2012 Kia Sorento Review

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by on October 8, 2012

2012 Kia Sorento Review

 2012 Kia Sorento Review

When I was asked to do a 2012 Kia Sorento review, I really didn’t have any idea what to expect. I had never driven (or ridden) in a Kia before, so I was excited to see what it had to offer.  And as a mom of 3, I was looking forward to checking out an SUV with plenty of room for our family and “stuff”.

Of course, prior to getting the car dropped off at my doorstep (how cool is that!), I had to do a little research on it. I quickly learned the motto for the Sorento is “A departure from the expected” – and I learned that it does live up to this! Here’s how –

2012 Kia Sorento Review - 2Right away, I have to say I loved the color of the car and I really liked that it had leather seats, which are so comfortable. Plus, I’ve learned from my fair share of cars that leather is just easier to clean. I also noticed right away that it offered an optional 3rd row of seats – that is a huge plus in my book because our current SUV has this and my kids really enjoy being able to spread out.

IMG_2111All three of my kids fit comfortably with their car seats and booster seats in the 2nd row – and the real test came when we took a couple of their friends to Wednesday night kids club. Two adults and five kids later – we had plenty of room to travel. I really like the 3rd row option. As you can see in the picture below, it does take up more of your trunk space with that 3rd row up, but I was still able to get the stroller in the back fine. But when you need more space in the back to carry more groceries, sporting equipment, etc, then you’ll probably want to put the 3rd row up.


Call me crazy– but I really enjoy cars with a Sirius XM option, and the Sorento lives up to that standard. Actually, having a fun touch screen to navigate all the fun stations was a big hit with my family. A few other nice added features included steering-wheel-mounted Bluetooth controls to safely talk on the phone in the car, power windows/doors, and a keyless remote.

I was testing the Kia Sorento EX V6, so it had some pretty nice extras and plenty of power (276 hp!). Some of these features included a IMG_2113panoramic sunroof (huge hit with my son!), push button start with smart key (one of my favorite features), a backup warning system, lumbar support, heated seats for the driver and passenger, and air-cooled driver seat (my husband’s favorite).

As you can tell there was definitely a lot of extra features with this SUV and I was surprised at all the little touches that made it fun to drive.

Did it beat my expectations? Definitely. If you are looking for a mid-size SUV, this just might be a great option for you. Starting at $23,150 it is also an affordable SUV option (higher trims with some of the features mentioned here will cost more).

Disclosure: I was given a 2012 Kia Sorento for a week to test drive and review. No compensation was given for this post, it was written 100% by me and not edited by Kia. Read more on my Disclosure page.


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