2011 Kia Sorento EX AWD

Looks-wise, the Kia Sorento is a perfectly mainstream crossover vehicle. It doesn't stand out in a crowd, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The interior is nicely designed, although material quality is perhaps slightly less that one might expect from a $30,000-plus vehicle. On a relatively smooth highway, the vehicle rides quite nicely, although the chassis doesn't handle rough roads that well as some of its competitors

I only drove this vehicle for a short time, dropping it off at the airport as I left town for a couple of days. I put my bag in the rear compartment behind the second seat, and if I hadn't read Eric's comment above about the standard third-row seat, I wouldn't have even known it was there, because the load floor was perfectly flat, just like in a two-row crossover.

Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor

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