2012 Kia Sorento Review




2012 Kia Sorento Review


Kia gave us the opportunity to once again, test out and review one of the autos. This time, we had the pleasure of driving the 2012 Kia Sorento. That’s it ^^^ up there, after I decided last week that I needed to go camping. So off we went..lol. Previously, we had decided that we were honestly going to buy the 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid, but after driving the this, there is dissent in the House of AIC. Tom now wants a Sorento, I still want the Optima Hybrid. (I will end up losing this fight most likely..his reasons for wanting it are sound).



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The 2012 Kia Sorento offers very comfortable seating for 6, with 60/40 split-folding 2nd-row seats and 50/50 split-folding 3rd-row seats.  Both the 2nd and 3rd row of seats fold completely down to offer a ton of storage room in back if it’s needed. This is a huge plus for us both as we camp a lot and usually carry a lot of equipment, firearms, and the like with us when we go. We love the fact that we could keep the 2nd row of seats up for the Monkey Child, but place the 3rd row down and have all of that extra room to cart what we needed  with us. According to the Monkey Child, the seats in back are comfortable and there’s “lots of room Mommy!” 😉 For me, the biggest “ooooo shiney!!!” that I had was when I realized that the drivers seat was an 8 way power seat and had lumbar support. You read that right. 8 way power. That means that a little short stack like me (5’3″) could raise up the seat bottom! Yes. I did go all giddy over that. Have YOU ever had to sit on a pillow to see over the wheel? Rising seat bottom? Gold. The front passenger seat is a 4 way power seat and both seats are available with a heated option.




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Another great feature that we loved was the rear back up cam (optional on some models), the built in GPS (because we ended up needing it) the iPod connection and the dual a/c controls (optional on some models). Tom and I run on different body thermometers so when I’m cold, he’s hot and vice versa. With dual climate controls, it makes it easy keeping us both comfortable. The only downside we saw to the entire dash set up was the placement of the cup holders. It took a bit of getting used to them being placed there but once were had driven it a bit, it was no biggie.

The Sorento comes standard with and  AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM audio system (which we did fully test using Queen’s Fat Bottom Girls and we fully approve of),  memory driver seat positions for 2 drivers (optional on some models) that was a huge time and frustration saver for us, a 6-speed automatic transmission w/ Sportmatic (standard on all models) and the EcoMinder® fuel-efficiency indicator on all models. Let me tell you. That EcoMinder system? Gold.


As for how it drove? Well, due to a family emergency, we ended up having to take it from Austin to San Antonio, back to Austin, to Dallas down to San Marcos and back to Austin in one day. Yes. In. One. Day. (If you’re from Texas, you’ll get that, if not? Roughly 800 miles in one day) Let’s just say that my Tom was worn to the ground by the time it all was said and done. Anyhow, we filled up in the morning, topped off in San Antonio, top off again before leaving Dallas and topped off right outside of San Marcos. I don’t know the actual mileage we were getting (was exhausted to be honest), but I can tell you this: for that amount of miles? That thing got great gas mileage. It rides comfortably (because on a trip like that we’d have been well aware if it hadn’t) and my Monkey slept very soundly in the 2nd row of seats…even if she was belted in and couldn’t lie down.


Kia’s 2012 Sorento is also packed with safety features. Every model comes standard with:

  • Dual front advanced airbags
  • Dual front seat-mounted side airbags
  • Side curtain airbags (1st & 2nd rows)
  • Front active headrests
  • Front & rear 3-point seat belts
  • Front seat-belt pretensioners
  • Height-adjustable front seat-belt anchors
  • 4-wheel disc brakes
  • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Traction Control System
  • Brake-assist System
  • Electronic Brake-force Distribution
  • Downhill Brake Control
  • Hill-start Assist Control
  • Tire-Pressure Monitoring System
  • Side-impact door beams
  • Lower anchors and tethers for children (LATCH)



All in all, we were extremely pleased with the Sorento and I do believe that just in typing this up, I may have crossed over to the dark side and will give in to Tom. What can it hurt? It’s a GREAT buy! The 2012 Kia Sorento’s MSRP starts at $23, 150 and there are several different special offers to help you save. For more information, visit  Kia Motors or visit your local Kia dealer.

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Stacy Barr is the face and brain behind the frugal living and lifestyle blog Six Dollar Family . By the age of 30, she had overcome an alcohol addiction, a drug addiction, divorce, survived domestic violence and had built a life for herself and her daughter after spending 10 months in a homeless shelter. Her book, also called Six Dollar Family, has sold more than 7,000 copies since its release.

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