Driving Impressions

With either V6 under the hood, the 2009 Kia Sorento has plenty of power for both city traffic and swift highway cruising. The suspension provides a pleasant ride and adequate handling on smooth pavement, but when the road gets rough, the ride gets bouncy, with a good deal of the bumps transmitted directly into the cabin. The Sorento's brakes might also be a cause for concern; in previous testing, we noticed significant brake fade after just two panic stops from 60 mph. Drivers who plan on any traversing of mountainous roads should keep this in mind.

The Sorento's steering feel, however, is satisfying and there's a minimum of body roll when cornering. Thanks to the Sorento's low-range transfer case and truck-based origins, off-road excursions can be tackled with relative ease, but the Sorento's capabilities still fall short of those possessed by more competent vehicles like the Xterra and FJ Cruiser.

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    Instrument panel overview
    1. Instrument cluster.................................4- 2. Light control / Turn signals ...................4- 3. Steering wheel audio controls* ............4- 4. Horn ........................... ...

    Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
    (1) TPMS malfunction indicator (2) Low tire pressure telltale Each tire, including the spare (if provided), should be checked monthly when cold and inflated to the inflation pressure recommende ...

    Remote keyless entry
    Remote keyless entry system operations Lock (1) All doors (and tailgate) are locked if the lock button is pressed. If all doors (and tailgate) are closed, the hazard warning lights will blink ...