2012 Hyundai
Sonata Limited 2.0T
vs. 2012 Kia
Sorento

2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T

10.0

starting from

$28,855
"The Sonata's fuel economy is slightly above average for a family sedan."
edmunds.com | talking about the Sonata's performance
"Upscale interior."
edmunds.com | talking about the Sonata's interior quality

Reasons to buy the Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T

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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Keyless entry
Standard
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Fast 0-60 time
6.6 seconds
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Sporty performance
12.6 lb/hp
2012 Kia Sorento

7.8

Runner-up

Kia Sorento

starting from

$22,050
"Drives well."
edmunds.com | talking about the Sorento's transmission
"Elegantly simple dashboard layout."
edmunds.com | talking about the Sorento's controls

Reasons to buy the Kia Sorento

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Average cargo space
72.5 ft3
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More airbags
6
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Average-sized back seats
50.1 ft3
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Very inexpensive
$22,050
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T Winner: Sonata Limited 2.0T
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  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Sonata Limited 2.0T; not available on the Sorento
  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Sonata Limited 2.0T's standard sun roof
  • Leather comes standard on the Sonata Limited 2.0T; the Sorento only offers cloth seats
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Fantastically long-lasting basic warranty
  • Fantastic basic warranty
Safety Features - vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Performance - vs -
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  • Both vehicles can make tight turns
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Neither offers roof rails
Entertainment System - vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Road Tests - vs -
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 7.8

Luxury Features

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Sonata Limited 2.0T
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T
2012 Kia Sorento Kia
Sorento
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Sonata Limited 2.0T's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Sonata Limited 2.0T's power seats; not available on the Sorento
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keyless entry Standard vs Not Available The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Sonata Limited 2.0T; not available on the Sorento
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Sonata Limited 2.0T; the Sorento only offers cloth seats

Cost

Hyundai
Sonata Limited 2.0T
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T
2012 Kia Sorento Kia
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MSRP $28,855 vs $22,050 The Sorento has a great price and the Sonata Limited 2.0T is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 20 mpg The Sonata Limited 2.0T has great city mileage and the Sorento is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 60,000 mile vs 60,000 mile Fantastic basic warranty
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basic warranty years 5 year vs 5 year Fantastically long-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

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Sonata Limited 2.0T
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T
2012 Kia Sorento Kia
Sorento
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 6 The Sorento has a good number of airbags, but the Sonata Limited 2.0T is just OK (missing Rear Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Performance

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Sonata Limited 2.0T
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T
2012 Kia Sorento Kia
Sorento
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Horsepower 274 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 175 HP @ 6,000 RPM The Sonata Limited 2.0T is of average power, but the Sorento is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission The Sonata Limited 2.0T's semi-automatic transmission is rare for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Unknown
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs None The Sonata Limited 2.0T's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 12.6 lb/hp vs 20.4 lb/hp The Sonata Limited 2.0T is a sporty car, but the Sorento is sluggish
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.8 ft vs 35.7 ft Both vehicles can make tight turns

Practicality

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Sonata Limited 2.0T
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2012 Kia Sorento Kia
Sorento
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 629 miles vs 486 miles The Sonata Limited 2.0T gets fantastic distance on a single tank, and the Sorento gets OK distance
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Cargo space 16.4 ft3 vs 72.5 ft3 The Sorento has OK cargo room, while the Sonata Limited 2.0T has very little
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front seats 58.2 ft3 vs 55.6 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Sonata Limited 2.0T offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Sorento
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Cupholders Unknown vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Sonata Limited 2.0T
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Number of speakers Unknown vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Unknown vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Road Tests

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Sonata Limited 2.0T
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T
2012 Kia Sorento Kia
Sorento
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0-60 mph 6.6 seconds vs 10.3 seconds The Sonata Limited 2.0T can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the Sorento is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 140 ft The Sonata Limited 2.0T's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Sorento is quite bad
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1/4 mile 15.5 s @ 100 mph vs 17.7 s @ 79 mph The Sonata Limited 2.0T's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Sorento 's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed 130 mph vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

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Sonata Limited 2.0T
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T
2012 Kia Sorento Kia
Sorento
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo Sonata Limited 2.0T vs 911 Turbo
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T 2011 Kia Optima SX Sonata Limited 2.0T vs Optima SX
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T 2011 Dodge Charger Sonata Limited 2.0T vs Charger
2012 Kia Sorento 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Sorento vs Santa Fe
2012 Kia Sorento SX 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ Sorento SX vs Traverse LTZ
2012 Kia Sorento SX 2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring Sorento SX vs CX-9 Grand Touring
2012 Kia Sorento SX 2011 Acura MDX Sorento SX vs MDX
2012 Kia Sorento 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger Crew Sorento vs Grand Caravan Passenger Crew

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