Redesigned for 2011, the Sorento is a capable and pleasant SUV, straddling the small and midsize SUV categories. It's one of the few to offer a third-row seat in this class. The Sorento's V6 delivers smooth and quick performance with decent fuel economy. A direct-injection four-cylinder engine was added to the lineup for 2012.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2007. ESC standard from 2007. Side and head protection air bags standard from 2011.
Road Test

Redesigned for 2011, the Sorento is a capable and pleasant SUV, straddling the small and midsize SUV categories. It's one of the few to offer a third-row seat in this class. The Sorento's V6 delivers smooth and quick performance with decent fuel economy. A direct-injection four-cylinder engine was added to the lineup for 2012.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (191 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 (175 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (276 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Kia Sorento owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Rear camera seal failed and allowed moisture to cloud the image shown."

Anonymous, NC (2013 Kia Sorento SX 3.5-L V6)

"ealer replaced camera twice. Wouldn't come on when backing up"

J T., IL (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The back up camera was evidently bad from the beginning but still working and it caused my GPS to freeze up on starting the car for as long as 3-5 minutes. Once the camera went completely and it was replaced I have very little problems with the GPS"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Kia Sorento SX 3.5-L V6)

"It is dangerous when UVO knocks out the camera for whatever reason it decides to do it. UVO SUCKS!"

Stephanie S., DC (2013 Kia Sorento EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Backup camera failed. Entire radio/system had to be replaced. Dealer scratched dash in process"

Anthony K., NJ (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"rubber seal leaks - after each rain it does not work for 2-3 days was eventually replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Kia Sorento EX 3.5-L V6)
CD player

"CD stuck in player and would not eject. took car to dealer and they could not fix it. Dealer wanted to sell us a new player. But there was a Tech repair bulletin on their web site for this fix. But they did not tell us they could do the fix as per th"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"C D player would seize up after prolonged use on a long trip. Radio was very poor in all respects. I no longer own the car and will never own another Kia"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Kia Sorento EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

"Touchscreen not functional, had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"Sometimes the "KIA" screen stays on for 2-4 minutes after I start the car up. Can't get radio, satellite radio, CD, or phone to work until the screen goes away"

Johnny L., NC (2013 Kia Sorento EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"2nd UVO replacement resolved the issue"

Anonymous, AB (2013 Kia Sorento EX 3.5-L V6)

"Periodically when starting the car, the car's computer will freeze up, which prevents the backup camera and radio/phone electronics from working. The car is still drivable, so we haven't tried to get it addressed"

Tim M., CO (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"Radio went out right after the 5-year warranty expired on electrical devises and we got different quotes for replacement from different dealers (which in itself was frustrating). Replaced the radio and soon after the back up camera started going in and out. Currently has not worked in last 3 months. Electronics have not been reliable."

Jeffrey B., IL (2013 Kia Sorento EX 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"System fail to locate desired target, telephone section failed repeatedly losing all numbers, etc"

Ron C., TN (2013 Kia Sorento EX 3.5-L V6)

"Screen has gone out twice"

Anonymous, TN (2013 Kia Sorento 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"randomly drops calls"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Kia Sorento EX 3.5-L V6)

"Wont. recognize my (female) voice"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Kia Sorento EX 3.5-L V6)

"Phone pairs fine but it often does not connect to the blue tooth upon entering the car. I have to manually connect it often"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Kia Sorento SX 3.5-L V6)

"Bluetooth doesn't support high-def audio; just phone voice"

Tim M., CO (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"The radio became very staticy and then stopped work altogether. The dealership repaired it"

Anonymous, MD (2013 Kia Sorento LX 3.5-L V6)

"UVO system completely stopped working. cost to repair $2500. repalce with an aftermarket. lost camera system(had to be replaced with aftermarket) lost all steering wheel optionss, lost bluetooth option, new system very ugly does not fit, resale value now questionable."

