2012 Kia Sorento – A Family Car

I bought my first brand new car at the age of 20.  It was a 1997 Kia Sephia. I loved it and ended up driving it from Idaho to Indiana when I moved in 1999.  It was a great first car, and I didn’t have to worry about something breaking on it because it came with a great warranty.

Fast forward to 2012.  Now I have two kids and a very large dog.  I need a vehicle that can accommodate all of us, but that is not too large.  We were sent a 2012 Kia Sorento to try out for a week during our trip to Hilton Head. Here I am taking you on a tour:

I love all the features of the 2012 Sorento.  One of the first ones that I fell in love with was the keyless entry and push button star.  It does take a little getting used to, but as long as you have the key in the vehicle all you have to do is push a button to start the car. The GPS was a nice bonus, especially on a long road trip. I don’t think I would have made it through Nashville on my own while my husband took a nap without it.

Here is the Navigation/Entertainment Screen. There is even a rear camera that turns on when you are in reverse to make sure there are no obstacles in your way!

The Satellite Radio was also a nice feature.  I know you have to pay extra for that, and my husband and I debated if it was worth the added expense.  I wasn’t sure, especially because the Kia has bluetooth wireless technology that will connect with your smartphone and an iPod adapter so you can listen to all your music through the entertainment screen.  There are even controls on the steering wheel to adjust volume and change the track.  I love this feature because it makes it a lot safer to drive and listen to music.

Here is the back seat of the Sorento. As you can see there was enough room for both our car seats.

This car is truly a family friendly vehicle.  There is an option for a third row of seats.  This came in handy because between the two car seats (which fit nicely, but snug,  into the back seat) we wouldn’t have had enough room to transport more than 5 people.  We used the third row of seats when our family went to the beach.  My mother in law sat in the third row and she reported that it was roomy and comfortable.

My Mother In Law Sitting in the Third Row!

The Sorento gets 28 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg in town. This is great as we have another AWD compact SUV and we don’t get this good of millage out of that one so I was really impressed.   I know families everywhere will be excited about this considering gas prices were hovering around $4 a gallon during our trip!

My handsome husband driving the Sorento!

We drove a long way in the Sorento.  We found it to be very comfortable (check out our on the road video to see our thoughts while driving).  I was able to crawl into the back seat from the front seat to feed and entertain the kids when needed.  The heated seating would be a great feature in the winter.

We were very happy and impressed with the Kia Sorento.  It fulfilled all of our needs for a vehicle during our vacation.  You can learn more about the Kia Sorento on Kia’s Website.

A huge thank you to Kia for providing a vehicle for us to drive for a week.  All opinions are mine!

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About Kat Hodson

Kat Hodson is the founder of A Mom's Impression, a wife to a handsome man, a mom to a beautiful girl, a sweet boy, and a first grade teacher. She loves to shop, cook, read, take photos, and hang out with her family. Her life may be hectic, but it is an exciting ride!


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    I am in desperate need of a new car, one that will fit my 3 kid, and the Sorento looks like what I need. I’ve always been a fan of Kia’s.
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    the Sorento looks like a great vehicle!
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    That is one beautiful vehicle! I love that navigation system! The Third row is also really nice, I don’t care for mini vans so this would be a great alternative!
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    Sounds really nice!
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    I so want to drive one of these. I am so used to having a big SUV that I want to see what driving one of these are like.
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    It sounds like a great family vehicle.
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    This is exactly the kind of car we’re going to be looking for next time we’re car shopping. Roomy but not too big!
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    Sounds like a great car! Your poor MIL shoved in the back 😉

    I love the push button start on my Prius too!
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    I am new car shopping and we are going to test drive Kia’s later this week. Great review.
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  10. 12

    Great review! Lucky you :)
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