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2012 Kia Sorento SUV

2012 Kia Sorento Review

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Overview
After skipping the 2010 model year, the Sorento reappeared, completely redesigned, as a 2011 model. Whereas the previous Sorento was an old-style body-on-frame SUV, the current one is a modern unibody crossover. It was the first Kia to be assembled at the company's U.S. factory in Georgia. This year, there's a newly available 2.4-liter, 191-hp gasoline direct-injected four-cylinder, and the 175-hp four-cylinder, also 2.4 liters, is still around. The more powerful engine is the obvious choice, because it also gets better gas mileage -- an impressive 32 mpg on the highway (with front-wheel drive) -- which puts it up with the class leaders. A 3.5-liter V-6 is still available, and it delivers more punch (thanks to its 276 hp) and greater refinement, but it's significantly more expensive, and its fuel economy is somewhat disappointing, particularly when paired with all-wheel drive. Standard equipment includes Bluetooth and a USB port. Keyless ignition, a backup camera, a panoramic sunroof, and a third row of seats are optional. The latter is cramped but might be useful for small children. The Sorento plays in the mainstream heart of the mid-size crossover/SUV market -- that explains why it's Kia's best-selling vehicle. Although it's a very competent contender, it's not a standout in any particular area.

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2012 Sorento Base Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.4L in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 20 MPG city, 27 MPG highway, 22 MPG combined and 396 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
18.0gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 175 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 169 ft lb of torque @ 3,750 rpm

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'12 Kia SUV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Cruise Control
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Hill Decent Control
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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