Low-range gearing, a limited slip rear differential, four-wheel independent suspension, an skid plates help make the 2003 Kia Sorento EX 4WD a true off-roading vehicle, and the 16-inch ...
Low-range gearing, a limited slip rear differential, four-wheel independent suspension, an skid plates help make the 2003 Kia Sorento EX 4WD a true off-roading vehicle, and the 16-inch wheels and all-season tires make the Sorento a tough and affordable SUV competitor in poor weather conditions. The new 4WD Kia SUV comes standard with part-time four-wheel drive that the driver activates, but a Torque-On-Demand, which automatically apportions power where needed, is optional. A 3.5-liter, 192-hp V6 and 4-speed auto tran is the standard powertrain.
The 2003 Sorento EX 4WD is otherwise like the rear-wheel drive EX in terms of features -- power locks, windows, and heated mirrors, an 8-way driver's seat, cruise control, sunroof, wheel-mounted audio controls, a CD player, rear window wiper, fog lights, remote entry, and auto-dimming rearview mirror. Dual front and four side impact airbags earn four-star crash ratings. A roof rack is standard in addition to the 66-cubic foot cargo area, thanks to split-folding rear seats. Options include heated leather seats, 4-wheel ABS brakes, automatic headlights, automatic climate control, and a trailer hitch. The 2003 Sorento EX 4WD gets rated highly by owners for its roomy versatility, its comfort on long rides, easy maneuverability, and stylish looks. Poor gas mileage, a somewhat rough ride, and inadequate brakes are the major complaints.