2011 Kia Sorento

MSRP $19,995 - $33,895

Ranked #12 in Suv

7.3

Overall Rating

2011 Kia Sorento Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 18, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Sorento is a known name in the mid-size SUV segment. The 2011 Kia Sorento is a redesigned model from the 2009 update and it’s one of the few SUVs in the segment to come with three rows of seating for passengers. The 2011 Sorento’s V-6 engine is known to deliver decent fuel efficiency figures.

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Pros

Efficient and powerful V-6 engine 

Long list of standard features 

Good handling 

Cons

Cramped third-row seats

Underpowered four-cylinder engine 

Less cargo space 

What's New?

All new and redesigned model


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$19995

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

134 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

144 cu.in.

horsepower

175 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

169 lb.-ft. @ 3750 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

183.9 in.

width

74.2 in.

height

67.3 in.

curb weight

3763 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

105.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

72.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

1650 lbs.

payload capacity

1525 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/23/27 mpg

highway range

486 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

powertrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$19,995 onwards

LX$22,395 onwards

EX$24,795 onwards

LX 3.5$25,395 onwards

EX 3.5$27,395 onwards

SX$32,195 onwards

Colors and Styles

2011 Kia Sorento in Java Brown Metallic color
Java Brown Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

9.0

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.3

Overall Rating


The 2011 Sorento is available in four trims namely the Base, LX, EX, and SX. The price starts at $19,995 for the base trim and goes up to $33,895 for the top-of-the-line SX trim. The 2011 Sorento offers nimble handling and good performance. It faces competition from the likes of Toyota 4runner, Nissan Pathfinder, and Ford Explorer.


8.0/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2011 Kia Sorento Features

8.0/10

The 2011 Kia Sorento is available in four trims namely the Base, LX, EX, and SX. All the trims of the Sorento are well equipped with respect to their asking price. The 2011 model is available with two engine options depending on the trim you choose. Starting at a base price of $19,995, the Kia Sorento offers two engine, transmission, and drivetrain options to choose from.

Trims 

Base 

LX

EX

SX

MSRP (2.4L I-4) (FWD)

$19,995

$22,395

$24,795

N/A

MSRP (2.4L I-4) (AWD)

N/A

$24,095

$26,495

N/A

MSRP (3.5L V6) (FWD)

N/A

$25,395

$27,395

$32,195

MSRP (3.5L V6) (AWD)

N/A

$26,495

$29,095

$33,895

Key Features 

2.5L inline-four engine

Adds to upgrades to the Base trim

Adds to upgrades to the LX trim

Adds to upgrades to the EX trim

 

17-inch alloy wheels 

18-inch alloy wheels 

Smart key

18-inch alloy wheels with mirror finish 

 

Outside heated mirrors

Roof rails silver finish 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel 

Rear spoiler 

 

Tricot seat trim

Auto light control 

8-way power-adjustable driver's seat 

Roof rails-chrome finish

 

60/40 split-folding seats 

Back-up warning system 

Bucket seats

Infinity surround system 

 

Tilt and telescopic steering wheel 

Dual-zone climate control system 

Keyless start

Navigation system

Which trim should you buy?

The EX trim with a V-6 engine makes more sense to us. It is a perfect combination of features and value. It comes with many features that are present on the top trim. However, if you are willing to shell out more bucks then the SX trim is the way to go.

2011 Kia Sorento Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The 2011 Kia Sorento is powered by two engine options. The base trim is powered by a smaller 2.4L inline-4 engine producing 175 hp and 165 lb-ft of torque. The power figures seem to be inadequate for an SUV of its size. The upper trims can be powered by a 3.5L V-6 engine producing 276 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. The engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. It comes with FWD as standard and can also be had in AWD configuration. The base variant is available with a 6-speed manual transmission and is channeled as an FWD variant, as standard. 

