The 2013 Kia Sorento: Power, Design, Performance

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The 2013 Kia Sorento is a crossover SUV that has been redesigned to give you more power and performance. This vehicle was built for the driver who wants to get everywhere in comfort, style, and with great efficiency. The 2013 Kia Sorento is a perfect fit for those of you who are looking for more power and performance from your next car purchase!

2013 Kia Sorento Performance: Engine

Four-Cylinder Engine

The 2013 Kia Sorento LX comes standard with a 4-cylinder engine with 2.4-liters and can generate up to a value of 175 horsepower and a 169 pound-feet of torque. Sorento also comes standard with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive engine options are available.

Kia Sorento Fuel Economy

EPA estimates fuel economy at 21 mpg city/29 mpg highway, 24 mpg combined with front-wheel drive, and 20/26/22 with all-wheel drive.

The LX and EX models come with a direct-injected version of the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces up to 191 horsepower and a 181 pound-feet of torque. EPA estimates fuel economy at 21/30/24 with front-drive and 21/27/23 with all-wheel drive.

Standard on the SX and optional on the others is a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 276 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. During Edmunds’ performance testing, an EX V6 reached 60 mph in 7.6 seconds, which is better than average. Fuel economy rates are 20/26/22 and 18/24/20 for front- and all-wheel-drive models, respectively. This makes the 2013 Sorento fuel efficient enough for Mid Size SUVs.


The base engine of 2.4-liters in the 2013 Kia Sorento can perform well when going for a small town cruise while carrying light loads but may struggle a little when having extra passengers and large cargo. The extra power that is generated by its direct-injected 4-cylinder engine can help with this matter, and it’s expected that the majority of buyers will be satisfied with this midlevel choice. Kia Sorento customers who regularly board the ferry and cargo will be better with the smooth and powerful 3.5-liter V6.


Even at highway speeds, the Kia Sorento’s cabin remains impressively quiet. In addition to the Kia Sorento’s direct steering response and handling ability, it is a fun and enjoyable crossover to drive. The ride quality is a little firmer than some other models in its class, but it should still suit most people just fine.

2013 Kia Sorento Interior

With Kia Sorento’s interior at first glance, you’ll notice that the car is well equipped. It might even look like a premium brand. Details abound on the dashboard and door panels, and the soft-touch surfaces are comfortable to handle. A variety of leather and cloth combinations further distinguish the Kia Sorento from plebeian cars of the past.


In the second row, leg room is good for three passengers, but it is tight in the third row, which has two seats. The last row is best for children since it folds flat when not in use.


Dashboard plastics are hard to touch but look good and are certainly of a high standard. Kia’s Uvo system is also very effective. Based on Ford’s Sync technology, it lets drivers control various functions with voice commands, including their MP3 players and smart phones.

Kia’s Sorento’s cabin doesn’t have the same visual flair as its recently redesigned siblings, but it’s adequate and comes with the brand’s usual array of audio and climate controls that are intuitive and feel substantial.


Comfortable front seats provide the kind of commanding view that crossover buyers want on long drives. Second-row seats accommodate two people comfortably and three in a pinch.

The standard Kia Sorento lacks the ability to slide forward or backward without the optional third-row seat, making it less versatile than the Equinox or RAV4. Despite its size, the third-row seat features 50/50 split-folding seatbacks and enough room for adults.

Cargo Space and Towing Capacity

When you try folding the rear seats, the Kia Sorento can carry up to 72.5 cubic feet of cargo, about the same as a Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V.

2013 Kia Sorento Exterior

According to Kia standards, the Kia Sorento is an old car. Since introducing the Kia Sorento in 2011, Kia has come out with new models in nearly every class of car it has offered. The all new Sorento truly outdid the previous generation Sorento lineup.

One of the reasons the big ute brought in new buyers is that it looks great, without being bulky or stuffy like its predecessor. With an integrated grille and wide headlamps, the front end of this vehicle is more balanced in regards to its overall look, with the new Kia trademark front end.

With a sleek urban-shuttle theme running down its sides, the Kia Sorento ties all angles together well with a glassy greenhouse and a full-stop rear end that brings everything together in a neat package.

Aside from the exterior styling, the 2017 Sportage is also beautifully designed, once again demonstrating that fine design is not reserved for luxury brands. The modern vehicle Subaru Forester, Toyota Highlander, and the Kia Sportage rival in terms of visual balance and aesthetics among crossovers of comparable size.

2013 Kia Sorento Features

The 2013 Kia Sorento comes with the enhanced standard equipment you could find in a vehicle. While the LX trim now offers the voice-activated Uvo electronics interface, the EX trim gets leather upholstery.

Later in the year, the LX will also be offered with optional equipment like a power driver’s seat and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

For 2013, both the five- and the seven-seat Kia Sorento crossovers come with an ample list of standard equipment.


There are three trim levels for the Kia Sorento: the base LX, the EX, and the SX. In LX trim, the Kia Sorento includes power windows, locks, and mirrors; air conditioning; cruise control; a satellite radio, CD player, and USB port; Bluetooth; and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel.

The Kia Sorento EX brings pushbutton start, automatic headlamps; fog lights; and a power driver seat. With V-6 models, the third-row seat is air-conditioned as well.


Infinity audio provides better sound quality, but the Kia Sorento’s sound system is not without a few foibles that will take a few clicks to get used to. Moreover, leather seats and a panoramic sunroof are included.

Navigation Systems

In base form, the Kia Sorento is a good value, but options can push its price higher. The rearview camera would be nice, but on LX and EX models, it’s bundled with a navigation system, which is a significant improvement at the low base price of the Kia Sorento.

UVO System

The Kia Sorento also gets a choice of new wheels; a power passenger seat, a ventilated driver seat; power-folding side mirrors; and UVO.


Through Bluetooth connections, some vehicle functions can be controlled by voice, and the phone and audio controls can be operated hands-free. It’s a smart first step toward less distracted driving.

2013 Kia Sorento Safety

With at least above-average crash test scores from both major agencies, what the 2013 Kia Sorento offers is well suited for families in terms of safety. It doesn’t have some of the latest optional safety technology you’ll find on other SUVs and crossovers, but its basics and a few options earn it a high score.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Crash Tests

As a Top Safety Pick, the Kia Sorento earns a “good” rating on all IIHS crash tests, including a new score for roof-crush protection.


According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Kia Sorento receives four out of five stars for frontal impact and rollover protection; but gets five stars for side impact protection.

Other Safety Features

There are dual front, side, and curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, and active headrests in every 2013 Kia Sorento.

Although the rear roof pillars on the Kia Sorento offers are substantial, visibility is not compromised. On high-end models, a rearview camera is included with an expensive navigation system. However, Bluetooth is standard on all models.

Standard Safety Features for Most SUVs:

  • Rearview 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


The 2013 Kia Sorento is a great car for anyone looking for ample space packed in a mid-sized car. It has an average cargo capacity and good front row and third row seats. Interior space offers ample leg room, and overall, the Sorento sits as a good car with great safety scores, high consumer reviews, and does a great performance on the road.

Gas mileage is decent, and several other features make it a great new car for you and your family.

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