Kelley Blue Book Value®
$8,955 - $14,527
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
20 City / 27 HWY
Horsepower
175-272
Seats
5-7
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$8,955 - $14,527
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
20 City / 27 HWY
Horsepower
175-272
Seats
5-7

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.6 Overall Score
Performance 3.4 Comfort 3.6 Styling 3.7 Value 3.8

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2012 Kia Sorento Owner Reviews

4.36

225 Reviews

47% 43% 8% 2% 1 star 0%

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Overall wonderful vehicle, some mechanical issues down the road.

Overall I absolutely love my car. We have owned this model vehicle for almost 4 years now and it has always driven smoothly and does well on gas. We have taken this car cross country and on vacation without issues with overheating etc.. The sound system inside is very nice as well as the features within hands reach. I like the overall design of the car. I didn't want to buy a minivan when I became a mom but I also didn't want a gas hog SUV. A few things that I would change about this vehicle would be that I wish the back seat had more room. We are expecting baby #3 and until I test out all three car seats in the back I am not sure they will all fit. Mainly the middle seat in the back. So I would have wanted a larger seating space per seat. Leg room is no issue and the trunk space is great though. We have had a few mechanical issues with this vehicle though recently around 125, 000 miles. We just paid to have a new transmission installed. And we have had to replace the u joint axel in the front right side. Both expensive fixes that I wish hadn't have happened with this vehicle. I want to keep it as long as I can though since I love everything else. But these were definitely surprising issues.

- Mia G

Kia Sorento are the simple, reliable SUV that has character.

Problems: all of the problems I have can be expected with the age of my vehicle (7 years old). The driver heated seat no longer works and can only be fixed by replacing the entire seat--not worth it to me. The hatch hydraulics did go out which required replacement. Performance: I have never had issues with my cars performance. It handles well and responds to operator guidance. It is an average car. Reliability: like I said, I think my car is very reliable. I have just under 100,000 miles and have never had a mechanical issue. I do maintain regular upkeep and I suppose that helps. . Comfort: it is comfortable, I find I have plenty of legroom in the front and middle seats. The third row is tight if you have long legs, but does well in a pinch. It will eliminate all trunk space when used. Features: mine is the base model. I think it has a few 'bonuses' than my previous vehicle (2001) didn't have that make it feel luxurious.

- Taylor M

I have had very few problems with it. It is a very reliable vehicle.

My Kia Sorento is a very comfortable car for my family of four, especially on long trips. It has plenty of legroom in the front and middle rows, lots of cup holders and adequate room for everyone’s gear. Everyone feels like they have their own space. There’s even space for our large dog! I love having a third row, but I wish there was a little extra legroom back there. The rear seats are very easy to fold away when we need extra storage space, and they're just as easy to pop backup when we have to pile kids in the third row. It is a very easy car to drive and it handles really well. Overall, I am very happy with the car. I have had it for 7 years and have driven it well over 100, 000 miles. It is been very reliable. When it comes time to replace it, I am going to replace it with another Sorento.

- Dorothy F

Ranked #18 Midsize SUVs by Owners

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Compare Models & Key Features

Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$8,955 - $10,638
$12,487 - $14,260

Horsepower

Horsepower
175 hp
175 - 272 hp

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.4L DOHC MPI dual CVVT 16
2.4L DOHC MPI dual CVVT 16
2.4L DOHC GDI dual CVVT 16
3.5L DOHC dual CVVT 24
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.3 in.
41.3 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.2 in.
39.2 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
37.6 in.
37.6 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39.2 in.
39.2 in.

Entertainment

MP3 Player

MP3 Player

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio

AUX Input

AUX Input

CD Player

CD Player

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5 - 7

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Aluminum
Aluminum

Running Boards

Running Boards
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
106.3 in.
106.3 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
35.7 ft.
35.7 ft.

Length

Length
183.9 in.
183.9 in.

Width

Width
74.2 in.
74.2 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3571 .lbs
3845 - 4131 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
175 hp
175 - 272 hp

Torque

Torque
169 ft. lbs.
169 - 248 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
165 .lbs
165 - 350 .lbs

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
18 gal.
18 gal.

Combined

Combined
10 - 14 mpg
19 - 25 mpg

City

City
20 mpg
18 - 20 mpg

Highway

Highway
27 mpg
24 - 26 mpg

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Safety Features

Features

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control

Traction Control

Traction Control

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Optional

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety