The 2018 Kia Sorento ticks all the crossover-SUV boxes, especially in turbo-4 form.
The 2018 Kia Sorento is a mid-size crossover that hasn't changed for the past coupe years. We don't mind: its compelling value, powertrains, and warranty don't get old for us.
We have a lot of good things to say about the 2018 Kia Sorento, which is how we arrive at a 7.5 overall score. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
No matter which 2018 Kia Sorento you choose—L, LX, EX, SX, or SXL—Kia’s biggest crossover has a generically handsome silhouette that weaves itself right into the big tapestry of modern utility-vehicle design. It’s smooth, not jagged; well-detailed, but not too blingy. It’s outfitted with a soft-touch cabin organized in neat, easily parsed regions. We’d let the same crew redecorate our house, which is either high praise or a cry for help, or both.
Power comes from a lowly 4-cylinder in base models. We prefer the 240-horsepower turbo-4 new to this generation, but it can’t be ordered with a third-row seat. The big V-6 comes off less eager than the turbo-4, yet it’s 50 hp stronger, without much of a drain on fuel. All come with a well-tuned 6-speed automatic, and the turbo-4 and V-6 can combine with all-wheel drive, with a locking center differential.
Inside the cabin, the Sorento makes its best impressions. It acts more like a plush luxury SUV, with soft-touch plastics, handsome leathers, and supple front seats. The second-row bench needs more work than the available third row: its low bench cushions don’t have the right support or shape. The cargo area’s more usefully shaped and larger than before, but still not vast unless the third-row seat is absent or folded.
Crash-test scores are very good, and the Sorento offers the latest safety technology on most models. Other features include touchscreen infotainment, big chrome wheels, and higher-end audio, as well as surround-view cameras.