Love my Sorento. It is one of the best looking SUV's out there. I have gotten 27 MPG on the Hwy. I took a trip camping with 4 girls and all our gear and got 24 MPG. This is partial hwy and partial mountain driving with plenty of steep grades. I use the ECO option to keep my foot and pedal in check.
People, please stop bashing the MPG numbers with this vehicle. Our Sorento vehicle gets the MPG figures, as advertised. I bet there is a direct corrolation between those who get "poor" MPG and bad driving habits ("jack-rabbit" acceleration, braking too hard, using AC or heat too much, and yes, texting while driving, etc). I also own a Kia Optima SX Turbo and I average 30-32 MPG per tank...let me repeat that - over 30 MPG with a Turbo!
If you improve your driving habits, then your "real world" MPG numbers will go up considerably.
Otherwise, the vehicle is fine so far...a great value for the money.
Had my 2013 Sorento for about a month and love everything about this vehicle. Have owned Nissan, VW, Audi, Honda and the Sorento beats them all on interior design and comfort as well as handling (with exception of course of Audi). Every possible bell and whistle and perfectly executed. Handles like a dream in snow and ice. MPG slightly lower than I expected but still quite good for a vehicle this size. Hands down my favorite car yet, test drive the Sorento if you're in the market for this type vehicle. The other tipping point for me was the third row seating, awesome for hauling my nephews and their friends and when folded down provides terrific cargo space.
Hands free commands for GPS, Bluetooth, radio/satellite etc. Infinity stereo is top notch. Extremely smooth and quiet in town and on highway. Seat comfort is incredible. Ample and accessible storage. Auto-dimming rear view mirror.
While the Sorento is comfortable, quiet, quick, and well appointed, the poor gas mileage is a deal breaker! If we had known what it was going to get, which is about 23mpg's at best on highway, we never would've bought it. The number they gave at the dealership was 32mpg, which now, after being sued, they have adjusted to 30, which puts the Sorento below competitors instead of ahead. But we can't even get close to 30 ever!! Our Volvo gets exactly what it says on the sticker no matter the driving conditions. Don't be fooled! If you want it for other reasons, go ahead. But don't think they are competitive with Honda, Toyota, or others in this class. They continue to lie. It seems criminal.
Reduce the mpg figures further and give people their money back if they want it. Stand behind your product, not your lawyers.
2013 Kia Sorento LX 4dr SUV w/Convenience Pkg (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
I purchased the Sorento in September and since have put on 3900 miles. The mpg is not as advertised even tho I am a judicious driver, making sure the ECO indicator is on for over 95% of my driving. My combined hiway/city mileage is perhaps 21mpg (hand calculated and not read off the display). The handling is surprisingly good for a vehicle this size and shape. The performance is adequate although my previous vehicle was a BMW 540i so there is no comparison there. I'm still trying to get used to the site lines especially when backing up. The backup camera is "useful" altho I still prefer to look back through the rear window when backing. Interior; great. Exterior; nice lines.
The convenience of a large enough storage space to carry my golf clubs sideways.
Other SUVs this size do not accommodate golf clubs sideways.
The UVO gimmick is nice although I've had to replace its guts already because it lost my jukebox capability.
I love where the USB port is; not buried in the compartment between the seats.
Bluetooth is handy.
The ride is very good and the handling is a surprise, a pleasant surprise.
The Koreans are on to something here.
The fit and finish are close to exceptional.
The vehicle does not look cheap inside although I know the
materials are not top of the line. The higher seating position has made ingress/egress more comfortable for my ailing hip.
The one disappointment, other than the gas mileage which KIA is compensating me for, is the lack of an external temperature indicator.
If I'd have paid $3000 more I would've gotten this feature along with individual driver/passenger temp controls, but instead I paid $10 for a remote thermometer and mounted the sending unit in an area exposed to the outside.
It's not as accurate as the factory one but it's one heckuva lot cheaper!
Rear site lines are still a puzzle to me.
The rear camera is ok but I have trouble looking ahead when I'm backing up.
Old habits die hard.