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Kia Sorento Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 192 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/18 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2003 Kia Sorento

  • Good-looking, comfortable, rugged and well-equipped, the new Sorento will force consumers to view Kia in a new light.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Great value, class-leading warranty coverage, long list of standard features, solid construction, true off-road capability.

  • Cons

    Engine needs more power, subpar fuel economy, seat upholstery could stand improvement.

  • What's New for 2003

    The Sorento is an all-new SUV from Kia. Larger and more powerful than the pint-size Sportage (which is expected to return for 2004 after a 2003 hiatus, by the way), the Sorento straddles the emerging middle ground between small SUVs and midsize SUVs. And it does so while offering interested buyers true off-road ability. Key competitors are the Ford Escape, the Honda CR-V, the Jeep Liberty, the Nissan Xterra and the Toyota Highlander.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 14
  • cty
/
  • 18
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Fun car to drive and

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Vehicle: 2003 Kia Sorento EX Rwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

I bought this car as a third owner in 2011 with 138000 miles. The car was poorly maintained. Thats what I got for the price I bought it for. But I am so glad I bought this car. I had to change the brakes and tires, some bulbs, oil change, and I had to change the spark plugs. The car started running like new. I had no major problems with the car, just maintenance. I had my check engine light on for a couple of months but later on I found out it was because of a faulty throttle position sensor which was easy to change. After that, the check engine light went away till this day. I had a A/C leak but I managed to find the leak and fixed it myself.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Pleasantly surprised.

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Vehicle: 2003 Kia Sorento LX 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

This Sorrento was a replacement for my previous vehicle. It was used and abused. Previous owner did no maintenance on it. Spent a couple of hours under the hood cleaning MAF sensor, throttle body. Had my buddy replace the oil and all the tires. Not to mention complete brake fluid change( no charge for any of it. For which I am eternally grateful) it now runs like a champ. Roomy , comfortable, fun, and a pleasure to drive. Still needs to have a few little things done. The fact it ran as good as it did considering what wasn't done in it 255,000 miles of service is testament to its build quality. Called KIA about recalls. Booked in same day.




Big mistake

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Vehicle: 2003 Kia Sorento EX Rwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

This was the worst vehicle choice ever!! We had it for 3 months and the radiator blew. Then all the window switches stopped working and the AC would not hold its charge. The transmission started going out when we hit 110,000 miles and when we traded it in, we only got $1500 for it. Thought that would be the last time I got a KIA that was build prior to 2005, but my wife tricked me and bought a 2003 Kia Spectra. We have had nothing but issues with that one also.



20 of 20 people found this review helpful

My 2003 kia sorento best

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Vehicle: 2003 Kia Sorento EX 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

Minor problems like horn, clock not working. Had to replace the U-joint front and back. Everything else is fine and working. Minor leak in sunroof, was adjusted. Paint on side mirrors came off and the same for the tail hatch. Made out of plastic.



5 of 6 people found this review helpful

Hard on the wallet

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Vehicle: 2003 Kia Sorento EX Rwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

Gorgeous on the outside. Useless on the inside. Of the hood, that is. Ran great until I hit 100,000 miles. Since, my power steering, fly wheel, transmission and ac have went out, not to mention a few other minor problems. I will never recommend this vehicle to anyone. I have taken great care of this vehicle, keeping everything up to date and new but it has not returned the favor. It would be nice if the vehicle was as cheap as its quality.



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Great little truck

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Vehicle: 2003 Kia Sorento LX 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

I bought this truck because of Nebraska Winters, its 4WD is what i needed to get through. I've NEVER had an issue with this truck. Only thing i've done is replace the battery and a blinker bulb! With reg oil changes i've had zero engine trouble. I bought it with 47,000 miles on it and am now at over 124,000 miles. It still runs like the day i bought it! I would recommend a Kia Sorento to anyone who is looking for a great 4WD. On highway travel i can get close to 27 MPG.



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Full 2003 Kia Sorento Review

What's New for 2003

The Sorento is an all-new SUV from Kia. Larger and more powerful than the pint-size Sportage (which is expected to return for 2004 after a 2003 hiatus, by the way), the Sorento straddles the emerging middle ground between small SUVs and midsize SUVs. And it does so while offering interested buyers true off-road ability. Key competitors are the Ford Escape, the Honda CR-V, the Jeep Liberty, the Nissan Xterra and the Toyota Highlander.

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Talk About The 2003 Sorento

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stever
stever
02-09-2002
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coxote
coxote
05-25-2014
Where can I buy or dind the Instrument Panel Illumination for a Sorento 2003. I've been looking all over the internet and it's been impossible to find it!!...


lok888
lok888
06-12-2008
2003 Sorento has air bag warning light for driver side only. Mine was on and dealer replaced the clock spring inside the steering wheel column under warranty. Did you buy yours from a dealer?...



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