2012 Kia Sorento

Posted on 17 January 2012 by Tony Santos

There are, and there will always be, a lot of midsized SUVs that aim to bring your family, and your things, anywhere anytime –a perfect family car. It is of no surprise that Kia wanted to have their share of this market and thus brought about the Sorento. Initially released as a 2003 model, the Sorento went on the design lineage of being a truck more than a car if anything else. It had a separate frame, again like a truck, that gave it good towing capabilities, with an option of converting it to a four-wheel drive.

However, these didn’t sit well for those that wanted an SUV that replaced an actual car, rather than a truck. There were issues that included rough handling, and poor fuel efficiency. That being said, Kia made it a point that the second generation Sorento will fit to the market it was supposed to cater.

First released as a 2011 model, the 2012 Sorento is now a crossover (i.e. car-based) that will suit more families and their long drives –lined to seven seater cars. It is also Kia’s first model to be actually built in the United States. The question now is, what does this revamped Sorento have to offer and how will it fare against the previous model? For starters, it may seem that it’s quite similar to another Korean manufacturer’s model – the Hyundai Santa Fe. The new Sorento now allows the option of having two four-cylinder and a V-6 instead of just having two sizes of V-6 engines. Mileage also improves, with the 175-hp. 2.4-liter four-cylinder going at 21 miles/gallon at city driving and 28 in highways.


For 2012, they also offer a direct-injection version, which has 191 horses and can go at 32 miles/gallon. While the 276-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 version,  that comes as a 6-speed automatic, can go 20 miles city and 28 miles highway. Both versions also offer great A/C, Sirius satelite radio and a tilt/telescopic steering wheel. Then there’s the EX version that has 18-inch wheels, key-less ignition and proximity sensors. Buyers can customize their Sorentos to include navigation kits, leather seats, great sound and DVD entertainment systems compatible with iDevices.

One of the exciting features the 2012 Kia Sorento we want to highlight are it’s panoramic sun roof and railing that goes well on its crossover side making an impressive appeal on outdoor goers touring the country. The HID headlights and LED rear lights along with its flashy exterior will make Sorento a perfect ride for corporate or family city driving.

The all-new Sorento is also available is colors such clear white, bright silver, titanium silver, metal bronze, java brown, spicy red, denim, ebony black and snow white pearl.

One of the important aspect as a family car is the safety features Kia Sorento had to offer. The mini-crossover comes with standard with antilock disc breaks, stability control, hill-start assist, hill descent control, front active head restraints, front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags that cover only the first and second rows. Besides these features, Sorento scored four-star rating being awarded for both frontal and side-impact protection on government safety testing and titled “Good” for frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength crash tests by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The 2012 Kia Sorento proves to have redesigned the landscape of city and touring in one, creating a new class of mini crossovers.

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