M P., GA (2013 Kia Sorento LX 3.5-L V6)

"Dealer replaced radio twice. Sometime would not work, couldn't turn it on, sometimes couldn't turn it off"

J T., IL (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"After startup, the first time you use the voice command to dial the phone, there is a 20-30 second lag between giving the first command ("Dial name") and the prompt for the second command (supplying the name). This is consistent each time. Reporte"

Johnny L., NC (2013 Kia Sorento EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

""Call by name or Number" "Name." "Sorry, I didn't catch that." "Name." "Sorry. I didn't catch that." Kia said there was nothing wrong with the system. Well, it doesn't work with ANY cell phone. You have to call out the phone number. Frustrati"

Michael H., ON (2013 Kia Sorento 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

"The vehicle went in for a MIL lol get on. Diagnosed needed a new catalytic converter. 3 weeks to get the part and then there were a lot of warning lights on when I got the vehicle back. They said it needed an alternator then they also replaced the NMC. When I picked the vehicle up and drove home the engine raced and many dash lights came on. Then they replaced the battery and other electrical components. When I got it back the ac did not work back to the dealer again. This has been a nightmare"

J J., ON (2013 Kia Sorento LX 3.5-L V6)

"there were electrica; problems w the vehicle and the dealer replaced the BCM driving away from the dealer the vehicle accelerated/engine high revs e;ectrical gauges lights etc failed vehicle was taken back to the dealer alternator battery and other items had to be replaced"

J J., ON (2013 Kia Sorento LX 3.5-L V6)

"Major problems started when the dealer relaced the o2 sensor. When power washing the engine compartment they shorted out the BCM. This resulted in a major electrical fault while driving home from teh dealer. warning and vehicle lights flashed, engine accelerated and would not decel. Could not turn the vehcile off. Returned vehicle immediatley to dealer. Over the next 2 weeks, the BCM, battery, Alternator, Climate control centre and numerous lights and electrical accessories had to be replaced. Electrical problems have continued since this issue. Really not sure that this is a vehicle problem or more a dealer issue. Have never gone back to this dealer"

J J., ON (2013 Kia Sorento LX 3.5-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Brake light bulb replaced numerous times"

Anonymous, MN (2013 Kia Sorento EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"All the exterior lights kept on not working as if they were burned out"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Left Tail light would not work, even after changing blubs. They said it was a short in the head light. got the car back and battery went dead in two days. Back in shop but still can't find a problem?"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Kia Sorento EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Replaced bulb numerous times-wiring is bad."

Anonymous, MN (2013 Kia Sorento EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights burn out quickly."

Joseph M., MA (2013 Kia Sorento 3.5-L V6)

"one headlioght no longer works. repair estimate $626. yes $626 for a headlight, no aftermarket, no repair available, just replacement of entire headlight."

M P., GA (2013 Kia Sorento LX 3.5-L V6)

"One headlight(dim not high beam) is constantly out. Replaced bulb 3Xs and the socket once and it is out again."

Wendy G., NY (2013 Kia Sorento SX 3.5-L V6)

"Left headlight keeps going out. I get bulb replaced. It works for awhile, and then goes out again."

Anonymous, SC (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Left headlight burned out. Replaced it with a Sylvania Silver star bulb and it burned out in 12 days. The headlight wires had melted and it cost us $295 not covered on the extended warranty. Just got a recall about that headlight and maybe they will refund the costs. I have a 10 year/100,000 mile warranty and when the warranty did not cover it, I was very disconserted. this is probably the 5th recall we have had on this KIA. They are not as reliable as Kia portrays them to be. The engine and drivetrain are fine with no failures."

Anonymous, WA (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Not all lights went out at the same time. It was a light here, and a light there."

Anonymous, PA (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seats

"Heat control of driver's seat stopped working....had it repaired"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Kia Sorento LX 3.5-L V6)

"the drivers seat cooling feature would turn on by itself even though the control switch was not on. this happened even in the winter the dealer could not fix it eventualy i removed the driver seat and cut the wires to the cooling fan myself"

J J., ON (2013 Kia Sorento LX 3.5-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"ABS warning light kept coming on...…..mechanic checked and could not figure out why"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The light came. On, I took it to the dealer and it was taken care of. The dealership stated the, tire pressure monitor had gotten dirty"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Kia Sorento SX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Warning lights keep coming on for brake, parking brake and abs. Systems work but the lights stay on"

Corey M., FL (2013 Kia Sorento EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"My kia has had to have multiple aligments due to the steering housing being misaligned to the transmission that my Kia has had to work harder than it needs to. I have replaced my tires several times, i am greatful for my separate warranty on my tires that have kept my costs down to atleast half of the cost of replacing all for times. (4x)"

Angela S., FL (2013 Kia Sorento LX 3.5-L V6)
Ball joints

"Both front end lower ball joints have failed prior to reaching 100,000 mile mark"

John M., OH (2013 Kia Sorento EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"Noise they make have been replaced on recall"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Kia Sorento 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"top mounts in engine compartment had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Caused by and replaced both front bearing & Pad Assy's and both front Insulator Assy-Strut"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Kia Sorento EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Clicking. Repaired under warrentee"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Kia Sorento LX 3.5-L V6)

"We only bought this car five months ago. Soon after getting it, we realized the ride was VERY, VERY stiff. Ended up having to replace rear and front shocks & struts, for $1,200. Now rides much better, but still stiffer than we would really like."

