2013 Kia Sorento vs. Its Competition

2013 Kia Sorento
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Kia Sorento is all about choice: it offers five seats or seven seats, four or six cylinders, front-drive or all-wheel drive.

That means it competes with many crossovers, most directly the Dodge Journey, a capable crossover with similar specs and even better seating and infotainment options, though tighter interior space.

The new RAV4 is missing the former third-row seat as an option, and it's now only a four-cylinder machine.

Honda's latest CR-V has great flexibility and new infotainment features, but styling's still less a feature than a function.

In a larger set of vehicles--with fewer seats--we like the 32-mpg version of the Chevy Equinox and its sliding second-row seat, and the higher-mileage editions of the Ford Edge, one with a turbo four that approaches the Sorento's highway mileage numbers.

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Quick Specs
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It's an easy call among crossovers: the 2013 Kia Sorento has the right features, the right fuel economy, and the right size.
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The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox is a good, affordable choice for cost-conscious families, but it doesn't skimp on comfort, safety, or the latest connectivity features.
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The 2013 Dodge Journey is a clever tweener, with three rows of seats if you need, and manageable size all the time--at a very reasonable base price.
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The 2013 Ford Edge cuts through the crossover clutter with a 30-mpg turbo model, MyFord Touch's step-ahead connectivity, and exceptional interior room.
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The 2013 Honda CR-V hits all the right marks for cost-conscious families—with its interior layout and safety ratings both best-in-class—although it doesn't feel as sprightly as former CR-V models.
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The 2013 Toyota RAV4 excels at mass-market talents like gas mileage and interior room--but for turbocharged fun in a crossover, you'll have to look elsewhere.
MSRP From     
$23,150$24,225$19,195$27,700$22,795$23,300
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas/Ethanol I4Gas I4Gas V6Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleFWD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
2WD 4-Door I4 LXFWD 4-Door LSFWD 4-Door SE4-Door SE FWD2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door LE (SE)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle4 Door
Transmission     
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomaticAutomatic