2013 Kia Sorento Overview
What’s New for the 2013 Kia Sorento
The 2013 Kia Sorento sports a new Kia badge up front and offers enhanced standard equipment.
2013 Kia Sorento Exterior
The 2013 Kia Sorento retains some of the boxy, angular style of last generation’s classic SUVs, but with enough visual upgrades to achieve a look that should remain fresh several years from now. At the front, Kia’s signature honeycomb grille surrounds the new badge between a set of menacing headlights. Wheels are 17-inches standard and 18-inches on the EX and SX trims. Silver roof rails and rear spoilers can also be added depending on trim selection.
2013 Kia Sorento Performance
The 2013 Kia Sorento offers a choice of three engines, all of which come with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive by default, with optional all-wheel drive. Standard is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder producing 175 horsepower and 169 pound-feet of torque, which can do 0 to 60 mph in 9.9 seconds and tow up to 1,650 pounds. The mid-range option is a direct-injected 2.4-liter four-cylinder rated at 191 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. At the top of the line is the 3.5-liter V6 cranking out 276 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque—powerful enough to reduce that 0 to 60 acceleration time by about 2.3 seconds. Towing capability for the V6 is rated at 3,500 pounds.
2013 Kia Sorento Efficiency
The base engine in the 2013 Kia Sorento gets 21 city/29 highway mpg with front-wheel drive and 21/27 with all-wheel drive. The mid-range engine gets 21/30 with FWD and 20/26 with AWD. The V6 gets 20/26 mpg with FWD and 18/24 with AWD.
2013 Kia Sorento Interior
The 2013 Kia Sorento stands out with a well-equipped interior that one might expect from premium brands. Soft-touch surfaces are easy on the eyes and hands, as are the numerous details on the dash and door panels. There’s enough comfort and space to be had in all of the three rows to last through long trips without squirming for a stretch. The Sorento also offers an easy-to-use UVO system that allows drivers to control various functions of the car with voice commands, including cell phones and MP3 players.
2013 Kia Sorento Safety
The 2013 Kia Sorento comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability control, front active head restraints, front-seat side airbags, and side curtain airbags for the first and second row. It received 4 out of 5 stars for Overall Safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the highest possible score of “Good” in moderate overlap, side, roof strength, and head restraint crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.