The vice president, marketing for Kia Motors America, said in an interview that Kia considered changing the name, because the Sorento replacement is a car-truck crossover, and the older model is a straight-up SUV.[2] According to Car & Driver, the new Kia Sorento goes on sale as a 2011 model and is the first to have Kia UVO.[3] The XM Sorento has been awarded New Zealand Autocar magazine SUV of the Year, "great looker, does absolutely everything as it should. Engine is world class".[4]


The XM Sorento has been awarded the maximum 5/5 stars safety rating from the crash safety body, Euro NCAP.[5]

Despite using the same testing methodology as Euro NCAP, Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP)-rated models (right-hand drive) scored only four stars because the original shipment of XM series Sorentos did not have a passenger side seatbelt reminder fitted. However, all Australian delivered XMs from December 2009 will receive this reminder, and thus will be eligible for the full five-star ANCAP rating.[6]


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