Eduardo V., MO (2013 Kia Sorento LX 3.5-L V6)

"Sorento has a very rough ride, even with new shocks."

Anonymous, MO (2013 Kia Sorento LX 3.5-L V6)

"At about 37,000 miles my right front strut broke apart and shattered my tire. The cost to fix this was $930 and I reported this to the government agency."

Anonymous, OH (2013 Kia Sorento EX 3.5-L V6)

"Front strut bearings, replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, QC (2013 Kia Sorento LX 3.5-L V6)

"upper strut bushings had to be replaced at 10000 miles.Unkown factory recall"

Nick N., PA (2013 Kia Sorento EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"strut related bearings began to make noise.first one then the other"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"strut bearing is making noise.same problem occurred with our other 2013 sorento"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Strut bearings under warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Strut plates had to be replaced"

Franklin P., ID (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"When we bought the car, we were aware the tires were cupping, with uneven wear. An alignment and cross-rotating tires helped that a lot, for about $100 total."

Eduardo V., MO (2013 Kia Sorento LX 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"drivers door leaked water and air but they fixed it"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Kia Sorento 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"see previous answer"

Michael R., FL (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Some louder wind noise developed recently. I solved it by applying a length of foam self-stick weatherstripping."

Dale Z., CO (2013 Kia Sorento SX 3.5-L V6)

"at 75-80 mph in a driving rain on rt.95 water worked its way up the windshield post on the passenger side and dripped onto the passenger seat"

Michael R., FL (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"After the recall of the gear shifter, i have had to take my suv in multiple times for several days at a time the the Kia dealership is still unable to determine why there is so much noise & vibration & resistance when turning the steering wheel. All the parts to the steering wheel, steering housing & clock spring have been replaced. I strongly believe it is the misalignment of the steering housing to the transmission that is the cause of the issues. Dealership has no way of realigning this wit"

Angela S., FL (2013 Kia Sorento LX 3.5-L V6)

"lots of rattles, from when brand new"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Kia Sorento EX 3.5-L V6)

"Caused by Control Arm. Replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Kia Sorento EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"After the first year, this car has gotten progressively louder. Squeaking and rattling."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Kia Sorento EX 3.5-L V6)

"The very cliche, rattle in the dash."

Anonymous, ON (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"engine noises. they replaced the idler arm pulley and belts"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Tie rods and suspension noise. Car is still under warranty so they will fix it"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Metal strap holding the fuel tank was missing rubber padding / insulation. Hence metal on metal noise. Problem easily fixed at dealer...under warranty"

Mark G., OK (2013 Kia Sorento EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine has been rattling for months and they can't diagnose it. We just drive with it and live with it"

Corey M., FL (2013 Kia Sorento EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"When turning left or right, I experienced clicks or rattles coming from the steering mechanisism"

W P., MD (2013 Kia Sorento LX 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"After the first year, my new car began to whistle, and get loud in highway driving. dealer says couldn't find the reason-not too happy about it"

Anonymous, AB (2013 Kia Sorento LX 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Recall work"

Ken K., OH (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"A rear wheel ABS sensor failed and was replaced under warrantee"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Kia Sorento SX 3.5-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"The wrong brake shoes were put on at a Pep Boys and they had to replace all of the brakes and gave me a discount for the amount that was done wrong."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"KIA dealer told me rear rotors needed to be replaced due to corrosion above the brake pad; parking break then continuously refused to fully release resulting in hot brakes and needed to be taken back 3 times before parking brake was finally 'fixed', after replacing rear rotors, replacing rear calipers, and far too much trouble and cost."

Anonymous, ON (2013 Kia Sorento LX 3.5-L V6)

"Parking brake 'hung up' resulting in rotor overheating; took 4 tries before it was finally corrected."

Anonymous, ON (2013 Kia Sorento LX 3.5-L V6)

"Took dealer 5 tries to get parking brake from 'sticking' and causing overheating and potential rotor damage. Left me wondering if I could use the parking brake or not...and if I did, whether they would again overheat and smell extremely hot and need to be seen again."

Anonymous, ON (2013 Kia Sorento SX 3.5-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"My breaks were failing at about 42,000. Miles."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Kia Sorento EX 3.5-L V6)

"Annually I have had to purchase/have repaired new pad for the rear driver's side wheel"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Kia Sorento 3.5-L V6)

"WAS TOLD THAT PREMATURE BRAKE WEAR WAS IN PART CAUSED BY LESS THAN NORMAL USE OF VEHICLE."

