2003 Kia Sorento User Reviews

2003 Kia Sorento Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 9 reviews

  • Performance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Appearance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Build Quality:5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars 5 / 5
  • Overall: 4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5

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"reliable car" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews
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"fuel economy" 7 reviews

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Craig writes:
2003 Kia Sorento LX 4WD Review
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Offroad capabilities

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Solid, No Fuss. — Works great in both mud and snow, underrated for its off road capailities. Body on ladder type frame construction and real 4X4 gearing, it will go anywhere a Jeep will. Spacious and confortable, is also a good daily commuter. Very solid.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Mike writes:
2003 Kia Sorento EX 4WD Review
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I loved the look and feel of it overall.

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The timing belt needs replacing every 100,000 kms or it will stop running and cause damage. It didn't have 7 seats.

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Nice Small Truck — Wonderful truck. Too bad the new ones are less of truck and more car. Needed a 7-seater so I upgraded to the Borrego. The Timing belt needs to be replaced every 100,000 km and should never be missed! The transmission was great, the options were great. Winter driving was a breeze in it. Went down several off-road trails and it performed great!

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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lauracrtt writes:
2003 Kia Sorento LX 4WD Review
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Smooth, Reliable Small Suv. — This vehicles acceleration is excellent and smooth. My gas mileage isn't great but I tote small kids daily and I love the room available in this suv

Owner for 2 years, 6 months

Miles Driven per Year:2,000

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gusmcor writes:
2003 Kia Sorento EX 4WD Review
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Comfort

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Fuel Guzzler

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Great Comfort But Huge Fuel Consumption — Has been reliable over the 10 years. Some corrosion on the luggage compartment door. Huge fuel guzzler. Main electrical control unit for interior lighting and license plate shorts and requires replacement regularly. Very comfortable ride. Lots of cargo room. Overall great vehicle.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Carrie writes:
2003 Kia Sorento EX 4WD Review
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Accelerates very well, Very safe design.

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Fuel Effency in my model isn't so great.

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Mine Is Ruby/grey With Grey Leather Interior, And The Aluminum Rims — Has been a wonderful Ride. Reliable, only problems were from manufacture and it is the first run model so over all nothing more than expected. Fluid changes are a Breeze! Maintaining so far has been very simple....however changing out the timing belt for the home garage is a big task and extremely expensive at the professional garage. I also don't like the lack of access to the spark plugs. Oh yeah and the Rims SUCK in salty conditions....the pit very easily!

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perez00777 writes:
2003 Kia Sorento EX 4WD Review
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Best Suv Ive Driven In A Long Time. As A Matter Of Fact I'm Getting A New 07' Sorento Today, I Love The More Horespower — as a matter of fact i'm getting a new 07' sorento today, i love the more horespoweras well as the same like price from last years

Owner for 3 years, 8 months

Miles Driven per Year:18,000

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anbebe3 writes:
2003 Kia Sorento EX 4WD Review
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THIS CAR IS GREAT ON THE SNOW,AND SOFtin any where

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18 mpg

anbebe3
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It Is Nice Car — run great a solf in regular street. this is a safe car and it soft handles. is a fast car,and it's a wonderfull ,I can hull every thing ,and the more that I like is because is shipper.has a lot of pawer

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Gilles writes:
2003 Kia Sorento EX 4WD Review
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Nicely powered SUV, nice interior

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Gas guzzler, very costly in maintenance

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Not The Right Choice For Me — Biggest mistake I've done in years. Costed me an awful lot in maintenance already, and troubles are not finished yet. Was thinking I was going for reliability with a Kia SUV, looks like I did not inform myself enough before buying this car. Can't wait to get rid of it, hopefully in one year or so.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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gprz writes:
2003 Kia Sorento EX 4WD Review
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The Vehicle Seems A Bit Buggy. — Check engine light comes on at random. Poor fuel mileage.Can't easily get a service/repair manual.

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2014 Kia Sorento Reviews

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2013 Kia Sorento Reviews

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2012 Kia Sorento Reviews

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Handling, fuel economy, roomy, fun to drive, price, reliable, long warranty, comfortable, nice design, lot of standard options lack sometimes power on hilly roads, suspension may be stiff for some pe... Read More

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The Sorento is a great car. Great for trips around town and comfortable for long road trips. Smaller than a full sized SUV, but the cargo space is still huge. And then when you put the seats down, ... Read More

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2011 Kia Sorento Reviews

Kia Quality 95k Still Going Strong By yawlshutup

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Almost The Perfect Suv By Lakedeck

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