We just bought a 2012 Sorento (4 cyl AWD) this spring. Just under 9000 miles and we still enjoy it. Even tho' its a bigger vehicle, we're getting better fuel economy than our 2007 Rondo that we traded in for it.
This is our 3rd Kia and I wouldn't hesitate buying another - I still shop around with every car purchase, but they just deliver more features for less $. Once you've had heated seats in a Canadian winter, there is no going back! My only real issue is that (on the Rondo at least) I had to replace brakes and tires far quicker than expected, but that's no the first vehicle to have cheap factory installed brakes & tires.
Been away from the forum for quite a while - life got in the way, but I've still been lurking every now and again.