Car Review: Kia Sorrento offers minimal trim changes in 2013

Buyers looking for a set of new wheels in the small or midsize crossover market should definitely consider the 2013 Kia Sorrento. Photo: Russell Dandridge

DALLAS, June 10, 2013 — Buyers in the market for either a small or midsize crossover vehicle will be hard pressed to find a better option than the 2013 Kia Sorento. The Sorento offers plenty of standard features along with a sporty feel and even a third row seat for family travel.

The Kia Sorento interior is easy to navigate.

The Kia Sorento interior is easy to navigate.


New in 2013, the standard equipment options have been increased and several of the trims have been enhanced.

For example, the EX trim offers leather upholstery this year and on the LX trim you can opt for the Uvo voice-activated electronics interface.

In the compact SUV market the Sorento competition sits with Kia’s Sportage or in the midsize SUV range there is the Toyota Highlander, Honda CR-V, Chevy Equinox, Dodge Journey, and the Toyota RAV4.

Trims include the LX, EX and SX with five-passenger seating except on the LX V6 and SXin which that trim offers an optional 50/50 split-folding third-row seat that that will hold up to seven passengers.

On the bottom of the line base LX you get 17-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, keyless entry, cruise control, tilt-and-telescoping steering and a 60/40 split-folding second-row seat. There is also all the techno goodies like Bluetooth, satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack and iPod/USB audio interface.

If you opt for the LX Convenience package you get additional fog lamps, rear parking sensors, heated front seats and an auto-dimming mirror. On the four-cylinder models this package will also give you a much more efficient engine along with roof rails.

On the EX trim there is an upgraded four-cylinder engine with 18-inch wheels, automatic headlights, keyless ignition/entry, an eight-way power driver seat, leather upholstery and the LX Convenience package comes standard. The V6 EX models can also have an EX Premium package added on with a third-row seat, auto-dimming mirror, sunroof, rear air-conditioning, a rearview camera and a 10-speaker Infinity surround-sound audio system.

On the four-cylinder EX that comes equipped with the EX Premium Plus package allowing for all of the EX items as well as power-folding mirrors, driver memory functions and a touchscreen navigation system. On the V6 EX Limited package you get all the Premium Plus package items standard and a ventilated driver seat.

The top-of-the-line Sorento SX comes offering a V6 engine only and along with all the standard EX goodies there are also 18-inch wheels, LED tail lamps, rear air-conditioning, a third-row seat, rearview camera, and a two-tone interior color scheme. For the SX Premium package you will get an additional heated steering wheel and EX extra options.

Under the hood, the 2013 Kia Sorento performs well looking at a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine on the LX with 175 horsepower and 169 pound-feet of torque with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is an option.

The LX can also come equipped with the EX standard direct-injected 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 191 horsepower and 181 pound feet of torque.

On the SX and an option on the other two trims is a faster 3.5-liter V6 engine with 276 horsepower and 248 pound feet of torque.

For safety, the Kia brand does it well on the Sorento with antilock disc brakes, stability control, front active head restraints, front-seat side and side curtain airbags for the first and second rows.

Inside, you will find the interior design, while not fancy, still attractive and functional. With an intuitive collection of knobs and dials and Kia’s Uvo system well worth the mention with the same technology that Ford uses for its Sync system thus giving driver’s more voice control for commands that range from MP3 players to cell phones.

There is also plenty of room making the 2013 Kia Sorrento the perfect vehicle for long  trips. The second row of seats is comfortable and can easily hold up to three and the third row has the 50/50-split-folding seatbacks with plenty of room back there too.

For hauling, when the rear seats are folded down the Sorento will accommodate 72.5 cubic feet making it on par with the competition.

As for driving, the 2013 Kia Sorento, no matter the engine, still has plenty of sass, but the mid-level engine option is just right for any driver. Even better, when driving noise is minimal in the Sorento even on the highway and handling and steering impressive as well.


Should You Need to Know: Take note, the Kia Sorento crossover SUV is this brand’s best-seller.


Miles Per Gallon: In the 2013 Kia Sorento I drove it gas mileage came in at 18 miles per gallon in the city and 24 miles per gallon on the highway.


Cost: The price tag on the 2013 Hyundai Kia EX AWD I drove came in at $36,950. 


Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1300 articles to her credit in the past 15-plus years. She is a frequent auto and travel contributor on a national radio show called “The Duva Show” where her “The Insider Mag’s” I’m Standing Here segment can be heard weekly between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. Monday evenings.

Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and the North Texas Film Critics and writes for the Dallas Morning News, Focus Daily New, Living Magazine and Valley Scene Magazines as well as www.greensourceDFW. She also spends much of her time on the road traveling or working on books.

She recently received the 2012 Green Media Award from the North Texas Corporate Recycling Association.

Her latest book release is “Haunted Bartlesville, Oklahoma” from and she will be publishing her ninth book this spring about Prohibition-Era cocktails in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Follow Cook at Twitter at @ritacook13.






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Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 10-plus years. She is the co-host of a radio show in Los Angeles; Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am and is on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.  Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and also writes an eco-friendly column for the Dallas Morning News.


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