2018 Kia Sorento

MSRP $27,200 - $46,300

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2018 Kia Sorento Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 17, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2018 Kia Sorento offers a distinctive appeal within the midsize crossover SUV segment, as it is bigger than the typical five-passenger SUV but not as large as a seven-row family hauler. Kia offers the 2018 Sorento in five- and seven-passenger configurations. For the value, Kia Sorento is less expensive and much easy to drive than the similarly sized crossovers. At the same time, you will enjoy its upscale interior quality and features, beginning right from the base trim.

For 2018, there are actually even more standard features on the list and, Kia's tremendous five-year limited and 10-year powertrain warranties make it a top-seller. In the review, the 2018 Sorento looks to be a great choice but is it worth buying in comparison to rivals such as Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, and Hyundai Santa Fe.

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Pros

Upscale interior

Extra-long warranty coverage

Quiet comfortable ride

User-friendly infotainment system

Cons

Less cargo space

Base 4-cylinder engine underpowered

Cramped third row

What's New?

No major Change.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$44500

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

143 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

204 cu.in.

horsepower

290 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

252 lb.-ft. @ 5300 rpm

transmission

6 speed Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

109 in.

length

187 in.

width

74 in.

height

67 in.

curb weight

3968 lbs.

ground clearance

7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

154.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

73 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1521 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.7 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

174 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/20/25 mpg

highway range

470.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

LX$27,200 onwards

EX$33,100 onwards

SX$39,200 onwards

SX Limited$44,500 onwards

Colors and Styles

2018 Kia Sorento in Blaze Blue color
Blaze Blue

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

9.5

Engine and Performance

8.3

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.5

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.0

Overall Rating


The 2018 Kia Sorento is a midsize crossover that slots above the compact Sportage. It offers a dive- and seven-seat layout and is available in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations. In this review, we will compare the 2018 Sorento with its competitors including Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, and Hyundai Santa Fe.

The 2018 Sorento’s five-year cost of ownership is estimated at $24,870, which is average in the class. This includes the cost of gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance. This year, Kia has poured more features and options on the Sorrento, with different trim levels gaining more technology.


9.5/10
Features

8.3/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.5/10
Safety


2018 Kia Sorento Features

9.5/10

The 2018 Kia Sorento is available in five trim levels: LLXEXSX, and SX Limited. The base price starts at $25,900 and goes up to $46,300 for the top-spec SX Limited V6 model. Every trim comes standard with front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive is available. 

Trims L LX EX SX SX Limited
MSRP (FWD) $25,900 $27,200 $33,100 $39,200 $44,500
Features Cloth Seats with YES Essentials Fabric Treatment. Roof Rails, Low Profile with Silver Finish Leather Seat Trim Smart Power Liftgate Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
  Heated Outside Mirrors, with Integrated LED Turn signals Rear-Camera Display Push Button Start w/ Smart Key Panoramic Sunroof w/Power Sunshade. Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC)
  Bluetooth Wireless Technology with Steering Wheel Mounted Controls  USB Charger Ports. Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control.   Surround View Monitor (SVM).

The base L and LX come standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The EX comes standard with the 2.0T turbocharged engine while a 3.3-liter V6 is available on the LX and EX, and it comes standard on the SX and SX Limited. Some trims are available with a third row that expands the standard seating capacity from five to seven.

We Recommend:

We recommend the midlevel EX trim, which combines useful technology, safety, and comfort features. The Sorento EX trim is only trim with a turbocharged engine and also features some classy cabin touches.

2018 Kia Sorento Engine and Performance

8.3/10

"Depending on the configuration, the 2018 Kia Sorento comes as a comfortable, fuel-efficient daily driver, an energetic 2-row SUV, or a muscular V6-powered midsize SUV. " -Cars.usnews.com

2018 Sorento Engine and Transmission

The 2018 Sorento is available with three engines: a base 2.4-liter four-cylinder rated at 185 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque, a 2.0-liter turbo-four with 240 hp and 260 lb-ft available only on the EX trim, and a 3.3-liter V-6 engine with 290 hp and 252 lb-ft. All three engines come mated with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Sorento’s base engine offers a good balance between fuel efficiency and power. Good for city commuting, the base Sorento has enough oomph for highway driving. If you are looking for an energetic off-the-line performance, Kia has an available turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The available V6 is the most powerful in Kia's lineup.

