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Kia Sorento: American made value
Kia’s newest mascots pose next to the 2011 Kia Sorrento – the model that has been generating more buzz than any other vehicle on the lot. - photo by JASON CAMPBELL
Kia has long been known for producing affordable and reliable vehicles.

But with the recent addition of a $1 billion manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia, new models like the 2011 Sorrento have the added bonus of being American-made while still carrying the company’s famous 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

And the affordable American quality in the Sorrento is something that’s going to save drivers thousands when shopping for comparable vehicles – putting the model in the same class as high-end rides like the Acura MDX and the popular Honda Pilot.

“I had a guy come in the other day that was looking to buy a Land Rover, and when he saw the Sorrento he said that he just had to have it,” Espino said. “And after that there was a lady that said she was strictly a Honda driver until she got behind the wheel of the Sorrento, and just fell in love with it.

“With the new style, the standard safety features, and the technology, it’s one of the most popular cars that we have on the lot.”

The sleek and stylish lines of the crossover Sorrento has been attracting the interest of almost everyone who walks into the Kia County showroom, Espino said, and has even got some buyers that had their hearts set on other models to change their mind once they saw the feature-packed release.

And it’s the options that are really taking prospective buyers by storm.

If it’s a long drive through the mountains or a slow stroll along the beach that you’re looking for, an available panoramic sunroof makes the drive something you’re not going to forget anytime soon.

Getting lost or stuck in traffic are both things of the past when you’re gripping the leather-wrapped steering wheel of the Sorrento. A voice-activated navigation system gives live traffic updates. Certain models come equipped with an Infinity surround-sound audio system with 550 watts of power, and a rear-backup camera that shows what is behind the vehicle either in the rear-view mirror or on the navigation screen.

The 3.5-liter V6 EX model generates a best-in-class 276 horsepower while being able to tow 3,500 pounds and deliver efficiency of 26 miles per gallon on the highway. When combined with a six-speed automatic transmission the vehicle can reach up to 29 miles per gallon – putting money back into your wallet with the summer driving season just around the corner.

The combination of next-generation front and passenger airbags as well as side-curtain airbags that protect passengers in event of a side-collision or a rollover highlight the safety features which also include an electronic stability feature that allows for better traction.
“With the new redesign the 2011 Sorrento is better than ever,” Espino said. “All it takes is getting behind the wheel once to see why it has become so popular.”

Manteca’s Kia Country is currently offering zero-percent financing for up for 48-months on the 2011 Sorrento and rates as low as 2.9 percent for 60-months – incentives that when combined with the $1,000 instant cash for customer loyalty, military personnel, and drivers of competitive models made it an affordable buy.

The list of competitive models has been expanded to include several sedans as well to give buyers a chance to save even more money.

Kia Country is located at 1515 N. Main Street, and can be reached at 239-6203. Additional information about available models can be found on the dealership’s website at