Upscale interior; refined driving dynamics; top-notch technology features; available turbocharged engine; reassuring warranty
Upper-level models are a bit pricier than you might expect; can't combine turbo engine and 3-row seating
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.
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.
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.
|Basic||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||10 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
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.