My 2011 LX V6 Sorento has served me well with plenty of
shoulder and leg room. This is the first year Kia came out with
the 3rd row seat, whichcan seat 7 adults. At least half the split
3rd row seat does need to be down for any luggage but the
grandkidslike the extra seclusion sitting way in the back. As
the orginal owner, the Sorento has only been in the shop
for oil changes and a flat tire from all the roofing repair in
Fort Collins...13,000 homes affected by hair damage.I mention
this since the dealer screwed up a tire by putting a patch
partially over another patch of theirs.
I recently considered down trading the Sorento, 29K miles,
$18,500 for a midsize 09-11 V6 Accord, Camry, Fusion or
Sonadasince I really have only had the need to seat 6 just
a couple of times. In colorado I consider the 4 cyclinders
pretty gutless but a friend has mentioned his hail damaged,
turbo Audi i4 does do well in the moutains.
I owned a Saturn Outlook in the past but consider the really
mid-sized Sorento the optional SUV size.
What I discovered driving my wife's 2011 loaded Fusion Sport
V6 AWD was fun to drive on our recent 5000 mile trip and with
wintercoming on, seated seats would be nice, and maybe a
backup camera and blind side warning are nice options to have.
Vehicle length is also a constraint since we have a freezer and
shelves in the front ofour garage. I almost traded for a 2nd
Fusion, saw a lot of them back east, but I decided I didn't want
anotherred vehicle...5 in a row is enough and with only 2 low
ball offers in 3 weeks I will keep the Sorento.