2018 Kia Sorento
- The Sorento is largely unchanged for 2018
- Part of the third Sorento generation introduced for 2016
- Convenient size should fit many families
- Ample feature content for the money
- Stylish and high-class interior
- Extra-long warranty coverage
- Less cargo space than other three-row models
- Third-row seat is strictly for kids
- Base four-cylinder engine is underpowered
2018 Kia Sorento pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Sorento does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating7.2 / 10
Kudos to Kia for offering something a little different. Designed to be bigger than the typical five-passenger midsize crossover SUV but not as large as a seven-row family hauler, the 2018 Kia Sorento has distinctive appeal for shoppers not satisfied with more common offerings.
Available in five- and seven-passenger configurations, the Sorento offers more space and practicality than its five-seat rivals yet is less expensive and less cumbersome to drive than the big boys. At the same time, it gives up nothing in terms of interior quality and feature content. Indeed, these are reasons why the Sorento is worth a look regardless of which seating configuration you're considering. There's actually even more standard feature content for 2018, and, since it's a Kia, you still get its tremendous five-year limited and 10-year powertrain warranties.
The Sorento isn't for everyone. After all, its middle-of-the-road approach means it's ultimately more expensive than a typical four-cylinder, five-passenger crossover and not as commodious as a large three-row crossover SUV. But if you like the idea of owning a vehicle that does a little bit of both, we think the 2018 Sorento is a great choice.
2018 Kia Sorento configurations
The 2018 Kia Sorento is available in five trim levels: L, LX, EX, SX and SX Limited. There are also three engines available. The L and LX come standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (185 horsepower, 178 pound-feet of torque). Only the EX comes standard with the 2.0T turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (240 hp, 260 lb-ft). A 3.3-liter V6 (290 hp, 252 lb-ft) is optional on the LX and EX, and it comes standard on the SX and SX Limited.
Every engine comes equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all but the L can be ordered with all-wheel drive. A third-row seat comes standard on V6-powered Sorentos and the all-wheel-drive LX; it's optional on the front-wheel-drive LX.
Standard feature highlights for the base L include 17-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, selectable drive modes, a height-adjustable driver seat, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio, a CD player and a USB port.
The LX adds a noise-reducing windshield, roof rails and two extra USB ports. With all-wheel drive, it comes with seven seats and a windshield de-icer.
The LX's optional Convenience package pads on rear parking sensors, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat (with lumbar adjustment), heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control and a 7-inch Uvo touchscreen interface that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto 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 a forward collision warning system, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and an electronic parking brake.
The EX gets the content of the Convenience package as standard and further adds the turbocharged four-cylinder engine, 18-inch wheels, foglights, a hands-free liftgate, power-folding mirrors, keyless ignition and entry, noise-reducing front side windows, an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat, leather upholstery, second-row retractable sunshades and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Advance Touring package (standard with EX V6) includes a panoramic sunroof, LED interior lighting, a 110-volt household style outlet and everything from the Advanced Technology package.
The SX comes standard with the V6 and includes upgraded steering, 19-inch wheels, LED running lights, upgraded exterior trim, automatic wipers, the panoramic sunroof, a 10-way power driver seat (with four-way lumbar adjustment), driver-seat memory settings, an 8-inch touchscreen, a navigation system, and a 10-speaker Infinity sound system. It can also be equipped with an Advanced Technology package, which is comparable to the LX V6 version but adds xenon headlights, ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel.
The SX Limited comes with 19-inch chrome-clad wheels, upgraded leather upholstery, heated second-row seats, a wood-trim steering wheel and the SX's Advanced Technology package.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our Full Test of the 2016 Kia Sorento SX (3.3L V6 | 8-speed automatic | AWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Sorento has received only minor revisions. Our findings remain applicable to this year's Sorento.
Noise & vibration8.5
Ease of use8.0
Getting in/getting out7.0
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Sorento safety features:
- Autonomous Emergency Braking
- Warns the driver when an imminent front collision is detected. Can automatically brake if needed.
- Lane Departure Warning System
- Alerts you when the system detects that you're drifting out of your lane.
- Uvo eServices
- Includes automatic 911 calling when an airbag deploys, plus geofencing and speed alerts for secondary drivers.
