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UPDATED: Jul 15, 2019

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Auto insurance rates for the 2011 Kia Sorento are very low compared to those for its competitors in the midsize SUV class.

Projections from the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) suggest that the annual cost of auto insurance to rund around $959 for a Kia Sorento compared to roughly $1,003 per year to insure the Ford Explorer, around $1,130 for a Buick Enclave and $1,129 for the Mazda CX-9.

Compared to its competitors’ auto insurance rates of over $1,000 per year, the $952 annual auto insurance bills that the Kia Sorento is expected to incur are affordable.

If you upgrade your Sorento with all-wheel drive, though, your auto insurance rates are likely to increase by about $100 a year, the NADA’s data indicates. Adding a V6 engine but sticking with the standard 2-wheel drive will raise your rates to an estimated $1,016 annually.

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Kia Sorento Fuel Costs

Although the 2011 Kia Sorento only ranks average in the field out of midsize SUVs available in U.S. dealerships, this vehicle does blow its competition away in at least one respect: fuel economy.

The 20 city mpg and 27 highway mpg fuel economy stats that are advertised for the Sorento aggregate all models, so they don’t represent the best, or the worst, that this SUV has to offer.

These figures apply to the base model when it’s equipped with a manual transmission, but this is unlikely to be the most popular model choice among consumers. The 2-wheel drive Kia Sorentos that are equipped with automatic transmissions and the base 4-cylinder, 2.4 liter engine get one additional mile per gallon in the city, and two additional miles per gallon on the highway.

Pairing the available all-wheel drive with the 4-cylinder automatic reduces highway mileage to 27 mpg.

There’s also an optional 3.5 liter V6 engine that’s available for the 2011 Sorento. It revs up this midsize SUV from 175 horsepower to 276 horsepower, but it also knocks the fuel economy rating down to 20 city mpg/26 highway mpg. When the V6 is mated with all-wheel drive, the numbers drop further to 19 city mpg/25 highway mpg.

Although these fuel efficiency stats are far from stellar, they’re still much better than those offered up by higher-ranked midsize SUVs like the Ford Explorer, the Mazda CX-9, and the Buick Enclave.

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Kia Sorento Safety Ratings

Along with competitors like the Ford Edge, the GMC Terrain, the Hyundai Tucson, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Kia Sorento is one of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s “Top Safety Picks.”

To earn this title, the Sorento had to meet the insurance industry’s high standards in tests examining its crashworthiness in rollovers, rear impacts, frontal collisions, and side impacts.

Vehicles carrying the “Top Safety Pick” designation must also feature standard electronic stability control in all models, which the Sorento does.

From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2011 Kia Sorento earned an overall 4-star safety score, with a 5-star score being the highest. The Sorento’s performance in frontal crash testing merited a 5-star rating for its protection of the male driver, and a 4-star rating for its protection of the female passenger.

The Sorento collected five stars for protecting front passengers in side impact crashes, but only three stars for protecting rear seat passengers. This may be an important safety consideration for families that will be using the back seat for children.

The 2011 Kia Sorento’s performance in the NHTSA’s rollover test merited four stars.

Kia Sorento Safety Features

Besides electronic stability control, the Sorento also incorporates traction control, brake assist, and hill descent control. It’s even outfitted with hill assist, which kicks in when you’re attempting to gain traction on a steep, slick grade.

There is an optional rear backup camera, but reviewers like Consumer Reports say it’s almost essential given the Sorento’s poor rearward visibility. MSN Autos and Edmunds both gave the anti-lock brakes positive reviews after road tests revealed short braking distances.

Additional standard Kia Sorento safety features include the following:

  • Front-seat active head restraints
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Child seat anchors

Kia Sorento Warranty

The only other midsize SUVs that can match the 2011 Kia Sorento when it comes to warranty coverage are the Hyundai Santa Fe and Hyundai Veracruz. All three vehicles are under limited basic warranties for 60 months or 60,000 miles. Their powertrains are warranted for 100,000 miles or ten years.

Sorento owners also enjoy 24-hour roadside assistance for as long as their basic warranties are in effect, and the Sorento is guaranteed against perforation (rust) for 60 months or 100,000 miles.

Kia Sorento Reliability

It’s a good thing that the 2011 Kia Sorento has a great warranty, because its reliability scores certainly aren’t the best in its class. It received a Predicted Reliability score of only 5.0 on the 10-point scale that J.D. Power and Associates uses.

Seven vehicles out of the 23 in this class earned scores of 8.0, including the Toyota 4Runner, the Honda Pilot, and the Toyota FJ Cruiser. Two vehicles, the Ford Explorer and the Subaru Tribeca, earned 7.0s.

The Dodge Journey, the Nissan Pathfinder, and the Nissan Murano were among the eleven vehicles that earned 6.0s. That means that 20 out of the 23 vehicles in the midsize SUV class were rated more reliable than the Sorento.

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