2013 Kia Sorento

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What's New for 2013:
  • Base trim is dropped, leaving Sorento LX to anchor the lineup
  • Manual transmission is gone; all 2013 Sorentos now have an automatic
  • LX available with UVO infotainment system
  • EX comes standard with leather
  • SX has reduced base price

Exterior Features
The 2013 Kia Sorento is a 5- or 7-passenger crossover SUV available in LX, EX and SX trim levels. Power heated side mirrors with LED turn signal indicators and 17-inch aluminum wheels are standard on the Sorento LX, while the Sorento EX is equipped with 18-inch alloys, fog lights, and a reverse sensing system. Chrome wheels, chrome roof rails, body-color trim, and LED taillights distinguish the Sorento SX.

Interior Features
Standard equipment on the 2013 Sorento LX includes Bluetooth connectivity, USB port, auxiliary audio input jack, stain- and static-resistant fabric, air conditioning, and power windows and door locks. The LX V-6 trim adds a standard third-row seat. Leather, dual-zone automatic climate control, UVO infotainment with Bluetooth music streaming, and keyless entry with push-button ignition is included on the EX trim, while the Sorento SX adds a premium surround-sound audio system, Supervision gauges, rear air conditioning, Homelink remote, and a ventilated driver's seat.

The Sorento's cargo capacity measures 9.1 cubic feet behind the third-row seat, 37 cubic feet behind the second-row seat, and 72.5 cubic feet with all seats folded down.

Optional Features
Highlights from the Sorento's options menu include a UVO infotainment system (LX), power driver's seat (LX), premium surround-sound system (EX), navigation (EX/SX), panoramic sunroof (EX/SX), rear entertainment system (EX/SX), and a heated wood-and-leather steering wheel (SX).

Under the Hood
A 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine making 175 horsepower is standard on the Sorento LX. The EX has a direct-injected version of that same engine, bumping power output to 191 horsepower. The Sorento SX is equipped with a 276-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6.

All 2013 Sorentos have a 6-speed Sportmatic automatic transmission driving the front wheels (FWD). All-wheel drive (AWD) is optional.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Kia Sorento are:
  • Sorento LX FWD: 21/29/24 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Sorento LX AWD: 21/27/23 mpg
  • Sorento EX FWD: 22/32/25 mpg
  • Sorento EX AWD: 21/28/23 mpg
  • Sorento SX FWD: 18/23/20 mpg
  • Sorento SX AWD: 18/24/20 mpg

Every 2013 Sorento is equipped with 6 air bags, traction and stability control, 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist, hill-descent control, and Downhill Brake Control. A reversing camera and a reverse sensing system are optional on the LX and standard on the EX and SX.

The Sorento earns a 4-star (out of 5) overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) hasn't officially rated the 2013 Sorento, but last year, the structurally identical SUV was a \"Top Safety Pick\" by the Institute.


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