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Starting Price: $25,900 | Price yours

Seating Capacity: 5 or 7 passengers

NHTSA Overall Safety Rating: 5 Stars

Warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles

An appealing alternative

Larger than a compact SUV but smaller than a midsize, the 2- or 3-row Kia Sorento is more of a midsize SUV alternative than a direct competitor to staples like the Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot. But if you only need three rows on occassion, and small, flexible passengers are part of the mix, the more affordable, more maneuverable Kia Sorento can be a smart choice.

Driving It

Driving impressions from our full expert review: “Not surprisingly, the turbo and V6 feel strongest, but the 2.4 is adequate and offers better fuel economy, making the most of the 6-speed automatic transmission all the engines use. The steering, suspension, handling and ride are all what we expect from the class; it doesn't lead the pack, but neither does it call attention to itself for the wrong reasons. The Kia Sorento uses an all-wheel-drive (AWD) system with Torque Vectoring Cornering Control, designed to enhance traction and cornering stability by sending power and torque to where they’re most needed, not just in bad weather, but for better cornering on dry roads, too.”

Owner's Voice

KBB.com visitor and Sorento owner Jim had this to say: "I love this car. Not too big or too small. Handles nicely. Mine is loaded, SXL, AWD. The automatic cruise control changes the way you drive. Get on the expressway, put on selected speed, and the car slows and resumes perfectly as needed. Actually needed the autonomous emergency once already and it was perfect. Apple Car Play is very nice. Get in the car with your iPhone, push Media, and you start hearing your song catalog. Great seats. Only thing that needs improvement is the driving mode. Econ makes your acceleration sluggish without changing your mpg. When you start the car it defaults to Normal. Should be able to set it to Sport, which is the best mode, and have it default to Sport when you start."

Pricing 

The 2018 Kia Sorento has a starting MSRP of just under $27,000 -- several thousand dollars lower than competitors like the Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander, for instance -- while a fully loaded Sorento SX Limited can tip the scales past the $47,000 mark. Build and price your own 2018 Kia Sorento to unlock its Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

Inside and Out: Kia Sorento Photo Gallery

2018 Kia Sorento Powertrain Choices

2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine
Transmission: 6-speed auto
Horsepower: 185 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 178 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
EPA City/Highway/Combined Fuel Economy: 21/28/24 mpg (FWD), 21/25/22 mpg (AWD)

2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine
Transmission: 6-speed auto
Horsepower: 240 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 1,450 rpm
EPA City/Highway/Combined Fuel Economy: 20/27/23 mpg (FWD), 19/25/22 mpg (AWD)

3.5-liter V6 engine
Transmission: 6-speed auto
Horsepower: 280 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm
EPA City/Highway/Combined Fuel Economy: 18/25/20 mpg (FWD), 18/25/21 (AWD, LX and EX), 17/23/19 (AWD, SX and SXL)

More Specs

Warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles (10 years or 100,000 miles powertrain warranty)
Drivetrain: Front- or all-wheel drive
Cargo Capacity Behind 1st/2nd/3rd Row: 73.0 / 38.0 / 11.3 cu ft (3-row/7-passenger versions)
Towing Capacity: 5,000 lbs (AWD), 3,500 lbs (FWD)
Curb Weight: 3,832 lbs (L) to 4,343 lbs (SXL AWD)
Turning Diameter: 37.2 ft (FWD), 37.3 ft (AWD)
Wheelbase: 109.4 inches
Length: 187.4 inches
Height: 66.3 inches (66.5 inches w/roof rails)
Width: 74.4 inches
Final Assembly: West Point, Georgia, USA

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