Kia Sorento 2012

The 2012 Kia Sorento is a car-based crossover platform with seating for up to seven in three rows. In Kia’s lineup, the 2012 Sorento sits above the compact Sportage crossover. It competes roughly with smaller crossovers that also offer a third row like Dodge Journey, Toyota RAV4 and Mitsubishi Outlander.

The 2012 Kia Sorento is a SUV offered in a four trim levels: base (starting at $21.250 MSRP), LX (starting at $23.130), EX (starting at $25.950) and the sporty SX (starting at $33.150 MSRP). A third row 50/50-split folding seat with room for two is optional on the LX and EX, and standard on the EX V6 and SX.

The base model of 2012 Kia Sorento comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, 17-inch alloy wheels, full power accesories, air conditioning, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping multifunctioning steering wheel, a trip computer, Bluetooth connectivity and a CD sound system with satellite radio, an iPod adapter and an auxiliary audio jack. Moving up to the LX nets a six-speed automatic transmission, body-colored heated outside mirrors with integrated LED turn signals and a second row armrest. Optional for the Kia Sorento LX is the Convenience Package which includes the more powerful four-cylinder engine for front-wheel-drive models, foglamps, rear parking sensors, back-up camera, heated front seats and roof rails.

The EX starts with the LX’s equipment and adds 18-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, a power driver seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless ignition/entry and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The SX model of 2012 Kia Sorento is similar to the EX V6 fitted with the Premium packages. It comes with more aggressive exterior styling details, a sport-tuned suspension and unique metallic interior trim. The panoramic sunroof is optional.

A new more powerful 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is available on 2012 Kia Sorento. This new direct-injected engine is rated at 191 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. This engine is standard on EX model and optional on LX. The old 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, rated at 175 hp and 169 lb-ft of torque comes standard on base and LX trim levels. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the base four-cylinder is 21 mpg city/ 29 mpg highway with the front-wheel-drive automatic. Fuel economy for the direct-injected four-cylinder is rated at 22 mpg city/ 32 mpg highway with front-wheel drive and 21/28 with all-wheel drive.

Optional on LX and EX models and standard on the SX is a 3.5-liter V6 engine rated at 276 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. It is offered only with the six-speed automatic transmission and gets the Kia Sorento from zero to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds. Fuel economy with front-wheel drive is 20 mpg city/ 26 mpg highway and 18/24 mpg with all-wheel drive.

The 2012 Kia Sorento provides a feeling of spaciousness with both five- and seven-passenger seating configurations (third row optional) making the Sorento more versatile than most of its compact CUV competitors. With 142.5 cubic feet of interior volume when equipped with five seats or 149.4 cubic feet with seven, 2012 Sorento is spacious with generous head and legroom for optimal occupant comfort.

Like all Kia vehicles, the 2012 Kia Sorento is equipped with a plethora of standard safety equipment. All trims come outfitted with driver and passenger advanced front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, first and second row side curtain airbags and front active headrests, four-wheel Antilock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD).


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