The choices today when shopping for a new crossover are pretty much endless since every manufacturer is hoping to gobble up as much of the market as possible. One vehicle, the 2013 Kia Sorento, has pushed many other manufacturers to step up their game as the latest version is even stronger than its predecessors.
While other crossovers are going for a more futuristic exterior compared to the slightly outdated Sorento, the value of the Kia is its attractive low cost. However, if one wants to spruce things up, options are plentiful inside. From elegant, upscale white stitching on ebony leather to navigation, the 2013 Sorento's interior may trick even BMW or Mercedes owners. Plus, the Sorento sits as many as seven people, who can admire all the unexpected luxury.
The 2013 Sorento comes in three trim levels -- the base LX, the mid-level EX, or the top-of-the-line SX. All trims come standard with many features, including a tilt-telescopic steering column, USB input, and Bluetooth connectivity. Options for the EX and SX models include a backup camera and a powerful 550-watt Infinity audio system. Sirius/XM radio with free real-time traffic updates is also available if one opts for the navigation system.
The best technology available for the Kia Sorento is the new Microsoft UVO information and entertainment system. With a Bluetooth-enabled phone, one can connect to the UVO, and simple voice commands allow control of all aspects of the system.
Three engines are available depending on trim level: a base 2.4-liter, 175-horsepower inline-4, a mid-level direct fuel injection 2.4-liter, 191-hp 4-cylinder, and a muscular 3.5-liter V6 that produces 276-hp. The only transmission available is a smooth 6-speed Sportmatic automatic with manual shift control; however, drive layout can be found in either front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
Other than the base Sorento LX model's low sticker price, which is just over $23,000, the best part is the 10-year, 100,000 miles powertrain warranty. The competition is tough, though, with many other crossovers to choose from, including the cheaper but less powerful Dodge Journey, the sporty Ford Edge, which costs more and doesn't have a third row seat, or the Toyota Highlander, which costs more and has a warranty that doesn't come close to the Sorento's.
Everyone wants more for their money, which is why the 2013 Kia Sorento plays right into that economic model. With a good-looking, roomy and generously equipped vehicle, the Sorento has enough of what counts to win over almost anyone in the market for a new crossover.