Notes: As long as catastrophic engine failure at under 60,000 miles is the top owner complaint, it'll be pretty hard to recommend the 2012 Sorento.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,526 miles

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2012 Kia Sorento body / paint problems

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2012 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 272011

Sorento 6-cyl

  • 3,259 miles


Seat trim on drivers seat breaks allowing seat controls to move seat while vehicle is moving. It can move seat forward or backward without driver doing anything. This trim has broken 4 times with the seat moving twice (2) out of the four (4) times. Kia dealer has replaced trim all four (4) times and acknowledged it is a defect in the trim design, however Kia has not issued a recall. Trim is held on by plastic, as it moves the plastic breaks, allowing seat controls to move against door or floor making seat move. This has occurred on 8/27/11, 06/16/12, 08/04/12 and 11/09/12. Talking to Kia dealers it is a common problem that has not been addressed.

- Ardmore, OK, USA

problem #2

Mar 082012

Sorento 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Kia Sorento. While driving approximately 30 mph, the contact depressed the brake pedal but the brakes would not respond. The failure recurred while driving at various speeds. The contact had to apply excessive pressure to the brakes for the vehicle to stop. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing three times. The technician was unable to diagnose a failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 20...updated 11/01/12 updated updated 11/02/2012

- Canyon Lake, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 102011


  • 1,300 miles
The panel assembly under cover is broken off easy and obstructing the wheels movement, can causes over turn or flip over.

- Arcadia, CA, USA

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