2012 Kia Sorento Review

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2012 Kia Sorento

Following a well-received redesign for 2011, the Kia Sorento soldiers on, offering an range of engines, an available seat, a sporty drive, and of style. It also leapfrogs its the Hyundai Santa Fe, to take the mantle of best budget SUV, with a starting that undercuts those of regarded small SUVs the 2011 Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and the best-reviewed Chevrolet Equinox. For a complete and analysis of reviewers’ feedback, see our report on the 2011 Kia Sorento.

Direct-injected four-cylinder engine, new top join the lineup for 2012

The now has three engine offerings. A 175-horsepower four-cylinder is standard in the and LX trim levels. The new-for-2012 cylinder is a variant of that engine, equipped with injection, which contributes to its output of 191 horsepower.

The DI four-cylinder is on the LX trim and standard on the EX trim. The powerful engine in the 2012 Kia is the same 276-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 last year. It’s for the LX and EX trim levels, and is standard in the range-topping Sorento SX, which sportier looks and a more suspension tune.

Other than the new engine, the carries over largely from last year.

An ventilated driver’s seat, seat fabric, and the introduction of the new UVO infotainment system (like SYNC, it’s developed in with Microsoft).

Fuel-economy breakdown

With the 175-horsepower four-cylinder, available front-wheel-drive only, the EPA rates the Kia at 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway/22 mpg combined the standard six-speed manual. to the six-speed automatic improves the fuel economy estimates to 21 mpg highway/24 combined.

The new 191-horsepower puts up better numbers. front-wheel-drive, it’s good for an 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway/25 mpg combined. all-wheel-drive drops those to 21 city/27 highway/23 combined.

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With front-wheel-drive, the 3.5-liter V6 numbers similar to those of the four-cylinder: 20 mpg city/26 hwy/22 The all-wheel-drive V6 models are the least Kia Sorentos available, with an fuel economy rating of 18 mpg highway/20 combined.

In reviews, note that they difficulty hitting the EPA fuel-economy in real-world driving.

Good safety scores

The Kia is a 2011 Top Safety Pick at the Insurance Institute for Highway It excels in all tests there, the top rating of Good for front, and rear-impact protection, as well as strength. In government tests by the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), the 2011 earns a 4-star (out of 5) rating, after getting scores (again, out of 5) in front-impact, and rollover-resistance tests.

The 2012 Kia Sorento has not yet been by NHTSA, but since it is essentially the vehicle, it’s reasonable to equal or better performance it undergoes its tests.

Standard equipment includes antilock electronic stability control, and front-side, and side-curtain airbags.

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