2012 Kia Sorento Consumer Review: Excellent First Impressions

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Excellent First Impressions
By flyboy80 on


2012 Kia Sorento LX 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


Our first 1000 KM's have been a delight, with the 3.5 V6 giving outstanding performance - both in acceleration/smoothness/quietness and fuel economy. Fuel mileage appears as advertised - ie. city 27 and highway 37 MPG imperial. Being calibrated for Canada, our first tank showed 9.5 L/100 KM or 30 MPG, all around driving, mostly local with A/C on. A steady 90 KPH indicated 6.8 L/100 KM. We have yet to measure this in actual terms upon careful fill-ups, but indications are good. Brakes are just right, ride is smooth and quiet, but somewhat harsh on rough roads. Trade-off is great cornering. Fit and finish is excellent. Dealer treatment first class. Time will tell reliability.

Favorite Features

We found that many standard features are extras on competitive makes and only available on the upper end models. Heated seats, Blue Tooth, back-up sensors, reclinging rear seats with middle arm rest, dimming rear mirror, keyless entry and ignition, full-featured radio, etc. are all available in the LX line. This is a great SUV for the price.

Suggested Improvements

We suggest that the trip computer be programmed to help the driver with outside temp, real-time fuel usage read-out, and conversion capabiltiy from metric to standard while in the USA. Leg room in the second row is adequate, but not par with some competitors with sliding rear seats. After comparing this unit with 10 or so others, we found this vehicle to be the best of all worlds for us.
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