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Three-row midsize SUVs are great for hauling people and cargo but aren't as economical or maneuverable as smaller compact crossovers. The 2018 Kia Sorento innovatively splits the difference in exterior dimensions and offers an optional third row, which boosts seating from five to seven, though that third row is best suited for small kids.
For 2018, a new SX Limited trim level brings upgraded leather upholstery, heated second-row seats, and advanced driver aids. Also new for this model year is a 10-speaker surround-sound system for the top SX and SX Limited models.
Front Wheel Drive (2WD)
F 44.1"/M 39.4"/R 31.7"
F 39.5"/M 39.3"/R 36.3"
Max towing capacity
Regardless of what configuration you get your 2018 Kia Sorento in, there's plenty of room for luggage or hauling large items. When you opt for the five-passenger version, there's an impressive 146.6 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the front seats. Upgrade to the seven-passenger model, however, and unlock 154.2 cubic feet of space. Note that seven-passenger seating is only available on V6 models. Lastly, get an impressive 38 cubic feet (38.8 in seven-passenger models) of cargo space with all seats upright.
From spending more time between fill-ups to pulling your favorite towable, the 2018 Kia Sorento's selection of engines is up to the task. It starts with the standard 2.4L four-cylinder, a capable engine that makes 185 hp. A turbocharged 2.0L 240-hp four-cylinder engine is a peppy around-town powertrain. At the top, a 290-hp 3.3L V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission give the 2018 Kia Sorento up to an estimated 5,000 pounds of towing capacity, when properly equipped.
Built for families and active groups, the 2018 Kia Sorento is full of places to store things; cupholders and door pockets abound for easy drink storage. A deep center console bin has plenty of space for stashing away snacks, a purse, or whatever the moment requires. Lift the floor of the trunk to reveal a hidden storage compartment or use the available storage tray to organize items you stash away.
Powered by your smartphone, Android Auto™ or Apple CarPlay® connectivity extends your phone's capabilities to the touchscreen at the center of the 2018 Kia Sorento dash (EX trim and up). Modern driver assists, such as adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking, are added with the available Advanced Technology Package. Finally, even the standard 2018 Kia Sorento includes Bluetooth® streaming and a rearview camera.
Keep up with whatever your day throws at you with the versatile features in a 2018 Kia Sorento. YES™ Essentials cloth seats are comfortable, easy-to-clean, and stand up to daily wear. Front and rear fast-charge USB ports on 2018 Kia Sorento LX and higher make a dead battery quick work. While an available kick-activated tailgate, on EX and better, makes stowing groceries in the back easy as pie. AWD is available on any trim, powering through lousy weather with confident traction in all wheels.
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RepairPal gave the Kia Sorento an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Kia Sorento 10th out of 27 among Compact SUVs.View RepairPal's full rating of the Kia Sorento
A rearview camera, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, air conditioning, YES Essentials cloth seating, Bluetooth streaming, and more.
Adds fast-charging USB ports. The base model for the seven-passenger V6 2018 Kia Sorento.
Adds a seven-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, leather-trimmed seating, a power liftgate, rear parking assist, and more.
Adds an eight-inch touchscreen, voice command navigation, a 10-speaker Infinity™ sound system, a seven-inch driver cluster, and more.
Adds autonomous emergency braking, premium Nappa leather seating, adaptive cruise control, and more.
The 2018 Kia Sorento has a six-speed automatic transmission at all trim levels.
The 2018 Kia Sorento LX has less standard equipment than the EX. The EX trim adds standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, as well as driver-assist features.
Yes, at 187.4 inches long, the 2018 Kia Sorento is bigger than the Ford Escape, which measures 178.1 inches.
A panoramic sunroof is standard on the 2018 Kia Sorento SX and SX Limited trims and as part of the EX Advanced Touring Package.
Snow White Pearl
Ivory Nappa (SX Limited)
Light Gray (SX)
Metallic Nappa (SX Limited)
Stone Beige (LX and higher)
From the everyday-life-friendly cloth seating to the luxurious feeling Nappa leather seats, the interior of the 2018 Kia Sorento has something for everyone. When you pick a seven-passenger version, easy-sliding second-row seating makes getting into the rear third-row seats easy. In addition, there's impressive space for luggage and passengers in both five and seven-passenger versions, starting at 38 cubic feet. Finally, surround yourself with luxurious features like heated second-row seats, Nappa leather surfaces, and elegant wood trim in SX Limited models.
The five-passenger version of the 2018 Kia Sorento has three child seat anchors and lower anchors on the two outside seats. However, there are four full LATCH anchors in the seven-passenger 2018 Kia Sorento, two in the second and third-row seats. As a result, tether anchors are easy to get child seats connected to, so installation should be a breeze. Finally, there is plenty of space for a variety of forward or reverse-facing child seats.
The 2018 Kia Sorento can feel more like a family sedan around town or on the highway despite the SUV's shape and body. Make fewer visits to the pumps without sacrificing power thanks to a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine, getting an EPA-estimated 23 mpg combined (FWD model).
The 2018 Kia Sorento gets the following EPA-estimated tailpipe emissions:
A FWD and 2.4L four-cylinder engine gets 377 grams per mile tailpipe emissions. The AWD and 2.4L get 397 grams per mile.
The FWD turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder gets 397 grams per mile tailpipe emissions. AWD and turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder get 414 grams per mile.
Equipped with FWD and a 3.3L V6, tailpipe emissions are 436 grams per mile. With AWD, the 3.3L V6 gets 465 grams per mile tailpipe emissions.