Flash Drive

2018 Kia Sorento

Model Tested: 2018 Kia Sorrento SXL AWD

The 2018 Kia Sorento is one of the best looking SUVs available. It does well in all types of weather.

Engine:3.3-liter V-6, 290 horsepower, 252 lb-ft torque

Transmission: 8-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel-drive

EPA Rating: 19-mpg city, 24-mpg highway, 21-mpg combined

Base Price: $46,490

As Tested: $48,370


4×4 locking center differential

Driving modes: Eco, Sport, Comfort, Smart

Decent power, but nothing noteworthy

The 2018 Sorento has a locking center differential to handle tough conditions such as snow and slush.

Slight engine hesitation at throttle tip-in

Good four-wheel disc brakes

5-Star safety rating

Traction control

Stability control

Blind Spot Collision Warning

Cross Traffic Warning

Lane Keeping Assist

Excellent highway economy—our best was 28.6-mpg


Nappa leather seat trim

The 2018 Sorento front seat space and amenities are great. The power seats are heated and ventilated.

Low entry height

Stretch-out front legroom

Power lumbar adjustment both front seats

Power thigh support for driver’s seat

Three temperature heated and ventilated front seats

Great headroom

Large, soft headrests

Big sliding visors

Heated leather steering wheel

The second row has a flat floor and can fit an adult in the middle position.

Panoramic roof with power sunshade

Flat floor second row

Adults can fit in middle position

Rear legroom a little snug when front seats are all back

Two-temp heated outboard rear seats

Tight third row seating

Second row seats slide for third row access


Power liftgate

8-inch infotainment screen

Very good visibility

Third row seating can be snug depending on how far up the second row seats are moved.

Medium to small front door bins

Good bottle notches in door bins

Medium size locking glovebox

Medium size, but deep center console bin

Covered bin with power ports in front of shifter

Flat cargo deck

Split folding seats fold almost flat

Pull-up window shades for rear doors

Good grocery/luggage space behind third row

WOW Factors:

Great safety features

Handsome styling—one of the best-looking SUVs

The 2018 Sorento seats can be folded in a variety of combinations. There is a slight slope to the folded second row.

Power folding mirrors on approach/departure

Premium Harman/Kardon sound system

Surround View Monitor

Powerful headlights


Transmission occasionally shifts harshly

 Bottom Line:

The 2018 Kia Sorento SXL AWD is a very handsome 7-passenger SUV that’s loaded with comfort, safety, and

The 2018 Kia Sorento looks as good from the rear as it does from the front. The style and design are excellent.

convenience features. It’s roomy and versatile. The luxury and value factors are both high.