Kia Sorento vs. the competition
2018 Kia Sorento
2018 Ford Edge
Kia Sorento vs. Ford Edge
With its available third row, the Sorento gets the advantage over the five-passenger Edge when it comes to seating. Like the Sorento, the Edge's base four-cylinder engine can be a tad underwhelming, making the V6 the powerplant of choice. Based on its better comfort, utility and interior design, we gave the Edge a four-star rating.
Kia Sorento vs. Honda Pilot
The Kia shines when it comes to price, making it a good value option. Buyers who don't need the Pilot's extra volume will appreciate the Sorento's midlevel approach to size. But if you plan to carry adults in the third row, the Pilot is a better choice. And due to its superior comfort, interior design and utility, we rated the Pilot at four stars, compared to 3.5 stars for the Sorento.
Kia Sorento vs. Hyundai Santa Fe
The Sorento's more expensive cousin, the Hyundai Santa Fe, is available in three trim levels with just one engine option. That means quicker decision-making but fewer personal choices. Despite the Santa Fe's larger size, its third-row seat doesn't provide much comfort for adults, but it does come well equipped and features a nicely designed interior. This choice will come down to the shopper's preference for size and price.
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Is the Kia Sorento a good car?
The Sorento offers more space and practicality than its five-seat rivals yet is less expensive and less cumbersome to drive than most large SUVs. It's well made, has ample feature content for the money, and sports a stylish, high-quality interior. On the other hand, the Sorento's middle-of-the-road approach means it's ultimately more expensive than a typical four-cylinder, five-passenger crossover and not as commodious as a full-size three-row SUV. The base four-cylinder engine is underpowered for the vehicle's size.
Does the Kia Sorento have good MPG?
The Sorento can be expected to return fuel economy that's in line with that of most competitors. A front-wheel-drive Sorento with the standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is EPA-rated at a combined 24 mpg (21 city/28 highway). You give up a bit with the 3.3-liter V6, which will deliver 20 mpg combined (18 city/25 highway). And the 2.0-liter turbo-four is rated at 23 mpg combined (20 city/27 highway). Expect all-wheel-drive models to lower these figures by 1 or 2 mpg.
Does the Kia Sorento have good resale value?
If you're ready to buy, you're probably wondering about the Kia Sorento's resale value. How much will a 2018 Kia Sorento be worth in two or five years — or whenever you decide to sell? Check out the Edmunds True Cost to Own (TCO) calculator. It includes projected annual depreciation over the first five years of ownership based on Edmunds' robust market transaction data.
2018 Kia Sorento Overview
The 2018 Kia Sorento is offered in the following submodels: Sorento SUV. Available styles include LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A), EX 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 6A), LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A), EX 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A), LX 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 6A), L 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A), SX Limited 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 6A), LX 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A), SX Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A), EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), SX 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A), SX 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 6A), and EX 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A).
What do people think of the 2018 Kia Sorento?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Kia Sorento and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Sorento 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Sorento.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Kia Sorento and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Sorento featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.
Our Review Process
This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.
We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.
What's a good price for a New 2018 Kia Sorento?
2018 Kia Sorento SX Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A)
The 2018 Kia Sorento SX Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $47,290. The average price paid for a new 2018 Kia Sorento SX Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A) is trending $2,586 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $2,586 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$44,704.
The average savings for the 2018 Kia Sorento SX Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A) is5.5% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Kia Sorento SX 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A)
The 2018 Kia Sorento SX 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $42,360. The average price paid for a new 2018 Kia Sorento SX 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A) is trending $7,182 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $7,182 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$35,178.
The average savings for the 2018 Kia Sorento SX 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A) is17% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Kia Sorento LX 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A)
The 2018 Kia Sorento LX 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $32,710. The average price paid for a new 2018 Kia Sorento LX 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A) is trending $4,964 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $4,964 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$27,746.
The average savings for the 2018 Kia Sorento LX 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A) is15.2% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Kia Sorento LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
The 2018 Kia Sorento LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $31,250. The average price paid for a new 2018 Kia Sorento LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is trending $3,076 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $3,076 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$28,174.
The average savings for the 2018 Kia Sorento LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is9.8% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Kia Sorento?
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