I’m an SUV driving mama, but my SUV is pretty big, so when the 2012 Kia Sorento showed up at my door I was excited to test it out. I am always open to trying a new car and wanted to see how this crossover car compared to my car and SUV.
This beauty showed up in a pretty burgundy color and I couldn’t wait to put it to work. It’s available in AWD which is a bonus since we need that for the snow, it’s spacious, and it has some pretty sweet features!
My Favorite Things:
1. Remote Keyless Entry & Push Start – I am a sucker for the keyless entry and remote start options in cars. I can never seem to find my keys in my huge purses and being able to push a button to open and start the car makes my life so much easier, plus it’s very convenient.
2. Backup Warning System – The backing up warning system is always a top favorite. It makes backing up and parking a breeze. I love being able to look at the screen on the dash to see what’s behind me, how much room I have left to backup, or to help point out those hidden objects you can’t always see. The picture was clear and no more looking in ALL of my mirrors and struggling to make sure I am seeing EVERYTHING that may be in my way.
3. Room – The sorento was pretty roomy. The toddler fit into the back with her car seat comfortably and the hubby and I were comfy up in the front. With the third row up, the trunk had very minimal storage room, but with the third row folded down it was very spacious. It definitely met our needs and if you need even more room you could also fold a portion of the second row down. I really liked the split seating option because it gives more storage room, which can be a must when traveling or with kids.
4. In Dash Navigation – Navigation is one of my best friends and if I don’t have to use my phone for it, I am super happy! The navigation was easy to use and got me where I needed to go in a flash. Since the car is SiriusXM Satellite equipped, Sirius has a nice traffic feature you can add on called Sirius Traffic. It updates you with real time traffic incidences and road closures so you can avoid them. It’s definitely a must have feature with the navigation system.
In addition to the Navigation the car is SiriusXM Satellite ready, AM/FM Radio, CD Player, and has AUX/USB Hook ups which come in handy for my iPod. The Sorento has an Infinity Surround Sound System with 10 speakers for your listening pleasure.
The car also has some nice steering wheel buttons (cruise control, radio buttons, and bluetooth) and Bluetooth so you can focus your attention on driving.
5. Safety – You can rest easy knowing the 2012 Kia Sorento has a good crash test rating (rated 9 in safety). That is always something I look at since I am toting my kids around town and I want to know they are safe in the car we’re driving.
All in All the 2012 Kia Sorento was a nice car to test out. It’s safe, spacious, has great features, and is affordable. The 2012 Kia Sorento starts at just $23,150 (price varies depending on model and features). It gets an estimated 21/30 (City/HWY) mpg.
*I was given a 2012 Kia Sorento to test out for a week. All opinions are 100% my own.