Used Kia Sorento

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  • Overview

    Gray Used Kia Sorento angled left

    Sure, it can be exciting to shop for and buy a new car, truck or SUV. After all, a new car still has that fresh-off-the-lot, shiny leather interior and all new features that you’ll spend the next few years trying to figure how to work. Of course, the downfall to buying a brand new car is that eventually the new car smell fades and the gadgets stop becoming interesting – oh, and of course there is that pesky depreciation that happens as soon as you drive your new car off the lot. With that in mind, why not consider finding a used Kia Sorento? After all, you’ll save a bundle of money and will most likely end up being able to afford a nicer trim level in a used model than you will in a new model – so consider buying used as a way to stretch your dollar to the max while also maxing out on luxury and comfort.

    Of course, it can be tough to know where to start when you’re shopping for a used Kia Sorento. After all, the Kia Sorento debuted in 2002, so there are quite a few model years to choose from. However, if you’re looking for an affordable, well-equipped SUV, be sure to check out the second generation Kia Sorento models. Encompassing the years from 2011-2014, the second generation Kia Sorento’s offer high quality trims in addition to a new-for-2011 exterior redesign that gave the SUV a more modern and fresh appeal.

  • 2011

    Silver 2011 Used Kia Sorento climbing a mountain

    When the 2011 Kia Sorento rolled off the factory lines and onto showroom floors, shoppers were surprised to see that the SUV had an entirely new body style, thanks to a redesign that ditched its truck-frame and offered a decidedly more sleek and streamlined appearance. Now more than just pretty face, the 2011 Kia Sorento also enticed shoppers with its excellent fuel-efficiency rating, and it’s supremely comfortable cabin. The 2011 Kia Sorento offered 19-21 miles per gallon in the city and 25-29 miles per gallon on the highway – sure, that’s not exactly Prius standards, but it’s still excellent fuel economy in the Crossover class.

    Additionally, the 2011 Kia Sorento invited shoppers to choose one of four trim levels – base, LX, EX or SX, while the first generation Kia Sorento had only two trims – EX and LX. However, even with the additional third trim to choose from, even the base model 2011 Kia Sorento base model LX comes well-equipped, with features such as Sirius Satellite Radio, Bluetooth functionality, a USB and auxiliary port, air conditioning, full power accessories, a CD player and cruise control. Stepping up to the LX model equipped the 2011 Kia Sorento with a second-row armrest with a cupholder, heated exterior mirrors, a six-speed automatic transmission, and LED turn signals. If you’re shopping for a 2011 Kia Sorento LX, be sure to check and see if the previous owner also purchased the Convenience package. If so, you’ll be cruising in a Crossover that also has heated front seats, a rearview backup camera, foglamps, rear parking sensors and roof rails.

    Of course with all the money you are saving from buying a used model instead of a new, you may be able to splash out on the 2011 Kia Sorento in the almost-top trim EX model. If so, you’ll be riding in luxury, style, and comfort thanks to the EX’s leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather wrapped shift knob, dual air conditioning, keyless entry and keyless ignition – all of which sits atop 18-inch alloy wheels. But if you really want to buy a top-of-the-line 2011 Kia Sorento, check out the 2011 Kia Sorento SX. Extremely well-appointed, the SX is the Sorento’s sports model, and as such it offers sport-tuned suspension, heated from seats, unique exterior styling and interior trim, leather upholstery, a rearview backup camera and a high-quality ten-speaker audio sound system from Infinity. Of course, packages were also available for the SX, so you may be able to find a used model that also has voice-activated navigation, a panoramic sunroof, a backseat DVD system or even mood lighting.

  • 2012

    White 2012 Used Kia Sorento from the front against a pale blue sky

    While the 2011 Kia Sorento is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that gets 175 horsepower, the 2012 model kicked things up a gear by offering a new engine option – a direct fuel injection four-cylinder that got up to 191 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. However, while the newer engine came standard on the 2012 Sorento EX, it was only an option for the LX, so be sure when you’re looking at your used 2012 models that you are clear on which engine will be powering your used Kia Sorento.

    A powerful engine is a good thing, but the ability to stop quickly is even better. Luckily, the 2012 Kia Sorento is impressive with its ability to come to a complete stop from 60 mph in just 120 feet. Coupled with a four-out-of five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2012 Kia Sorento is a safe pick for a used Crossover.

  • 2013

    Grey 2013 Used Kia Sorento on a parking lot

    The second-generation Kia Sorento became more refined and mature in 2013, as evidenced by its enhanced amenities, such as a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Uvo infotainment interface, and power driver seat becoming available options on the Kia Sorento LX model and leather upholstery becoming a standard feature on the EX trim.

    If you’re looking for additional pizzaz in your 2013 Kia Sorento, check out the EX Premium package, which equips the 2013 model with a third-row seat, HD radio, a panoramic sunroof and even a first aid kit – just a few of the notable features of the add-on package.

  • 2014

    Red 2014 Used Kia Sorento in front of plants

    The 2014 model year saw a host of excellent changes for the Kia Sorento, one of the reasons why Edmunds states that “the 2014 Kia Sorento is one of our top recommendations to consumers shopping for a small or midsize crossover SUV, thanks to its well-mannered driving characteristics, roomy interior and generous standard and optional features.” What makes the 2014 Kia Sorento such a great buy? Well, for starters, Kia decided to forgo the 2.4-liter four-cylinder that had been powering the base and LX models in favor of adding in a 3.3-liter V6 engine that gets significantly better horsepower – 290 hp, as opposed to 276 hp. This new engine saw the Sorento fly from zero to 60 in just 7.4 seconds, which is very impressive for the class (keep in mind, this is a crossover, not a Corvette). Additionally, fuel economy remains strong with the newer engine option, getting 21 miles per gallon combined.

    2014 also saw the addition of a new trim level – the SX-L. Now, not only are the four other trims improved with high-quality features such as rear parking sensors, ambient lighting, and auto-dimming rearview mirror, but the Kia Sorento in SX-L upped the ante with heated rear seats, a heated, wood trimmed steering wheel, upgraded leather, xenon headlights and splashy chrome wheels. But if you don’t want to go all out on the SX-L, be on the lookout for the EX that’s been coupled with the Touring package. That combination will net you a navigation system, a 10-speaker sound system, a panoramic sunroof, a power liftgate, ventilated front seats, an 8-inch touchscreen display and driver memory settings. It also comes with advanced safety features such as blind-spot monitoring.

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