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2011 Kia Sorento Trims

Base

Avg. Price: $16,215

EX

Avg. Price: $18,721

With features galore the 2011 Kia Sorento EX should please buyers looking for a well-equipped crossover SUV at a great price. In addition to numerous interior upgrades, the Sorento EX's appearance benefits from larger 18-inch wheels, foglights and a rear spoiler.

Under the hood the 2011 Sorento EX features a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. With just 175 hp and 169 lb-ft of torque the small inline four-cylinder (I4) lacks the verve to get the Sorento EX moving swiftly. The front wheels are driven via a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission that somewhat mitigates the power deficit.

Inside Kia has equipped the Sorento EX with a plethora of comfort and convenience features. Dual-zone climate control is standard, along with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and an eight-way power driver's seat. Options include leather upholstery, a rear-view camera and GPS navigation.

EX 4WD

Avg. Price: $19,708

The 2011 Kia Sorento EX 4WD benefits from the traction-enhancing effects of full-time all-wheel-drive. The electronic AWD system operates with no driver input and also features traction and stability control to maintain an even keel on slick roads.

Kia's familiar 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine sees duty in the 2011 Sorento EX 4WD. Despite high-tech construction and a refined manner, the four-cylinder's 175 hp and 169 lb-ft of torque are ill-suited to powering the heavy Sorento EX. The standard six-speed automatic transmission helps matters somewhat with smooth, well-timed shifts.

The Sorento EX 4WD features a spacious and well-appointed cabin with standard dual-zone climate control, a power driver's seat, back-up warning system and push-button start. Options include heated leather seats, an upgraded Infinity stereo and GPS navigation.

EX V6

Avg. Price: $20,491

The 2011 Kia Sorento EX V6 offers crossover SUV buyers a capable, powerful vehicle with plenty of comfort and convenience features. The Sorento's commodious interior seats seven passengers and its powerful engine gives the somewhat heavy SUV a much-needed shot in the arm.

With 276 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque, the Sorento EX's 3.5-liter V6 engine is a welcome addition. The substantial increase in power compared to the four-cylinder model provides much swifter acceleration and vastly improved passing power. A six-speed manual transmission drives the front wheels and serves up smooth, timely shifts.

The 2011 Sorento EX V6 is chock full of standard equipment. The interior features cloth seats with leatherette inserts (full leather is optional) along with a power driver's seat, dual-zone climate control and back-up warning system. The options list includes heated seats, a rear-view camera and GPS navigation.

EX V6 4WD

Avg. Price: $21,792

As the top trim in its range, the 2011 Kia Sorento EX V6 4WD is laden with value-enhancing features. The spacious and comfortable Sorento offers secure handling in any weather courtesy of an electronic all-wheel-drive system.

The Sorento EX's 3.5-liter V6 engine develops a healthy 276 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. The smooth V6 offers a noticeable acceleration advantage over the underpowered four-cylinder, and the Sorento EX V6 4WD surges off the line with confidence. The standard six-speed automatic gearbox serves up smooth, well-timed shifts.

Befitting its status as an up-level model, the Sorento EX V6 4WD features loads of standard equipment. Included are a power driver's seat, dual-zone climate control with rear air conditioning and push-button start. Optional equipment includes GPS navigation with traffic, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and a panoramic sunroof.

LX

Avg. Price: $16,670

As the base trim in its range, the 2011 Kia Sorento LX offers value and capability in spades. The midsize Sorento is priced alongside most manufacturers' small SUV lines and as such offers more room than the competition.

Under the 2011 Kia Sorento LX's hood resides a modern, all-aluminum 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. While it possesses a smooth demeanor and delivers excellent fuel economy, the engine's 175 hp and 169 lb-ft of torque aren't able to move the 3,800-pound Sorento around with much enthusiasm. The standard six-speed automatic transmission drives the front wheels and serves up smooth, well-timed shifts.

Kia is known for delivering a high level of equipment, and the 2011 Sorento LX features power accessories, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a trip computer, all standard. Options include a back-up camera, parking assist and a third seat that enables the Sorento LX to seat seven passengers.

LX 4WD

Avg. Price: $17,792

The 2011 Kia Sorento LX 4WD offers buyers an inexpensive midsize SUV that handles well in any weather. The Sorento LX 4WD features a full-time electronic all-wheel-drive system with a locking center differential that requires no driver input to operate.

Despite weighing in at nearly two tons, the 2011 Sorento LX 4WD makes do with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Making only 175 hp and 169 lb-ft of torque, the small inline-four struggles to get the Sorento LX 4WD up to highway speeds. A seamless six-speed automatic, the only transmission offered, does its best to enliven the Sorento with smooth, well-timed shifts and prompt kick-downs.

Inside, the 2011 Sorento LX 4WD gets a host of standard convenience equipment, including power windows, locks and mirrors, an AM/FM/CD stereo with Aux input and Bluetooth connectivity. Options include a third-row seat, back-up camera and parking assist.

LX V6

Avg. Price: $17,306

The 2011 Kia Sorento LX V6 receives a much-needed power boost from its all-aluminum six-cylinder engine. The 3.5-liter motor makes 276 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque, fed to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. The extra power is just what the doctor ordered; the 2011 Sorento LX V6 is much peppier than the rather stubborn four-cylinder models.

In addition to the larger motor, the 2011 Sorento LX V6 also gets 18-inch alloy wheels and a roof rack. Inside the high level of standard equipment includes power accessories, an AM/FM/CD stereo with Aux input, Bluetooth phone connectivity and rear air conditioning. All Sorento LX V6s seat seven passengers courtesy of a standard 50/50-split third row.

Options for the Sorento LX V6 include heated seats, a rear-view camera and foglights. Standard safety gear includes six airbags, electronic stability control and four-wheel ABS brakes.

LX V6 4WD

Avg. Price: $18,738

The 2011 Kia Sorento LX V6 4WD is a capable, value-laden crossover SUV that offers excellent handling in all road conditions. When burdened with the extra weight of a full-time all-wheel-drive system, the Sorento LX V6 4WD weighs in at nearly 4,000 pounds. Good thing Kia's all-aluminum V6 engine makes 276 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox (the only available transmission), the Sorento's V6 offers sprightly acceleration and excellent highway passing power.

Moving inside the 2011 Sorento LX V6 4WD will impress buyers with a high level of standard equipment. Included are power windows, locks and mirrors, Bluetooth phone connectivity, rear air conditioning and a trip computer. All V6 Sorentos seat seven passengers, though the back row is a bit starved for legroom. Notable options include heated seats, a rear-view camera system and an auto-dimming mirror.

SX

Avg. Price: $22,888

SX 4WD

Avg. Price: $24,018