2013 Kia Sorento review

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Kia Sorento highlights

Customer rating


  • Lots of standard features
  • Spacious optional third row
  • Optional V6 offers strong power
  • Sporty handling


  • Ride is a bit firm
  • Five-passenger model lacks a sliding second-row seat

Mileage (EPA estimate)

18 city, 24 highway, 20 combined

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2013 Kia Sorento is a spacious, three-row SUV

The 2013 Kia Sorento is a small SUV with seating for up to seven passengers. As one of the few compact SUVs with an optional third row, the Sorento offers space and utility uncommon in this class. It comes well equipped too, with plenty of standard features even on base models. Athletic handling and an available V6 make it relatively fun to drive too. The Kia Sorento is a great option if you want midsize SUV passenger space with small SUV maneuverability.

All Kia Sorento years

What is new for the 2013 Kia Sorento?

  • The Base trim has been discontinued for 2013.
  • Sorento trims have been upgraded with Fold-Away Third Row as standard equipment this year.
  • The LX trim now comes with Front Seat Heaters, Rear View Camera, Parking Sensors, and Third Row Seat as standard equipment.
  • The EX trim now comes with Front Seat Heaters and Leather Seats as standard equipment.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2013 Kia Sorento is a car that is spacious and has a third row seat. Customers like the car's safety rating and the car's handling.
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Kia Sorento an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Kia Sorento 12th out of 29 among Compact SUVs.

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Kia Sorento features and specs

EX 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leather Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Infinity Sound System
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Running Boards
  • Third Row Seat
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 41.3"/R 37.6"

Head room

F 39.2"/R 39.2"

Front tires


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Max towing capacity

165/1650 lbs.



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