Yonkers, New York – The redesigned Kia Sorento EX V6 posted an “Excellent” score in Consumer Reports, topping the magazine’s test of four small and midsize SUVs for its July 2010 issue.

The Sorento earned an overall road test score of 82, outperforming the Hyundai Santa Fe Limited V6, which earned as “Excellent” score of 80, and the Santa Fe GLS four-cylinder, which received a “Very Good” score of 73.

The Sorento now ranks third among small and midsize SUVs, behind the Subaru Forester 2.5XT and Toyota RAV4.

The magazine’s engineers also performed a face-off between the mildly refreshed Honda CR-V and new Hyundai Tucson, with the CR-V improving slightly with a “Very Good” road test score of 76, and the Tucson scoring a “Very Good” 70.

“The Sorento now ranks among the better SUVs Consumer Reports has tested,” said David Champion, senior director of the Auto Test Center. “It’s a competent vehicle that strikes a good balance of passenger room and size at a good price.”

While the Santa Fe and CR-V are “Recommended” by the magazine, the Sorento and Tucson are not, as they are too new for Consumer Reports to have reliability data. To be Recommended, a vehicle must have performed well in tests, have at least average predicted reliability based on a survey of subscribers, and have performed at least adequately if crash-tested or included in a government rollover test.

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