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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,324 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2011 Kia Sorento wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2011 Kia Sorento:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2011 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 302015


  • 50,622 miles


Vibration, knocking and thumbing noise in the rear passenger's side and both front wheels. Dealer verified thumbing noise as left lower ball joint was loose, replaced both ball joint. Vibration, knocking and thumbing noise continues. Returned to dealer. Dealer replaced rear motor mount. Problems still remains. I phoned dealer, stating vibration, knocking and thumbing still remains including additional problems. In addition to the vibration, knocking and thumbing noises... inside the car, underneath dashboard (glove compartment) causing huge amount of water on the passenger's side floor.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #4

Aug 062014


  • 49,000 miles
TL- the contact 2011 Kia Sorento. The contact stated she had taken the vehicle to a tire dealer to replace four tires on the vehicle. The mechanic informed the contact that the core between the valve stems and the tire pressure sensors were corroded and could cause future failures. The rear driver side sensor was attached to the valve stem and the entire piece had broken off of the vehicle when air was inserted into the tire due to corrosion. The failure caused the "low tire pressure" sensor to not illuminate when the tires were low. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a diagnosis and the dealer mechanic was not able to locate a problem. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and the approximate failure mileage was 49,

- Lexington, IN, USA

problem #3

Jul 222014


  • 32,000 miles
I found that the rear left tire was seriously worn on the inside to the point that it needed to be replaced. I have never before seen a rear tire wear on the inside edge while the rest of the tire was still good at 32000 miles. What would cause the wear?

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #2

Mar 192014

Sorento 4-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
On two different dates about a week apart we had two TPMS failures. On the first one the TPMS tire pressure monitor system sensor located in the passenger rear wheel cracked and was losing air. TPMS sensor was replaced. Around a week later while my wife was traveling at highway speed the passenger side front TPMS sensor retaining cap fell off due to corroded threads and the sensor fell into the tire causing a high speed deflation. Dealer has not been notified of the second failure as we have an appointment in the next couple weeks. This vehicle has been dealer serviced since new and has all required service done.

- Holden, MA, USA

problem #1

Nov 042012


  • 24,000 miles
Wheel assembly appears to have completely given out. Vehicle traveling at ~35mph when it rose slightly then gave out. Vehicle hit side of parked car and flipped on to side and into retaining wall - full side curtain airbag deployment. Entire front passenger wheel well completely vacant. Everything laying on street including suspension springs. Witness to support events. Vehicle under 25K miles (2011 model, incident 2012). Vehicle totaled by insurance.

- Conroe, TX, USA

Not what you are looking for?