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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
Very reliable and comfortable.

by Will from Lake Zurich | February 11, 2020

Other than the inadequate headlights the car has been the best of all my previous vehicles. It is very good on vacation driving and in snow and ice as well with the AWD and V6 engine.

Latest technology and very comfortable

by Amy N from Gainesville Va | February 09, 2020

Love the look and feel of this SUV. Upgraded from a 2008 SUV of a different make and am happy with all the "bells and whistles. "

2018 Kia Sorento

by Bob from Surprise Az. | January 25, 2020

My 2018 Kia Sorento is very reliable Except the dealer can't fix my steering problem. After three try's. At 50 plus miles per hour the steering ( electric controlled ) falls to sleep and when I nudge the steering wheel the car jerks either left or right, It feels like, If you were to loosen a tight cap on a jar it suddenly pops loose because of this I have to be ready to react.

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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.