(4.5) 85 reviews
MSRP: $7,660$18,080
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 21-25
Engine: 175-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Seats: 5-7
2012 Kia Sorento

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

11 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.