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2018 Kia Sorento


City 17 - 21 MPG Hwy 23 - 28 MPG

Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety:
    5 stars
  • Frontal Crash:
    5 stars
  • Side Crash:
    5 stars

Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

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Overall Rating:
4.9 (out of 5)
Value 4.8
Exterior 4.9
Interior 4.9
Comfort 4.9
Performance 4.8
Reliability 4.9
Best SUV we have had or been in

by William from Fairfax | December 29, 2019

This 2018 Sorento is far superior to the 2011 we gave to our son in law. Could not be happier with the vehicle. Buying experience was great and the service has been exceptional.

Impressed considering the price

by Ahhh the best thing from FL | December 02, 2019

Bought this car looking for a cheaper option but was impressed with what I received. Have owned Many Korean cars but this one was the best. Design, power and stability.

Problem with engine when it gets cold..dead batter

by Lemon 2018 kia sorento from Oklahoma city | November 01, 2019

I purchased this car for my mobile dog grooming business..6 cyc... Not very dependable car in cold weather....missed several days of work because of not starting...

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2018 Kia Sorento Overview


The 2018 Kia Sorento is a midsize SUV that seats up to 7 passengers across three rows. Maximum towing capacity is 5,000 pounds. It competes with Ford Explorer, Nissan Murano, and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Five trims are available: the L, LX, EX, SX, and SXL (SX Limited).

Overall, the Sorento has a soft, yet hefty appearance. On the front-end, the most prominent feature is the honeycomb grille, which is flanked by squinting, trapezoid-shaped headlights. Chrome accents at the front grille, air vents, door handles, and side windows offer a more premium look to the Sorento. Standard features include power/heated door mirrors, turn signal indicator mirrors, and 17-inch wheels. Available features include a panoramic moonroof, HID headlights, LED fog lights, a power liftgate, and roof rails.

Under the Hood
The Sorento L and LX are powered by a standard 185-hp, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and front- or all-wheel drive. A 290-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 engine is also available for the LX and higher trim levels. The EX comes with a standard 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine.

Fuel economy for 2.4-liter models is an EPA-estimated 21/28 mpg city/highway. With AWD, it slightly dips to a 21/25 mpg rating. Fuel economy lowers to a 18/25 mpg rating for V-6 models as well. The V-6/AWD for the SX trims fall to a 17/23 mpg rating. The Turbo 2.0 model has a 20/27 rating for the FWD model and a 19/25 mpg rating with AWD.

Inside, the Sorento features a spill-resistant, black cloth interior with a 40/20/40 split-folding second-row seat. The Sorento has two- and three-row configurations. Maximum cargo capacity is a 73.5 cubic feet. The center console features a standard audio system with CD/MP3 playback, Bluetooth connectivity for phone and audio, and a USB port. It can be upgraded to the UVO eServices infotainment system, which includes a larger 8-inch touchscreen, an integrated navigation system, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility, a satellite radio, and an Infinity premium audio system. Other optional features include leather upholstery, rear HVAC, heated front seats, heated rear seats, adaptive cruise control, and an automatic dimming mirror.

The Sorento earned a full 5-Star Overall Crash Test Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Standard safety features include a backup camera and a tire pressure monitoring system. Available features include a rear park assist, surround view, a blind spot monitoring system, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.