2012 Kia Sorento  -  $22,050

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $22,050
Base Invoice: $21,330
Destination Charge: $800
Options: $0
Trim: 2WD 4dr I4 Base
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 22 | City: 20 | Hwy: 27
Body Style: 2WD 4dr I4 Base
Transmission: 6-speed manual transmission w/OD
Engine: 2.4L DOHC MPI dual CVVT 16-valve I4 engine


Just-right size; roomy interior; utility and cargo-friendliness; comfortable ride; standard tech features; available third-row seat

Model News

For 2012, the Kia Sorento returns with a new base level trim, as well as a new direct-injection 2.4L 4-cylinder engine that makes 191 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. The new engine is offered only with a 6-speed automatic, and it comes with chrome exhaust tips as standard equipment. Other new features include stain-resistant seat covers, 17-inch wheels on base models, and optional power folding mirrors. Top-level SX versions now have a heated wood-rim steering wheel.

Value Writeup

The new Sorento is sized between more compact crossover models like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 and mid-size models such as the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. The RAV4 is a little more maneuverable than the larger vehicles while offering just as much practical space.

The Sorento, completely redesigned in 2011, offers more passenger space and more cargo space than last year's model, while its modern engine lineup is both more powerful and more fuel-efficient. Kia says that the V6's 276-horsepower output is best-in-class, and fuel economy on the 4-cylinder Sorento are among the best in this category.

The Sorento's strong warranty--ten years or 100,000 miles for powertrain and five years or 60,000 miles basic warranty, and five years or 60,000 miles of roadside assistance--also help make this a strong choice for families.

Model Highlights

For 2012, the Sorento offers a 4-cylinder engine with Base, LX, SX and EX GDI trims, but this year it comes in two versions. The standard engine is a 175-horsepower 2.4L 4-cylinder, offered on the Base and LX models. A new direct-injected 191-horsepower, 2.4L 4-cylinder engine has been added, standard on the LX GDI and EX GDI, and paired only with a 6-speed automatic. The SX's standard (and LX and EX-optional) 3.5L V6 makes 276 horsepower and brings especially strong acceleration with a smooth, refined character, while the new 4-cylinder is quite economical, achieving EPA ratings of up to 21 mpg city, 27 mpg highway in all-wheel drive configuration.

The all-wheel drive system is available with LX or EX trims, regardless of the engine. Kia's all-wheel drive system can send up to 50 percent of power to the rear wheels when needed and comes with a locking center differential that can help provide better traction in harsh weather conditions--deep snow, for example, or to traverse a muddy back road. Kia hasn't completely forgotten about weekend hauling and towing needs--the Sorento can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

First and second-row seating in the Sorento is ample for full-size adults, and the optional third-row has enough space for children though it does reduce cargo room. Second and third-row seats both fold forward to allow 72.5 cubic feet of cargo space in all.

Standard equipment on all Sorento models is extensive, and includes a trip computer, power windows, locks and mirrors, air conditioning, a Bluetooth hands-free calling interface and a sound system that includes an MP3-compatible CD player, USB and aux inputs and Sirius satellite radio. Base models are equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission, while LX GDI models step up to a 6-speed automatic in addition to body-color heated mirrors with integrated turn signals for a more upscale appearance. Automatic one-touch up/down windows, a rear center armrest are also included. EX GDI models include push-button start, smart keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, upgraded upholstery, fog lamps, heated mirrors, automatic headlamps and larger 18-inch alloy wheels.

Options on the all-new Base model are very limited, but on the LX GDI, include a third-row seat, plus a Convenience Package that includes heated front seats, a backup system, fog lamps and roof rails. Among the exclusives offered on the EX GDI are a Premium Package, with a panoramic sunroof and leather seats; a rear DVD entertainment system and a Limited Package that brings chrome wheels plus a navigation system, real-time traffic information, accent interior lighting and a 550-watt Infinity surround-sound system.

Safety features on the 2012 Sorento include seat-mounted side airbags, side-curtain bags and front active headrests on all models, along with electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes, plus Hill Start Assist Control and Downhill Brake Control, which uses the vehicle's transmission to help moderate speed on slippery grades.

