2013 Kia Sorento vs. Its Competition

2013 Kia Sorento
Martin Padgett Martin 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.

2013 Kia Sorento2013 Kia Sorento
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2013 Chevrolet Equinox2013 Chevrolet Equinox
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2013 Ford Edge 4-door SE FWD Side Exterior View2013 Ford Edge
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2013 Honda CR-V 2WD 5dr EX-L w/Navi Angular Rear Exterior View2013 Honda CR-V
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2013 Toyota RAV4 EV FWD 4-door Angular Front Exterior View2013 Toyota RAV4
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Quick Specs
It's an easy call among crossovers: the 2013 Kia Sorento has the right features, the right fuel economy, and the right size.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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     
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
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)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle4 Door
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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