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2004 Kia Sorento SUV


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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 2004 Kia Sorento

  • Good-looking, comfortable, rugged and well equipped, the Sorento is one of the best buys among small and midsize SUVs.

  • Safety
  • Pros

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

  • Cons

    Mediocre fuel economy, harsh ride over sharp impacts.

  • What's New for 2004

    The LX model is now available with a sport package that includes a new five-speed manual transmission, side step bars, Michelin tires,…

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (435 total reviews)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Fuel mileage 20+

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Vehicle: 2004 Kia Sorento EX Rwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

I just purchased an 04 Sorento EX w/ 105k on it. After reading about fuel mileage, we almost took our other vehicle on our day trip Saturday. 309 miles, mostly highway, cruise control at 75, w/ several stops, I still managed to get 20.5 mpgs. So, while 2 mpgs aren't much, I am sure that I could have got 22-23 had I kept speed at 65-70. Way better then the 18 from review.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Truly a comfortable, spacious and

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Vehicle: 2004 Kia Sorento EX 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

I bought a 2004 Sorento EX Luxury from a private seller with 75,000 miles. Vehicle was in immaculate condition, but was plagued with issues in the beginning. Had to replace the drive shaft, throttle position sensor, spark plugs and brakes - but after all repairs were done and a thorough fuel injection cleaning service, it drives like brand new. This is truly a remarkable SUV. I'm a law student and wanted a comfortable vehicle to last me for a few years, and even though I had those repair issues, I have no regrets. It's good-looking, spacious, super comfortable and has more than enough power. Shifts are buttery smooth and engine performance is really impressive for an 8 year old vehicle.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

Piece of junk

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Vehicle: 2004 Kia Sorento LX Rwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5M)

I have the 2004 Kia Sorento and nothing but a piece of junk! Every since I bought it has been nothing but a headache and not minor things major costly items.. water pump, the ignition fried and would start BY ITS SELF!! The relay box went bad, all the belts had to be replaced and now the mechanic at my near by kia dealership says the timing chain is going bad and the car will be ruined if not fixed! The headlight and tail lights go out every other month. Kias are pieces of crap and I will never buy another if you are looking into buying this vehicle please dont save your time and money! ohh by the way my vehicle only has 81,000 miles on it and still falling apart!

Gas Mileage


  • 14
  • cty
  • 18
  • highway
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Full 2004 Kia Sorento Review

What's New for 2004

The LX model is now available with a sport package that includes a new five-speed manual transmission, side step bars, Michelin tires, alloy wheels, roof rack, leather-wrapped steering wheel and keyless entry. A two-tone gray interior color scheme is also new, and metallic interior accents replace last year's wood grain accents.

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