Kia's best-selling vehicle has just gotten better. For the 2012 model year, the South Korean automaker refreshed the Georgia-made Sorento by upgrading power plant and adding some new content. The most anticipated update is, of course, a new direct-injection, four-cylinder 2.4-liter engine, similar to the one used in the 2011 Kia Optima. Boasting more power and Kia's new UVO hands-free infotainment system, the 2012 Sorento has good chances to gain popularity among the younger audience.
The new engine produces 191 horsepower and provides lower emissions and better fuel economy rating due to the gasoline direct-injection (GDI) technology. Mileage for the new GDI engine is 22 mpg in city and 32 mpg on highway with front wheel drive. The 2.4-liter engine of the current model is rated at 21/29 mpg city/highway.
"With gas prices above $4 per gallon in many parts of the USA, fuel economy has become an even more important element in consumers decision-making process when considering a new car, and the 2012 Kia Sorentos all-new GDI four-cylinder engine offers more horsepower and outstanding fuel efficiency, said Tom Loveless from Kia Motors America.
Besides the above mentioned performance upgrades, the 2012 Kia Sorento crossover also received new comfort improvements, including power-folding mirrors, wood trim steering wheel, ventilated driver's seat and memory seat/power passenger seat. According to Kia Motors America, the 2012 Kia Sorento starts at $21,250 for the base trim.