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2012 Kia Sorento Safety

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No matter which Sorento you choose, you'll be assured of good crash-safety performance.

Each 2012 Sorento comes with dual front, side, and curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control; and active headrests.

The Sorento earns good scores from the two major crash-test agencies; we wish the optional rearview camera were a stand-alone option.

Those basics aren't helped along by some of the more exotic safety technology on the market today, but nonetheless, the Sorento's a strong performer in crash testing. The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) gives the Kia four stars overall--with five-star side-impact protection and four stars each for frontal impacts and rollover protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety calls the Sorento a Top Safety Pick.

Visibility is fine, even with the Sorento's substantial rear roof pillars. A rearview camera is offered on high-end versions, but it's packaged with an expensive navigation system

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