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2013 Kia Sorento Review
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New for 2013
• Standard leather seating for Sorento EX models.
• A standard third-row bench for V-6 powered LX models, available on V-6-powered EX and SX models.
• Kia's UVO voice-controlled infotainment system available in LX models.
• Repackaging of features for the top-level SX model to bring down the base price.
Interior & Cargo
But if you're one of the other passengers in the crossover, it's nice to know Kia hasn't forgotten about you. In most models, the Sorento comes with standard seating for five. But a third-row bench can be ordered, allowing room for smaller children, or family members you're not too fond of, stretching seating to seven.
Most Sorentos will have a voluminous 37 cubic feet of cargo space with just the second row up—more than twice the size of an average midsize sedan's trunk. With the third row up, that drops to a paltry 9.1 cubic feet. But with the two rear rows folded flat, cargo space spreads out to a massive 72.5 cubic feet, enough to fit a set of skis in back without much effort. Of course, with 60-40 split-folding benches in each row, you'll rarely have to choose between carrying people or cargo.
Adding direct fuel-injection to the engine in midlevel EX models helps it produce 191 horsepower and bumps fuel economy to 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway, making the front-wheel drive Kia Sorento a leader among midsize crossovers; that economy drops to 21 mpg city/27 mpg highway with all-wheel drive. Those who need to tow should opt for the top-range V-6 engine, however, as it can haul a trailer as heavy as 3,500 pounds. Its fuel economy drops to 20 mpg city/26 mpg highway with front-wheel drive or 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway with all four wheels moving it.
None of the three engines are particularly Earth-shattering, but the upgraded four-cylinder and V-6 provide plenty of power for most, with the V-6 able to get to 60 mph in a respectable 7.6 seconds. But if you're looking at a vehicle in this segment, you're probably more interested in reliability. With a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, you shouldn't have much to worry about.
Key Competitors of the 2013 Kia Sorento
• Chevrolet Equinox
• Ford Edge