2013 Kia Sorento
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Excellent Replacement for a Saab Wagon

by from Seattle, WA on August 26, 2012

Recently purchased a KIA Sorento (SX trim) to replace a much loved 2004 Saab 9-5 "sportswagon." With requirements for AWD and a preference for a V6 to haul around two tons of vehicle, there were simpl...
Recently purchased a KIA Sorento (SX trim) to replace a much loved 2004 Saab 9-5 "sportswagon." With requirements for AWD and a preference for a V6 to haul around two tons of vehicle, there were simply few choices in the mid-$30K range. Add in acceptable handling, rear a/c for the kid and dog, and a size that can fit into a "compact" parking space and still open the doors, and the universe of acceptable vehicles amounted to two; a Kia Sorento and a Subaru Outback. Had just about settled on the Outback when we drove the Kia Sorento. A more airy and open interior, equal cargo room, memory seats, surround sound, a better (though still not great) nav system, a panoramic dual sunroof, keyless entry, and seating for five adults plus two chimpanzees, children, or even a couple more adults for a short trip. Neither the KIA nor the Outback is a serious off-road vehicle, but the KIA adds hill descent control and a locking center differential lacking on the Outback. Each will get us to the mountains for skiing (and home again) but the KIA is simply more upscale for the other 95% of our driving. Overall, the Sorento meets our requirements quite well. Far more maneuverable than most "mid-size" CUV's, more "oomph" than most other "compact" alternatives. (The RAV4 offers a V6 at this price point but lacks rear a/c and introduces problems for a rear bike rack with its antiquated rear opening and external spare.) So far less than 8000 miles on the Sorento but virtually trouble-free. Hopefully that will continue and even if it does not the 5yr/60000 warranty provides some reassurance.
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good allround suv

by from western MD on December 11, 2013

I have a 2013 LX 4 cyl, GDI that we bought used with 5800 miles on it so far we really like it, has plenty of room seats are comfy ,however they are a little long for me. Gas mileage is up & down,,but...
I have a 2013 LX 4 cyl, GDI that we bought used with 5800 miles on it so far we really like it, has plenty of room seats are comfy ,however they are a little long for me. Gas mileage is up & down,,but on average we get about 25-26 hwy and17-23 just running around in everyday use.( note we have full winter tires on it and live in a cold climate which effects mileage.) Ours has the conv. pkg which includes heated seats, fog lights roof racks,UVO radio which is nice,,don;t care for the touch screen and the UVO won't obey commands on the first try and the Bluetooth won't connect all the time, gets confused if you have two phones. The only real complaint we have is the ride, the shocks are way too stiff , you feel every bump in the road, Handling is more than adiquite for the average driver, The 4 cyl also has ample power to get the job done,However if you need to tow get the V-6., NOTE TO KIA, sure would be nice to get a power seat on the LX without getting the v-6
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Kia Sorento SX AWD

by from Los Angeles on November 13, 2012

I have been driving the car for 3 months now. I traded a BMW 5 Series Wagon, and I love this KIA! I wanted a 6 speed transmission, and a V6. This was by far the most affordable of all the SUV's availa...
I have been driving the car for 3 months now. I traded a BMW 5 Series Wagon, and I love this KIA! I wanted a 6 speed transmission, and a V6. This was by far the most affordable of all the SUV's available. I never thought I would be test driving a KIA. It has been 3 months now, and the car is still exceeding my expectations in every way, every day!
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Good looking

by from Tehran on December 29, 2012

I had diffrent SUV cars like sportage 2010 , santafe 2011, sportage 2012, but this one is so better , in korean cars I think best one
I had diffrent SUV cars like sportage 2010 , santafe 2011, sportage 2012, but this one is so better , in korean cars I think best one
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noize in front end

by from San Jose ca. on February 13, 2013

I love this suv ,but now i.am haveing truble with getting my car repaired. it has a noize in the right front strut and it makes a bang every time you go over a bump in the road. it has been in to the ...
I love this suv ,but now i.am haveing truble with getting my car repaired. it has a noize in the right front strut and it makes a bang every time you go over a bump in the road. it has been in to the deler 3 times and it still makes the same noize. I wish that i could find some one to fix this. not happy with KIA service.
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2013 Sorento

by from PA on February 25, 2013

I could of givin' all 5 stars but on some of the ratings I just have not had the time to find out about the long trip comfort and over all reliability. SO time will tell. I will say this, it has great...
I could of givin' all 5 stars but on some of the ratings I just have not had the time to find out about the long trip comfort and over all reliability. SO time will tell. I will say this, it has great performance, turns on a dime ( at least when you turn the wheel ), a little on the stiff side for the ride but handles great on the curves, so I'll live with that. Still waiting to tow my HD to MB, so can't say how the towing will be. So far a head of the curve over my Ford Escape that I had. If it performs as well as I have been told and shown, I hate to say this but I just may be a Kia owner more than once when it comes time again.
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More than Satisfied!

by from New Hampshire on October 16, 2012

We recently purchased a 4 cylinder, 2013 Sorento LX, and so far are more than satisfied with our decision to purchase a Kia. This is the first Kia that we have purchased, and are impressed with the qu...
We recently purchased a 4 cylinder, 2013 Sorento LX, and so far are more than satisfied with our decision to purchase a Kia. This is the first Kia that we have purchased, and are impressed with the quality and performance. So far the mpg is less than advertised, but we have only gone through 1 tank of gas.
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mileage is a big lie - get 6cyl or Santa Fe

by from wash dc on October 29, 2012

Good: $3000 in discounts off invoice so cheapest 7 seater available, plenty of toys, greatest value for CSUV, GDI has adequate power (but not towing) Bad: GDI makes funny obvious ticking noise, in 5k ...
Good: $3000 in discounts off invoice so cheapest 7 seater available, plenty of toys, greatest value for CSUV, GDI has adequate power (but not towing) Bad: GDI makes funny obvious ticking noise, in 5k miles tried v. hard but can only avg 19-20mpg, mostly highway, believe 2.4l engine is just working too hard; dash mileage calculator always too hi. Tires poor in snow/rain;body sways in turns, brakes spongy-easy to lock up; MVO sometimes locks up; 2nd row seats dont slide, empty underneath (others-SanteFe has bins); LX didnt come with rear spoiler, no leather on steering wheel or shifter (!); no on-off-door switch for dome lights (v. annoying)
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2013 Kai Sorento LX 2.4 GDI

by from New York on January 9, 2013

We have the car since 4 months and are very happy with it. We traded in an 11 year old PT Cruiser -which never let us down - and appreciate now the higher loading capacity and the better fuel economy ...
We have the car since 4 months and are very happy with it. We traded in an 11 year old PT Cruiser -which never let us down - and appreciate now the higher loading capacity and the better fuel economy and smoother ride. For the money we paid we found no better value.
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good value

by from western PA on December 5, 2012

great size vehicle for family of 4 - smaller than minivan but larger than other competitors like RAV4, CRV. The 3rd row seating is too tight for adults, only for kids. Doesn't handle quite as nice as ...
great size vehicle for family of 4 - smaller than minivan but larger than other competitors like RAV4, CRV. The 3rd row seating is too tight for adults, only for kids. Doesn't handle quite as nice as the Murano but its the best value for the money and with the 10-yr powertrain warranty, you can't beat it.
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