2018 Kia Sorento Reviews, Ratings & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$21,102 - $35,028
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
21 City / 28 HWY
Horsepower
185-290
Seats
5-7
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$21,102 - $35,028
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
21 City / 28 HWY
Horsepower
185-290
Seats
5-7

Ranks #17 By Owner Reviews

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.2 Overall Score
Performance 4.4 Comfort 4.0 Styling 4.2 Value 4.2

Editor's Overview

The 2018 Kia Sorento midsize SUV offers loads of amenities, an upper-crust-appearing interior, sharp looks, and one of the best warranties in the business. Slightly smaller than its Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer rivals, the 5- or 7-passenger Sorento can't carry as much stuff and isn't quite as roomy. On the flip side, it's more maneuverable.

Kia Sorento Models & Trims

L $21,102 - $24,029*
Horsepower: 185 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
LX $26,066 - $29,053*
Horsepower: 185 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
LX V6 $26,066 - $29,053*
Horsepower: 290 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
EX $27,317 - $31,300*
Horsepower: 240 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: Leather
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7.5 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
EX V6 $27,317 - $31,300*
Horsepower: 290 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: Leather
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7.5 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
SX V6 $30,495 - $35,028*
Horsepower: 290 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: Leather
Standard Wheels: 19 X 7.5 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
SX Limited V6 $29,557 - $34,172*
Horsepower: 290 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: Leather
Standard Wheels: 19 X 7.5 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

*Prices are Kelley Blue Book® Fair Market Range

Owner Reviews

4.62

164 Reviews

65% 33% 2% 1% 1 star 0%

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

2018 Kia Sorento is my dream car.

This is our second Kia auto. We have had great performance from this 2018 model. Smooth driving. This car is very comfortable. Equipped with a back up screen which I love. Cell phone compatibility. It has plenty of room. Has third row seating. Family loves the cup holders. Came with 3 months Sirius xm. So many channels which is a plus. The company was great to work with. Great service at the shop when we take it in for an oil change.

- Barbara O

Great qualities of the Kia.

The Sorento is a great and reliable car. I had a 2016 and traded it for the 2018. The major down fall for me was that we lost a row of seats in the very back of the car because they changed the model style. It is great on gas and has a ton of room. There are some minor malfunctions with the display screen/backup cameras at times but all in all, I am very thankful this car has all the sensors that it does!!

- Stephanie B

The factors that moved me to purchase my SUV were the warranty and the price.

My vehicle is larger that past years Sorento's and it has a smooth ride, saves on gas, has some bells and whistles but not all. I do wish that I had the navigation system in it but my phone can handle that, it also has the back-up camera and Sirius radio. It comes with rally wheels, I love the color, and I have already taken my first trip which was a very comfortable one since the vehicle has so much room.

- Lilly L

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Compare Models & Key Features

Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Drivers side profile with drivers side door open.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$21,102 - $24,029
$26,066 - $29,053

Horsepower

Horsepower
185 hp
185 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Standard
Standard

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.4L DOHC GDI I4
2.4L DOHC GDI I4
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Alarm

Alarm
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Standard
Standard

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
Standard
Standard

Premium Sound System

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
44.1 in.
44.1 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.5 in.
39.5 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
39.4 in.
39.4 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39.3 in.
39.3 in.

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Standard
Standard

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
Not Available
Optional
Optional

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Not Available
Optional
Optional

AC

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5 - 7

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

3rd Row Seating
Not Available
Standard

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Not Available
Optional
Optional
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Standard
Standard

Running Boards

Running Boards
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P235/65HR17
P235/65HR17

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
109.4 in.
109.4 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
37.2 ft.
37.2 - 37.3 ft.

Length

Width

Width
74.4 in.
74.4 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3704 .lbs
3704 - 3840 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
185 hp
185 hp

Torque

Torque
178 ft. lbs.
178 ft. lbs.

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Capacity
2000 .lbs
2000 .lbs

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
200 .lbs
200 .lbs

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
18.8 gal.
18.8 gal.

Combined

Combined
25 mpg
24 mpg

City

City
21 mpg
21 mpg

Highway

Highway
28 mpg
27 mpg

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Standard
Standard

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Standard
Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Standard
Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Overall

  • Front

  • Side

  • Rollover

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

JD Power Rating
  • ‌Overall

  • Mechanical

  • Powertrain Quality

  • Body & Interior Design

  • ‌Features

*JD Power Circle Ratings