2018 Kia Sorento: Say Hello to the Powerful and feature loaded SUV
20th February 2019
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Thanks to an excellent warranty, comfortable cabin, and high safety scores, 2018 Kia Sorento succeeds in getting placed among the top choices amongst its class. However, almost all favorable 2018 Kia Sorento reviews will point out to the less cargo space as a downer for the SUV.


  • Above-average fuel economy

  • Airy interior with construction using high-quality materials

  • Comfortable, quality ride

  • Intuitive infotainment system and controls

  • Robust engine options

  • Several trims to choose from


  • Less cargo space than what most rivals offer

What’s New?

For the 2018 iteration of the Kia Sorento, no major changes are introduced to the luxury SUV.


There are a total of 5 trims available to pick from while opting for the 2018 Kia Sorento. These are namely L, LX, EX, SX, and SX Limited. Each trim comes with a base 2.4L 4-cylinder engine that can be replaced (not available with L) either with a turbocharged 4-cylinder or a V6 engine.

All 2018 Kia Sorento trims support a 6-speed automatic transmission mode with front-wheel drive. The base trim i.e. L comes with cloth upholstery, folding second-row seats, six-speaker system, and a rearview camera.

The Kia Sorento LX trim comes with all features supported by the L trim with an option to upgrade to the V6 engine. For an additional expense of $2,000, one can opt for the all-wheel-drive system. The trim offers dual rapid-charge USB ports and a folding third-row seat for V6 models.

With Kia Sorento EX, the cabin starts to get classier. The trim features 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a 7-inch infotainment screen, dual-zone automatic climate control, and leather seats.

The SX trim comes with an 8-inch infotainment screen paired with 10-speaker Infinity surround-sound audio system. The top trim i.e. SX Limited has a heated steering wheel, autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning system, and Nappa leather seats.



Though the 2018 Kia Sorento comes with a maximum seating capacity of 5, it can be extended to 7 with the optional third-seat. The front seats are spacious in addition to being heated, ventilated, and supportive. There are plenty of premium and soft-material construction inside.

Cabin styling of Sorento is excellent. Escalating to the upper trims offer better cabin quality. Unfortunately, the ride takes a step back in terms of cargo capacity.

2018 Kia Sorento comes with an upgraded infotainment system, available with 7-inch and 8-inch screens, depending on the trim. The infotainment system flaunts crisp graphics and an intuitive interface. Smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is available.



The exterior of 2018 Kia Sorento is adequately designed to allude to a luxury SUV. The ride comes with heated outside mirrors, LED turn signal indicators, solar control glass, sound-absorbing windshield glass, and a multitude of body colors to choose from.


2018 Kia Sorento is available in a total of 3 engine configurations. The standard 2.4L 4-cylinder engine gives the best fuel economy. It generates 185 horsepower and 178 lb.-ft. of torque.

The 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine makes up for an excellent combination of brisk acceleration and desirable mileage. It generates 240 hp of power. The 290-hp producing V6 engine delivers an excellent towing capacity, trading-off liveliness for power.

Each engine is paired with the 6-speed automatic transmission mode and a front-wheel-drive system that is upgradable to the all-wheel-drive system. 2018 Kia Sorento offers a smooth and quality ride that is nothing short of a luxurious experience.


2018 Kia Sorento is the recipient to excellent crash test and safety scores. The luxury SUV earns the Top Safety Pick by IIHS. The NHTSA awards Kia Sorento a full 5 out of 5 stars in all categories, leave for the rollover simulation which gets a 4-star rating.

The 2018 make of the Kia Sorento comes with a galore of safety features. It includes a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, and lane departure warning. Moreover, the luxury SUV offers autonomous emergency braking and Dynamic Bending Light.


All in all, 2018 Kia Sorento is an excellent package of performance, quality, and luxury. If you can cope up with the below average cargo capacity, then the ride is definitely worth the pick.


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