The 2013 Kia Sorento: A very muscular ride

The 2013 Kia Sorento belongs to that rapidly expanding line of vehicles we classify as “small SUV crossovers”, even if there’s not much about this Kia that you could consider small. After it was redesigned for the current year, it is boxier and much more muscular, if that’s a word we can use here for something automotive.

There are a wide variety of Kia Sorentos available covering the full spectrum of performance and price. There is the LX, the EX, and the SX. The first two trim models carry 4cyl engines which produce 175-190HP but this is one model where the owner should upgrade to the larger, and much more powerful V6, which bags an impressive 275HP. AWD and FWD are offered in the 2013 Kia Sorento which allows for almost any performance and handling combination you can think of. Each option comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission and the drivetrain works excellently with the power-plant. Find this model used at Jenkins Kia.

One would think that a Korean truck would be a fuel economy champion but that’s really not the case with the 2013 Kia Sorento. The statistics aren’t bad but somewhat disappointing. For instance, the EX with AWD gets 20/26 city/highway while the SX V6 AWD plummets to a ravenous 18/24 combination. Not exactly very green but I think other features do a great job of lightening the load of its gas guzzling habits. My guess is that customers will pick the SX over the other two unless price is the only issue.

The interior is a smart, functional combination of luxury and technology which is a huge plus as the Kias still have that air of cheapness about them. With the SX package, you get a full navigational system, premium sound, Bluetooth connectivity and a nice leather trimmed out seating arrangement. That comment brings me to a complaint that many users have with the Sorento. The extra seat in the back is uncomfortable, and cramped, and by its location, does compromise the space in the luggage compartment. Also, the navigational system has been known to have a few bugs in it that make it difficult to enter destination information. Certainly with a vehicle surpassing $30K with the SX package, that kind of stuff needs to be straightened out.

To me, there’s not been a time when I’ve seen such a huge difference between performance within the same model between trim packages. The handling, sportiness, and power just cannot be compared between the Base 4cyl and the SX V6 option. What is comforting is that the SX does compete favorably in all areas with the Honda Pilot, the Hyundai Santa Fe, the Nissan Pathfinder, and the Ford Escape, even on price. Despite those differences, I would highly recommend the 2013 Kia Sorento for any young family wishing to make their first inroad to a small SUV crossover. Just make sure you pencil in the V6 SX on the dealer form.

The Sorento is certainly vehicle that has acquired some muscle for a decent price.

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