im new here and have friends who own a kia so i like to look at forums to see either what im missing or see what im glad i have so im not a flamer...but in response to the nissan i have a xterra (same as a xtrail? i dont know) and it's a great vehicle, mine has 47000 miles and going strong with no problems if this helps anyone out...i think all cars are unique and because of one car having a problem isn't really a necessary distinction of all the cars having the same problems.
actually i bought my xterra on hearing it, next to the jeep wrangler, is the best off road vehicle..but now that i have it i don't want to put it in any harms way...lol...i hear good and bad about all vehicles and i guess for me i wanted something rugged looking and masculine with a strong looking front end, not a minivan down sloping front end. Before i got my xterra, i did test drive the sorento but i just couldn't get past the look of the front...it looks alot like a minivan and also wanted to be alot higher up than alot of suvs offerings these days. i wanted to see how it handled in very deep snow since it handled so well in 4 wheel drive and so i put it in 4 low with very deep snow, water, or if climbing a very steep hill that is slippery and it did extremely well...does the kia have four low?