With lots of choice--five seats or seven, four cylinders or six, front- or all-wheel drive--the 2012 Kia Sorento opens itself up to a lot of worthy competitive threats.
There's the Chevy Equinox, a spacious five-seater that also hits 32 mpg in four-cylinder form, and has a nifty sliding second-row seat, but no third-row option.
The Ford Edge is a five-seater only, but a new turbo four edition tops 30 mpg highway, and teams acceptably well with the bigger, more imposing Edge.
The Honda CR-V is new this year, with improved styling and infotainment features, and a clever second-row folding seat.
The Dodge Journey and Toyota Highlander have as much choice as the Sorento, and the Journey excels with its infotainment features, while the Highlander suffers a bit on interior efficiency and on price.
|2012 Kia SorentoBrowse Used Listings||2012 Chevrolet EquinoxBrowse Used Listings||2012 Dodge JourneyBrowse Used Listings||2012 Ford EdgeBrowse Used Listings||2012 Honda CR-VBrowse Used Listings||2012 Toyota HighlanderBrowse Used Listings|
|18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas/Ethanol I4||Gas I4||Gas V6||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||FWD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility||Sport Utility Vehicle|
|2WD 4-Door I4 Base||FWD 4-Door LS||FWD 4-Door SE||4-Door SE FWD||2WD 5-Door LX||FWD 4-Door I4 (Natl)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility||Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door|