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Old 04-08-2013, 08:40 PM   #1
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Just need opinions on the 2011 Sorento vs the 2010 Venza. Wife and I are shopping around for her. We are looking at mid-level trim with V6 and FWD. She really wants the Kia and likes it because its a cute SUV. Typical female response. She is bored with the Venza and doesn't like the old person minivan image it gives off We don't have kids yet, and she is too insecure to face the questions like: "Oh a Venza? So you're having kids soon, right?" I could go on.

I don't feel comfortable buying a Kia, mainly because I assume they fall apart after 100,000 miles. Running costs and specs on both cars are incredibly very close. I am using the legendary Toyota reliability as the deciding factor.

Can anyone chime in on their experience with either of these cars?

edit: also, the Sorento has lower crash test ratings, specifically on the NHTSA front passenger (4/5 stars) and rear side (3/5 stars). Venza is 5/5 stars on front and rear. Both are 4/5 stars on rollover. Both are "good" all around on IIHS.
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:41 PM   #2
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:45 PM   #3
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:47 PM   #4
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:06 PM   #5
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Subaru, Mazda and Honda before those two.

However, I'd buy a new Kia over a new Toyota because the cars have more soul. In a few years it may be different- Toyota seems to be getting better.

Besides- isn't the Kia warranty 10 years? I'd have no qualms buying one. But I'd buy a CX-5 over those choices...

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Old 04-08-2013, 09:10 PM   #6
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Toyota always have good resale value
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:18 PM   #7
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:39 PM   #8
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Thanks but we just don't need AWD here in Georgia, nor do i want to extra maintenance expense and gas bill associated with AWD. We are specifically looking for FWD.
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:42 PM   #9
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My mom really likes her Jeep Cherokee. It's not too big. Plus you get a lot of space in the back. More than the X5. I like driving the Jeep eventhough it doesn't have the sports seats.
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:43 PM   #10
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Subaru, Mazda and Honda before those two.

However, I'd buy a new Kia over a new Toyota because the cars have more soul. In a few years it may be different- Toyota seems to be getting better.

Besides- isn't the Kia warranty 10 years? I'd have no qualms buying one. But I'd buy a CX-5 over those choices...
Thanks. Yes, the Kia warranties are significantly longer than Toyotas. But for me a longer warranty is not a good substitute for a potentially lower quality product.
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:54 PM   #11
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V6 power is a must for her. Otherwise, she would already be in a CR-V or RAV4. I know the old RAV4s came with V6, but that design is so dated at this point.
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V6 power is a must for her. Otherwise, she would already be in a CR-V or RAV4. I know the old RAV4s came with V6, but that design is so dated at this point.
Interesting. I'm not very informed in this particular segment, but can't imagine that the CR-V doesn't offer a V6. Given the Kia vs Toyota, I'd go with the Kia or investigate the Hyundai Sante Fe. Hyundai and Kia have come a long way.
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:20 PM   #14
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Interesting. I'm not very informed in this particular segment, but can't imagine that the CR-V doesn't offer a V6. Given the Kia vs Toyota, I'd go with the Kia or investigate the Hyundai Sante Fe. Hyundai and Kia have come a long way.
The CR-V has never been available with a V6. Most of the smaller SUVs she likes just don't have the power she wants.
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:27 PM   #15
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The new Kia Sportage/Hyundai Santa Fe, especially with the turbo4 are very VERY nice cars. I would have no qualms with either of them for a daily. They are a LOT of car for the money.
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If you consider resale value down the road, get the Toyota.
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:12 PM   #17
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Thanks. Yes, the Kia warranties are significantly longer than Toyotas. But for me a longer warranty is not a good substitute for a potentially lower quality product.
It sounds like you already made your mind up. The Venza is the most youthful car in its class that I've seen.
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Old 04-09-2013, 02:46 AM   #18
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I've really come to like the style of the new Kia's. Toyota has a proven reliability track record, but I dunno what it is about that Venza...it sure is ugly. It's like the design department wanted to combine a minivan and a station wagon...the nose and interior look awful.
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edit: also, the Sorento has lower crash test ratings, specifically on the NHTSA front passenger.
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