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Just-right size; roomy interior; utility and cargo-friendliness; comfortable ride; standard tech features; available third-row seat
After an absence for the 2010 model year, the Sorento returns for 2011 as a refined, more carlike crossover utility vehicle, powered by 4-cylinder and V6 engines, with either front- or all-wheel drive. The new model is about three inches longer than the former model, with most of the added length going to passenger space. Technology and entertainment features are upgraded substantially, and 3-row seating is optional. Also of note is that the Sorento is Kia's first U.S.-built vehicle, made in an all-new plant in West Point, Georgia.