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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.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Expensive replacement parts great car

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

We've owned this car for over a year and have been pretty happy with it. It's got 104050 miles on it. The downside is the cost and availability of parts. The major parts (and some not so major like shocks) are only available through the factory or a dealer and are considerably more expensive than typical replacement parts. On this model year two different water pumps were produced and they are not interchangeable. We didn't find this out until it was at our mechanics to get the timing belt and water pump replaced. Just the parts cost about $500. Also, the coolant reservoir has a tendency to crack/split and costs about $150 to replace.




Better than i thought

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

A very nice vehicle to drive, it loves to speed to an easy 70 mph. You'll need to keep an eye for the gas pedal; very soft.




Fun suv!

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

We downsized from a minivan to this and I have loved everything about it since the minute I sat in it. It looks and drives great. It was a mother's day gift for me, but my husband loves to drive it! He has compared it to other suvs in the same class, and there is no comparison. It drives like a sports car. I get so many comments about it by everyone. Only problems we have encountered is we can't have one window down at a time or it sounds like we're in a helicopter. It's also a tight squeeze for a family with 3 kids in car seats, but are able to make it work. Oh another thing - buy the 4 wheel drive. This cutie (we purchased the base model) does not like to drive in snow or ice!




Good so far

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

I recently purchased a used '03 Kia Sorento LX. I have only had it a month. Over all, "so far" I am satisfied with it. There are a few flaws however; at high speeds (anything over 50) the steering wheel shakes a bit, you can feel it in the steering, in the seats, and in the floor board and it does it even worse when using the brakes. But I do enjoy the interior and exterior design, similar to a Lexus SUV for far less price! Oh and a very quiet ride. All in all I would say to anyone considering buying a Sorento it is an excellent choice for the money!




Great vehicle to drive

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

I've owned my Sorento for a year now and have just a little over 16,000 miles on it. I have truly enjoyed this vehicle. It is great around town and on the long trips to Florida. I have not had to return to the dealer for any problems. The price of the Sorento was excellent. Performance is great. Plenty of room for the wife and three kids. The gas mileage is comparable to the mileage that I was getting with the Explorer I previouslyowned and is more comfortable. If and when it becomes time to purchase a new vehicle the Kia Sorento will be at the top of the list. Thank you Kia for building a well built and affordable vehicle.




Love at first sight.

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

My Kia Sorento is wonderful, it is equiped with all the necessities to enjoy driving, cruise, power outlets for cell phones, rear hatch, etc.. I test drove a Sorento and fell in love with the SUV. It is stylish and has great manuverability. Furthermore, there is lots of room and cargo space for trips. The backseat can comfortably hold a carseat and two grown adults. Lastly, with the 10 year/ 100,000 mile warrenty how can you go wrong?



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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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 14
  • cty
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  • 18
  • highway
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