2012 Kia Sorento
There are 3 user reviews for the LX V6 AWD trim shown below
- Smooth ride, good gas ,mileage, plenty of room, multiple outlets for ipod, cell phone, etc
- no outside temp gauge
Purchased As New
We've had now for almost 3 months & we couldn't be happier with it. It has been better on gas mileage than advertised, we were getting as much as 31 mpg coming from Reno. We love the many outlets for cells, ipods, etc when we are with friends & family, no one has to wait for a charge. The ride is extremely comfortable, lots of room for our two big dogs. When I was doing research, the Sorento just stood out to me more than any other SUV & it has proven it's worth to us. I also love the 3 months free SiriusXM radio, on the long trips never need to change the station. Thank you Kia!!...read morehide
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- Safety ratings, performance, comfort, appearance, convenient, 2011-2012 reliability
Purchased As New
So far, this is a perfect SUV.
Check out the safety ratings. Also, Kia really improved reliability of the Sorento starting with the 2011 model according to Consumer Reports. Personally, no problems at all yet.
I have a V6, and performance is impressive while keeping gas mileage low. Price is right - Kia nailed it in my opinion. GL!...read morehide
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- Smooth powertrain, good acceleration, fuel economy, third row seat
- Handling, seats, compromised rear leg room, poor safety ratings, expensive when loaded up
Purchased As Not Purchased
Sorento was one of the cars I was looking to buy, so having had a limited driving experience at the dealership (I can’t evaluate a vehicle based on a 15 minute drive) I decided to rent one out for our next road trip to WY.
The rented car was 2012 Sorento LX-V6 AWD. During the 9 day trip from UT to WY, we experienced no real traffic, so the fuel economy estimates are based on 5% of slow travel on gravel roads and 95% of travel on highways with speeds from 25 to 75mph.
We travelled with friends who rented the 2011 Ford Edge AWD so we had a chance to compare the two.
Kia’s average fuel economy over 1,817 miles was 22.74 mpg. Based on a 300 miles comparison to the Ford, it was better by ca. 12%. Although the cars didn’t follow the exact same route, it was clear that the Kia had a noticeably better fuel economy than comparably loaded Ford. Advantage Kia.
Kia’s powertrain is well tuned with no hesitation on acceleration. Gears downshift smoothly as well. On paper, Ford’s powertrain lacks nothing compared to Kia’s, but it could use some fine-tuning. When pressed for fast acceleration, there is a noticeable response delay with the transmission first downshifting and then the engine accelerating. Advantage Kia.
Kia’s handling is vague and not at all confidence inspiring. It is difficult to ‘feel’ the vehicle. Things get worse on gravel roads. Kia had difficulty making a safe medium angle turn at 25mph, practically impossible at 35mph. The experience was scary and makes me question Kia’s safety when off-roading. Ford, on the other hand was all about handling. The car feels secure, precise and always under control. On the same gravel roads it was able to take the same turn at 40mph. Clear advantage Ford.
Front Seat Comfort:
In both vehicles seats offered no lumbar support. This was very clear in the Kia, where the 3 hr drive resulted in aching backs for both the driver (6’0’, 190lbs) and my 5’4”, 125lbs wife. No such complaints in Ford. Word of caution for potential Kia buyers: check out the exact version you are thinking of buying. The high end Kias offer leather seats that feel completely different, so it may be that their level of comfort is higher. Advantage Ford.
Second Row Comfort:
Unlike Ford, Kia offers a small third row seat. The seat is too small to be used on longer drives for anybody but small kids. If you have a family of six, Kia is the only option, but if you have a family of four and maybe even five, you might find the Ford more comfortable. This is because the Kia’s third row seat compromises the leg room for the second row seats. The shoulder room in Ford was a little larger, really allowing for three adults to share the second row. Three adults would also fit in the Kia, but even if the slightly smaller shoulder room is not an issue, the much more limited leg room may be.
Kia’s side impact rating is only average, which is a concern for me. Ford Edge is one of the safest cars out there with 0 fatalities reported so far.
Kia’s satellite radio did not work at all. Bluetooth had to be reconnected every time I entered the vehicle (iPhone 4). Voice commands did not work well in spite of hours of trying. When using car’s speakers and Bluetooth to make calls, people I called complained of my voice quality and called it at times completely inaudible (I could hear them just fine). Ford’s system actually worked.
When to pick a Kia:
1) Fuel economy is your main concern
2) You are bothered by not-so smooth powertrain (for those who like to drive fast)
3) You have to haul 6 or more people
4) You need a bigger trunk space
5) Safety is not your primary concern
When not to pick a Kia:
1) Seat comfort is important to you
2) Passive and active safety is your primary concern
3) You talk a lot on the phone when driving, use Bluetooth and voice recognition features
4) If you are looking for an AWD capability, forgettaboutit…...read morehide
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