New Car Review of the 2004 Kia Sorento Sport Utility Vehicle.
Description: Mid-Size SUV
Base MSRP Range: $18,995 - $24,850
Invoice Price Range: $17,990 - $23,050
As the newest wagon in Kia's line, the SUV appears as a mid-size package with seats for five and room for gear in the back bay.
Styling seems strong with keen lines and slick shapes disguising boxy parameters of a typical two-box wagon design. It presents an aggressive face featuring a curvaceous stair-step hood with glittery headlamp clusters at front corners underlined by a thick slab bumper that wraps to each side and unites with angular wheel flares and low cladding extending below side doors. Tail treatment adds a padded step on the bumper, corner lamps in a starburst pattern and a liftgate with inset window glass tinted to a dark shade.
Inside, Sorento features plush accommodations and plenty of features for comfort and convenience. Power stems from Kia's 3.5-liter V6 that achieves 195 hp and connects to a four-speed automatic shifter or new five-speed manual. Both 2WD and 4WD versions are available in trims labeled LX and deluxe EX. The EX also lists a Luxury Package with leather upholstery. For 2004 LX editions, a new Sport Package shows up on the chart of options with the five-speed manual stick, step bars fixed below side doors, a rack on the roof, alloy wheels capped with Michelin tires, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.