Testing cars: drove the 2011 KIA Sorento crossover
The 2011 model receives occasional major change: the more substantial is the replacement of a frame of a monologue chassis rails. The Kia crossover now behaves more like a car than an SUV sedan. Overa...
Overall, the new KIA Sorento is now more crossover road and much more American than Korean. It is also more comfortable, modern and dynamic without all this will inevitably lead to an extraordinary increase in the price.
KIA Sorento: A crossover filled with milestones
The 2011 KIA Sorento represents a new milestone in the history of Kia in the United States to become the first Korean brand model fully assembled in our country, specifically in West Point, where Kia has located his new factory KMMG. The new Sorento is also notable for the recovery of four-cylinder engines in the range, abandoned between 2007 and 2010 and now recovered to the overwhelming logic of the market and the shortage of oil.
These changes of substance should be added to the 2011 KIA Sorento road becomes less than the previous generation. Moreover crossover four wheel as demonstrated by the use of a frame Kia instead of the previous monocoque chassis beams. Besides improving the structural rigidity of the model, the change involves a reduction in the weight of 475 pounds, something that contributes a gearbox six-speed automatic with a very low ratio of relationships.
Finally, it should be noted that this 2011 Sorento is more versatile and more dynamic than the 2009 model , thanks, not exactly an overall gain in size, but a different configuration of interior space and a lowering of the center of gravity. These are the consequences of adding a new platform shared with the Hyundai Santa Fe future
As a curiosity, we must emphasize that incorporates an optional panoramic roof, this is the first time a Kia model has this option, more premium segments self to the Korean brand is gradually approaching.
With all these changes, we can say that the new Kia Sorento only looks like the old name. It is a true crossover that, as already noted, it has become much more mature, dynamic, comfortable and affordable, four priori statements that try to confirm the test drive we had opportunity to do in the vicinity of West Point, 80 miles from Atlanta, southwest direction.
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