|Kid & Driver - 2013 Kia Sorento EX AWD|
|Written by Jackson Unruh & Julie Boselly|
2013 KIA SORENTO EX AWD
The KIA Sorento is a very nice car. The first thing I noticed were the dual sunroofs (Panoramic Sunroof). That is nice if you are in the second row. There was also a third row of seats but they were a bit of a hassle to put up. The cargo net gets in the way. The doors have that old-fashioned thunk when you close them. The version we got, the EX AWD, was jam-packed with options.
Three rows of seats = I can haul all sorts of kids around. Well, yes, I could fit a lot of kids but I don’t think a lot of adults or kids + their stuff. The optional third row was very difficult to get to unless you were agile like a 7 year old. Expect young children to just dive over the second row after day one. There also is not a lot of leg room or cargo space once you put up the third row. I really enjoyed driving this SUV. It picked up quickly when pulling out in traffic. The Sorento did not feel incredibly big, although the kids might tell you I wasn’t great at parking it. I appreciate the newer vehicles and the tech packages they have available. Automatic Bluetooth connection to my phone is a favorite along with USB/auxiliary input jacks. In my real life, I drive a car that requires store-bought technology. The sound is very different!
Starting at: $23,150. EX Base price: $29,650. As tested: $36,090
• 276-hp, 3.5L DOHC CVVT V-6 Engine
• 6-Speed Automatic Transmission
• Up to 18 city/24 hwy mpg
• Power folding outside mirrors
• Navigation System
• Satellite radio
• Side/Curtain Airbags 1st/2nd row