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MPG 20 City / 26 Highway
  • Spacious cabin
  • Low base price
  • Base models come well-equipped
  • Excellent warranty
  • Cramped backseats
  • Unimpressive tow rating
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The Kia Sorento represents one of the most value-conscious buys in the crossover segment.


It offers two fuel- efficient four-cylinder engines or a powerful V6, two or three rows of seats and front or all-wheel drive. A six- speed automatic is standard across the board. In addition, the Sorento boats a comprehensive list of standard equipment for a price that's on the low end of the midsize crossover segment. But it also offers options to keep a family entertained and calm on a long trip. That's why the Sorento could be the ideal family hauler for a number of buyers.

The Sorento LX starts off with a 175-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder, power windows, heated mirrors and locks with remote keyless entry, 17-inch alloy wheels, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity – features many competitors do not offer on base models. A third-row seat is optional, bringing total capacity to seven passengers. Heated front seats, parking sensors and Kia's UVO voice recognition system are all options.

Opting for the Convenience Package brings a direct injection 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 191 horsepower. The LX V6 adds a 3.5-liter engine with 276 horsepower, roof rails and the third-row seat. Springing for the EX brings 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlamps, UVO, keyless entry and start and dual-zone automatic climate control. Leather seats are also part of the admission price. Optional features include navigation with a backup camera, an Infinity audio system and a panoramic glass moonroof to add light to the vast interior. The V6 is also optional. Finally, the SX aims to be the most stylish Sorento. It gets the V6 as standard and includes body color bumpers, roof rails, an upgraded UVO system, Infinity audio and rear air conditioning.

The Dodge Journey is a similar size and also offers a third row and optional V6, as well as the excellent UConnect Touch system. But it isn't as efficient or refined as the Kia. The Toyota RAV4 is less expensive, but smaller and has a dated design. Same goes for the Mitsubishi Outlander. The Nissan Murano is much more refined but costs more and doesn't offer a third-row.

The Sorento occupies a niche between small and midsize crossovers that suits a lot of buyers well. It's more spacious than a small two-row crossover and boasts an available third-row seat that will seat children, as well as a V6. But it isn't as expensive or cumbersome as some of the larger crossovers out there. Combine that with Kia's extensive 10-year warranty and fuel-efficient powertrains, and the Sorento probably makes sense if you're in the market for a new family vehicle.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Kia Sorento
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2013 Kia Sorento EX

Recommended for: For buyers interested in more luxury in a family vehicle

The Sorento EX has the ability to be a downright posh family hauler. Included is the upgraded four-cylinder, leather seats with 8-way power adjustments for the driver, UVO, dual-zone climate control, automatic headlamps and keyless entry and start. These are all features offered as options on many competitors. Going for the EX V6 brings carpeted floormats. The Premium Package adds the third-row seat, rear air conditioning, auto-dimming mirror with compass, a panoramic moonroof, power front passenger's seat and an Infinity audio system. The Limited Package includes a navigation system with backup camera. Also available is a cooled driver' seat and an upgraded UVO system.

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2013 Kia Sorento LX

Recommended for: For buyers looking for a fuel-efficient, spacious crossover

Even the most basic Sorento, the LX, is packed with desirable features people look for in a crossover. Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, heated and power outside mirrors, power windows and locks with remote keyless entry, Bluetooth, air conditioning, a full complement of airbags and iPod compatibility to keep families happy. The available third-row seat will keep more kids happy. The Convenience Package gets the 191-horsepower, direct injected four cylinder, and also adds Kia's UVO voice recognition system (with the same Microsoft technology as Ford's SYNC), as well as heated front seats, 8-way power driver's seat, auto-dimming rearview mirror and foglamps. The LX V6 adds the third-row seat as standard.

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2013 Kia Sorento SX

Recommended for: For buyers looking for a sportier Sorento

The SX aims to entice buyers looking for more aggressive styling in their people mover. As the performance trim, the SX comes standard with the V6, unique 18-inch alloy wheels and color- coordinated lower bumpers and side skirts. Rear LED tail lights round out the exterior. Inside, there's a premium gauge cluster, upgraded UVO and Infinity audio.

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