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2012 Kia Sorento


City 18 - 21 MPG Hwy 24 - 30 MPG

Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety:
    4 stars
  • Frontal Crash:
    4 stars
  • Side Crash:
    5 stars

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Overall Rating:
4.4 (out of 5)
Value 4.5
Exterior 4.6
Interior 4.5
Comfort 4.5
Performance 4.3
Reliability 4.5
Great car after $2000.00 fixing it.

by Jim W. from Zanesville | March 28, 2020

KIA needs to avoid the eco crap on their vehicles. Premature wear on internal engine parts cost consumers big money. If you buy it turn the eco mode off .

The WORST vehicle I've ever owned!

by Bulldog Fever from Verona, Mississippi | November 29, 2019

The truck was serviced only at the local dealership in my area. This was also the place of purchase. It was new with only 32 miles at purchase. Out of NO were, the engine began knocking! The Kia dealership refused to even acknowledge that there was a problem because of milage. I later found out there was a problem with the piston’s shaving an clogging the oil return hose. I was quoted $3000.00 for a replacement engine! 😳 The value of the truck was not even $3000.00. I only had a few more payments left on it. I had to borrow the money to have the engine rebuilt along with a payoff! I currently owe 9000.00 on a 2012 Kia Sorento! I will NEVER EVER purchase another KIA anything!

Fantastic Family Comfort

by Stacey from Oceanside, CA | November 10, 2019

This car meets all of my needs. The 3rd Row of seating is fantastic, but when you don't need the 3rd row they fold down completely flat for a super-sized trunk. Bluetooth connectivity, AUX connectivity & SIRIUS radio all make for an entertaining ride.

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2012 Kia Sorento Overview

The largest crossover in Kia’s lineup, the 2012 Kia Sorento is back with a new four-cylinder engine option to go along with seating for up to seven passengers across three rows.

That new engine is a 191-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder that joins the existing four-cylinder and V-6 from the previous year to give you more flexibility in choosing the Sorento that fits your needs.

From the outside, it’s easy to see why the Sorento is one of the most stylish crossovers in its segment sharing design cues with the Optima and Sportage. Seventeen-inch wheels come standard, while other exterior features like a rear spoiler, fog lights, and eighteen-inch alloy wheels are optional.

Under the hood of the 2012 Sorento, the new four-cylinder is joined by two other engine options: a standard 175-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder and an available 276-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 if you need a little more oomph. For those who drive to the snow or in inclement weather, an all-wheel drive system is optional.

Fuel economy ratings vary between 18-22 mpg in the city and 24-32 mpg on the highway, depending on your choice of engine and front- or all-wheel drive. The highest numbers come with the least powerful four-cylinder, while opting for the V-6 will net you an appreciable dip in fuel efficiency.

Moving to the interior, the Sorento’s second and third rows (when equipped) fold flat into the floor which creates a nice, large cargo area. Even the base model Sorento comes well equipped, as standard equipment includes air conditioning, steering wheel mounted audio/Bluetooth® controls, Bluetooth® connectivity, satellite radio, and a USB/iPod connection. Further options include a navigation system, Kia’s UVO infotainment system, automatic climate control, and push button start.

The 2012 Sorento also scores points when it comes to safety, as it was named a 2011 Top Safety Pick by the IIHS. Standard safety features include six airbags, active front head restraints, antilock brakes, traction control, and an electronic stability system. A rear view camera is optional and allows you to back up comfortably.

Whether you need to transport cargo or passengers, the 2012 Kia Sorento fits the bill. Factor in the Sorento’s great fuel economy, especially for a three-row crossover, and it becomes an even greater value.