2011 Kia Sorento EX AWD

The exterior design of the Sorento may not be original or distinctive but taken as a whole I actually think it's more attractive than some of its competitors, including the Toyota RAV4 and the Jeep Liberty. The most unfortunate thing about the Sorento's styling is the poor outward visibility that results from its sharply angled windshield, short side windows, and narrow rear glass. And, because only a stubby little wiper will fit in the slim rear window, when it rains, the viewable area goes from a small mail slot to a tiny porthole.

There are a few hard, shiny plastics but most of the surfaces that you touch often are nicely textured and have some give. I loved sister-division Hyundai's infotainment system in our 4 Seasons Genesis, and Kia's system is also quite good. Although the screen is small, the crisp display is easy to read and the system itself is intuitive to use.

The Sorento is no revelation to drive but few are in the small-crossover segment. It could use a suspension retune and slightly lighter steering at low speeds but it is still a good option for those looking for a small to mid-size crossover.

Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor

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