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2013 Kia Sorento

$7,870 — $17,706 USED
Sport Utility
5-7 Seats
20-24 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Starting price
  • Well-equipped base model
  • Fold-flat second and third rows
  • Upscale options
  • Tight turning circle

The Bad

  • Cramped second and third rows
  • Side curtain airbags don't cover available third row
2013 Kia Sorento exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2013 Kia Sorento
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Car-based construction
  • FWD or AWD
  • Available panoramic moonroof

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The Kia Sorento is a car-based crossover with seating for up to seven in three rows. In Kia's lineup, the Sorento sits above the compact Sportage crossover. It competes roughly with smaller crossovers that also offer a third row, like the Dodge Journey, Toyota RAV4 and Mitsubishi Outlander.

Trim levels include the LX, EX and SX. Four-cylinder or V-6 power is available. All-wheel drive is optional.

New for 2013
The 2013 model year brings minor changes to the Sorento, including leather seats for the EX trim and a third-row seat for the V-6-powered LX model.  A new LX Convenience Plus Package features an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, as well as a first-aid kit.
Exterior
The Sorento's creased lines and Acura-like headlights have a clear resemblance up front to the Forte and Optima sedans. Exterior features include:

  • 17-inch wheels standard; 18-inch wheels optional
  • Available fog lights and rear spoiler
  • Available roof rails
  • Available panoramic sunroof
  • Available LED taillights and power-folding side mirrors

Interior
The Sorento's dashboard houses each gauge within a separate portal and places major stereo and climate controls on an elevated central dashboard section. The second row folds flat into the floor; so does the optional third row. Interior features include:

  • Air conditioning; available dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
  • CD stereo with USB...
Vehicle Overview

The Kia Sorento is a car-based crossover with seating for up to seven in three rows. In Kia's lineup, the Sorento sits above the compact Sportage crossover. It competes roughly with smaller crossovers that also offer a third row, like the Dodge Journey, Toyota RAV4 and Mitsubishi Outlander.

Trim levels include the LX, EX and SX. Four-cylinder or V-6 power is available. All-wheel drive is optional.

New for 2013
The 2013 model year brings minor changes to the Sorento, including leather seats for the EX trim and a third-row seat for the V-6-powered LX model.  A new LX Convenience Plus Package features an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, as well as a first-aid kit.
Exterior
The Sorento's creased lines and Acura-like headlights have a clear resemblance up front to the Forte and Optima sedans. Exterior features include:

  • 17-inch wheels standard; 18-inch wheels optional
  • Available fog lights and rear spoiler
  • Available roof rails
  • Available panoramic sunroof
  • Available LED taillights and power-folding side mirrors

Interior
The Sorento's dashboard houses each gauge within a separate portal and places major stereo and climate controls on an elevated central dashboard section. The second row folds flat into the floor; so does the optional third row. Interior features include:

  • Air conditioning; available dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
  • CD stereo with USB/iPod compatibility and satellite radio 
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Available Uvo multimedia system
  • Available Infinity premium stereo
  • Available navigation system

Under the Hood
Mechanical features include:

  • Standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine makes 175 horsepower and 169 pounds-feet of torque
  • Optional 191-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
  • Optional 3.5-liter V-6 makes 276 hp and 248 pounds-feet of torque
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • The Sorento's optional all-wheel-drive system offers a lockable center differential to route constant power to both axles, should you need to get out of some heavy snow or mud.

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability system 
  • Hill descent control
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags and active head restraints
  • Side curtain airbags for first and second rows of seats
  • Available backup camera

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
128 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

Read reviews that mention:

(2.0)

Accelerating constant take of power issues

by Claude from Guelph on November 10, 2018

Would not accelerate on take off, 30 percent of the time, went to the dealer many times, booked it in, & it never got corrected. The mechanic could never find the issues, and to my surprise, he told ... Read full review

(4.0)

Best Ride and Amenities For the Money

by Jeep girl 74 from Lexington, KY on November 7, 2018

This car is the best interior design hands down. Great safety features, awesome stereo, perfect range cup holders and power buttons. The steering wheel controls make life easy without having to touch ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2013 Kia Sorento currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Kia Sorento LX

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Kia

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Sorento received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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