2011 Kia Sorento EX AWD

Much as I think this Sorento is an improvement over the last-generation model, I think Kia pulled it out of the oven a little too soon. The ride quality is a little too harsh, and the 3.5-liter V-6 suffers from a quirky throttle calibration. Lift quickly after a hard acceleration, and the throttle hangs briefly before the revs settle back down.

I'm going to have to disagree with Jen's take on the navigation system; it looks great and is easy to use, but it too exhibits some minor (but annoying) quirks when listening to an iPod. You can select shuffle, but it's deactivated if you turn the head unit off or switch over to the setup screen. Taking a call over Bluetooth doesn't automatically pause the device, so ending a call will place you in the middle of a completely different song. Bizarre.

Evan McCausland, Web Producer

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