Is The 2013 Kia Sorento a Good SUV?

Model Overview: 2013 Kia Sorento

Kia SUVs range from the compact Kia Sportage to the authoritative Tellluride, but the Kia Sorento has always been appreciated as a go-to mid-size choice, with up to seven seats and considerable cargo space..

Despite this, there’s actually plenty of room for adults in the third-row seats of the Kia Sorento. The Kia Sorento can comfortably seat seven passengers within its three rows. In spite of its large cargo space and high passenger capacity, it still has good maneuverability and a high fuel economy.

Several additional features are then available. There are Bluetooth and satellite radio features even on the base trim, and a panoramic sunroof is available on the top trims.

With a vehicle this feature-rich, Kia has consistently undercut its rivals’ prices. A premium vehicle in terms of equipment, power, and size, the Kia Sorento meets this requirement.

It has a good engine lineup and an attractive design that make it a good family SUV.

Kia Sorento 2013 – Engine and Performance Specs

The 2013 Year Model Kia Sorentos are powered by a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 175 lb-ft of torque and 175 horsepower. All Kia Sorentos come standard with front-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is an option for other trim levels.

This car reaches 60 mph in 9.9 seconds with the front-wheel drive 2013 Kia Sorento LX base engine speed. Comparing this to other cars in this class, this is about average.

The 2.4-liter engine comes with a direct-injected version if ordered on an LX but is standard on an EX. Engines in each of these vehicles produce 191 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. Sorento’s acceleration is improved with this engine.

On the Kia Sorento SX models and other trim levels, a 3.5-liter V6 is standard and can be ordered as an option. This engine produces up to 248 pounds-feet of torque 276 horsepower. Against this class of cars, a V6 EX can reach zero to sixty mph in 7.6 seconds. Front-wheel-drive models achieved an EPA estimated fuel economy of 20/26/22, while all-wheel-drive models managed 18/24/20.

What’s the Driving Experience Like on the Sorento?

The 2013 Kia Sorento’s 2.4-liter engine is certainly powerful enough for light loads and city driving, but when loaded with multiple passengers and cargo, it may struggle to keep up.

This model comes with a 4-cylinder direct-injection engine that offers more power, making it an attractive mid-level vehicle.

Despite the accelerating highway speeds, the Kia Sorento’s cabin remains impressively soundproof.

Another impressive feature of the Kia Sorento is its nice handling and response to steering inputs. Small families will find this crossover to be a lot of fun to drive. Most people should find the ride quite comfortable since the ride quality is decent.

2013 Kia Sorento – Safety Features

Safety features standard on the 2013 Kia Sorento include:

Front Active Head Restraints

Stability Control

Anti-lock Disc Brakes

Front-seat Side Airbags

Side Curtain Airbags (First and Second Rows

It takes the Sorento 131 feet to stop from 100 km/h, which is somewhat more time than average.

In the Industry Institute for Highway Safety’s tests of frontal offset, side strength, and roof strength, the 2013 Kia Sorento was given top marks.

What Is the Safety Rating of the Sorento?

The 2013 Kia Sorento scores exceptionally well in terms of safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named Kia a Top Safety Pick in all four crash tests.

From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2013 Sorento earned four out of five stars for overall safety and frontal and rollover crash tests. Aside from having excellent ratings on other tests, this model also earned five stars for its side crash performance.

 Quality Ratings from IIHS & NHTSA 

Strength Rating & Roofing Quality – Good

Side Crash Rating – Good

Rear Crash Rating – Good

IIHS Best Pick – 1

NHTSA Overall Rating – 4

What’s the Interior Space Like on the 2013 Sorento?

Standard on the EX trim level of the 2013 Kia Sorento is leather seating. Third row seating is standard in the LX V6, while the EX V6 and SX models can be ordered as an option.

The LX Convenience Plus Package includes a driver’s seat that can be electrically adjusted, leather upholstery on the steering wheel and shift knob, as well as interior floor mats.

During road trips, the front seats offer a commanding view and are extremely comfortable.

Normally, two people can sit on the second row comfortably. However, three people can be accommodated. It is not possible to move the standard Kia Sorento seat forward or backward without the optional third row seat.

The third-row seatbacks split 50/50, giving it the unique ability to accommodate adults with adequate room.

The rear seats can be folded flat to create a cargo area capacity of about 72.5 cubic feet, comparable to a Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V.

2013 Kia Sorento – All Features


Four-Cylinder MPI, 2.4 Liter

Four-Wheel Drive Layout

Six-Speed Automatic Transmission with Sportmatic & Overdrive Function

Power Front Disc

Power Rear Disc

Tech & Entertainment Features

Keyless Start

Remote Keyless Entry

Electronic Stability Control

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Equipped with Tilt & Telescoping

Brake Assist

UVO System

Air Conditioning

Ventilated Leather Seats (Driver’s Seat)

Automotive Lighting

Cargo Compartment Lighting

Reading Lights


Split Folding Back Seat


Dual Heated Power Mirrors w/ Turn Signal Lights

Safety Features

Downhill Assist Controls

Hill Start Assist Controls

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Anti-Lock Braking System (Front and Rear)

Dual Front Airbag

Front Side-Impact Airbag

Front & Rear Head Curtain Airbag

Standard Features on Most SUVs Today:

  • Rearview Camera
  • Navigation System
  • Back Up Camera
  • Forward Collision Avoidance System
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking
  • Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Change Assist
  • Lane Departure Warning System
  • Driver Attention Monitor
  • High-beam Assist
  • Vehicle Blind Spot Detection
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Rear Parking Assist
  • Front and Rear Parking Sensors
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Fog Lights
  • Heated Seats
  • Voice Command


The 2013 Kia Sorento is an excellent choice, even several years after release.

The 2013 Kia Sorento is a nice car to have for families. It has great gas mileage, a comfortable front, and a passenger seat, and it also has a reliable gas tank. You’ll be sure to have a comfortable ride, and with fewer engine problems too!

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