2018 Kia Sorento
Consumers looking for a new SUV that’s fuel efficient, has a roomy cabin for cargo and passengers, and stylish, should definitely check out the 2018 Kia Sorento. The 2018 Kia Sorento is ranked number two in the midsize SUV class by U.S. News and World Report, and the 2017 model ranked Highest in Initial Quality in the midsize segment in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study.
Avail. Engine Type
The 2018 Kia Sorento lineup is large, and that gives consumers a lot of different options when searching around for particular features and with a set budget. There are seven Kia Sorento trims, the Sorento L, Sorento LX, Sorento LX V6, Sorento EX 2.0T, Sorento EX V6, Sorento SX and Sorento SX Limited. In addition to the seven trims, there are also three available engines (2.4-liter I4 engine, 3.3-liter V6 engine and turbocharged 2.0-liter I4 engine), two available drivetrains (front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive) and the option of a five- or seven-passenger seating configuration.
2.4L I4 Engine
The 2.4-liter engine comes standard on the Kia Sorento L and LX and it produces 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. The 2.4-liter engine is paired to an electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission and it gives the Sorento an average fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
Turbocharged 2.0L I4 Engine
Only one Sorento trim comes standard with the turbocharged 2.0-liter I4 engine and that is the Sorento EX 2.0T. Also paired to an electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission, his engine produces more torque and horsepower than the 2.4L engine, but its fuel economy doesn’t change much. The Sorento EX 2.0 produces 240 horsepower, 260 lb-ft of torque and averages 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
3.3L V6 Engine
The 3.3-liter V6 engine is the most popular engine on the Kia Sorento lineup. The 3.3-liter is standard on the Sorento LX V6, Sorento EX V6, Sorento SX and the Sorento SX Limited. The 3.3L engine is the most powerful and it generates 290 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque. The 3.3-liter engine provides the Kia Sorento with a fuel economy of 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, which is very similar to the fuel economy of the turbocharged 2.0L I4 engine.
The Kia Sorento is a four-door midsize SUV that is available with two or three rows of seating. The 2018 Kia Sorento LX AWD comes standard with three rows of seating as do the Sorento EX V6, Sorento SX and Sorento SX Limited. The Sorento L and Sorento EX 2.0T are only available with seating for five passengers.
The vehicle’s second-row seats are 40/20/40 split-folding seats and the vehicle’s third-row seats are 50/50 split-folding seats, so it’s easy for users to reconfigure the seating options when extra room is needed for cargo. The Sorento L, Sorento LX and Sorento LX V6 all come standard with cloth seats and the other four trims come standard with a heated leather seats, and the Sorento SX Limited has premium Nappa leather seats. The Sorento SX Limited comes standard with ventilated front seats, and that is an available option on the Sorento SX.
Tech and Convenience Features
All Kia Sorento trims are equipped with a touchscreen and a rear-camera display. The Sorento L and LX have a 4.3-inch touchscreen, the Sorento SX Limited has an 8-inch touchscreen, and the four other Sorento trims have a 7-inch touchscreen. Additionally, the Sorento comes standard with four 12-volt auxiliary outlets, Bluetooth wireless technology hands-free connectivity, controls mounted on the steering wheel and a USB/ auxiliary input jack.
UVO is Kia’s own infotainment system and it is standard on the Sorento EX V6, Sorento EX 2.0T, Sorento SX and Sorento SX Limited, and it is an available option on the Sorento LX and Sorento LX V6. UVO includes a variety of built-in apps and it includes access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. To keep all passengers comfortable, the Sorento EX 2.0T, Sorento EX V6, Sorento SX and Sorento SX Limited come standard with a dual-zone automatic temperature control, which is an available option on the Sorento Lx and Sorento LX V6.
Standard Features and Wheels
The Kia Sorento was redesigned in 2016 and it has kept the same general appearance since then. The Kia Sorento has round edges, a modern grille, a temporary spare tire and 7.3 inches of ground clearance. There are a lot of great standard exterior features on the Sorento including privacy glass, solar control glass, rear wipers and projector beam headlights. The Kia Sorento L, Sorento LX and Sorento LX V6 ride on 17-inch alloy wheels, the Sorento EX 2.0T, Sorento EX V6 ride on 18-inch alloy wheels, the Sorento SX rides on 19-inch alloy wheels and the Sorento SX Limited rides on 19-inch chrome alloy wheels.
Available Exterior Features
There are a number of exterior features scattered throughout the Sorento lineup. Fog lights come standard on the Kia Sorento EX 2.0T, Sorento EX V6, Sorento SX and the Sorento SX Limited, and the fog lights on the Kia Sorento SX are LED lights. Buyers of the Kia Sorento EX 2.0 and Sorento EX V6 have the option of a panoramic sunroof with a sunshade, which is a standard feature on the Sorento SX and Sorento SX Limited. Depending on the trim, the Sorento is available in four to nine different exterior colors.
Safety + Warranty
The 2018 Kia Sorento is an I.I.H.S. Top Safety Pick and it has been since the 2015 model year. The Kia Sorento comes standard with a long list of safety features, and each Sorento trim comes standard with the same features, which is not commonly offered by many manufacturers. All Sorento models are equipped with dual front advanced airbags, dual front seat-mounted side airbags, and side curtain airbags in the front and second-row seats. In addition to keeping passengers safe from the inside with airbags, the Sorento has exterior features, like side impact door beams and front and rear crumple zones, that keep passengers safe from the outside.
Price + Warranty
The 2018 Kia Sorento has a starting MSRP of $25,900 (plus destination fee). Kia backs all of its vehicles with an industry-leading warranty that includes a five-year or 60,000-mile limited basic warranty and a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.