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Original MSRP: $23,150 - $33,400
MPG: 21 City / 30 Hwy
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Used Car: 2013 Kia Sorento Review

Review Last Updated: 9/29/14

The 2013 Kia Sorento has sharp steering, according to reviewers, but they noted that its third row is cramped and its base engine isn't all that peppy.

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According to auto reviewers, the 2013 Kia Sorento's base four-cylinder engine provides sufficient power in most situations but can feel a bit underpowered when the Sorento is loaded with cargo or passengers. Many agreed that acceleration is better in models with the available V6. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard with either engine, and auto journalists wrote that it shifts smoothly. A four-cylinder 2013 Sorento gets an EPA-estimated 21/30 mpg city/highway, which is comparable with the fuel economy of other four-cylinder rivals. Test drivers wrote that the Sorento has a firm, but generally comfortable, ride and composed handling, as well as sharp steering.

The majority of automotive journalists reported that the 2013 Kia Sorento's cabin is attractive and built with high-quality materials. The base Sorento seats five, and upper trims have a third row that boosts seating capacity to seven. Most reviewers found the third row quite cramped and some added that it can be tricky to get to as well. The Sorento offers 72.5 cubic feet of cargo space with all rear rows folded, which is on par with the cargo space in two-row midsize SUVs but less than what many three-row SUVs offer. Bluetooth and a USB port are standard on the 2013 Sorento. Available features include Kia's UVO infotainment system, a rearview camera, a 10-speaker Infinity audio system, rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats and a panoramic sunroof. Reviewers reported that the UVO system is straightforward and easy to use.

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According to test drivers, the 2013 Toyota Highlander has a well-built interior. It also offers quite a bit more cargo space than the Sorento. Reviewers noted that the Highlander has a composed ride and feels quick with its available V6 engine.

The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse has one of the largest cargo capacities in the class, and test drivers wrote that it has a spacious third row. Most reviewers found that the Traverse has poised handling and is fairly easy to maneuver for its size.

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