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Kia Sorento, SUV
#556 of 578 Re: New Kia Update [flatontop]
Dec 27, 2012 (11:23 am)
Not great mileage..have the AWD V6..get about 18mpg...I think the MPG on the AWD vs FWD is just 1 mpg less
#557 of 578 Re: New Kia Update [flatontop]
Dec 27, 2012 (1:36 pm)
Well the first two tank fulls, I got between 18 and 19 MPG... that was actual. The computer said 19 to 20. But since then, it's been pretty cold and we have been starting the car up 10 to 20 minutes before we go so the MPG dropped to about 16-17. Don't let the MPG persuade you one way or another between the FWD and AWD. It's very minimal between the two from what I have heard and read. But it is really nice to have in the snow.
#558 of 578 Re: New Kia Mpg. Snow vrs hwy.
Dec 27, 2012 (3:44 pm)
MY SON HAS 2011 4cyl. I GET 24 HWY IN THAT AND 19. IN MANUAL SNOW AWD. I HAVE 2013 6 cyl AND AVG 23 mpg hwy AND 19 IN SNOW USING MANUAL AWD. WE HAVE NO OTHER ROADS WHERE WE LIVE EXCEPT COUNTRY ROADS AND HWY'S SO I DON'T KNOW WHAT CITY IS LIKE. WE DON'T EVEN HAVE ANY RED LIGHTS HERE. SO MY MPG IS PROB. BETTER THAN MOST.
#559 of 578 Re: New Kia Update [edl2]
Dec 30, 2012 (6:57 am)
Well it's getting down to the last 7 days before my purchase, choices are getting thin, most cars left have the limited packages that I don't want or need. Starting to get cold feet about the Sorento because of the stiff seats , drives like a tank and I will be spending 6 hrs at a time in the car. Any take's on seating comfort?
I got the price I'm looking for but might have to settle for a silver color.
$26,500 for the EX V6 option pack 2, cash price I only qualify for rebates of $2750.
#560 of 578 Re: New Kia Update [flatontop]
Dec 30, 2012 (7:44 am)
About 10 days ago I spent about 9hours driving in a 24 hour period ...three 3 hour trips...I was perfectly comfortable but dont expect the comfort of a Buick..I owned a couple of Buicks in past and they were like sitting on living room couch. Also last vehicle was a Nissan and now I drive a Ford and seating on these also more comfortable then the Kia but all were sedans. I would agree the seating is a bit stiff but with auto seat adjustments its easy to find a comfortable spot. I prefer a sedan drive for long trips but I certainly could see myself driving this from Pa to Myrtle Beach in the fall.
#561 of 578 Re: New Kia Update [flatontop]
Dec 30, 2012 (8:10 pm)
MAIN REASON WE BOUGHT LX WAS FOR CLOTH SEATS. THEY ARE MORE COMFORTABLE AND SLIGHTLY LARGER. DOES EX OFFER CLOTH SEATS SINCE LATE LX'S OFFER POWER SEAT IN CLOTH?
#562 of 578 Re: New Kia Update [flatontop]
Dec 31, 2012 (1:29 am)
Buy the car! Got mine in August and I love it. Seats are fine for long drives. I saw the 2014 model at the LA Auto Show, and I think the 2013 is better.
#563 of 578 First drive report 2013 Sorento EX V6 AWD
Dec 31, 2012 (11:20 am)
Wow! I am luvin' our new Sorento! (Recall that I've been a Nissan "bigot" for decades.)
We picked up our 2013 Sorento EX V6 AWD (no packages) at the dealer in Ogden, UT. Dealer filled it with "Regular" (85 Octane).
Day 1: Drove 300 miles on Interstate to Boise, ID. For most of the trip the speed was 75-80 mph with one stop for coffee. The last 45 minutes or so was 65-70 mph as snow flurries began.
Day 2: Filled up with Super Premium. Drove 540 miles on Interstate to Eugene, OR. First half of trip was 60-80 mph (depending on road conditions) with one stop for breakfast. We also spent an hour, with engine idling, while we waited to detour around an awful bus wreck on I-84 at "Deadman Pass." (More on that later.) The second half of the trip was on 65-70 mph on dry pavement with one stop for gas (Shell V-Power).
Based on the full-tank-to-full-tank gas consumption and odometer mileage, we got 21.66 mpg. The average cost for gas was 16.5 cents per mile.
This car handles great!
Tons of power, with great torque for quick acceleration from standing stop or from any speed.
We had to deal with a lot of thin accumulation of snow and ice, mostly with some sand, but some very slick spots. Sorento tracked and held excellently.
The steering is very tight and quick. It's easy to oversteer, but once you adjust to how quick the response is, it's really nice. Very good road feedback, as well, providing a good sense of how you're holding to the road.
