First Kia Vehicle Built in the U.S.(1) is Lauded For Superior Mix of Ride, Handling and Interior Appeal
– Stylish, family-friendly CUV combines fuel efficiency and spacious interior for the best of both worlds
– Kia’s best-selling vehicle offers families a child-friendly option at an outstanding value
IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The 2011 Kia Sorento CUV has received a lot of attention since arriving in January 2010, and that trend continues this week as Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com names the compact CUV one of the “Top 10 Family Cars of 2011.” Recognized for its exceptional mix of ride and handling as well as a stylish and functional interior, the 2011 Sorento has achieved a number of historic firsts for Kia, including becoming the company’s first vehicle to surpass 100,000 units in a single year and being the first vehicle built at Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) in West Point, Georgia.
The Sorento combines Kia’s distinctive design language with a comprehensive list of standard safety, convenience and technology features and was named a 2010 “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
“Sorento’s recognition as one of the ‘Top 10 Family Cars of 2011’ by Kelley Blue Book‘s kbb.com is well deserved with its striking design and standout combination of performance, safety equipment and family friendly features,” said Michael Sprague, vice president, marketing & communications, Kia Motors America. “As one of several recently introduced and dynamically styled products from Kia, Sorento accounts for more than 30 percent of our sales volume, making it the most popular vehicle in the Kia lineup.”
Editors from Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com judged vehicles based on characteristics that make vehicles family-friendly, including safety, comfort, economy of operation, child-friendliness, a reasonable purchase price and good resale value. The kbb.com editors believe that all of the worthy vehicles on this year’s “Top 10 Family Cars of 2011” list will provide an excellent ownership experience for the families who choose to make them their own.
“The 2011 Kia Sorento is our new favorite in what we often label the two-and-a-half-row segment,” say editors from Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com. “If you need three rows on a daily basis or plan on putting adults in the way back, you’ll be better served by something larger. But if your three-row needs are occasional and involve at least a couple elementary-schoolers, the 2011 Kia Sorento is a more affordable, more fuel-efficient, more maneuverable alternative. A superior mix of ride, handling and interior appeal helped cement the Sorento’s spot on this year’s list of ‘Top 10 Family Cars’.”
About the 2011 Kia Sorento
The 2011 Sorento, the first vehicle to roll off the line at Kia’s new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in West Point, Georgia, encompasses both the brand’s signature design cues as well as its distinct combination of value, safety and style. The 2011 Sorento, which has been Kia’s best-selling vehicle each month since going on sale in January 2010, offers consumers a well-equipped, well-appointed CUV, suited perfectly for the fun, dynamic and discerning driver. Available in LX, EX and SX trim levels, the 2011 Sorento features a starting MSRP of $22,395 (2).