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD

Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
27 MPG

Cruising Range - City
360.00 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
20 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
22 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
486.00 mi

Engine Type
Gas I4


SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
175 @ 6000

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
169 @ 3750

Trans Type

Trans Description Cont.

First Gear Ratio (:1)

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

Reverse Ratio (:1)

Total Cooling System Capacity
2.3 qts

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Volume
142.5 ft³

Front Head Room
39.2 in

Front Leg Room
41.3 in

Front Shoulder Room
59.3 in

Front Hip Room
56.3 in

Second Head Room
39.2 in

Second Leg Room
37.6 in

Second Shoulder Room
58.7 in

Second Hip Room
55.9 in

106.3 in

Length, Overall
183.9 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
74.2 in

Height, Overall
67.3 in

Track Width, Front
63.7 in

Track Width, Rear
63.8 in

Min Ground Clearance
7.5 in

Cargo Volume to Seat 1
72.5 ft³

Cargo Volume to Seat 2
37.0 ft³

Base Curb Weight
3571 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
1650 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
165 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut

Suspension Type - Rear

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

Front Wheel Size
17 x 7.0 in

Rear Wheel Size
17 x 7.0 in

Front Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
35.7 ft

Brake Type

Brake ABS System

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.8 x -TBD- in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.9 x -TBD- in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
18.0 gal

Total Option Weight
0.00 lbs

Basic Years

Basic Miles/km

Drivetrain Years

Drivetrain Miles/km

Corrosion Years

Corrosion Miles/km

Roadside Assistance Years

Roadside Assistance Miles/km

Roadside Assistance Note
24-hour roadside assistance


Mfg's Report Date
OCT 06, 2015


Potential Number of Units Affected

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Kia Sorento vehicles manufactured October 19, 2009, to January 31, 2013. In the affected vehicles, if excessive force is applied to the gear shift lever, the brake-shift interlock mechanism may chip or crack allowing the transmission being able to be shifted out of "Park" without the brakes being depressed. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114, "Theft Protection."

Without requiring the brake to be pressed, the vehicle may be unintentionally shifted out of Park, allowing it to roll, which may result in a crash.

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake-shift interlock mechanism, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 24, 2015. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC124.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Crash Test Note
Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Male/Female Dummy Note
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

Rollover Rating Dynamic Test Result
No Tip

Risk of Rollover

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Rollover Note
Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Barrier Rating Note
These ratings should be applied to all vehicles manufactured on or after May 23, 2011 (on or after VIN 5XYKT3A1XCG203100)

2.4L DOHC MPI dual CVVT 16-valve I4 engine

6-speed manual transmission w/OD

Front wheel drive

Independent MacPherson strut front suspension w/coil springs

Independent multi-link rear suspension

Front/rear stabilizer bars

Hydraulic pwr rack & pinion steering

Pwr ventilated front/solid rear disc brakes

17" x 7.0" painted alloy wheels

P235/65R17 tires

Privacy glass

Pwr mirrors

Variable intermittent front windshield wipers

Fixed rear wiper

AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: auxiliary input jack, USB port

SIRIUS satellite radio -inc: (3) months free subscription

Bluetooth hands-free link

Tricot cloth front bucket seats -inc: YES essentials fabric treatment

Tilt & telescopic steering wheel -inc: audio, cruise, Bluetooth controls

Trip computer

Pwr windows w/driver one-touch auto down

Pwr door locks

Remote keyless entry

Manual air conditioning

Rear window defroster

Front/rear pwr outlets

Rear map pockets

Dual visor vanity mirrors

4-wheel anti-lock brakes

Electronic brake force distribution w/brake assist

Hill assist control

Downhill brake control

Electronic stability control w/traction control

Side impact door beams

Front/rear crumple zones

Dual advanced front airbags -inc: passenger occupancy sensor

Front seat-mounted air bags

Full-length side curtain airbags

3-point seat belts in all positions w/front pretensioners

Height-adjustable front seatbelts

Front active headrests

Rear child safety door locks

Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)

Tire pressure monitoring system

Energy-absorbing steering column


















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