2018 Kia Sorento

Original MSRP Range
$25,900 - $46,300
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
MPG
17 - 21 MPG City / 23 - 28 MPG Hwy
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2018 Kia Sorento

What We Like

Upscale interior; refined driving dynamics; top-notch technology features; available turbocharged engine; reassuring warranty

What We Don't

Upper-level models are a bit pricier than you might expect; can't combine turbo engine and 3-row seating

How Much?

$26,740-$47,000

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.2/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.7/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2018 Kia Sorento?

For 2018, the Sorento carries over largely unchanged, with just a minor reshuffling of optional equipment and packages. The Sorento L gains a rearview camera and auto on/off headlights, while the LX gains a third-row seat on AWD models. Standard equipment on the EX 2.0T now includes Smart Power Liftgate and power-folding side mirrors. The EX offers a revised Advanced Touring Package with autonomous emergency braking, while the SX V6 gets rain-sensing wipers.

Which Sorento is the Best?

The 2018 Sorento EX offers great value, providing extensive standard features without breaking the bank. We'd go with the V6 over the 2.0-liter turbo, as the latter isn't all that fuel efficient for a 4-cylinder, and the V6 with AWD can tow up to 5,000 pounds versus the turbo's 3,500-lb rating.

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How Much Does a 2018 Kia Sorento Cost?

The 2018 Sorento is offered in L, LX, EX, SX and Limited trim levels. The L comes only with two seating rows, but a third-row seat is optional on the LX and standard on the LX V6, EX V6 and SX.

The Sorento L ($26,740) includes a decent roster of standard items, notably 17-inch aluminum wheels, air conditioning, power accessories, rearview camera and a 6-speaker audio system with a USB port and full Bluetooth connectivity.

The LX ($28,040 FWD, $30,830 AWD) adds such luxuries as additional sound-deadening measures, roof rails, a 4.3-in touchscreen and, on AWD models, a third-row seat.

The EX ($33,940 FWD, $34,740 AWD) throws in 18-in wheels, rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, foot-actuated power rear liftgate, leather upholstery, a power driver's seat, a UVO3 telematics head unit with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and dual-zone automatic climate control.

The SX ($40,040 FWD, $41,840 AWD) upgrades to 19-in wheels, a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry/start, rear cross-traffic alert, a blind spot monitoring system, additional power adjustments for the driver's seat, driver memory functions, a high-resolution 8-in navigation touchscreen with voice controls and a 10-speaker Infinity audio system with a subwoofer and HD Radio.

The Limited ($45,340 FWD, $47,140 AWD) tacks on Nappa leather upholstery, cooled front seats and heated second-row seats, Dynamic Bending Headlights, rain-sensing wipers, an Around View monitor, a leather and wood heated steering wheel, and all the driver-assist features and equipment in the two optional Advanced packages.

The LX Convenience package adds dual-zone automatic climate control, rear park assist, a 10-way power driver's seat with power lumbar support and heated front seats, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone interfaces. The LX Advanced Technology Package adds autonomous emergency braking, forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning and an electronic parking brake.

The EX Advanced Touring Package adds 110-volt outlet, LED interior lighting, panoramic sunroof, autonomous emergency braking, forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning and an electronic parking brake.

The Sorento offers solid passenger space in its sliding-and-reclining second-row seats, with plenty of room for 6-footers despite slightly lower seat bottoms than expected in a midsize crossover. The third row is designed for kids; you need to be pretty limber to climb back there, and legroom is limited once you're situated. Still, it's a handy feature, and adults can squeeze back there for short trips if necessary.

Cargo space is 11 cu ft. behind the third row (if specified), which is enough room for groceries, while a maximum of 74 cu ft. is available with the rear rows collapsed. Conveniently, the second-row seats can be folded via auxiliary levers mounted in the cargo bay.

Sorento Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Sorento EX AWD$34,900 / $33,1474 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder24019 / 256-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Sorento EX FWD$33,100 / $31,4124 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder24020 / 276-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Sorento EX V6 AWD$36,000 / $34,1904 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder29018 / 256-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Sorento EX V6 FWD$34,200 / $32,4554 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder29018 / 256-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Sorento L FWD$25,900 / $24,9034 Cylinder18521 / 286-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Sorento LX AWD$29,990 / $28,8044 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder18521 / 256-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Sorento LX FWD$27,200 / $26,1134 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder18521 / 286-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Sorento LX V6 AWD$31,400 / $30,2744 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder29018 / 256-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Sorento LX V6 FWD$29,600 / $28,5054 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder29018 / 256-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Sorento SX Limited V6 AWD$46,300 / $43,6696 Cylinder29017 / 236-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Sorento SX Limited V6 FWD$44,500 / $41,9496 Cylinder29018 / 256-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Sorento SX V6 AWD$41,000 / $38,6746 Cylinder29017 / 236-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Sorento SX V6 FWD$39,200 / $36,9546 Cylinder29018 / 256-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Kia Sorento Safety

Is the 2018 Kia Sorento a Safe Car?

The 2018 Sorento comes with standard stability control, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and 6 airbags (front, front-side and full-length side-curtain). Available safety technologies include a blind spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert, autonomous emergency braking, forward-collision warning and lane-departure warning.

In crash tests conducted by the independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Sorento received a top score of Good in every category, a Superior rating for crash avoidance and mitigation, and was awarded a 2017 Top Safety Pick+ award.

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Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic5 Years/60,000 Miles
Drivetrain10 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance5 Years/60,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Convenience Pkg
  • Advanced Technology Pkg
  • Blind-Spot Detection
  • Lane Departure Warning System

Competition

2018 Kia Sorento vs the competition

2018 Dodge Durango -- The 3-row Durango is larger, but it feels sporty and capable from behind the wheel and offers a V8 and better towing ability.

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe -- The 3-row Santa Fe is a more spacious option from Kia's corporate cousin and comes with a standard V6 engine.

2018 Toyota Highlander -- The Highlander may seem like it's a class up from the Sorento, but Kia's latest efforts have closed the gap. However, the Highlander does offer a hybrid model.

Used BMW X5 -- Looking for more luxury and power? A certified pre-owned 2012-2015 BMW X5 might hit the spot. There's even a diesel engine option.

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