Models 2018 Kia Sorento 2018 Honda Pilot 2018 Toyota Highlander 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe
MSRP $ 25,800 $ 30,900 $ 33,080 $ 29,850
Engine 2.4-liter 4-cylinder Gas engine 3.5-liter V-6 Gas engine 2.7-liter 4-cylinder Gas engine 3.3-liter V-6 Gas engine
Transmission 6-speed Automatic 6-speed Automatic 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Power 185 hp @ 6,000 RPM 280 hp @ 6000 RPM 185hp @ 5800 RPM 290 hp @ 6400 RPM
Torque 178 ft-lbs. @ 4000 RPM 262 ft-lbs. @ 4700 RPM 184 ft-lbs. @ 4200 RPM 252 ft-lbs. @ 5200 RPM

Among the rivals, the Honda Pilot's V6 offers more torque while the Highlanders base four-cylinder engine offers more torque than Sorento's engine lineup. Don't forget, the Kia Sorento offers class-leading fuel-efficiency figures in the midsize segment.

2018 Sorento Acceleration

The 2018 Sorento SX AWD model with a standard V6 goes from zero to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds, which is respectably quick for a crossover of this size. The base engine takes the Sorento to 60 mph in about 9 seconds.

Models 2018 Kia Sorento 2018 Honda Pilot 2018 Toyota Highlander 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe
0-60 MPH 9 sec 6.1 sec 7.3 sec 7.3 sec
Quarter mile 16.4 @ 85 mph 14.7 sec 16.7@81.3 mph 15.8 sec @ 90.3 mph
Engine 2.4L 3.5L 2.7L 3.3L
Max. Towing Capacity 2000 lbs 5000 lbs 5000 lbs 5000 lbs

The Sorento's towing capacity is 2,000 pounds for the base 2.4-liter, 3,500 pounds for the 2.0-liter turbo-four, and 5,000 pounds for the V-6. The automatic gearbox in Sorento falters during upshifts, as it sometimes shifts too soon while accelerating, or it hesitates to downshift when more power is needed.

2018 Sorento Braking and Handling

On the road, all Sorentos deliver a comfortable ride. The Sorento's suspension is cushioned to absorb all road imperfections while a quiet cabin complements it further. Steering is decent but can't be termed agile. The V6 powered models are relatively heavy around the turns with a more pronounced body roll.

The four-cylinder and turbocharged Sorentos are a bit easier to maneuver as they have less curb weight. Sorento inspires confidence within its modest handling parameters. Also, the Sorento's AWD system includes an electronically lockable 50-50 front and rear torque split, which enhances its capability in low-traction situations. Ground clearance is decent at 7.3 inches but clearly not an off-roader.

Model 2018 Kia Sorento 2018 Honda Pilot 2018 Toyota Highlander 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe
Brake pads-front 12.6" 12.6" 12.9" 12.6"
Brake pads Rear 12.0" 13" 12.2" 11.9"
Curb weight 3704 lbs 4054 lbs 4165 lbs 4026 lbs
60-0 MPH 130 ft. 119 ft. 124 ft. 125 ft.

The Kia Sorento's brake pedals feel soft though with all-season tires the 2.0T model stops from 60 mph in 121 feet, which is about average for this vehicle type. The V6 models with more power enhance the stopping distance, estimated at around 130 feet.

2018 Kia Sorento Fuel Economy

6.0/10

EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2018 Sorento with the base 2.4-liter and FWD are 21/28 mpg city/highway and 21/25 mpg with all-wheel drive. The 2.0-liter turbo-four drops the gas mileage to 20/27 mpg with front-wheel drive and 19/25 mpg with all-wheel drive. The V-6 powered Sorentos are rated at 18/25 mpg in front-drive configuration and 17/23 mpg in all-wheel-drive trim.

