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2012 Kia Sorento vs. Its Competition

 
2012 Kia Sorento 2WD 4-door V6 EX Angular Front Exterior View
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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.

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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.
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A versatile layout, impressive performance, good ride comfort, and reasonable pricing all add up to make the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox a strong value—and a good pick for small families.
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Practical without being too prim, the 2012 Dodge Journey cuts an interesting figure and spans the gulf between compact crossovers and family-grade SUVs.
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The 2012 Ford Edge rises to the top of the five-seat crossover niche with forward-thinking technology and a gas-saving EcoBoost option.
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The 2012 Honda CR-V is a great family vehicle, with a thoughtfully designed and comfortable interior, and improved refinement, but it lacks the confident, sprightly feel present in past CR-Vs.
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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.
MSRP From     
$21,250$23,530$18,995$27,770$22,495$28,240
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas/Ethanol I4Gas I4Gas V6Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleFWD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
2WD 4-Door I4 BaseFWD 4-Door LSFWD 4-Door SE4-Door SE FWD2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door I4 (Natl)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555557
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door4 DoorSport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle4 Door
Transmission     
ManualAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
 
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