Direct-injection engines are proliferating across the new-car market because they typically offer more power and reduced fuel-consumption than their predecessors.
The latest application is the 2012 Kia Sorento, which gains a 2.4-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine for the new model year.
The Sorento is the brand’s best-selling vehicle, so the new engine should be a welcome change. The current 2.4-liter engine returns a respectable 21/29 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive. We’d expect the direct-injection version to get better mileage.
Other available options include Kia’s YES Essential seat treatment, which makes the seats resistant to stains and static electricity and includes an anti-bacterial chemical.
Sorento also gets an available Uvo in-car communications system, new five-spoke wheels and available power folding mirrors.
The 2012 model is already on sale at dealers, Kia says.