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2004 Kia Sorento Overview
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Based on 5 reviews
Inexplicably named after a town in Italy over 5000 miles away from Korea, the 2004 Kia Sorento is a mid-size SUV with two rows of seating for five passengers. Overflowing with storage compartments and six cupholders, the rear seats split-fold 60/40 flat to open up the cargo area to an adequate 66.4 cubic feet of space. Offering both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, the 2004 Sorento is equipped for off-road performance, as both the standard part-time and optional full-time Torque-on-Demand 4WD systems offer low-range gearing. The full-time 4WD is suitable for dry pavement.
Combined with the price tag and list of standard features in both the base LX and more luxurious EX trims, this makes the 2004 Sorento an attractive SUV choice competitive with comparably-sized SUVs. Equipped with a 3.5-liter, 192-hp V6 engine and 4-speed automatic, the 2004 Sorento gets an optional 5-speed manual transmission, available in a Sport Package for the LX. This package also adds alloy wheels, foglights, a roof rack, keyless entry, and a leather steering wheel, which are all standard on the EX. Wood trim in the EX is replaced by metallic trim. The EX is the upscale model, offering power driver's seat, a sunroof, wheel-mounted audio controls, a garage opener, and an auto-dimming mirror. Heated leather seats are extra only on the EX.
As with all SUVs, the 2004 Sorento gets horrific gas mileage, somewhere around 15/19 mpg, and this is its biggest drawback. Built on a truck platform, the ride can be rough on bumpy roads. Other gripes mention a long wait for parts (shipped over from Korea), an inadequate stereo, and engine noise when revving the underpowered V6. But owners love the smooth handling and tight turning radius, making it nimble even in city driving. The off-road capability is a bonus, and the seats are comfortable with plenty of legroom. A good ride height offers great visibility. By far the best feature is the overall price and warranty.
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Kia Sorento Questions
2004 Kia Sorento's Locks Auto-engaging When Car Is Turned Off
My wife had mentioned this to me and I experienced it this weekend, when I turned her car off and the door locks automatically went from unlocked (disengaged after the car was turned off, as expecte...
How Do You Put A Kia Sorento Ex Year 2004 Into Four Wheel Drive
tried putting my kia sorentoe ex year 2004 into four wheel drive by turning the nob on right hand side where it say auto then 4x4 then low and nothing happened was told to stop car when i did this
Hood Release Not Working In 2004 Kia Sorento.
I tried to open the hood on my wife's 2004 Kia Sorento, but when I pulled the hood release lever in the cabin, the hood did not unlatch. The nub is still connected to the latch. When I used a pair ...
How Do I Relace Sunroof Drain Tubes On My 2004 Kia Sorento?
2004 Sorento - What Would Cause Tail Lights To Not Work, Yet All Other Ligh...
Tail lights not working. Checked bulbs and fuse.