Models(2011)

Kia Sorento SX AWD 

Toyota 4Runner SR5 4WD

Nissan Pathfinder SV AWD

Ford Explorer XLT AWD

MSRP

$33,895

$32,045

$33,920

$33,520

Engine

3.5L V6

4.0L V6

4.0L V6

3.5L V6

Transmission

6-Speed auto

5-Speed Automatic

5-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

Drivetrain

AWD

4WD

4WD

AWD

Power (hp)

276 hp @ 6300 rpm

270 hp @ 5600 rpm

266 hp @ 5600 rpm

290 hp @ 6500 rpm

Torque (lb-ft.)

248 ft-lbs. @ 5000 rpm

278 ft-lbs. @ 4400 rpm

288 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

255 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

0-60mph (sec.)

7.6

7.7

7.9

7.9

Quarter-Mile (sec.)

17.2

15.7

15.8

16.1

Top Speed (mph)

130

115

134

131

The Sorento offers very good performance from its V-6 engine. It takes about 7.6 seconds for a 0-60 mph sprint. A quarter-mile drag is completed in about 17.2 seconds. The 2011 Ford Explorer offers the maximum firepower but loses out in the acceleration game, only marginally though. All the SUVs in the competition perform very similarly in the acceleration tests. The 4Runner and Pathfinder come with larger 4.0L engines. The performances in the segments differ by the barest of margins, however, rivals perform better in the quarter-mile sprints. 

2011 Kia Sorento Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The 2011 Sorento offers class-leading fuel efficiency figures from its V-6 engine. It offers 25 mpg, 33 mpg and 28 mpg, in the city, on the highways and in combined driving conditions. With a fuel tank capacity of 15.9 gallons, it can travel up to 398 miles, 525 miles and 445 miles in the city, on the highways and in combined driving conditions. The efficiency figures are unbeatable in the segment.

Models(2011)

Kia Sorento SX AWD 

Toyota 4Runner SR5 4WD

Nissan Pathfinder SV AWD

Ford Explorer XLT AWD

MPG (city)

25

21

22

22 

MPG (highway)

33

27

29

30 

MPG (combined)

28

23

25 

25

Fuel Tank Capacity (gallon)

15.9

13.5 

15.9 

15.3

Range (city/highway/combined)

398 / 525

284 / 365

350 / 461

337 / 459

The 2011 Nissan Pathfinder offers decent fuel economy despite its larger engine. With a tank capacity of 15.9 gallons, it can travel up to 398 miles in combined driving conditions. The 4Runner offers about 23 mpg in combined conditions. With a fuel tank capacity of just 13.5 gallons, it can travel about 310 miles on a full tank in mixed driving conditions, while the Ford Explorer that averages 23 MPG lurks at the bottom of the table.

2011 Kia Sorento Interior

7.0/10

The 2011 Sorento interiors are pleasing to the eye, the moment you get in. The quality of material is really good and they are built to last. It can seat a maximum of seven passengers across three rows. The seating is comfortable and supportive but the third row leg space is not class-leading. The lower trims get tricot seat upholstery and as you move higher in the trim level, you get cloth trim and leather trim.The cargo capacity is on the lower side with just 9.1 cu-ft of space behind the third seat. The second row seats are 60/40 foldable and the third row seats are 50/50 foldable, hence accommodating your luggage is more convenient. 

Models(2011)

Kia Sorento SX AWD 

Toyota 4Runner SR5 4WD

Nissan Pathfinder SV AWD

Ford Explorer XLT AWD

Seating Capacity

7

5

7

7

Front Row (head/shoulder/leg) (in.)

39.2/59.3/41.3

39.3/57.8/ 41.7

40.0\58.3\42.4 

39.1/61.3/ 40.6

Second Row (head/shoulder/leg) (in.)

39.2/58.7/37.6

38.6/57.8/32.9

39.0/58.4/34.2

38.3/61.0/39.8

Third Row (head/shoulder/leg) (in.)

