I have wanted a small or mid size SUV for a while. Well, the wife and I went looking at some late model vehicles. We spent all day at a local large dealership crunching numbers and fighting :twisted: At the end of the day I drove home in a KIA Sorento. 2004 model with the 3.5L 192 horsepower V6 A/C CD stereo, power windows, door locks, tilt, cruise, 5 speed manual trans. It's the lower trim package. 15,500 including all TTL. Payments are within budget. Blue book was maybe $200.00 under what I paid. had 23300 miles on the clock. still has 13000 miles on the bumper to bumper warranty and the 10 yr/100,000 powertrain. Ride is nice, not really car like but not very bouncy like a pickup truck, it still has a truck style ride. handling isn't bad for an "entry level" SUV. Seats are comfortable power seems adequate, no problems passing or accelerating on the highway. Gas mileage is not all that to write home about as the vehicle is 5300+ pounds rated at 19 city, but since I had been driving a 4cyl Hyundai I can't really compare it to that. 21 gallon gas tank. I spoke with the service advisor at the dealership and he confirms that the engine and drive train are designed by mitsibishi, same as the montero. Has side curtain air bags, 4 wheel disk brakes. Stereo sounds surprisingly nice. Of course it's only been a day but I like it even with 23300 miles on it, there are no rattles or loose trim. seems pretty solid. I know that the Korean cars use thinner sheet metal but still it feels solid.