2012 Kia Sorento

Base FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility I4 man trans

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2012 Kia Sorento
2012 Kia Sorento
After skipping the 2010 model year, the Sorento reappeared, completely redesigned, as a 2011 model. Whereas the previous Sorento was an old-style body-on-frame SUV, the current one is a modern unibody crossover. It was the first Kia to be assembled at the company's U.S. factory in Georgia. This year, there's a newly available 2.4-liter, 191-hp gasoline direct-injected four-cylinder, and the 175-hp four-cylinder, also 2.4 liters, is still around. The more powerful engine is the obvious choice, because it also gets better gas mileage -- an impressive 32 mpg on the highway (with front-wheel drive) -- which puts it up with the class leaders. A 3.5-liter V-6 is still available, and it delivers more punch (thanks to its 276 hp) and greater refinement, but it's significantly more expensive, and its fuel economy is somewhat disappointing, particularly when paired with all-wheel drive. Standard equipment includes Bluetooth and a USB port. Keyless ignition, a backup camera, a panoramic sunroof, and a third row of seats are optional. The latter is cramped but might be useful for small children. The Sorento plays in the mainstream heart of the mid-size crossover/SUV market -- that explains why it's Kia's best-selling vehicle. Although it's a very competent contender, it's not a standout in any particular area.
2013 EU Kia Sorento Front Three Quarter
Kia released details this morning on an updated and refreshed Sorento sport utility vehicle for the European market, promising better handling and fuel economy. With that, only one question remains: when are those updates coming here?
2012 Kia Sorento Front Right View 4
Here's an example of when not to pick the smaller engine. Compared to the V-6-powered example we drove last summer, this four-cylinder Kia Sorento feels lethargic in urban driving. There's plenty of power for merging onto a highway, but the lack of torque is notable in the city. Because the all-wheel-drive Sorento is relatively heavy (3737 pounds) and the engine doesn't make that much low-end torque (181 lb-ft at 4250 rpm), the automatic transmission hunts up and down with annoying frequency.
Kia Sorento Spied AMAG
The 2012 Kia Sorento isn't exactly a bad-looking vehicle, but as the brand's design language quickly evolves under the watchful eye of head designer Peter Scrhreyer, the 2012 Sorento -- which debuted only two model years ago -- is starting to feel a little out of date. As such, it's no surprise to see Kia engineers are already out testing what appears to be a facelifted Sorento out in the wild.
2012 Hyundai Sonata Front Left Three Quarters
The end of the year is just around the corner, and the Koreans are in for a strong finish. Kia has already sold 116,278 more vehicles than it did in all of 2010, and Hyundai is seeing the same trend, with year-to-date sales up 21 percent versus the total for 2010.
2011 Kia Optima Left Three Quarter
U.S.-based production for the 2012 Kia Optima was scheduled to begin this fall, but it seems it started a little early, as the first U.S. built Optima rolled off the line today at the Kia Motor Manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia.

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Base FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility I4
20 MPG City | 27 MPG Hwy
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2012 Kia Sorento Specifications

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2.4L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
20 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
27 MPG
175 hp @ 6000rpm
169 ft lb of torque @ 3750rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
60,000 miles / 60 months
100,000 miles / 120 months
100,000 miles / 60 months
60,000 miles / 60 months
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IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
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