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.
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