2018 Kia Sorento

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

187.4” x 66.3”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • Seating comfort
  • UVO multimedia system
  • Cargo room and underfloor storage spaces
  • Wide array of available convenience features
  • Quiet cabin

The bad:

  • Steering feel
  • Eco mode
  • Turbo lag with 2.0-liter engine
  • Sport mode very harsh

5 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • L


  • LX


  • EX


  • SX


  • SXL


Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2018 Kia Sorento trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

  • Backup camera now standard
  • Turbo four-cylinder engine available
  • Seating for five or seven people
  • Automatic emergency braking available
See also: How Do Car Seats Fit in a 2018 Kia Sorento?

2018 Kia Sorento review: Our expert's take

What it is: The Kia Sorento is a mid-size SUV that seats five or seven people and is powered by a choice of two four-cylinder engines or a V-6. It competes with other SUVs such as the Ford Edge, Nissan Murano and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

A backup camera and automatic headlights that Kia says have improved performance are standard.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.9
  • Interior 4.8
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value 4.8
  • Exterior 4.8
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews


40 grand Kia clutch gone after only 5

I bought a brand new Kia Sorento top of the range 7 seater in 2018 for over 40,000€ value. 5 years later, after keeping up with all service and maintenance with Kia, I am 57 years old so no off roading, over loading etc. Only used once for 7 people… 6 of which were my grand children and the clutch has gone!! It has been slipping for probably 18 months but the garage denied there was a problem. Now it has gone completely and Kia want just under 500€ to dissemble and just to look and see if it is the clutch that’s gone!! The clutch is NOT under warranty!! I have only done 92,000km. I consider this well out of order.


What a car! Would recommend this vehicle to anyone

Excellent driving through snow. I have an 81 km one way to work. Never missed a shift. Also very economical with the 2.4 litre inline 4 cylinder. Average on the highway is between 7 - 8 litres per 100 km.


Starter Problems numerous times a year sr

My 2018 Sorento AWD is the worse car I've ever owned. Constant episodes of car not starting - lights are on inside and out, battery fully charged - but car will not start when key inserted in ignition and car has to be towed to dealership and they could not find any problems. LEMON!!!

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Based on the 2018 Kia Sorento base trim.
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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
New car program benefits
60 months/60,000 miles
60 months/100,000 miles
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years or newer/less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
165-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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