Consumer Reviews Summary
52 of 59 (88%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Kia Sorento Overview
The 2013 Kia Sorento is a three-row crossover that offers plenty of utility and above average fuel economy for a vehicle of its size and carrying capacity.
The Sorento competes with other small crossovers that offer a third row like the Toyota RAV4 and Dodge Journey, but it’s a little bit larger than most compact crossovers by about six inches, which increases its passenger area. In some aspects the Sorento looks like a beefed up version of the smaller Sportage crossover. The front of the Sorento is the best angle to view it from, with Kia’s black mesh grille and swept back headlamps offering aggressive visual cues. 17-inch wheels are standard, while exterior options include 18-inch wheels, fog lights, a rear spoiler, roof rails, and LED taillights. A panoramic sunroof is our favorite option, it lets plenty of light into the cabin and makes it feel more spacious.
Under the hood, the Sorento offers a pair of engine options. The base engine is a 175-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder that comes standard on the LX and EX trims. A GDI fuel system (optional on the LX, standard of the EX) can be added to this engine which raises horsepower to 191 and also improves fuel economy. The second engine is a 276-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 that comes standard on SX models but optional on the LX and EX. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission option, and all-wheel drive with a lockable center differential is available.
Fuel economy is where the Sorento really makes its mark. Models with the base engine return 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, while adding the GDI fuel system bumps those numbers up to 22/32 mpg city/highway. The V-6 checks in at 20 mpg/city and 26 mpg/highway. Adding an all-wheel drive system expectedly drops ratings by several mpg.
Inside, the Sorento offers a versatile seating and cargo area. Both the second and third rows can fold completely into the floor, which leaves a nicely leveled storage space. The Sorento has 37 cubic feet of cargo volume with the third-row folded, while folding down all rows opens up 72.5 cubic feet of cargo volume. Much like the other cars in Kia’s lineup, for its price the Sorento comes very well equipped. Standard features include Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, USB/iPod/auxiliary audio inputs, air conditioning, remote keyless entry, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and black wood trim which gives the interior a touch of class. There are also plenty of optional features available on the Sorento, such as heated front seats, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a navigation system with a rearview camera, and Kia’s UVO infotainment system, which connects your smartphone to the Sorento and allows you to make calls and play music using voice commands.
The 2013 Sorento is an IIHS Top Safety Pick and comes with antilock brakes, traction and electronic stability control, hill descent control, six airbags, and active front head restraints all standard.
If you’re looking for a crossover that is cost and fuel efficient, and offers a wide range of features and seating options, look no further than the 2013 Kia Sorento.