36.7/53.8/31.3

N/A

36.7/57.1/36.7

37.8/50.8/33.2

Cargo Volume (cu.ft)

9.1 cu. ft.

47.2 cu. ft.

16.5 cu. ft.

21.0 cu. ft.

The Pathfinder offers better third-row legroom in the third row and the Sorento offers the least legroom across the third row. The Sorento comes with very less cargo capacity. The 2011 Ford Explorer offers a good cargo capacity of 21.0 cu-ft despite having three rows. The 2011 Toyota 4Runner can seat only five passengers and hence offers the best cargo capacity. 

Some of the standout interior features include:

  • 60/40 foldable 2nd-row seats
  • 50/50 foldable third-row seats
  • Dual-zone climate control system 
  • Heated Seats
  • Sunroof 

How intuitive is the 2011 Sorento’s infotainment system?

The 2011 Sorento gets an easy-to-use and intuitive infotainment system. It gets an AM/FM/CD/Sirius audio system as standard. It is equipped with a USB/auxiliary jack and Bluetooth connectivity for added convenience. As you climb up the trim ladder, you also get access to the Infinity surround sound system with 10-speakers, a Navigation system with a rear-camera display, and an optional rear-seat DVD entertainment system.

Some of the standout infotainment features include

  • AM/FM/CD/Sirius audio system
  • USB/Aux port 
  • Infinity surround sound system with 10-speakers
  • Navigation system
  • Rear camera display
  • Optional rear-seat DVD entertainment system.

2011 Kia Sorento Exterior

9.0/10

The 2011 Kia Sorento has been updated and looks better than ever. The front fascia imbibes the signature Kia grille with a chrome outline and parallelogram-ish headlamps that look sleek. The new design also helps it with better handling and the lackluster steering feel of its predecessor is now absent. The side profile is that of a typical SUV and the roof rails grant it a rugged look. The rear profile gets two minimalistic taillamps and a vertical opening liftgate. The rear roof-mounted spoiler with integrated stop light looks sporty

Models(2011)

Kia Sorento SX AWD 

Toyota 4Runner SR5 4WD

Nissan Pathfinder SV AWD

Ford Explorer XLT AWD

Curb Weight (lbs)

3929

4675

4775

N.A

Length (in.)

183.5

189.9

192.3

197.1

Width (in.)

74.2

75.8

72.8

78.9

Height (in.)

68.3

71.5

72.6

71.0

Ground Clearance (in.)

7.1

9.6

8.9

7.6

Wheelbase (in.)

106.3

109.8

112.2

112.6

The ground clearance on the Sorento is quite less as compared to some of its competition. The Toyota 4Runner comes with the highest ground clearance of 9.6-inches and it makes it off-road capable. The Ford Explorer comes with a longer wheelbase which aids in better leg space across the rear rows.

Some of the standout exterior features include:

  • Auto light control 
  • Integrated fog lamps 
  • Roof rails 
  • Rear spoiler 
  • Optional panoramic sunroof 
  • Rear LED taillights

2011 Kia Sorento Safety

6.0/10

The 2011 Sorento is developed on a new platform which is found to be lighter and stiffer than the previous model. It also helps with a more composed ride and better handling. The NHTSA has given an overall 5-star safety rating to the 2011 Kia Sorento and the IIHS has also awarded it the “2011 Top Safety Pick” award. This proves that the Sorento is a safe SUV and does not compromise safety. 

Some of the standout safety features include:

  • Brake assist system
  • Downhill brake control 
  • Hill assist control 
  • Side-impact door beams
  • LATCH system 

2011 Kia Sorento Final Verdict

The 2011 Kia Sorento is definitely a better deal than its predecessor. It looks better, offers very good fuel efficiency, and performs well too. With all the benefits, safety has not taken a back seat and it offers many features as standard. The handling of the Kia Sorento is now more car-like and inspires confidence. So, overall It's a solid SUV with an attractive price. 

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