Model 2018 Kia Sorento 2018 Honda Pilot 2018 Toyota Highlander 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe
MPG city 21 19 20 18
MPG highway 28 27 24 25
MPG combined 24 22 22 N/A

Fuel Economy is a strong suit of the 2018 Kia Sorento. By Compasiron no other midsize SUV matches the fuel efficiency of the Sorento. However, most of Sorento's rivals are more powerful, thus las slightly behind. 

2018 Kia Sorento Interior

9.0/10
"For the past couple years Kia has excelled in offering interior design, materials, and assembly that feel far more luxurious than the price tag suggests. That holds true for the 2018 Sorento." -Kelley Blue Book

2018 Sorento Seating and Comfort

The Kia Sorento's cabin is thoughtfully designed with the option of a five-seat layout or a seven-seat layout with an available third row. Apart from third-row space and access, the interior of the 2018 Sorento faces no criticism. In the front and second row, there is a good space for adults but the third row feels cramped and better left for kids or luggage.

In terms of quality, This biggest crossover of Kia feels surprisingly upscale, especially at this price tag. You will find top-notch materials and soft-touch plastics even in the base trim, with SX trims seeming properly luxurious. The outward visibility is good all-around, as the windshield and side pillars are reasonably slim.

Model 2017 Kia Sorento 2017 Honda Pilot 2017 Toyota Highlander 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe
Passenger capacity 7 8 8 7
Front (Head/Hip/Shoulder/Leg (In.)   39.5/56.7/59.1/44.1 40.1/59.1/62/40.9 40.7/57.2/59.3/44.2 39.9/56.7/59.4/41.3
Second (Head/Hip/Shoulder/Leg)(In.)   39.3/56.4/58/39.4 40.2/57.3/62/38.4 39.9/57.1/59.6/38.4 39.4/55.4/58.3/40.4
Third (Head/Hip/Shoulder/Leg)(In.)   36.3/41.4/52.8/31.7  38.9/44.6/57.6/31.9 35.9/45.6/55/27.7 35.7/44.1/53.9/30.9

The 2018 Sorento comes standard with cloth upholstery, and a 40/20/40 split-folding second row. Available seating features include:

  • Third row of seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated second-row seats

2018 Sorento Infotainment System

Kia Sorento's UVO infotainment system and touchscreen display are some of the easiest to use and have user-friendly menus. Whether you are using the physical dash-mounted buttons or the touchscreen, it is fun to operate. Though the base Sorento offers six speakers, satellite radio, a USB port, and Bluetooth, we recommend going for 7- or 8-inch Uvo3 units that include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a variety of other multimedia features. 

  • Six speakers
  • Satellite radio
  • A USB port and Bluetooth
  • 3″ Touch-Screen Display
  • 7- and 8-inch infotainment display
  • Navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay
  • Dual rapid-charge USB ports
  • 10-speaker Infinity surround-sound audio system
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

2018 Sorento Cargo Space

With the third row installed, the Sorento has a poor amount of cargo space rated 11.3 cubic feet behind the third row. As you fold the 50/50 split-folding third-row the cargo space expands to 38.8 cubic feet and 73.5 cubic feet behind the first row. A hands-free power liftgate is available. 

Model 2018 Kia Sorento 2018 Honda Pilot 2018 Toyota Highlander 2018 Santa Fe
Cargo Space behind 3rd  Row (ft. cube) 11.3 18.0 13.8 13.5
Cargo Space behind 2nd  row (ft.cube) 38.0 47.7 42.3 40.9
Cargo Space behind 1st row (ft.cube) 73.0 87.0 83.7 80.0

To the advantage, the third row folds easily via pull-straps. The second row folds via nifty trunk-mounted remote handles. Compared to other third-row midsize rivals, the Kia Sorento's cargo capacity trails behind.

