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2004 Kia Sorento Specifications

Specs for Kia's Popular Sorento SUV


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2004 Kia Sorento

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Kia Sorento Overview
The 2004 Kia Sorento four-door SUV is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 192 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, a four-speed automatic transmission is optional. The rear-wheel-drive, five-passenger SUV is built on a ladder frame with nine cross members and features dual front airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags, optional Torque-on-Demand automatic full-time four wheel drive and four-wheel antilock brakes. There are two trim levels: LX and EX.


Type: V-type six-cylinder, iron block and aluminum head

Valve gear: DOHC, four valves/cylinder

Bore x stroke: 3.66 x 3.38 in./93.0 x 85.5 mm

Displacement: 213.4 cu. in./3497 cc

Compression ratio: 10.0:1

Horsepower, SAE net: 192 bhp @ 5500 rpm

Torque, SAE net: 217 lb.-ft. @ 3000 rpm

Emission control system: Three-way catalyst

Ignition: Electronic

Fuel system: Multi-port electronic fuel injection

Fuel pump: Electromagnetic

Fuel requirement: Unleaded, 87 octane or higher

Fuel tank capacity: 21.1 gal.

Cooling system: Liquid cooled

Coolant capacity: 11.6 quarts

Engine oil capacity: 4.5 qts.


  • Electronically controlled four-speed automatic, overdrive (4 A/T)
  • Mechanically shift five-speed manual, overdrive (5 M/T)

Gear Ratios:

  • 1st: 2.804:1
  • 2nd: 1.531:1
  • 3rd: 1.000:1
  • 4th: 0.705:1


  • 1st: 3.749:1
  • 2nd: 2.044:1
  • 3rd: 1.289:1
  • 4th: 1.000:1
  • Reverse: 0.794:1

Differential: Ring and pinion

Final-drive ratio, Manual & Auto: 4.666:1

Limited-slip differential: Friction clutch type (4WD)

Transfer Case: Part time, 2-speed, elec. control (4WD)

Drive Type: Chain

Transfer case ratio

  • high: 1.000:1
  • low: 2.480:1


Wheelbase: 106.7 in.

Track, f/r: 62.2

Length: 179.8 in.

Width: 73.3 in.; 74.2 in. for EX model with cladding

Height: 68.1 in.; 71.3 in. with Roof rack

Ground clearance: 8.2 in.

Approach angle: 28.4 degrees

Departure angle: 26.7 degrees

Headroom, front: 39.7 in.; 38.3 in. with sunroof

Headroom, rear: 39.5 in.; 38.0 in. with sunroof

Shoulder room:

  • front: 58.9 in.
  • rear: 58.4 in.

Leg room:

  • front: 42.6 in.
  • rear: 36.1 in.

Hip room:

  • front: 55.3
  • rear: 58.0 in.

SAE volume:

  • interior: 138.4 cu. ft.
  • front seat: 57.6 cu. ft.
  • rear seat: 49.4 cu. ft.
  • cargo: 31.4 cu. ft. or 66.4 cu. ft. w/rear seat folded down


Four-speed automatic
  • 4x4: 4,317 lbs.
  • 4x2: 4,123 lbs.

Weight distribution, front/rear

  • 4x4: 56%/44%
  • 4x2: 54%/46%

Five speed manual

  • 4x4: 4,306 lbs.
  • 4x2: 4,112 lbs.


Towing capacity, 4x4 & 4x2: 3500 lbs

Payload capacity:

  • 4x4: 1,327 lbs.
  • 4x2: 1,345 lbs.


  • 4x4: 5,644 lbs.
  • 4x2: 5,467 lbs.


Battery: 12V, 70 AH, 600 CCA

Alternator: 13.5V, 120 amp

Starter: Reduction, 12V 1.2 kW


Front engine, two-wheel or four-wheel drive

Body type:
Ladder frame with nine cross members

Suspension, front:
Double wishbone coil spring with strut damper, stabilizer bar

Suspension, rear:
Five-link, coil spring with damper, stabilizer bar

Steering type:
Rack-and-pinion, power assist

Power assist:
Engine-speed sensitive (LX), electronic (EX)

Turns, lock-to-lock: 3.66 (power-assisted)

Turning circle, curb-to-curb: 36.4 ft.


    Dual circuit hydraulic, power-assisted vacuum (four-wheel ABS optional)

    Front: 11.8-in. vented discs

    Rear: 12.4-in. vented discs


Tires: P245/70R16 106H


  • 7.0JJ x 16, alloy (EX, optional LX M/T)
  • 7.0JJ x 16, steel (LX M/T)


Automatic, miles per gallon
  • 4x4: 15/20
  • 4x2: 16/19

Manual, miles per gallon

  • 4x4: 15/19
  • 4x2: 16/19

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