Win a $200 Gift Card to the Outdoor Retailer of Your Choice

kia-sorento-camping-smStart the year off right with a $200 gift card to the outdoor retailer of your choice, brought to you by Kia in celebration of the all-new 2011 Kia Sorento. In anticipation of the January launch, they are sponsoring a CampingBlogger contest for a $200 gift card to the winner’s choice: REI, Hudson Trail Outfitters, L.L. Bean, or Patagonia.


To enter, visit and checkout the new model, then leave a comment here, telling us what you like best about the 2011 Sorento. Only one comment per person, please. In addition to your entry here on CampingBlogger, though, you can also tweet a link to this post and include the hashtag #sorentocamp for an additional entry (one entry per Twitter ID will be counted). Be sure to use the #sorentocamp hashtag, or I won’t be able to find your tweet with Twitter Search. A shortened URL to this post is

The all-new 2011 Kia Sorento is manufactured in West Point, GA and, for us family campers, features seating for seven and split-fold seating for plenty of room for gear. The EX V6 model has a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds and an EPA rating of 20MPG city and 26MPG highway. For those of you on Facebook, you can see additional photos on their Fan Page.

Checkout and then let us know what you like best about the all-new 2011 Kia Sorento! A winner will be selected on January 15th. Winner must be 18 or over and a resident of the United States.

141 thoughts on “Win a $200 Gift Card to the Outdoor Retailer of Your Choice

    • Betsy – I like that about Kia, that you get a lot of features on their base models that are usually extra.

  1. Looks like a nice car… but doesn’t really stand out against every other car that is being produced in the world. KIA is good for people like me though who want something nice on a budget.

    • Alyssa – right, I don’t think it sets any new styling trends, but it is priced competitively.

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  3. I love all the airbags, in particular, the side curtain airbags. Every little bit of safety measure adds up in a crash.

  4. Wow ! Kia Sorrento offers Sirius radio! I love Sirius – no commercials – !
    Very stylish – i know- typical Woman πŸ™‚

  5. I’m surprised to see that that the new Kia Sorrento offers Sirius radio! I love Sirius satellite radio when I drive.

    julie_reuter92 at yahoo dot com

    • I sometimes get Sirius when I rent cars, Julie. It’s cool to be able to “dial-in” whatever you feel like listening too.

    • Ken – I’m liking those sunroofs, too. I’ve never gotten a sunroof on any of my vehicles, but those look nice.

  6. Plenty of room for the family, but stylish in design. Talk about traveling in style! Lots of features come standard.

  7. I really like the large sunroof. That and the extensive technology package. USB, bluetooth(on the steering wheel, cool), rear entertainment, and backup camera. Dislike the push start and “smart key.” Doesn’t appear to have manual or standard on anything but the base model, I would require that.
    Being in a northern state, the AWD is also greatly needed. Just unsure if it’s locking or just straight up AWD. Locking would be required, AWD gets stuck much more easily.

    • That’s a good point on the transfer case, Stu. I have AWD on my SUV, but I can lock the transfer case into 4WD when the conditions warrant. My folks have a car with a push start – it seems okay (not something I would pay extra for).

    • I feel the same way, Lisa – I get Kia’s fairly regularly when I rent cars while I’m traveling and I’m always impressed by the standard features.

  8. I have a Kia Minivan. Nice to see the Sorento now has the towing capacity that the minivan has. Now if it would have an upgraded towing package for the engine and wiring, that would be sweet!

    • I agree, Barbara – maybe at least the wiring and hitch will be available as a dealer-installed option.

    • Audrey – I agree, those side airbags look like a great safety feature. Thanks for the tweet!


    • I’m not sure which of the Chevrolet’s, the Traverse or the Equinox, have 3-row seating. I’m pretty sure one of those does – I think they’re both more expensive, though.

  10. So many great features on this affordable vehicle – but 10 speakers stands out as a great thing!

  11. seating for 7 and 20 plus gas mileage goes a long way with my family. It’s hard to find a vehicle like that under 20,000 as well. The fact that it’s made in the U.S. is a big plus too!

    • Shawna – I agree, we had to get a 2-year old SUV to get some of those features for under $20k.

  12. It would be perfect for the road trip I’m on now! Heated seats are great for cold mornings, *standard* audio jack/USB to listen to audio books on my iPod while driving (sure beats the transmitter I have that just broke, ah!), AWD for all the different terrain and weather I might encounter. I dig it. Can I trade you my car for one of these?

    • Lydia – I’d go crazy without my mp3 player! So many places we go are out of radio coverage and who has CDs anymore?

  13. Very nice! I like the fact that it would be a great vehicle for my outdoor pursuits but has features like a luxury car. The size gives some cool options, and American made is always nice!

  14. I like the two separate sunroofs in the car which would allow me lots of room to see the geese flying overhead and the fall trees on the road up to hunting camp. I also appreciate and love the fact that it is made in Georgia and it is being built by great Southern workers and bringing jobs into our country.

  15. I love the fold down seating… I’m frustrated sometimes by bench seats that have to be completely removed in minivans. Definitely would appreciate that feature the most.

    • Charles – that’s got to be a pain. There is not a lot of room in the back of these small SUVs (I have a Suzuki) when the third-row is up. We can still get all the kids in ours and flip one of the rear seats down and get lots of room.

  16. I am impressed with the Bluetooth and Audio features included even with the Base level Sorento. The safety features are also a high point.

    • Tali – Kia always impresses me (I get them a lot as rentals, when traveling) with the number of features in their base models.

  17. I like it as it has great value in safety and features! It is also made in West Point, GA which assists in our economy!

    It is also a fuel efficient 4×4!

    • Rudy – I can’t get over how many air bags the Sorento has πŸ™‚ That’s great for Georgia.

  18. Value has got to be the best thing going for the new KIA Sorento. I used the web site to “build” a very well appointed 4 x 4 and it turned out to be very affordable. I can see myself driving a new dark cherry Sorento to all kinds of outdoor pursuits with plenty of room for me and my scouts!

    • Aaron – I’m pretty sure my next vehicle will have a nav system in it. I’ve been holding out, but lately I’ve been using Garmin on my Blackberry and it’s really great for finding restaurants.

    • Guy – I get one every once-in-a-while when I’m traveling and am always impressed with the features.

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  20. I like that it is made in the USA. I was hoping to see some mention of environmental commitment on the Sorento webpage, but unfortunately not. Did I miss something?

    • Joe – I noticed that, too – it’s got more air bags than I knew you could have in a car πŸ™‚

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  22. 2011 Kia Sorento looks good. Seems to come standard with lots of features you would typically have to pay extra for.

    • Kevin – I’ve seen that in their car line. A lot of times when I’m traveling, I get a Kia rental.