2013 KIA Sorento Review | Price, Interior, Exterior, Performance

July 6th, 2012 | Category: Kia, SUV | 932 Views

2013 KIA Sorento Review | Price, Interior, Exterior, PerformanceNow, The Sorento returns for the 2013 model year with no major mechanical changes, and just a few updated features. It remains a value-rich vehicle, even in base form, with all kinds of configurations and options engines, transmissions, traction systems, seating to appeal to almost any wagon buyer. It’s all wrapped in good-looking, nicely detailed sheetmetal that doesn’t play to outdated SUV cues, and doesn’t go overboard on mimicking carlike shapes or worse, borrow from boats. Handsome in a middle of the road manner, the Sorento’s charm only dulls a bit when the plastics in the cabin undergo a tougher scrutiny. They’re not shiny, and they’re matched well they’re just not as lush as you think they’ll be, with all the tight fits and spare lines.

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Most Sorento drivers will want to leap instinctively for the top V-6 drivetrain, but there’s a four-cylinder in the middle worth examining. It’s not the base 2.4-liter, 175-horsepower four, though–skip that one and the manual that’s only available with it. It’s sluggish and dated, and delivers low gas mileage that’s only offset by its low base price. The mid-range four, with direct injection, is up to snuff: it’s a 191-hp four that spins sweetly enough, and delivers as much as 32 mpg highway according to the EPA’s ratings, with a well-sorted automatic transmission and good handling that gives more weight to comfortable ride than to even moderately brisk cornering. Opting into the V-6 version is something we’d reserve for drivers who tow on occasion, or for those who regularly run the kiddie carpool and use all of the available seats.

Today’s exciting news flash: Kia has tweaked the Sorento’s optional and available equipment for 2013, following last year’s more comprehensive cosmetic and mechanical updates. Leather seating surfaces are now standard on Sorento EX trims, and a third-row seat (which increases seating from five to seven passengers) is now standard for the LX V-6 trim.

For 2013, the LX Convenience package now includes Kia’s UVO voice-activated infotainment system in addition to a rearview camera, rear sonar, heated front seats, and fog lamps. Later in the model year, a new Convenience Plus package will add to this list an eight-way power driver’s seat, leather steering wheel and shift knob, and a first aid kit.

The Sorento is available in front-wheel drive (FWD) or four-wheel drive (4×4) in five- or seven-seat configurations. A 175-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 191-hp direct-injection 2.4-liter four-cylinder or a 276-hp 3.5-liter V6 are the available engine choices. A six-speed automatic transmission sends power to the wheels. All-speed traction control, stability-control, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, overhead curtain airbags, anti-whiplash head restraints and ignition disable are just a few of the standard safety features offered. 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, steering wheel audio controls, heated front seats, navigation system and a rearview camera are all available.

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Price of 2013 KIA Sorento :
Price of 2013 KIA Sorento. | The price offered for cool cars and luxury 2013 KIA Sorento : $23,150.

Dynamic Design 2013 KIA Sorento :
Dynamic Design 2013 KIA Sorento. | Sorento employs a unibody design wîth the ability to comfortably seat up to seven passengers, and represents a modern CÚV that is just the right size for today’s consumer. With an overall length of 183.9 inches and overall width of 74.2 inches, Sorento offers occupants a spacious interior, while providing a relatively compact exterior size.

Interior and Exterior of 2013 KIA Sorento :
Interior and Exterior of 2013 KIA Sorento. | The Kia Sorento is an old vehicle at least, by Kia standards. With a slew of redesigned cars and crossovers in its lineup, Kia has penned new entries in nearly every class of car since it introduced the Sorento in 2011. The big ute gets at least some of the credit for bringing new buyers to the brand’s showrooms it’s a handsome vehicle, with none of the thickness or frumpy lines of its predecessor. It’s more balanced in all, with a front end that bears the new signature front end of most of Kia’s vehicles, one with a grille integrated tightly with wide headlamps. Trim down its sides, with a smooth urban shuttle theme, the Sorento ties all its angles together well with a glassy greenhouse and a full-stop rear end that brings all the themes to a succinct end.

The cockpit has a common look and feel, simple without looking plain. The dash is capped in serviceable looking plastics, and punctuated by big gauges laid out clearly, and etched with large, clear fonts. The center stack is topped by a big LCD screen, which is itself flanked by large air vents and sits atop knobby climate controls the big, round kind that are easy to operate without staring at the controls instead of the road. The simple look only is dulled by lots of hard plastic. Most of it looks good, even the woodgrain trim that bisects the dash horizontally, but there’s very little of the soft-touch plastic we’ve grown more used to, even in less expensive vehicles.

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Performance of 2013 KIA Sorento :
Performance of 2013 KIA Sorento. | We still think the V-6 is the best model for those who plan on ordering all-wheel drive, and for those who need the seven-seat model and plan on filling their crossover with passengers and stuff on a regular basis–but the direct-injected four is a good choice for commuters who use their Sorentos a little more lightly.

The base four-cylinder lacks the punch and fuel-economy numbers to make it anything more than a frugal alternative. It’s rated at 175 hp, and offered with the six-speed manual or automatic transmission and front or all wheel drive. It’s sluggish, and not that much less expensive than the updated four-cylinder with direct injection that’s offered on the Sorento LX and EX. With 191 horsepower and up to 32 mpg on the EPA highway cycle, this engine turns in a little more noise a typical DI-induced ticking but also juices the Sorento slightly more than the base engine. The relatively lightweight Sorento feels a little more responsive with it, and seems well capable of 0-60 mph runs of less than 9 seconds.

Anyone planning on moderate to heavy duty use with the Sorento should spend up to the 3.5-liter V-6. With either front or all wheel drive, the 276 horsepower six pairs with the six-speed automatic for ample power, smooth and eager shifts, and brisk trips to the redline that enable clean and jerk maneuvers to highway speeds without much protest. Gas mileage isn’t even that bad, compared to some of the five-seat competition, as long as all-wheel drive remains an option, not a foregone conclusion. If you don’t live through more than a few weeks of winter each year, think twice before adding all that weight to the bottom line.

If you think you need it, the optional all wheel drive system sends most of the power to the front wheels, but when traction changes, it can send 50 percent of the power to the rear wheels. Drivers can also lock the differential at a 50:50 power split, and Kia includes downhill descent control and hill-hold assists, but no true low range (or any real need) to make this a true off-road vehicle. However, the Sorento can tow 3,500 pounds in some trims. Source:thecarconnection.com, autos.aol.com, conceptcarz.com.

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