Notes: Kia really changed the design of the Sorento in the 2011 model year. Instead of a truck-like body-on-frame more capable of offroad adventures, the newest Sorento is a unibody construction and is much more crossover than sport utility. The changes brought a whole slew of problems, including a frustrating problem where the door that won’t open. Is it too late to go back?


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,002 miles

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2011 Kia Sorento suspension problems

suspension problem

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2011 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 202010


  • 2,800 miles


Clunking noise coming from right front of car when going over small bumps. Seems like something is loose and banging around. Car is currently at the dealer with numerous problems. I will list more later.

- Wofford Heights, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 262010

Sorento 4-cyl

  • 200 miles
Bought a 2011 Kia Sorento 4cyl standard package. Noticed at around 200 miles the front right tire was making some clunking noises and felt very wobbly. The car also pulls to the right on the highway. Called the local Kia dealership and they looked at it and said it was a suspension problem and they had another car with the same problem so they knew what it was. It's been 3 weeks, Kia said they would call but they never did so I have called the dealer over 4 times to hear the words "we don't have your part" they told me one other time that one of the guys tried to order too many parts and they got rejected! lies! the RPM's also reeve up for no apparent reason. They make the car sound like the motor is going to blow up and last, the car pulls to the right while driving on the highway. Very unsafe!I don't feel safe driving this car and it feels like I am driving a pile of junk. I am waiting to break down on the freeway!

- Sioux City, IA, USA

problem #1

Apr 152010


  • 5 miles
From day 1 I complained of a clunking/banging noise on the front passenger side of vehicle when going over small bumps. 3 attempts at dealers and calls to Kia produced only the statement "common to this vehicle platform" I now have over 4,000 miles and still the same problem.

- Brockport, NY, USA

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