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Last week, if you asked me if I would ever trade my current vehicle in for another, I would have firmly said, “no”. It had everything I wanted, that is until I drove the 2012 Kia Sorento EX. The Kia Sorento couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. It was Mother’s Day weekend and my family of four was off to the ocean to spend it with my parents and grandma. Normally a trip like that for us would call for two vehicles, but with the Sorento, we were all able to ride in one car.

The question that has always been in my mind is “what if we had another child?” My current car will fit five people, but anyone who has tried to put three car seats in the back of a car knows it’s a tight fit. What I absolutely love in the Kia Sorento is that it’s not only a mid-sized SUV, but it holds SEVEN passengers. Don’t let the size of the Sorento fool you, this SUV has A LOT of room! I mentioned that we took the Sorento to the ocean for Mother’s Day. I have never been in a car with that many people and felt so comfortable. Another thing we LOVED is that the back seats recline! Getting comfortable in the back seat on a long road trip is no easy feat, so I love this feature. My dad kept raving about how spacious and comfortable the Sorento was and actually mentioned this becoming their next vehicle.

There are plenty of ways to use the cargo area, which I found to be extremely helpful. With both back seats down, you can use the area like you would a normal SUV. But when the seats are up, you won’t have much room, which is expected as this is not a full-sized SUV. One great option is to keep one seat down and one up. That’s how we used it the majority of the time we had the Sorento. My oldest was so excited to be able to sit in the back that he sat back there pretty much the whole time. The backseats are wide and spacious. On the way to the ocean my husband sat in the very back with my son and was so comfortable he even took a nap. When we weren’t using the second third-row seat, we had it in the down position and stored our City Mini stroller in that spot.  As you can see, there really are a lot of options for the cargo area and you can customize the setting to your needs.

Another great feature to the Sorento’s cargo area is a storage compartment built in the floor, adding extra capacity for items like snow chains, jumper cables and valuable items.

The Kia Sorento has some pretty impressive features to make this a brag-worthy vehicle! My absolute favorite had to be the Push Button Start with Smart Key. Starting your car has never been so easy with this feature. Simply put your foot on the brake and hit the button. Who knew starting your car could be so fun?

We were really impressed with the Power Folding Outside Mirrors as well. This is a standard feature in many luxury vehicles, so I was happy to see it in the Kia Sorento. The power folding side-view mirrors offer an added level of convenience when parking in close quarters. Plus, it really helped me when I had that “did I lock the car?” moment.

Being in the driver’s seat has never been a more enjoyable experience. The Sorento EX comes standard with UVO. With this feature you are able to make calls and music selections all by voice command, allowing you to keep your eyes on the road at all times.

We found the EcoMinder indicator to be extremely helpful, too. This is a feature I had never seen in another vehicle. The EcoMinder indicator alerts you automatically with a special light within the instrument cluster when you’re achieving optimum fuel economy.

Speaking of fuel economy, as if this SUV wasn’t great enough, the Sorento EX gets 22 city and 32 hwy MPG! I put a lot of miles on this car and only had to fill up once. On the car I am currently driving, I would have had to fill up at least twice.

I recommend adding the EX Premium Plus package to the Sorento EX. By adding this package you are getting the third-row seating, navigation and so much more. I can’t begin to explain how helpful the navigation is. Not only did it get us where we needed to be, but it also showed us traffic and alerted us so we knew which areas to avoid, allowing us to reach our destination on time.


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Kia provided me a Sorento to drive, but all opinions above are my own!