2018 Kia Sorento

Pros: Well-designed control layout and infotainment features; quiet cabin; good 2nd-row room; comfortable ride

Cons: Cramped, hard-to-access 3rd-row seats; pricey option packages drive up prices in a hurry; base 4-cylinder engine strains to provide adequate performance

CG Says: The 2018 Kia Sorento has only minor changes. All models get upgraded headlights and improved headrests. The base L 2.4 now has a standard rearview camera. Kia’s crossover midsize SUV seats five or seven when equipped with the available 3rd-row seat. The base engine is a 185-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder. A 240-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine powers 2.0T models. A 290-hp 3.3-liter V6 tops the engine range. All engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive is offered for all models. Available safety features include forward-collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure warning, blind-spot- and cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and a surround-view camera. Sorento is refined SUV with a spacious 2nd-row seat. It also has several well-executed available technology features, such as an excellent 360-degree camera system. However, choosing lots of options and/or higher trim levels pushes up the bottom line to sobering levels. Sorento is a worthy competitor to class rivals such as the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot.

The Facts
Class Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5 or 7
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Kia
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices L 2.4: $26740
LX 2.4: $28,040
AWD LX 2.4: $30,830
LX V6: $30,440
AWD LX V6: $32,240
EX 2.0T: $33,940
AWD EX 2.0T: $35,740
EX V6: $35,040
AWD EX V6: $36,840
SX V6: $40,040
AWD SX V6: $41,840
SX Limited V6: $45,340
AWD SX Limited V6: $47,140

Base Engine
2.4-liter 4-cylinder (2.4)
Horsepower
185
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25-28

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (2.0T)
Horsepower
240
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19-20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25-27

Optional Engine
3.3-liter V6 (V6)
Horsepower
290
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17-18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
23-25

2016 Sorento SXL
2018 Kia Sorento
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
100%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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