2018 Kia Sorento SUV

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2018 Kia Sorento SUV Overview

The standard features of the Kia Sorento 2.4L L include 2.4L I-4 185hp engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 17" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

2018 Kia
Sorento SUV

Starting at: $25,900

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  • Air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • Approach angle - 17 deg
  • Departure angle - 21 deg
  • Ground clearance (min) - 185mm (7.3")
  • AM/FM radio - SiriusXM
  • CD player
  • CD-MP3 decoder
  • Internal memory capacity (GB) - 1 GB
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 4.3"
  • Basic warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 120 months/100,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/100,000miles
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - split-bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Engine displacement - 2.4 L
  • Engine horsepower - 185hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Engine torque - 178 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 88.0mm x 97.0mm (3.46" x 3.82")
  • Compression ratio - 11.30 to 1
  • Curb weight - 1,680kg (3,704lbs)
  • GVWR - 2,280kg (5,026lbs)
  • Towing capacity - 907kg (2,000lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,760mm (187.4")
  • Exterior body width - 1,890mm (74.4")
  • Exterior height - 1,684mm (66.3")
  • Wheelbase - 2,779mm (109.4")
  • Turning radius - 5.7m (18.6')
  • Front legroom - 1,120mm (44.1")
  • Rear legroom - 1,001mm (39.4")
  • Front headroom - 1,003mm (39.5")
  • Rear headroom - 998mm (39.3")
  • Front hiproom - 1,440mm (56.7")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,433mm (56.4")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,501mm (59.1")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,473mm (58.0")
  • Passenger volume - 4,146L (146.4 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 1,099 L (39 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 2,081 L (73 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 2.4
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 185hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Torque - 178 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto - Sportmatic
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 24mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 18.8gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 21mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 28mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 235/65HR17.0
  • Rear tires - 235/65HR17.0
  • Wheel size - 17"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
2.4L L 2018 Kia Sorento SUV 2.4L L Search New $25,900   185-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  21 / 28  
2.4L LX 2018 Kia Sorento SUV 2.4L LX Search New $27,200   185-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  21 / 28  
3.3L LX 2018 Kia Sorento SUV 3.3L LX Search New $29,600   290-hp 3.3L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  18 / 25  
2.4L LX 2018 Kia Sorento SUV 2.4L LX Search New $29,990   185-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  21 / 25  
3.3L LX 2018 Kia Sorento SUV 3.3L LX Search New $31,400   290-hp 3.3L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  18 / 25  
2.0T EX 2018 Kia Sorento SUV 2.0T EX Search New $33,100   240-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 27  
3.3L EX 2018 Kia Sorento SUV 3.3L EX Search New $34,200   290-hp 3.3L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  18 / 25  
2.0T EX 2018 Kia Sorento SUV 2.0T EX Search New $34,900   240-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  19 / 25  
3.3L EX 2018 Kia Sorento SUV 3.3L EX Search New $36,000   290-hp 3.3L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  18 / 25  
3.3L SX 2018 Kia Sorento SUV 3.3L SX Search New $39,200   290-hp 3.3L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  18 / 25  
3.3L SX 2018 Kia Sorento SUV 3.3L SX Search New $41,000   290-hp 3.3L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  17 / 23  
3.3L SXL 2018 Kia Sorento SUV 3.3L SXL Search New $44,500   290-hp 3.3L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  18 / 25  
3.3L SXL 2018 Kia Sorento SUV 3.3L SXL Search New $46,300   290-hp 3.3L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  17 / 23  


Driving Impression

New Car Test Drive

Occupants can expect an impressive sense of solidity, amplified by highly composed handling capabilities. Electric power steering is nicely tuned, allowing faithful tracking on the highway. Brakes modulate easily. As a result, the Sorento delivers an admirably fluid driving feel.

Ride quality is well-controlled, resulting in a quietly poised highway experience, matched by satisfying levels of confidence.

Well-behaved powertrains can deliver frisky acceleration, especially with the turbo engine, marred by just a touch of turbo lag. The turbo works well with Kia’s automatic.

