2012 Kia Sorento
There are 4 user reviews for the SX AWD trim shown below
- Value; Performance; Space
- Stiff; no factory navigation upgrades; technology a few steps behind
Purchased As New
Purchased 1OCT2011 - so nearly 1yr to date of ownership. We did a lot of research after totaling our 2003 Ford Expedition. We went from at 15k econo-box all the way to a 100k Porsche. We spent 5 months searching before finalizing on the 2012 Kia Sorento SX AWD.
We did not add any options. No sunroof, no "new car smell" stuff, just a stock SX AWD. The stock options blew us away. The navigation package is - well, OK, but works. Kia is a few steps behind on the latest technology: no HD radio; no proximity sensors; no LED DRLs (oh, no DRLs period); no adaptive cruise; no LDW (lane departure warning); no adaptive headlights; no HID headlights.
OK, so that was the bashing - no more. This thing is incredible. Compare side-by-side with the Infiniti FX35. Pricing out the FX I went well over 50k for the same performance, options and packages. Although the 276HP 3.5 of the Kia is not as powerful, my guess is that the Infiniti extra horses will not come into play between 0-75MPH. The Kia is a beast.
I choose the AWD for safety reasons. I cannot imagine not giving my wife a good fighting chance of getting unstuck or any other stability. We might take a MPG hit or two, but it's a chance I'll take for some peace of mind. Safety: umpteen-thousand'ish airbags... those numbers won't do any good if they don't deploy. I have no idea if they will, but it does have advanced head restraints; advanced frontal airbags; side air curtains; advance seat belt technologies; weight sensors; LATCH; etc...AND...earns the IIHS "TOP SAFETY PICK" in 2012.
Overall - I get to drive it every now and then, but NEVER, NEVER by myself. Wife doesn't trust my right foot; however, I did stop by a Kia dealer once after we bought it and took a ... ahem ... "test drive". If you know this "OMFG" acronym, then it's all good and I encourage all those who do know it to try the "test drive" thing. XD ~Murf
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