2012 Hyundai
Sonata Limited
vs. 2012 Kia
Sorento LX

2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited

10.0

starting from

$27,105
"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

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Keyless entry
Standard
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Fantastic range on the highway
648 miles
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Good highway fuel efficiency
35 mpg
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Average 0-60 time
7.7 seconds
2012 Kia Sorento LX

7.8

Runner-up

Kia Sorento LX

starting from

$26,150
"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 LX

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More passenger seats
7
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OK drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Average cargo space
72.5 ft3
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More airbags
6
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited Winner: Sonata Limited
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
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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 offer a semi-automatic transmission, quite rare for this class
  • Both vehicles can make tight turns
  • Underpowered
Practicality - vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Entertainment System - vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 7.8

Luxury Features

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

Cost

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Sonata Limited
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2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
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MSRP $27,105 vs $26,150 The Sorento LX has a great price and the Sonata Limited is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 24 mpg vs 21 mpg The Sonata Limited has great city mileage and the Sorento LX 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
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2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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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 LX has a good number of airbags, but the Sonata Limited 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
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Horsepower 198 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 191 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, quite rare for this class
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 16.7 lb/hp vs 20.6 lb/hp The Sonata Limited has OK performance while the Sorento LX gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The Sorento LX has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor 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
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2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
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Passengers 5 vs 7 The Sorento LX has lots of passenger seats and the Sonata Limited is OK, too
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Highway driving range 648 miles vs 486 miles The Sonata Limited gets fantastic distance on a single tank, and the Sorento LX gets OK distance
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Cargo space 16.4 ft3 vs 72.5 ft3 The Sorento LX has OK cargo room, while the Sonata Limited 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 Optional Need to carry bulky cargo? Get the roof rails upgrade on the Sorento LX
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Sonata Limited offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Sorento LX
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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
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2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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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

Crash Test Ratings

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Sonata Limited
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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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

Road Tests

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Sonata Limited
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2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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0-60 mph 7.7 seconds vs 10.3 seconds The Sonata Limited's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Sorento LX is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 127 ft vs 140 ft The Sonata Limited's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Sorento LX is quite bad
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1/4 mile 15.8 s @ 90 mph vs 17.7 s @ 79 mph The Sonata Limited's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Sorento LX's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.77 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 130 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Sonata Limited vs Elantra GLS
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2012 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 Sonata Limited vs Genesis 4.6
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2011 Toyota Prius Four Sonata Limited vs Prius Four
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Sonata Limited vs Avalon Limited
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2012 Hyundai Accent GLS Sonata Limited vs Accent GLS
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Kia Sportage EX Sorento LX vs Sportage EX
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Sorento LX vs Santa Fe
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Sorento LX vs Outback 2.5i Limited
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2012 Kia Sedona LX Sorento LX vs Sedona LX
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Sorento LX vs Traverse LS

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