The 2013 Kia Sorento is basically a carry-over model with some minor changes. A voice-activated infotainment system, a rear-view camera, rear sonar, heated front seats and fog lamps are available with the base LX trim. Leather seating is now standard on the EX trim. The following extract is taken from an Autos.ca road test review (by Tom Sedens) of a 2013 Kia Sorento SX: “The Sorento is a handsome vehicle – it’s not nice enough or different enough to get any double-takes, but it doesn’t do anything to offend, either. The lines are simple, clean and chunky, allowing for some butchness without treading into jacked-up 4×4 territory. I liked the dark chrome 18-inch rims shod with 235/60R18s, the chrome trim around the vehicle, which was used sparingly (thank goodness!), and the LED taillights. I thought Kia did a good job integrating the fog lights. Under the hood sits a 3.5L V6. It’s a stout one, putting out 276 hp at 6,300 rpm and 248 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 RPM. There’s nothing particularly modern or exciting about the engine, but it’s a decent one.” Link to the full version: Test Drive: 2013 Kia Sorento
The Sorento is available with a choice of two engines: a 2.4-litre four-cylinder or 3.5-litre V6. Both use a six-speed automatic transmission. The LX and LX V6 comes in front- or all-wheel drive; all others are all-wheel drive. All LX and EX models have two rows of seats, but the LX-V6 and EX-V6 Luxury can be optioned with a third row of seats for seven-passenger seating. The SX comes strictly with three rows. Features on the LX include 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, fog lights, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals, privacy glass, front and rear mud guards, roof rails, variable intermittent wipers, rear wiper, front wiper de-icer, heated cloth seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seat with fold-down armrest, black woodgrain interior accents, keyless entry, Eco minder, auto up/down driver’s window, CD/MP3 stereo, Sirius satellite radio, USB and auxiliary input, iPod cable, Bluetooth connectivity, tilt and telescopic steering wheel with audio controls, trip computer, illuminated vanity mirrors, locking glovebox, rear cargo under-floor storage compartment, automatic headlamps, hill assist control, rear parking sensors and active front head restraints. The LX-V6 adds pre-wiring towing package, smart key with pushbutton start, and auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass. The EX builds on the LX and adds 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated leather seats, eight-way power driver’s seat, deluxe door scuff, smart key with pushbutton start, UVO infotainment system, rearview camera, leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, cargo net and cargo cover. The EX-V6 adds pre-wiring towing package. It can be optioned with a power panoramic sunroof. The EX-V6 Luxury adds power panoramic sunroof, power-folding mirrors, rear spoiler, ventilated driver’s seat, two-position driver’s side memory, power passenger seat, mood lighting, premium stereo, navigation system, and heated steering wheel. The SX adds 18-inch chrome-finish wheels, LED taillights, body-colour bumpers and mouldings, sport grille with chrome garnish, 50/50 split-folding third-row seat, third-row heating and cooling, carbon fibre interior accents, alloy sport pedals, garage door opener, and auto-dimming rear-view mirror.