Appreciation to Kia for offering something a little different. Designed to be larger than a five-passenger midsize crossover SUV but not as large as a three-row vehicle, the 2018 Kia Sorento has a unique appeal for buyers dissatisfied with more general offerings.
Available with five or seven passengers, the 2018 Kia Sorento offers spacious room and practicality than rivals while offering less expensive price and easier to drive. At the same time, it provides interior quality and rich content feature. This is the reason why the 2018 Sorento is worth considering regardless of what seating configuration you choose. Furthermore, you still get its incredible five-year limited and 10-year powertrain warranty.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Kia Sorento is a five or seven-passenger midsize SUV that available in five trim levels. The L and EX 2.0T are five-passenger only, while the LX V6, EX V6, SX and SX Limited are seven-passenger only. The four-cylinder LX comes standard with five-passenger seating and can be optioned with the third row.
Standard feature for the base L include 17-inch alloy wheels, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat, selectable drive modes, 40/20/40 split-second-row seats, stain-resistant fabric upholstery,a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, auxiliary audio inputs and a USB port.
The LX adds roof rails, a noise-reducing windshield, a 4.3-inch touchscreen interface and two extra USB ports. All-wheel drive model also adds a windshield de-icer.
The optional Convenience package for the LX includes rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat with lumbar adjustment, a 7-inch Uvo touchscreen interface with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. The Cool and Connected package is similar but adds just the climate control and Uvo system. The LX V6 can be equipped with the Advanced Technology package that adds automatic emergency braking, a forward collision warning system, rear-cross traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, an electronic parking brake and adaptive cruise control.
The 2018 Kia Sorento EX include the Convenience package content along with keyless ignition and entry, 18-inch wheels, foglights, power-folding mirrors, a hands-free liftgate, noise-reducing front side windows, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat and second-row retractable sunshades. The EX optional Advance Touring package (standard with EX V6) adds Advanced Technology package content, a panoramic sunroof, a 110-volt household style outlet and LED interior lighting.
The 2018 Kia Sorento SX adds upgraded exterior trim, 19-inch wheels, LED running lights, upgraded steering, automatic wipers, a panoramic sunroof, driver-seat memory settings, a 10-way power driver seat with four-way lumbar adjustment, a navigation system, an 8-inch touchscreen and a 10-speaker Infinity sound system. It can also be equipped with the Advanced Technology package, which also adds xenon headlights, a heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats.
The SX Limited adds 19-inch chrome-clad wheels, a wood-trim steering wheel, heated second-row seats, upgraded leather upholstery and the SX Advanced Technology package.
A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard on every 2018 Kia Sorento. All-wheel drive is optional except the base L trim.
The 2018 Kia Sorento L and LX trim levels are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. EPA fuel economy at 24 mpg combined (21 mpg city/28 mpg highway) with FWD and 22 mpg combined (21 city/25 highway) with AWD.
The 2018 Kia Sorento EX comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy rating at 23 mpg combined (20/27) with FWD and 22 mpg combined (19/25) with AWD.
Standard on SX and SX Limited, and optional on the LX and EX is a 3.3-liter V6 engine delivers 290 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque. EPA fuel economy stands at 20 mpg combined (18 city/25 highway) with FWD and 19 mpg combined (17 city/23 highway) with AWD.
In performance testing, the 2018 Kia Sorento EX 2.0T with all-wheel-drive accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 8.7 seconds, a slow performance given those healthy output numbers. The SX V6 AWD reach 60 mph in 7.6 seconds, which is average for this class.
Properly equipped, the 2018 Kia Sorento FWD can tow up to 3,500 pounds and 5,000 pounds with all-wheel drive.
Most surfaces in the 2018 Kia Sorento interior are soft to the touch and richly textured, while the two-tone color scheme emphasizes these quality materials. There is quite a premium feel and look, and the higher trim levels seem luxurious. It’s the same for attractive dashboard designs with easy-to-use controls. Kia touchscreen is generally among the simple electronic interfaces around, with large virtual buttons and clear labels.
There is plenty of legroom in the second row, and you can further adjust the Sorento for more comfort or cargo space since the second-row seats are recline, sliding and fold flat through a lever in the cargo area. This flexibility comes regardless of the seating configuration you choose, something that is not always found in competing SUVs. The third-row seats are more suitable for smaller adults or children. However, larger crossovers like the Toyota Highlander have more adult-friendly spaces.
Behind the third row there is 11.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity, which is only good for some grocery bags or a pair of small suitcases. Behind the second row seat there are about 38 cubic feet, with a maximum capacity up to 73.5 cubics when you fold the second row. That’s more than what you get in many five-passenger midsized SUVs, but less than what the competitive three-rwo crossover offers.
Release Date and Price
Official price for the base L trim starting at $26,740 (including destination). The four-cylinder LX start from $28,040 for FWD model and $30,830 for AWD models, and a $300 jump for the V6 to $29,500 and $31,300.
The Sorento EX starts at $33,940 for front-drive and $35,740 for all-wheel drive. V6-equipped models increase to $35,040 (FWD) and $36,840 (AWD). The SX starts at $40,040 (FWD) and $41,840 (AWD). The SX Limited starts at $45,340 (FWD) and $47,140 (AWD).