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2013 Kia Sorento EX SUV

2013 Kia Sorento Review

(0 Stars)  Standing pat, for now.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

New For 2013
There’s a new “Kia” badge on the hood, liftgate, and steering wheel of all Sorentos. Leather comes standard on EX models, and Uvo (Kia’s infotainment system) is now available on LX models. V-6-powered LX models come with three rows of seats, which are optional in V-6-powered EX models as well as in SX models. A new LX Convenience Plus Package includes an eight-way power driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, floor mats, and a first-aid kit.
Overview
For all intents and purposes, the Sorento is unchanged this year. After skipping the 2010 model year, the Sorento reappeared as an all-new model two years ago, and it will likely receive a face-lift next year. Whereas the previous Sorento was an old-style body-on-frame SUV, the current one is a modern unibody crossover. The Sorento has two, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines to choose from: a 191-hp gasoline with direct injection or the standard 175-hp four-cylinder sans direct injection. The more powerful four is the obvious choice, because it also gets better mileage—an impressive 32 mpg on the highway (with front-wheel drive)—which puts it up with the class leaders. Want more cylinders? A 3.5-liter V-6 is still available, and it delivers more punch (thanks to its 276 hp) and greater refinement, but it’s significantly more expensive, and its fuel economy is somewhat disappointing, particularly when paired with all-wheel drive. Standard equipment includes Bluetooth and a USB port. Keyless ignition, a backup camera, a panoramic sunroof, and a third row of seats are optional. The latter is cramped but might be useful for small children. The Sorento plays in the heart of the mid-size-crossover/SUV market. Although it’s a competent contender, it’s not a standout in any particular area.

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2013 Sorento EX Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.5L V 6 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 20 MPG city, 26 MPG highway, 22 MPG combined and 396 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
18.0gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 276 hp @ 6,300 rpm; 248 ft lb of torque @ 5,000 rpm

'13 Kia EX SUV Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
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Rear Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Rear Spoiler
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Roof Rail
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Front Fog Lights
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Hill Decent Control
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear View Camera
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
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Third row seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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