The ride is stiff, as others have noted. To me, this is a plus because you have great control and road feedback. I don't find the ride "harsh," but this is not your Daddy's Lexus. Stability is great, no sway or bounce off the road surface.
Visibility is great. Much better than the over-styled designs with constrained view to the rear.
The automatic is so smooth you can hardly detect gear changes. Automatic downshifting on uphill was early and very smooth.
Cruise control worked perfectly. Very smooth.
I used the "Sportmatic" on a few occasions to manually downshift to 4th and 5th. Worked smoothly and provide the downhill resistance as desired.
I used the "Center Differential Lock" on two occasions. Once on flat, packed snow and ice in town (Boise) and on an up-and-downhill, snow-packed road as we took the detour around the bus wreck. Traction was great in both case, although I plan to get snow & ice tires for winter driving in the Cascade Mountains.
There is no engine noise except a satisfying sound when you accelerate fast.
Tire noise is loud on rough pavements.
Wind noise was low except for a period when a low whistle was noticeable. I think it may have been from ice accumulation on a roof rail and/or crossbar.
There was a constant, annoying rattle from (I think) the right front wheel well. I haven't isolated it yet, but I think it may be caused by wind shaking a flexible plate mounted under the wheel well. The dealer should have caught this, and I'm sure it can be corrected.
Windshield wipers are conventional, low-end type. They froze and were spotty. I've already replaced them with top-end Bosch wipers, which is what I put on our other cars.
Headlights seemed adequate.
Interior lighting and instrumentation was good, although I'm not a big fan of red. The "estimated range" was dead-on, which was nice.
Seats were very good. My wife found them near "perfect." I'm long-legged, so they were a little short (compared to my Nissan Frontier 4x4). However, I felt very comfortable and stable for the long segments of driving.
Wonderful leg room, head room and shoulder room for a fairly big guy (6'2" and 230 lbs). Note that our EX does not have a sunroof, which would reduce the headroom somewhat.
Sound system quality is good; but not outstanding.
Temperature control was good.
Let me know if there are any other items you're interested in.
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We had been travelling north on I-84 right with the bus that crashed and killed 9 people, but stopped in Baker City for half an hour for breakfast. As a result, we came up to the stopped traffic about a half hour after the wreck. The interstate for a few miles climbing up to Deadman Pass was incredibly icy, and we were just lucky we didn't get involved in any accidents. There had been another fatal accident on I-84 a little further west earlier that morning, and we had seen two cars rolled on their roofs off the road, plus several other remains of accidents. That kept us in full mind of the fact that AWD is no "miracle" solution for icy conditions, especially without studded tires.
So, everybody ... enjoy your Sorentos, but BE SAFE!
#564 of 578 Bought a Sorento today
Dec 31, 2012 (2:14 pm)
AWD V6 LX model:
Only a few options were included:
wheel locks, cargo net, iPod adapter, bumper cover
$23,000 before TTL (I got 2,750 in incentives)
Thanks for the advice on the forum and good luck to others!
#565 of 578 Re: First drive report 2013 Sorento EX V6 AWD [picante]
Dec 31, 2012 (6:20 pm)
Great to hear about your driving experience but so sorry for the families/victims of the bus crash.
I have a question about the AWD, You talked about locking up the AWD, do you mean you have the option of running in FWD ONLY mode? Or is the AWD automatically engaged when necessary with the option to manually lock it up? The sales people I've talked to seem to say what you want to hear and not necessarily the facts.
6 months ago I rented a new Jeep for 3 weeks and liked the option to release the 4x4 to exclusively 4x2 mode, we got great mpg in FWD. I doubt that my wife will let me buy a AWD after what I put her through with the Jeep, took it to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Death Valley and every patch of dirt in-between, if there was a rock in the road I'd run it over. If I can find a base model V6 ex AWD Iím buying it but I donít think thereís any within 300 miles, so itís probably the V6 ex fwd pac2. I had seconds thought about the Sorrento and test drove the Equinox and liked it but the $7k in price jump was too much, the Traverse was a better fit for me but $10k more not doable.
If youíre a fairly large man 6í2- 230lbs that makes me a huge (fat) one 6í2 - 330lbs thus the reason Iím getting a new car. Last Jan 7th I bet my wife I could drop 150lbs in 1 year she responded ďif you lose the weight you can buy the car of your choice, if not the choice is mineĒ. Thank god I wonít be driving around in a red Camaro. Next Monday itís weigh in day and then off to the dealership. Maybe next week Iíll get her to bet on a boat orÖ a Harley? errÖnot, one horrific murdercycle accident a lifetime is enough for me.