The Amazing 2013 Kia Sorento Guide

If you are looking for a sport utility vehicle that will blow your mind but not your wallet, the 2013 Kia Sorento is just what you’ve been waiting for. Possessing the total package of style, power and performance, the 2013 Sorento is ready to take the automotive world by storm. An SUV unlike other SUV’s, the Sorento offers drivers the chance to experience the feeling of luxury and performance coming together to make four-wheeled perfection.

Available in the LX, EX and SX models, all three offer V6 options. Starting at only $23,150 for a basic model, the Sorento blows away the competition with its gas mileage. Getting up to 21 miles per gallon in the city and an astounding 30 miles per gallon on the highway, it’s a vehicle whose mission in life seems to be passing as many gas stations as possible without stopping. Drivers can sit back and enjoy the ride while watching other SUV owners pumping gas into their vehicles while pulling money out of their wallets.

The LX and EX models come standard with a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine, while the LX, EX and SX V6 models come with a 3.5L engine. All models come standard with DOHC and electronically-controlled 6-speed automatic transmissions with Sportmatic overdrive. Full-time all-wheel drive is optional for all models, and comes with lockable center differentials. All models average 18-21 miles per gallon in the city and 24-30 miles per gallon on the highway. Each has an 18-gallon fuel tank, letting its driver average between 325-540 miles per tank depending upon how much city and highway driving is done. With a towing capacity ranging from 1650 pounds for 4-cylinder models and 3500 pounds for V6 models, the Sorento is able to pull the toughest of loads and look good doing so.

When on the road, safety is of primary importance. As with its other features, the 2013 Sorento meets and exceeds expectations inside and out. The interior features front air bags for driver and passenger along with side curtain air bags for the first two rows of passengers. Front active headrests help protect against neck injury in the event of rear collisions by moving forward with the person’s head, while 3-point seat belts and pretensioners keep passengers secured in their seats to minimize injury. If children are riding along, the child seat-latch system known as LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) is available to secure child safety seats.

While the interior offers much protection, so does the exterior. Side impact door beams are reinforced to absorb energy from a crash and deflect the force away from vehicle occupants. Other features such as the tire-pressure monitoring system and electronic stability control system help drivers maintain better control of their vehicle under dangerous driving conditions. The electronic stability control system helps with directional ability and control by reducing engine power and applying braking to individual wheels to assist the driver during difficult circumstances.

While safety is certainly important to the buyer, it’s the features and options of the Sorento that take it to the next level with drivers and passengers. Featuring a choice of 17″ or 18″ wheels, it also has fog lights, heated outside mirrors with LED turn signals, body-color front and rear bumpers and rear LED tail lamps on the SX V6 model. But it’s inside the Sorento where the conveniences begin to blow one’s mind. Featuring an audio system of am/fm/cd/mp3 and Sirius satellite radio along with a 10-speaker Infinity surround sound system, the Sorento simply overwhelms one’s senses and makes it so driver and passengers wish they never had to leave the confines of the vehicle. An Infotainment system powered by Microsoft allows occupants complete control of music and phone simply by voice commands. Want to listen to Sirius channel 22? Just say the word and it is done by the Sorento. Need to call your spouse when running late? Your wish is the Sorento’s command.

Starting up the Sorento is as easy as pushing a button. In fact, that’s all there is to it with Sorento’s push-button start complete with Smart Key remote. Even with the remote in one’s pocket or purse, the engine can be started or stopped and doors locked or unlocked, giving an owner peace of mind and added security. And getting to one’s destination could not be any easier nor safer than when using Sorento’s Navigation System. Besides Sirius Radio, owners can add Sirius Traffic and stay on top of the latest traffic information such as accidents and road closings. Travel times can even be estimated by determining the average speed of current traffic. The EX, EX V6 and SX V6 have this option, while all models offer backup warning systems and trip computers showing the estimated amount of fuel left in the tank and how far that fuel will go on the trip. This feature takes the guesswork out of wondering if there’s enough gas to go where needed. After all, there’s nothing more frustrating than running out of gas in the middle of nowhere on a dark, stormy night. Sorento will never let that happen.

Other features include air conditioning, dual zone temperature controls, power windows and locks, map pockets and arm rests with cup holders for that essential cup of coffee. Seats are trimmed in cloth or leather depending upon model, and all come with black wood trim. 60/40 split-folding second row seats are standard on all models, and heated front seats along with power seats for both driver and passengers are available.

A 2012 Top Safety Pick of the IIHS and a featured vehicle of the month with demonstrates the confidence leading organizations and experts have placed in the 2013 Kia Sorento. Chosen by these organizations for its exceptional performance, competitiveness, efficiency, safety and overall features, the Sorento is leading the way in today’s SUV class. For anyone trying to decide which SUV is best, there is no better choice than the 2013 Kia Sorento.


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