Notes: The 2nd generation Sorento (2011-2014) has just too many engine problems at early mileage, year after year.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,550 miles

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2014 Kia Sorento lights problems

lights problem

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2014 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 042015


  • 25,000 miles


The headlamps are frequently going out and require to be replaced. I live in a state where headlamps are required in rain (so many times I am in violation) and the roads are not well lit at night. Even when the headlamps are working properly, they are inadequate.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #2

Aug 142014

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 3,500 miles
The specs for the adjustment of hid lights are requiring the lights be set too low (not shining far enough) the road in front of the vehicle is illuminated for a few yards only, and the high beam light shines only as far as the low beam of me previous vehicles. This is very dangerous if one drives on a freeway at the allowed speeds (in some states this is 80 M/H). In my incident I was driving on I 80 in Nebraska at about 12 am and did not see a chunk of truck tire laying on the roadway. I drove over the piece which subsequently was propelled under my vehicle and destroyed the protective plastic shield for the brake lines and tore off the fumes canister of the gas tank. Both could have ended up in a rather dangerous condition, and one has to ask, is a plastic shield the proper protection for these components? this would not have happened if the headlights would have illuminated enough of the road in front of the car which in turn would have allowed for an evasive maneuver.

- Hudson, WI, USA

problem #1

Mar 052014


  • 150 miles
Cannot read or extremely difficult to read the speedometer in daylight most of the time. Worse on brighter days. Must take eyes off road for several seconds to find needle to determine speed. Illumination is fine at night or in very shaded areas (ie garage). Seems as if instrument illumination reduces based on amount of interior light, even with illumination dial on max. Not wearing sun glasses and have tried multiple combinations of headlight/dtrl in an effort to find a workable solution. Dealer service says "working as designed". this is a major safety flaw as one cannot readily determine their speed without taking their eyes off road for too long a period of time. In its current state this car is unsafe to drive.

- Newark,, DE, USA

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