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Kia's V6 Sorento AWD improves the breed

In a previous review of the 4-cylinder Kia Sorento crossover (along with an account of the copyright brouhaha (with cool videos) over the music used in their commercials), I said the car presented good value for the money. Now a week driving around Boston's Metrowest in the 2011 Sorento EX V6 with all-wheel drive shows how Kia hasn't stood still in extending the model's options and refining the vehicle.

My major (actually, only) complaints during the first Sorento drive were the lack of power for the vehicle's size and the noise level at highway speeds. On the V6, likewise with a 6-speed automatic, the former is resolved going from 175 to 276 hp (and from 169 to 248 ft lbs torque), and the ride is noticeably quieter as well.

Inside, the leather seat trim option continued the quality I found in my previous Sorento ride. This was part of a package ($2,700) with heated front seats, and large sunroof. There was also a navigation system, as part of a package ($2,000) including rear-camera display, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a 10-speaker audio system. As part of the standard equipment were push button starting, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, satellite radio, fog lights, and rear spoiler. Total MSRP, as equipped, including handling, was $34,840 (V6, AWD base price was $29,095—a goodly up tick from the $22,395 of the 2010 4-cylinder, front-drive base version).

Learn more about the Sorento V6 AWD here.

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