Anonymous, MD (2013 Kia Sorento LX 3.5-L V6)

"Front disk brake pads and rotors wore out within 2 years of dealer replacement -- rotor in very bad condition and pads non existent, but no wear warning. Rear brakes still in good shape and don't need to be replaced."

Anonymous, ON (2013 Kia Sorento SX 3.5-L V6)

"At 44,760 Km I had to have both the Front & Rear Brakes and Rotors replaced at a cost (parts & labour, incl Tax) of approx. $1,100. I have owned several vehicles for past 46 years and have never before had a vehicle that needed this under 80,000 KIM"

Robert G., ON (2013 Kia Sorento LX 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"Rotors seem to wear prematurely; each time car stands for even 1 night, first few applications of brake result in scraping/friction nois -- appears to be due to rust formation on rotor"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Kia Sorento LX 3.5-L V6)

"Rotor froze"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Kia Sorento 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"The engine stopped while we were driving. We had it towed to the dealer who told us the engine had to be replaced. It took 2 months, but we did have a loaner vehicle"

Stephanie S., DC (2013 Kia Sorento EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had lifetime warranty .all new engine 100.00 deductible to the"

Jay S., FL (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"None so far"

Rick H., OH (2013 Kia Sorento EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"none so far"

Rick H., OH (2013 Kia Sorento EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine started burning oil at around 100,000 miles."

R H., KS (2013 Kia Sorento EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine seized at 79112. Since it was a purchased used, no warranty after 60,000 miles. Had been taken care of like a newborn baby. KIA refused to help out even though in in many 2011-2013 KIAs they replaced for FREE those engines that seized."

Anonymous, SC (2013 Kia Sorento SX 3.5-L V6)

"It was replaced by Kia at no charge to us"

Rick H., OH (2013 Kia Sorento EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"At 91000 miles, engine locked up on freeway. Replaced with reconditioned engine. Free loaner and replacement due to KIA 10 year 100000 warranty"

Paul J., WI (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine seized due to bearing failure. Known problem with this Kia engine."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine seized due to bearing failure. Known factory defect with this Kia engine."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil leaked from the filter case to the point where the engine blew up. The Kia repair shop said it was there job to prove that it was my fault. Once they found something to pin it on me, they stopped investigating"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Kia Sorento LX 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Main belt came off ,no battery, no power steering, in upper Mich. truck was towed under warentee 5 hr.s to nearest dealer and repaired free"

Peter A., NJ (2013 Kia Sorento SX 3.5-L V6)
Difficult to fill up gas tank

"the fuel nozzle must be inserted only a short distance into the tank intake and be held during feeling"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine computer

"Warning lights coming on. ABS, traction control, and grade, and air bag"

Joseph B., FL (2013 Kia Sorento EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"They had to switch out a chip. Second time since I've owned the car"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Kia Sorento EX 3.5-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"Kia is recalling this SUV for possible major engine failure due to poor machine work at the engine factory"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"The oil pressure sensor leaks. Due to engine design, in order to replace this $10 part, one must remove the intake manifold with a dealer cost in excess of $600, to correct the problem."

Robert D., SC (2013 Kia Sorento EX 3.5-L V6)

"Check oil light started to flicker when stopped at a stop light. Next day saw oil leak on the garage floor. Took to dealer (still under 100k mile powertrain warranty). They diagnosed as bad oil pressure sending unit and rear main seal. Both were replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Kia Sorento SX 3.5-L V6)

"They had to replace the oil pan gasket . Did at no charge to me"

Marlin P., FL (2013 Kia Sorento 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Catalytic converter failed, requiring replacement at >$2500"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Kia Sorento LX 3.5-L V6)
Fuel pump

"Loss of power ,service engine light came on"

Jim B., PA (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Fuel pumped failed. Had to be replaced"

Ernest W., NC (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Fuel pump failed. Vehicle ran but very slow and limped to dealer"

Greg W., IL (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Some sort of vacuum leak that they can not find"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Emission light came on and it turned out to be a sensor"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Kia Sorento EX 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The trim on the top of the car has come loose twice in the last year. When going down the road it would vibrate so bad that it sounded like the car was falling apart"

Anonymous, NV (2013 Kia Sorento SX 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Center wheel hubs dis colored and peeled. We're replaced twice to this point"

Anthony K., NJ (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Rust appeared on the back of vehicle"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Kia Sorento LX 3.5-L V6)

"rusting around the rear window"

Scott M., VT (2013 Kia Sorento EX 3.5-L V6)

"Hatchback experienced rust approximately 6" below the window when it was 2 years old"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Kia Sorento LX 3.5-L V6)

"Spots of rust appearing on body"

Gary L., AB (2013 Kia Sorento LX 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Cat converter needed to be replaced; cost $2250. This car has been mostly driven on country highways with speed limit of 80 kph and car virtually always thoroughly warmed up each trip."

Anonymous, ON (2013 Kia Sorento LX 3.5-L V6)
Other/unsure

"Recall for sensor"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"soud quality of xm radio was poor"

Anonymous, MN (2013 Kia Sorento 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth did not always work correctly"

Russell R., FL (2013 Kia Sorento EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"UVO causes all of the other problems mentioned. Sometimes it just isn't there, which means I can't use the radio, back-up camera, or bluetooth. I HATE this system!"

Stephanie S., DC (2013 Kia Sorento EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Screen would freeze on start up. When reversing would not engage the rear camera display. They 2nd UVO replacement is now functioning properly"

Anonymous, AB (2013 Kia Sorento EX 3.5-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Both Driver and Passenger Doors accumulate ice build up between the skin and door frame on the hinge side during the winter. As a result of this you can't properly open the door. Ice has to be heated and chipped out. Apparently I've been this is du"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Kia Sorento LX 3.5-L V6)
Locks and latches

"Latch on back seat worked extremely hard to raise or lower. Was repaired by dealer"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Kia Sorento SX 3.5-L V6)
Seat controls - movement

"Back seats will not fold down and back up properly. Had to pay considerable money to get right side fixed. Now have same problem on left side."

Anonymous, SC (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The controller for reclining the middle row has broken twice rather easily. This same latch system is used for the hood, and that broke on my first oil change (broken by the dealer)"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Unable to lay second row seat on passenger side down, the lever system to disengage the upright position would not work"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Kia Sorento SX 3.5-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"Complete and sudden failure of alternator"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Kia Sorento LX 3.5-L V6)
Stability control (ESC)

"Faulty sensor"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Kia Sorento LX 3.5-L V6)
Traction control

"A wheel sensor need replacing."

Anonymous, NC (2013 Kia Sorento SX 3.5-L V6)

"Faulty sensor"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Kia Sorento LX 3.5-L V6)

"The overly active traction control system shuts forward motion down, resulting in lack of acceptable acceleration in snow"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Kia Sorento 3.5-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"The alternator just quit working. It was towed to a kia dealer who repaired it quickly"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Kia Sorento LX 3.5-L V6)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"We were away 800 km from home, driving 100 km/hr on the highway with a handicap person aboard. Suddenly lights started showing around the odometer showing 67,072 km only. We were lucky to be able to use the blinking GPS to locate a dealership and get off the highway. We stopped safely against a cement curb as brakes failed, doors were unlocked manually. Car was towed away. Battery and alternator complete failure. We had to pay for the battery. However, the alternator was still under warranty. Two months later backup camera failed. Shortly after that, the cooling fan kept running while the engine was shut. We had to unplug it until the next day where it was fixed at the dealership. In addition this car had different recalls: oil pressure switch replacement, lambda 3.5 ECU update, shift lever component upgrade, panoramic sunroof rail reinforcement, shock absorber noise, application of additional anti-corrosion"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Kia Sorento SX 3.5-L V6)

"Battery ran down. Could not charge and reconnect to car without all car alarms and lights flashing on and off. Needed to be towed into dealer where they had to reset the system prior to connecting charged battery."

Paul J., WI (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The battery on this vehicle has been replaced 2 times. The first time under warranty due to what I believe was a dealer mistake in repairing the Body control model, which also caused the alternator to need replacing. The 2nd battery was replaced due to age."

J J., ON (2013 Kia Sorento LX 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"The automatic climate control pumped out warm air on occasion when it was supposed to be air conditioning."

Anonymous, AL (2013 Kia Sorento LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"inconsistent heat driver side and passenger side set to same temperature driver side will be much warmer than passenger side passenger side often just blows cold air instead of heat (i.e. set to 26 Celsius)"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Kia Sorento EX 3.5-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Air conditioning not working. Took to dealer for repair. Dealer tested and found a leak in the system. Will cost $1000 to repair."

Shirley B., NY (2013 Kia Sorento)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"hesitates between gears then extremely rough "grabbing" feels like transmission is going to blow apart - dealership can never diagnose problem or find OBD codes"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Kia Sorento EX 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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