A V6 Sorento feels strong when starting from a standstill, followed by undramatic acceleration to road speed. Although the automatic transmission generally shifts smoothly, some “shift shock� may occur with the V6.

Kia’s Drive Mode Selector has Eco, Comfort, and Sport modes. Transmission shift points and steering are altered, but the rather sensitive engine throttle is not.

Even though an all-wheel-drive Sorento is no hardened off-road machine, 7.3-inch ground clearance permits a fair amount of potential after the pavement ends. A lockable differential keeps front/rear power split at 50/50. Electronic torque-vectoring can apply brakes as needed to help the Sorento steer more accurately.

Fuel economy is reasonably good, though not exactly frugal. With front-drive and the 2.4-liter engine, the Sorento is EPA-rated at 21/28 mpg City/Highway, or 24 mpg Combined. Turbo power is EPA-rated at 20/27 mpg City/Highway, or 23 mpg Combined, with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive drops the estimate to 19/27/22 mpg.

With the V6, an all-wheel-drive Sorento is EPA-rated at only 17/23 mpg City/Highway, or 19 mpg Combined. A front-drive V6 manages 18/25/20 mpg.

Walk Around

New Car Test Drive

In its current form, the Sorento conveys a sense of balance. Standing well ahead of previous Sorentos, the look is neatly elegant. Smooth sheetmetal edges create a handsome profile. Nothing is excessive.

Up front, the Sorento’s grille, though prominent, is less exaggerated than on some crossover vehicles. Body panels are softly sculpted, accented at corners by LED lighting, with appropriate yet restrained levels of chrome.

Interior Overview

New Car Test Drive

Modification of the cabin as part of the 2016 reworking propelled Sorento forcefully up the sophistication scale. Soft-touch plastic trim and supple front-seat upholstery help give the impression of a luxury SUV. The cockpit comes across as polished and well-organized.

Controls are grouped into logical, enclosed zones on the wraparound dashboard. Front seats are sculpted effectively, similar to those found in premium makes. Cushions are marvelously supportive, augmented by extendable thigh supports.

Second-row seating is less impressive. Three occupants fit, but sit low. Contouring of bottom cushions isn’t sufficient for adults, and the ill-shaped bench is short on support. With a panoramic roof, headroom is scant.

Second-row seatbacks fold to ease access to the third row, which is roomier than some. Climbing back there isn’t too tough, but legroom could be better.

Cargo space is adequate but far from vast. Volume totals 38 cubic feet with the third row folded, shrinking to 11.3 cubic feet with all seatbacks up.


New Car Test Drive

Even the base L edition is amply-equipped, with some options available. All Sorentos yield a solid upscale feel, as passengers enjoy a quiet cabin and a nicely-controlled ride. Best powertrain choice is the responsive turbo four-cylinder, which is significantly thriftier than the V6.

Driving impressions by Marty Padgett, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

New Car Test Drive

Optima L ($25,800) comes with the base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive, two-row seating, remote keyless entry, cloth upholstery, 6-speaker CD audio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, heated power mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels, and a rearview camera. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.) All trim levels except L can be equipped with all-wheel drive.

Optima LX ($27,100) adds rapid-charge USB ports, an acoustic-glass windshield, and a roof rack. All-wheel drive ($2,790) includes three-row seating.

Optima LX V6 ($29,500) substitutes the V6 engine and has three-row seating. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available ($1,800).

Optima EX ($33,000) comes with the 2.0-liter turbo, front-drive, two-row seating, 18-inch wheels, leather seat trim, heated power front seats, dual-zone climate control, power liftgate, rear parking assist, and blind-spot detection. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is included. All-wheel drive is optional ($1,800).

Optima EX V6 ($34,100) substitutes the V6 engine and has three-row seating. All-wheel drive is optional ($1,800).

Optima SX V6 ($39,100) adds a panoramic sunroof, 10-speaker Infinity audio, 10-way power driver’s seat, 19-inch wheels, and navigation with an 8.0-inch touchscreen. All-wheel drive is optional ($1,800).

Optima SX-L Limited V6 ($44,400) comes with forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, surround-view camera, xenon headlights, and Nappa leather. All-wheel drive is optional ($1,800).

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