2013 Kia Sorento

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Kia Sorento. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2013 Kia Sorento

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Car-based construction
  • FWD or AWD
  • Available panoramic moonroof

2013 Kia Sorento Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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

 


Latest 2013 Sorento Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Latest Reviews

(1.0)

Great car, was not told of the recall.

by Unhappy mama from Ozark, Mo on July 11, 2018

I bought a 2013 Kia Sorento with only 80,000 miles on it. Nobody said anything about an engine recall and the Carfax was clean. 8 days later my engine blew up on the side of the highway an hour out of ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great overall vehicle.

by Carsfan on July 2, 2018

This car has met all our needs. Very spacious, great to travel in. Great on gas as well. The third row seating has come in handy quite often. It?s easy to set up and put back down. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Kia Sorento currently has 2 recalls

IIHS 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.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Kia

Program Benefits

164-point inspection, Carfax vehicle history report, 10-year/unlimited mileage 24-hour roadside assistance including trip-interruption services and lockout assistance

  • Limited Warranty

    10 years / 100,000 miles

    10-year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty; towing/rental/travel breakdown benefits; eligible for additional comprehensive mechanical failure. Comprehensive: 12 months/12,000 miles from date of purchase.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 164 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker