Normally when I get the chance to review a vehicle, it’s mostly driving around town running errands and such. I recently drove the new 2013 Kia Sorento over 1200 miles. There is nothing that can give you a feel for how a vehicle handles like a road trip. Sure, it’s nice cruising around town checking out the radio and the brakes but, you need to see how vehicles handle on the highway. I drove from Toledo, OH to NYC and the trip was very smooth.
The 2013 Kia Sorento offers a lot of great features that I liked. Below you will find some of my favorite options and features I didn’t like so much, in no specific order.
3 Row Seating: You just have to love this! The boys sometimes want to sit in the “way way back” which is nice because they feel like they are in their own little world back there. I have no idea why but, they fight much less the farther back they are. It also allowed me extra seating when I had friends or family going out to dinner or something. It of course folds down for extra storage space.
NO Second Row Split: Sometimes you just need a little extra space. I am a big fan of the 60/40 folding seats on any vehicle. You can usually fold down 1, 2 or 3 of the sections. When I bought the boys their new beds, the boxes didn’t by a few inches. I was able to fold down the middle section and slide them between the boys. It’s also great because it separates them. Feeling more like they have individual seats instead of sharing. They said that it makes them feel like they have their own defined space. One option I think that would be great on all seats that fold is cup holders in the back of the center section. When you fold it down, there is no place to set a drink.
Navigation System: I had a love hate relationship with the Sorento navigation system. The night brightness was far to bright and you had to press 3 option I believe to turn the display off. Not really a safe thing to be doing when driving down the road. It was pretty easy to use but I had trouble finding some of the options. It’s not all organized and named well.
Reverse Cam: While this not a feature I use, I think for many people it’s an excellent option. As you can see in the photo above, it allows you to see what is right behind you before you back up.
Moon/Sunroof: I love the style of the Sorento sunroof but, it slides back over the moon roof in the back. If you wanted to look out the back, it’s a little difficult because it then becomes almost like a double tinted window. I realize the window needs to slide somewhere but I didn’t care for this way.
Hands Free Talking: I have never used the bluetooth option on my phone. I just don’t like the ear pieces and my SUV doesn’t have that option. It was really nice to be able to talk to someone and be able to pay attention to my surroundings. I had to call my hotel for parking and in the middle of New York City, you need to be paying attention :). The kids enjoyed it because they both were able to talk to Nanny at the same time. No passing the phone around, no kids hands touching the phone etc.
The GPS and radio are all touch screen which is nice. I did keep bumping the buttons when trying to tap the screen. It’s just the way your hand sits when you go for it. It also has a port to plug in your iPod so you can jam to all of your favorite tunes on those long trips.
The 2013 Kia Sorento handles very well on the highway. It was a very comfortable and smooth ride. I didn’t have any complaints about the maneuvering and and gad mileage. I was able to get to NYC on less than 2 tanks of gas. That is unheard of with my SUV. If you are looking for a nice family vehicle but don’t want a car, (I’m not a car girl), the Kia Sorento is a really nice choice.
The Kia Sorento has a starting price of $23,150.00