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Selected Style 2WD 4-Door I4 Base
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door I4 Base 20 27 $20,530 $21,250
2WD 4-Door I4 LX 21 30 $22,370 $23,150
2WD 4-Door I4-GDI EX 21 30 $24,595 $25,950
2WD 4-Door V6 LX 20 26 $24,110 $24,950
2WD 4-Door V6 EX 20 26 $26,490 $27,950
2WD 4-Door V6 SX 20 26 $31,125 $33,150
AWD 4-Door I4-GDI LX 21 27 $24,495 $25,350
AWD 4-Door I4-GDI EX 21 27 $26,205 $27,650
AWD 4-Door V6 LX 18 24 $25,750 $26,650
AWD 4-Door V6 EX 18 24 $28,100 $29,650
AWD 4-Door V6 SX 18 24 $32,720 $34,850
2WD 4-Door I4-GDI LX 21 30 $22,370 $23,150
FWD 4-Door I4 (Natl)
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door I4 20 25 $25,783 $28,240
FWD 4-Door I4 SE 20 25 $29,987 $32,845
FWD 4-Door V6 18 24 $26,838 $29,395
FWD 4-Door V6 SE 18 24 $31,042 $34,000
FWD 4-Door V6 Limited 18 24 $32,635 $35,745
4WD 4-Door V6 17 22 $28,161 $30,845
4WD 4-Door V6 SE 17 22 $32,366 $35,450
4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 17 22 $33,959 $37,195
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,530
$25,783
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,250
$28,240
Monthly Payment Estimate
$354 / month
$471 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line With the right size, the right gas-mileage numbers, and the right standard features, the 2012 Kia Sorento is an easy recommendation in the crossover class. The 2012 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid to roomy, three-row family crossover wagons what the Camry is to mid-size sedans: comfortable, safe, and full-featured—but more than a little bland.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 20 mpg 20 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 27 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 56.3 56.7
Second Leg Room (in) 37.6 38.3
Front Head Room (in) 39.2 40.6
Passenger Capacity 5 7
Second Hip Room (in) 55.9 56.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 59.3 59.7
Second Head Room (in) 39.2 40.1
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.7 59.5
Front Leg Room (in) 41.3 43.2
Passenger Volume (ft³) 142.5 145.7
Third Leg Room (in) - 29.9
Third Hip Room (in) - 42.3
Third Head Room (in) - 36.3
Third Shoulder Room (in) - 55.0
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 63.8 64.2
Wheelbase (in) 106.3 109.8
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 74.2 75.2
Track Width, Front (in) 63.7 64.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) 7.5 7.8
Length, Overall (in) 183.9 188.4
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 67.3 68.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 37.0 42.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 72.5 95.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA 10.3
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.8 x - TBD - 12.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.9 x - TBD - 12.2 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.0 19.2
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.0 3.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.4 17.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.7 38.7
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P235/65R17 P245/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P235/65R17 P245/65R17
Spare Tire Size NA P245/65R17
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 165 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1650 1500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3571 3946
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.0 19 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material NA Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA 17 x 7.5
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 2.3 8.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System NA Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 169 @ 3750 186 @ 4100
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.4L/144 2.7L/163
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 175 @ 6000 187 @ 5800
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 22 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 27 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 20 20
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - TBD - 4.36
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.28 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Manual Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA NA
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.90 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.77 3.30
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.70 1.42
Trans Type 6 6
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.03 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.59 4.15
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.93 1.90
Trans Order Code NA NA
Summary
Vehicle Name Kia Sorento Toyota Highlander
Body Style 4 Door 4 Door
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - 0.55
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 1.02
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.3 8.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
 
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