Review: 2012 Kia Sorento EX FWD




As part of a fleet review program I am participating in, last week I had the opportunity to drive a 2013 Kia Sorento EX for a week. The timing could not have been more perfect. First, the air had gone out in my car the week before and I had a dead battery.

I’ve listed some of my favorite features below of the car that I drove.  I had no idea that Kia offered such a great warranty!


2013 Kia Sorento EX FW

Additional Options:

  • Smart keyless entry w/push button start
  • Navigation w/ Sirius Traffic & Camera Display
  • Air-Cooled Driver’s Seat
  • Memory Driver’s Seat & Mirror Position
  • Power Folding Outside Mirrors
  • Infinity Surround Sound Audio System
  • Heated Front Seats
  • 50/50 Split Folding 3rd Row Seat
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • USB/Auxiliary Input Jacks
  • Dual Front Advanced Airbags
  • Front Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Side Curtain Airbags (1st & 2nd row)
  • Front Active Headrests.


  • 10 year/100,000 Mile Limited Powertrain Warranty
  • 5 year/60,000 Mile Limited Basic Warranty
  • 5 year/60,000 Mile Roadside Assistance




Yes, please make my life easier with buttons to control the radio, cruise control, and more at my fingertips right on the steering wheel.




Fabulous sleek design.  The navigation center has GPS, BLUETOOTH Technology and a camera.  The BLUETOOTH technology is especially useful, as it makes your cell phone completely hands free.  There is a speaker in the ceiling right above your head to ensure voice quality.   




Built in navigation system.  Love this big screen, much easier to see than the tiny screen on the GPS in my car.  Additionally, if the volume on the GPS is turned on instead of trying to listen over music it automatically turns the music down.




I really want my next car to have a camera for backing up.  We’ve talked to our kids about never running outside if one of us is in the car.  Having the extra assurance of the camera is great.




Built in charging cord for iPhone or iPad.  You can unplug and use the built in USB port. Genius!




I thought this extra room behind the gear shift was super clever.  A great place to store things without junking your car up.




Little man is testing the seats out for me.  A reclining front passenger seat sure comes in handy for quick naps.  If we are out and my hubby needs to run in somewhere you’ll find me reclining my seat for a power nap.




Front seat sun roof.  Gorgeous view!  




Even better……dual sunroofs!  This was a first for me.  One of my favorite features and I’ve never really been a sunroof kinda girl.




Cup holders in the back seat.  Plus there was another cup holder in each door.  The front seat also had two cup holders in the middle by the gear shift and one in each door as well.  I’m convinced that multiple cup holders should be a necessity.




Lots of room in the trunk with the 3rd row seats folded down.




The trunk was still roomy with the 3rd row seats up.  This little cargo net came in handy for groceries.  It drives me crazy when my groceries roll around in the trunk.




I was pleasantly surprised to see that the 3rd row seats had ample leg room.




Although we didn’t necessarily need the extra room the kids explored the third row seating.  I drive a really big SUV, initially I thought that the Sorento would feel small but it was really roomy.   (In case you are wondering why they aren’t buckled up, we weren’t actually driving somewhere we were just sitting in the driveway checking the car out.)




The final verdict?  We give the Sorento a thumbs up.  I really liked how we were able to zip around town.  The timing worked out great, as I was able to get the AC fixed in my car and the battery replaced and have something to drive at the same time.  I will have to admit, I was a little sad when the end of our 7 days rolled around and the fleet service came to pick the car up.  My husband and I both enjoyed driving it, which surprised me a little since we are used to driving a Yukon XL.   The sticker price on the model I drove was $34,390.00. 


Disclosure:  I was given the opportunity to drive the Kia Sorento for a week at no-charge.  I was not compensated for this review, all opinions are my own.  You can read my full disclosure policy here.

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