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2012 Kia Sorento

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2012 Kia Sorento

Kia Sorento highlights

Customer reviews

4.4 out of 5

RepairPal reliability rating**

4 out of 5


  • Lots of standard features
  • Spacious optional third row
  • Optional V6 offers strong power
  • Sporty handling


  • Ride is a bit firm
  • Five-passenger model lacks sliding second-row seat

Mileage (EPA estimate)

21 city, 27 highway, 22 combined

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(no current inventory)

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2012 Kia Sorento is a spacious and sporty SUV

The 2012 Kia Sorento is a five- or seven-passenger SUV that offers midsize space in a compact package. Few SUVs in this class offer three rows of seating as an option, and those that do don't offer the space you'll find in the Sorento. This Kia also provides a healthy number of features, including a punchy optional V6 engine. If you're interested in a small SUV that doesn't skimp on passenger space, the Kia Sorento is well worth a look.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

5 Stars24
4 Stars11
3 Stars2
2 Stars1
1 Star1

RepairPal reliability rating**

RepairPal gave the Kia Sorento an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Kia Sorento 9th out of 26 among Compact SUVs.
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**RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 09/01/2021. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

Explore Kia Sorento details

(no trim) 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Engine type


Drive type



Manual 6


175 @ 6000


169 @ 3750

Seating capacity


Towing capacity

165/1650 lbs.

* Price excludes taxes, title, registration, and fees. Applicable transfer fees are due in advance of vehicle delivery and are separate from sales transactions.