2018 Kia Sorento Exterior

8.0/10

"Like the interior, the 2018 Sorento projects a sophisticated and upscale look from the outside. We like the “tiger-nose” grille treatment, and the overall blunt styling." -Kelley Blue Book

2018 Sorento Dimension and Weight

The 2018 Sorento's exterior styling is mostly unchanged and adorns the neat look which made its debut with the 2016 model year. Irrespective of the trim level you choose, the Sorento has a handsome shape and styling. Kia prefers a smooth and composed design language over flashy ones. The prominent grille, chrome detailing, and LED lighting accents to build up a decent face.

Model 2018 Kia Sorento 2018 Honda Pilot 2018 Toyota Highlander 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe
curb weight(lbs) 3704 4054 4165 4026
Length(in) 187.4 194.5 192.5 193.1
Width(in) 74.4 78.6 75.8 74.2
Height(in) 66.3 69.8 68.1 66.5
Ground clearance(in) 7.3 7.3 8 7.3
Wheelbase(in) 109.4 111 109.8 110.2

Kia offers the 2018 Sorento base L and LX trims with 17-inch alloys, however, the 18-inch alloys on EX models and 19-inches on SX models with chrome 10-spoke-alloy wheel adds to the look. The 19-inch wheel is good for off-roading and also provides better ride quality. This midsize crossover's ground clearance is average in the class and does not make it a genuine off-roader. Toyota Highlander's 8 inches of ground clearance is still better and adds another feather in the cap of this top-rated SUV.

Exterior Features

All the 2018 Sorento’s comes with a set of upgrades:

  • LED accent lights in the headlights
  • Base L models now come with automatic headlamps
  • Power rear liftgate
  • Power-folding side-view mirrors
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers

2018 Kia Sorento Safety

8.5/10

The NHTSA gave the 2018 Sorento an overall rating of five-star (out of a possible five stars). In IIHS crash-tests, 2018 Sorento earned the Top Safety Pick award and received the highest rating of Good in all five categories. Certain V6 Sorentos earned an Acceptable score for the new headlights. 

Kia offers a full suite of active driver assistance and safety features as available or standard equipment on all but base L trim. The available safety features include the following:

  • Surround-view parking camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane departure warning
  • Forward collision warning
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Adaptive headlights

2018 Kia Sorento Competition

2018 Kia Sorento Vs 2018 Honda Pilot

The 2018 Honda Pilot is a better choice for large families as it offers more third-row space for adults to sit comfortably than most other mid-size crossover SUVs. The Pilot's seating capacity of eight also surpasses the Sorento's seating for seven. 

Also, where Sorento has paltry cargo space behind the third row, the Honda Pilot has more storage room than most rivals. Still, the Sorento ought to be on the shopping list as it has its own strengths. It has an upscale interior, many more available active safety features, and intuitive cabin controls.

2018 Kia Sorento Vs 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe

The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento are corporate cousins and share a lot of features and basics including the three powertrain options, 5-seat or 7-seat layout, and similar features list.

With the Kia Sorento, you can expect a better quality of materials and an upscale cabin while the Hyundai has a better-predicted reliability rating.

2018 Kia Sorento Final Verdict

The Kia Sorento is one of the best in midsize SUV in the segment. It’s available in a variety of configurations, and because each presents a different temperament, the Sorento can be shaped to meet a variety of needs. The lower priced base trim with its above-average fuel economy along with a healthy list of included features makes it a good pick for budget-savvy shoppers. On the other hand, the Sorento EX – which has an energetic turbocharged engine – offers a livelier, more athletic experience or get a V6-powered model to increase towing capacity, or gain extra grip with the available all-wheel drive.

2018 Kia Sorento FAQs

Is the Used 2018 Kia Sorento worth buying?

The 2018 Sorento and 2019 Sorentos differ significantly, and the key difference is the seating. The 2018 model came standard with two rows, while the third row was optional. For 2019, all Sorentos come with three rows.

What is the engine on offer with the 2018 Kia Sorento?

The 2018 Kia Sorento comes with three gasoline engines including the base 2.4L naturally aspirated inline-4 motor, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, and a 3.3L naturally aspirated V6 motor.

Is the 2018 Kia Sorento AWD?

Yes, it has AWD as an option. It comes with standard FWD.

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