really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,564 miles

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2015 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #4

May 132015


  • 2,235 miles


I was turning into a parking space in a parking garage with my foot just barley on the brake whenthe car accelerated very fast and cause me to hit a concret wall. I tried to stop it but it didn't stop until it hit the wall knocking me almost out of the parking space. This has never happen before since I have had the car.

- Madison, TN, USA

problem #3

Dec 022014


  • 17,000 miles
The contact rented a 2015 Kia Sorento. While driving at approximately 35 mph over railroad tracks, the steering wheel seized and excessive force was required. The contact also stated that the vehicle independently accelerated without warning. The failure caused the vehicle to crash into the post of a billboard. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained a vertebrae, neck, and back injuries and head traumas that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 17,000.

- Sweeny, TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 012014

Sorento 4-cyl

  • 2,020 miles
This Kia was rented from enterprise due to my car being in the shop. I found steering problems with this car as with the braking system already which I found odd as this is supposedly a brand new vehicle. Not only that it races intermittently sometimes more than 10 miles or so & at other it slows down even though the gas pedal is being pressed on. On December 1, 2014 I was driving home after visiting a friend who was returning to Ohio for college. Following the road, I had to cross some railroad tracks to as I was veering slightly left. This Kia steering locked & accelerated to approximately 40 or so miles, went off the railroad tracks & hit the mental posts holding a billboard. I was not drinking at all & was wearing my seatbelt. Airbags did not deploy & due to seatbelt, my back is broken & received major lacerations to my right eye & face. I was transported to 2 trauma units. This Kia Sorento has had steering & power problems since 2013 and unfortunate for me, I thought these issues were fixed & redesigned.

- Sweeny, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 252014


  • 1,000 miles
I was driving my new Kia Sorento on a two lane road. While driving in a passing zone going 50-55 mph, I attempted to pass a truck. My right hand bumped the gear shift to the left (at that time I had no idea that by slightly bumping the gear shift the vehicle went from automatic to manual...there is also a boot over the gear shift that prevents visual confirmation that the vehicle is in a different mode ). while attempting to pass the truck, my vehicle would not accelerate past 55-60 for approximately 11 seconds. I narrowly missed a head on collision with another vehicle. After understanding that the gear shift was bumped into a manual position, I have tried changing my vehicle from automatic to manual at many different speeds then attempting to accelerate. Sometimes the vehicle will accelerate and other times acceleration won't occur for 11 seconds. I have tried similar maneuvers in Cadillac SUVS, Volvo SUVS, and a Subaru SUV and there was no acceleration delay regardless of speed. I feel this is a setup for a deadly situation.

- Huntington, WA, USA

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