2003 Kia Sorento User Reviews

2003 Kia Sorento Review Ratings

  • Rank your car

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

Review Highlights Click to filter reviews below

PROS
"power" 3 reviews
"reliable car" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 7 reviews

User Reviews

Displaying all 9 2003 Kia Sorento reviews.

Carrie writes:
2003 Kia Sorento EX 4WD Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

Accelerates very well, Very safe design.

Cons

Fuel Effency in my model isn't so great.

75

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!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Sorento
Looking for a Used Sorento in your area?
CarGurus has 28,681 nationwide Sorento listings starting at $2,995.
ZIP:
Craig writes:
2003 Kia Sorento LX 4WD Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

Offroad capabilities

Cons

Gas mileage

135

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

10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
gprz writes:
2003 Kia Sorento EX 4WD Review
Overall:
3
gprz
55

The Vehicle Seems A Bit Buggy. — Check engine light comes on at random. Poor fuel mileage.Can't easily get a service/repair manual.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
anbebe3 writes:
2003 Kia Sorento EX 4WD Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Snow/Ice:
Looks/Style:
Warranty:
Overall:
5

Pros

THIS CAR IS GREAT ON THE SNOW,AND SOFtin any where

Cons

18 mpg

anbebe3
25

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

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
Mike writes:
2003 Kia Sorento EX 4WD Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Off-Road:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Ride Comfort:
Snow/Ice:
Looks/Style:
Visibility:
Overall:
4

Pros

I loved the look and feel of it overall.

Cons

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

135

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.)

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Gilles writes:
2003 Kia Sorento EX 4WD Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
2

Pros

Nicely powered SUV, nice interior

Cons

Gas guzzler, very costly in maintenance

25

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

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
lauracrtt writes:
2003 Kia Sorento LX 4WD Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5
lauracrtt
75

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

5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
gusmcor writes:
2003 Kia Sorento EX 4WD Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
4

Pros

Comfort

Cons

Fuel Guzzler

gusmcor
65

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

4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
perez00777 writes:
2003 Kia Sorento EX 4WD Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5
perez00777
45

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

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No

Displaying all 9 2003 Kia Sorento reviews.

Rank your car

Reviews From Other Years

2004 Kia Sorento Reviews

I Love My Car By kieva_brymer

Everything about the Kia Sorento is great. Off-road is fun but still safe and driving in the snow and ice is safe and comfortable. I like the looks of this car and on the radio a system was put in w... Read More

Great Daily Driver By Greg

My wife and I were debating between the Kia Sorento, Chevy Equinox and Ford Escape. The Chevy was ruled out, only because it was the first year of the new model. I normally like to wait until the 2n... Read More

Read all 6 2004 Kia Sorento reviews

2005 Kia Sorento Reviews

Excellent Used Kia Sorento - Great Buy! By KimiHadley

I bought this car brand new and have been the only owner of the vehicle. Since I have owned this car it has always proven to be very reliable and I have found the scheduled maintenance on the vehicle ... Read More

Not Worth Getting Into By dsppspc123

Before the year was up, I had to have the engine replaced. The dealership set the timing incorrectly when they replaced the engine. It took over 5 years to get the timing set correctly, and it ended... Read More

Read all 12 2005 Kia Sorento reviews

2006 Kia Sorento Reviews

Not So Great. By dxxsolomon

I bought this vehicle when it had about 20,000 miles on it and proved to be reliable until at about 50,000 miles. Immediately past 50,000 miles I began to experience multitude of problems with the ve... Read More

Fairy Satisified. By Mike

Terrible on gas, and the car blows front headlight bulbs often. $15 each this is a constant pain. Very poor resale value on Kia Products. Probably won't buy another Kia Product. Should be a recall for... Read More

Read all 7 2006 Kia Sorento reviews

2007 Kia Sorento Reviews

Its Very Safe. By kiachamp

The sorento is a very nice vehicle. Its has a 5 star crash rating. Once you test drive this vehichle you will fall in love with it and you will not wanna go test drive anythig else. You cant find a b... Read More

Exellent Car , Especially For A Family. Tons Of Space No Matter Where Your Seating! By hopecardenn3469

This car is in very good condition. Brakes work great! The air condition is so cold. Radio is loud! The car's appearl is eye catching to me, it can shine so bright! It is also very fun to drive. It al... Read More

Read all 7 2007 Kia Sorento reviews

2008 Kia Sorento Reviews

Reliable, And Very Under Appreciated. By mre7three

This SUV was a great value for what I paid. Overall it's austere vehicle, but very solid, well built and reliable. I'm not someone who pays extra for catchy/cliched marketing and Kia definitely fit th... Read More

Iiiiiiiiiii By Mohammed

it good accelatration braking handling it is very fun to drive this car it has mileage over 43000 its very stylish and hopeful car it is about 90000 dhs its very fun its sunroof camera and cd player i... Read More

Read all 5 2008 Kia Sorento reviews

People researching a 2003 Kia Sorento contacted a dealer about

Picture of 2003 Kia Sorento LX 4WD, exterior
Kia Sorento
20% of the time
Nissan Xterra
8% of the time
Ford Escape
7% of the time
Honda CR-V
7% of the time
Sorento
Looking for a Used Sorento in your area?
CarGurus has 28,681 nationwide Sorento listings starting at $2,995.
ZIP: