As you saw from my first post of our summer vacation, we were able to take a long with us another guest, the 2013 KIA Sorento, as you can see we had some packing issues, but once those were resolved and we were on the road, we were alllll good!
We spend the night in Georgia on our way to Florida, the 2013 KIA Sorento held up well with three adults, and 1 child and our luggage. My best friend occupied the back second row seat along with my youngest daughter, as my oldest daughter decided to tag along and ride with her grandparents. They had lots of room, and were very comfortable back there, even with my daughters booster seat.
The weather was HOTTER than HOT, but we were riding comfortably all the way to Florida and back thanks to the Sorento’s great air conditioning, that we could each set the temperature for as well, if I wanted it colder, and hubby wanted it not so cold, we could fix that with the dual climate controls.
All of the controls were right at your fingertips, from the windshield wipers, turn signals, Bluetooth, radio and cruise controls, everything within the drivers reach, so I never felt like I was trying to ‘navigate’ through the car to find things. I also loved that there were 2 preset’s that were able to be set for the driver’s seat. So, when I drove, I’d just hit the #1 and the seat, steering wheel, and side view mirrors were all set to where I set them when I was driving. If hubby was in the drivers seat, he’d simply press #2 and all settings would be for his preference. This was excellent since we’re very different in size. Another amazing thing about heading to Florida in the Sorento…. Cooled seats! That’s right, the drivers and passengers side seating had the ability to be cooled, or heated! The lumbar support was also great for the long ride.
As with most car’s these days, the 2013 KIA Sorento has a keyless entry and push button start. The satellite radio kept us alive during the ride. While the kids enjoyed Radio Disney on the way down, on the way back, us adults got to listen to some hits from the 90s and today on a variety of different XM and Sirus stations. Having the ability to contact our parents driving in the other vehicle was also made easier by the hands free connectivity with Bluetooth. An easy “Call Mom” after hitting the button instantly dialed them and connected them to us.
We used the GPS a few times while in Florida, it was very easy to use once we punched in the address we needed, and it gave directions clearly.
I loved the option of the 3rd row once we were unpacked. We were all able to go a lot of places with everyone together in one vehicle, however, it’s probably also one of my least favorite things about the car (if you remember our packing situation at first), if you need a 3rd row, and also need trunk space, I’d probably skip the Sorento, you just can’t have both.
Gas mileage was decent for a mid size SUV. We averaged about 26 MPG on the highway, which is what I expected. We didn’t do a whole lot of city driving so I couldn’t really give you a good gauge on if the 20 MPG city they claim the Sorento does is accurate or not.
The 2013 KIA Sorento is a great car! For a family of 4 it’s perfect, any larger, I’d be a little weary about it because of the trunk space or lack there of. Take a peek at the video below to check out the interior.
We had a great time on vacation, and with the KIA Sorento, if I had the chance, would I drive it again? Own it? Take one on vacation? Probably, even with the space issues aside it drove well, kept us comfortable and got us to where we needed to be all in one space! See what the girls thought below.
You can visit the KIA website to find specifications about the 2013 KIA Sorento or to find a local KIA dealer near you where you can test drive and check one out in person.
August 20, 2012 – 9:12 PM - | Posted in #drivesti, #KiaTestDrive, Auto Reviews | Comments Off on Taking A Roadtrip As A Family, Takes The Right Vehicle!