The Sorento's average fuel economy has improved to a little better that average in the 2012 model year, as the crossover gets a more efficient four-cylinder engine option. With the new direct-injected four, and an "eco" transmission mode on automatic-equipped versions, the Sorento is now solidly in the mid-to-upper-20s for highway mileage.
Four-cylinder versions of the 2012-2013 Sorento are among a set of vehicles found to have overstated fuel-economy numbers. Kia initially submitted figures of 22/32 mpg (25 mpg combined) with 2WD and 21/28 (23 combined) with 4WD to the EPA, which allows automakers to self-certify fuel economy. On a confirmation check of several vehicles, the EPA found the Sorento's actual tested fuel economy to be 21/30 mpg (24 combined) with 2WD or 20/26 (22 combined) with 4WD. Owners can register with Kia to receive reimbursement for the gas consumed above and beyond expected levels; more details are found at KiaMPGInfo.com.Base versions still offer the older four-cylinder and front-wheel drive; they're rated at 20/27 mpg with the manual transmission and with the automatic, 20/29 mpg.