2012 Kia Sorento

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Kia Sorento highlights

Customer rating


  • 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)

18 city, 24 highway, 20 combined

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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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What is new for the 2012 Kia Sorento?

  • Sorento trims have been upgraded with A/C Seat(s), Heated Steering Wheel, Memory Seat(s), and Full Roof Rack as standard equipment this year.
  • Rear Seat Heaters, Remote Start, and Sunroof(s) features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The EX trim now comes with Rear View Camera as standard equipment.
  • The SX trim now comes with Parking Sensors as standard equipment.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2012 Kia Sorento is liked by customers for its roomy interior, ride, and responsiveness.
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Kia Sorento an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Kia Sorento 12th out of 29 among Compact SUVs.

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Kia Sorento features and specs

Base 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Manual Transmission
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 41.3"/R 37.6"

Head room

F 39.2"/R 39.2"

Front tires


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Max towing capacity

165/1650 lbs.


Manual 6

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