2008 Kia Sorento

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2008 Kia Sorento Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Kia Sorento was new.

The Sorento ranks in the top half of its class for delivering good value on a midsize SUV with strong towing capacity and good safety ratings. However, it can't match the comfortable ride and fuel efficiency of others in its class.




Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 7.6
Safety: 9.5
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Pros & Cons

  • Powerful 3.8-liter engine for EX model
  • Excellent government crash test scores
  • Long basic and powertrain warranties
  • Rough ride
  • Mediocre fuel economy for the class

2008 Kia Sorento Overview

Reviews are mixed for the 2008 Kia Sorento. While it offers a powerful engine with an impressive towing capacity, most reviewers feel that a rough ride detracts from its appeal. It ranks around the middle of its class when compared to other affordable crossovers. Still, the Sorento's affordable sticker price prompts BusinessWeek to note, "If you want an SUV with a peppy engine...the Kia may offer better value than any of its rivals." The Sorento remains relatively unchanged for 2008. The most notable addition is a new V6 engine for the base model.

That value proposition is changing in 2008, as gas prices reach record highs.  The Sorento places near the bottom of the compact SUV class for fuel-efficiency. 

The Sorento comes in two trims, LX or EX, with a choice of two four-wheel-drive systems.

  • "The Sorento was very pleasant to live with for nearly two weeks and probably close to 2,000 miles." -- The Auto Channel
  • "There are a lot of good SUVs on the market, but few that you'd call a bargain. This is one." -- U.S. News' Rick Newman
  • "The Sorento is a traditional body-on-frame SUV with a fully boxed chassis, a live-axle rear suspension, and optional four-wheel drive with a conventional two-speed transfer case. All of this adds up to a rugged package designed for the demands of serious off-road driving." -- Car and Driver

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