As you know I had the opportunity to test drive another Kia vehicle for a week. And I honestly have to say that (after all of these years) Kia just keeps getting better and better.
When they first rolled out in the U.S. I truly was not that impressed. Ok, I was not impressed at all. I honestly never gave them a second look. All I could think was “oh boy, just another cheaply made piece of crap”.
But with the hard work and sweat that Kia has put into their vehicles in the last decade, oh boy has my opinion quickly changed!
I fell in love with the Kia Optima Hybrid that I had the privilege of driving back in August. You may remember I loved it SO much that I was heartbroken when it was returned. I know it seemed silly that I would feel down but it truly was a memorable car.
This time around I received the 2013 Kia Sorento SX FWD. And although I did say (in my last vehicle review) that after driving an SUV and now our mini van for SO long, that I was looking forward to getting a CAR. Now, I can honestly say that I was quite impressed with the Sorento. Even if it DOES have
four five doors and seats up to 7. haha!
What I loved most about the Sorento is exactly some of the things I loved so much about the Optima, but surprisingly there’s a little more.
First, this baby comes with the push button start as well. Just like the Optima, the Sorento operates when the Smart Key is in the vehicle but it’s not inserted inside an ignition. You just carry the Smart Key inside a purse, briefcase or even your pocket. To start the Sorento, put your foot on the brake and press the START button.
For security reasons, if you don’t put your foot on the brake, the vehicle won’t go anywhere. This isn’t a feature you’ll quickly forget. Or at least, let’s hope not. hahaa!
Something else that’s extremely appealing is the multi-functional steering wheel. You can easily change the station on your stereo, increase or decrease the volume, talk on the phone via bluetooth, set the car to cruise, and check your trip/gas mileage info — all at the push of a button.
A few more favorites — Programmable seat adjustments. This allows you to adjust your seat to fit your needs. Once it’s comfortable enough for you, push the “set” button on the driver side door, then push the number 1. From then on, every time you get in the car, it remembers your settings. Ahh, a comfy seat that’s customized just for you!
1.) Programmable seat controls 2.) Dash controls
3.) Drivers side controls – locks, windows, side mirrors
Something else that gets my attention is the Power Folding Side Mirrors. This is totally handy for tight parking spaces. Not only can you adjust your mirrors (which is pretty standard in most vehicles) BUT you can bring your side mirrors in, flush with the vehicle. This can be done either while inside the vehicle from the drivers seat or by pressing the lock button the key fob twice. SO cool!
If you’re always on the go you’ll love the digital goodies such as built-in GPS navigation, Sirius Satellite Radio + MP3.
1.) Sirius radio & dual temp controls 2.) GPS
3.) MP3 connection
You have a touch screen right there at eye level that includes easy-to-follow instructions so you can set your trip and leave the GPS to do the work. We had no problem locating or making it to our destinations because everything you need to know to use this system is right there at the touch of a button.
We decided to take a trip downtown one evening and although hubby thought he knew where he was going and was ignoring the gps directions, as soon as he would pass up his turn, the gps quickly provided an alternate route. I love that! Sorry hubby but I trust the gps a little more. haha!
The large LCD screen provides a clear, colorful image display and even alerts you of road construction. Need to make a detour? No problem, just drag the map and change your direction.
What fun is driving if you can’t listen to your favorite tunes? The 2013 Kia Sorento comes with an awesome sound system. Boy does this thing rock! The Infinity Surround Sound Audio System sounds crystal clear.
With the Sirius Satellite radio you can listen to music from all over. Searching is extremely easy with the large touch screen. Oh, and don’t forget your controls right there in the steering wheel. You can turn the music up or down, or even change the station without taking your eyes off the road. Try that when your spouse is enjoying one of their favorite songs. Inconspicuously turn the volume down or change the station using the steering control and see what they do. haha!
1.) Sunglasses compartment 2.) Keyless entry button (a feature the Optima didn’t have)
3.) Dual sunroofs 4.) Console storage
There’s also a USB auxillary for your iPod or iPhone — should you prefer to listen to downloaded music, or need to access your contact list to make a call. Once plugged in, your music and contact menus are synchronized (pulled up) on the LCD screen so you’re not forced to control your gadget (taking your eyes off the road) and risk an accident. Safety first!
One of our favorite features of all is the dual temperature controls. Hubby and I tend to prefer different temps while driving. And it was plain evident the first time we drove the Sorento. I looked down to see what his side said and we were 20 degrees different. Wow!
We also took advantage of the heated seats. With the Optima Hybrid we both loved the cooled seats (since it was summertime) but now that it’s colder outside, the heat function (offered in the Sorento) works just as well. Driving with ‘toasty’ buns is pretty fab. haha! Oh yeah, the steering wheel is heated also.
A few luxury features I want in MY next vehicle (that the 2013 Kia Sorento offers) is the Back Up Camera. This one spoils me every time. Obviously no one has eyes in the back of their head and most vehicles have ‘blind spots’. Each time you put the Sorento in reverse the camera is activated and the LCD screen on the dash shows you everything that’s behind you. There are also green, yellow and red guide lines on the display to alert you of how close you are to objects that you are approaching.
This makes backing up a breeze!
1.) Setting up the rear seats 2.) Rear seats folded for cargo space
3.) Rear vents 4.) Rear seat cup holder/ storage
When driving a 2013 Kia Sorento, you can rest easy in knowing how safe this baby is. It’s designed with dual front, front seat and 1st and 2nd row air bags, anti-lock brakes, traction and electronic stability control. This is one reason the Sorento gets a 5-star side crash rating!
Pretty darned nice, right?
If I asked you what you would expect to pay for this vehicle, what would you say? What if I told you this particular Sorento has an MSRP of $35,075? Quite impressive huh? With pampering, luxurious features like these it’s really hard to believe, let alone say ‘goodbye’!
Speaking of ‘goodbyes’, when the driver left with the Sorento, they also left with my favorite sunglasses. I didn’t realize that until after he left. Ugh, I was not a happy girl. But after contacting Matt from STI to let him know, he was kind enough to return them to me. Thanks Matt!!! It’s kind of funny that my sunglasses got a free ride to Chicago, a place I’ve never been. hahaa!
~ Disclaimer: A huge thank you to Kia for loaning us the Sorento SX free of charge for the sole purpose of providing my honest review! My opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this post. ~
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