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2018 Kia Sorento

$25,900 — $46,300 MSRP
SUV
5-7 Seats
19-24 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2018 Kia Sorento exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 Kia Sorento
  • Backup camera now standard
  • Turbo four-cylinder engine available
  • Seating for five or seven people
  • Automatic emergency braking available

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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.

New for 2018

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

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
354 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

This is my 2nd kia. rides and drives great

by hornp345 from Orlando,Fl on November 5, 2018

there is a a lot of leg room. i love the 3rd seat. It has a lot of get up and go. Gas mileage is great Read full review

(5.0)

We luv Kia?s

by Elballew from Ringgold Ga on November 1, 2018

This is our second Sorento we have owned and both were great reliable vehicles! Would recommend any Kia product. Just can?t beat the quality and price. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Kia Sorento currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 Kia Sorento 2.4L L

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
acceptable

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Kia

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Sorento received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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