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2012 Kia Sorento
2012 Kia Sorento
Available Price Range $7,916-$19,168 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 21-25 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2012 Kia Sorento

Our Take

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

What We Don't Like

  • Cramped second and third rows
  • Lower towing capacity than previous Sorento

Notable Features

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Car-based construction
  • FWD or AWD
  • Available panoramic moonroof
  • Six-speed automatic


Our Expert Reviews

With the buzz surrounding Kia and its redesigns, I was excited to climb out of my comfortable minivan and fall in love with the budget-friendly 2012 Kia Sorento. Unfortunately, it just didn't happen. I wasn't impressed by the 2012 Kia Sorento's quality of finishes, the way it drove or the space the three-row crossover provided. When I'm test-driving cars, my Toyota Prius a... Read full review for the 2012 Kia Sorento

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Consumer Reviews


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So far so good

by CarMan2084 from Texas on September 30, 2011

We bought my wife a Sorento about a month ago. We now have around 1500 miles on it and it has been a pleasure. Coming from a Honda CR-V it feels like we have a car built for this decade. Some of the l... Read Full Review


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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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