The Kia Sorento is a mid-size crossover with proportions befitting all-wheel capability and three-row capacity. Although all-new in 2016, the Sorento remains a fashionable and features-oriented choice.
What's New for 2018
A carryover model for 2018, the Kia Sorento sees a few updates, specifically new standard equipment on every trim level. This includes a rearview camera (L); third-row seats on AWD models (LX four-cylinder); a hands-free power liftgate and power-folding mirrors (EX); and rain-sensing wipers (SX V6). Packages have also been revised for select trims.
Choosing Your Kia Sorento
Save for the 7-passenger Sedona minivan, the Sorento is Kia’s largest vehicle with standard seating for five or, if equipped, with a third-row for up to seven occupants. And seating is only one of many options available, such as engine choices – there are three. Transmission options, however, are relegated to a lone six-speed automatic.
The standard engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder which produces 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy is EPA rated at 21 city miles per gallon, 28 highway, and 24 combined for front-wheel drive models and 21/25/22 for AWD. An optional 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder produces 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Front- and all-wheel-drive mileage is rated at 20/27/23 and 19/25/22, respectively.
A 3.3-liter V6 is available on all but the base trim and produces 290 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque. Its fuel economy numbers for FWD vehicles, regardless of trim, are an estimated 18 city mpg, 25 highway, and 20 combined. A top-of-the-line Sorento V6 drops to 17 city mpg, 23 highway, and 19 combined.
The 2018 Kia Sorento is available in four trim levels:
Once exclusively a value brand, Kia has upped the ante on premium offerings, particularly with hot-selling crossovers. Budget-minded buyers, however, still have plenty of options. A Sorento LX V6 FWD with Convenience and Advanced Technology packages will be just shy of $34,000 but offer plenty of power, safety, and amenities. Add another $1,800 for AWD. For a similar package but with a higher-end flavor, the EX AWD with an Advanced Touring package is your best bet, and with a price tag less than $40,000.
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